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This is a group for anyone interested in meeting like-minded people and socialising by participating in hiking adventures. All skill levels are welcome. We started this group to help people to get connected, travel together and explore amazing natural wonders. Looking forward to discovering best Britain's hidden gems with new friends!

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🏝️ Hiking the Isle of Wight Weekend Trip *MINIBUS* (HIKE FULL)

Come and join us for a hiking weekend on England’s largest island, the Isle of Wight! The UK's Holiday Island and Dinosaur Capital of Great Britain, the Isle of Wight is officially one of Britain’s sunniest places and enjoys the luxury of a milder climate than most other places in the UK. On this trip we will immerse ourselves in some of the most stunning landscapes and discover on foot miles of the spectacular coastline, beaches, historic downland and many hidden treasures that this beautiful diamond-shaped island has to offer. ITINERARY: Saturday: 07:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR; 08:00 sharp departure; 11:30 arrive at the village of Totland, on the Isle of Wight; 12:00-18:00 hiking along the coastal path from Totland to Brighstone (distance: 20 km, difficulty: challenging*); 18:30-19:00 check-in at our accommodation; 19:00 free time to explore Totland (for those staying in a hostel) or Newport (for those staying in a hotel) for dinner & sunset by the sea (hostel); Sunday: 08:00-08:30 breakfast; 09:00-15:00 hiking from Ventnor to Bembridge (distance: 21 km, difficulty: challenging*); 15:00-16:30 lunch in Bembridge, known for its great seafood restaurants; 16:30 departure; 20:00 London, Hammersmith. * see http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html HIKE DESCRIPTIONS: Saturday: On the first day we will do a hike along the coastal path from Totland to Brighstone. Our route will take us past the famous pinnacles of chalk that mark the western end of the island, the Needles, and Freshwater Bay - one of the island’s most picturesque beaches. The highlights of the walk include Alum Bay with its unusual multi-coloured sand cliffs, the iconic 19th century Needles Lighthouse and dramatic sea views from Tennyson Down. Sunday: The second day will be even more exciting as we’ll take in three of the Isle of Wight’s most famous seaside resorts - Ventnor, Sandown and Shanklin. Starting from Ventnor, we will follow the promenade to Bonchurch, with its ancient 11th century St Boniface Church. Continuing through picturesque woodland with the Wishing Stone, the path will head to seaside promenades and sandy beaches at Shanklin and Sandown. From there we’ll ascend to the chalk cliffs of Culver Down with the imposing Earl of Yarborough Monument and magnificent views over the island. Our hike will finish in the busy coastal village of Bembridge, situated on the most easterly point of the Isle of Wight, where we’ll stop for lunch before our journey back to London. THE PRICE INCLUDES: • transport throughout the trip • experienced IAM/RoSPA qualified driver • guiding on all hiking routes by experienced Lowland Leaders • group first aid kit with qualified first aiders • walkie-talkies in places with bad reception • expert local knowledge and 24-hour emergency assistance during the trip • hiking expertise and experience since 2008 • packed lunch on Sunday • one of the options below for one-night accommodation: o hostel: mixed dormitory room for up to 6 members of our group without breakfast (the hostel has a very well equipped kitchen and there are plenty of shops nearby where you can get your breakfast) o hotel: SHARED twin room with breakfast included (you will share a room with somebody from our group of the same gender) o hotel: PRIVATE room with breakfast included THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: • personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects, personal trekking insurance) ACCOMMODATION: Hostel: YHA Isle of Wight Totland. Hotel: The Wheatsheaf Hotel. TRANSPORT: As on most of our trips, we will travel in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. If you prefer to drive yourself, the ‘self-drive’ option is available on request (you can join our trip from any part of Britain)! Please PM us if you prefer this option. BOOKING: All options have now SOLD OUT. WHAT TO BRING: • towels for a hostel booking • suitable hiking shoes • waterproof & windproof clothing • nuts and energy snacks to last you during the trip • packed lunch for Sunday if you have any special dietary requirements • water bottle • small bag up to 10 kg • cap & suncream • walking poles That’s it, we will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great long weekend of hiking 😊! Refund policy: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/28871668/Refund_policy/

🏰 Hiking Corfe Castle, Studland Bay & Old Harry Rocks *MINIBUS* (HIKE FULL)

Come and join us on a hike to Corfe Castle - one of England's most majestic ruins! The first stone of Corfe Castle was laid more than 1,000 years ago and since then it has been at the centre of battles, plots and mysteries. It has been a treasury, military garrison, royal residence and family home. On this one-day hike, we will discover this iconic medieval skyscraper standing 21 metres tall, on the top of a 55-metre-high hill. Corfe Castle dominates the skyline of the Purbecks for miles around and the views are simply breathtaking. Our route will follow the Purbeck Way, taking in England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Jurassic Coast. Throughout the walk, we will enjoy awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Purbeck Hills and the Dorset coast. HIKE HIGHLIGHTS: • The golden sands of Studland Bay and Knoll Beach - one of the most prominent nudist beaches in the UK. • Stunning panoramic views of the Jurassic Coast and one of the most famous landmarks on the South Coast - Old Harry Rocks. According to legend, the 65 million-year-old chalk outcrops were named Old Harry as a euphemism for the devil, who allegedly used to nap on the rocks. Another story tells of the pirate and smuggler, Harry Paye, who attacked many merchant ships as they left Poole Harbour, storing his spoils nearby. • Wonderful panoramic views of the seaside towns of Poole and Swanage. • Ruins of the thousand-year-old Corfe Castle. DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: Distance: 11 miles (18 km). Ascent: 200 metres. Difficulty: Moderate (http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html). This hike is suited for people with a medium level of fitness. ITINERARY: 07:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 08:00 sharp departure; 11:00-15:30 hiking to Corfe Castle; 15:30-17:00 lunch/dinner in the picturesque village of Corfe Castle; 17:00 departure; 20:00 London, Hammersmith. TRANSPORT: As on most of our trips, we will travel in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. If you prefer to drive yourself, the ‘self-drive’ option is available on request (you can join our trip from any part of Britain)! Please PM us if you prefer this option. SAFETY: This hike is led by an experienced Lowland Leader. BOOKING: The trip has now SOLD OUT. THE PRICE INCLUDES: • transport • professional event organisation • guiding by an experienced Lowland Leader • walkie-talkies provided in places with bad reception • admin fee • PayPal fee WHAT TO BRING: • suitable hiking shoes and clothes • packed lunch (optional) • water That’s it, we will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great day hiking 🙂! Refund policy: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/28871668/Refund_policy/

⛪ Hiking Canterbury UNESCO World Heritage Site & North Downs Way (11 LEFT)

Escape the hustle and bustle of urban living to discover inspirational landscapes and peaceful walks along the North Downs Way National Trail! This time we will be taking an enjoyable stroll from Canterbury to Shepherdswell, with spectacular downland views amongst the finest landscapes in the country. We will start the walk in the beautiful and historic city of Canterbury. It is famous for Canterbury Cathedral, which forms part of the Canterbury UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest in England, parts of it dating from the 6th century. A 17th century bell is still rung every day to open and close the cathedral. Canterbury became a popular place of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages after the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket, who was killed in the cathedral on the orders of King Henry II in 1170. Our path will head through the city centre and then through the east of the city, climbing onto the downs. The route will take us through the pretty village of Patrixbourne with its delightful Norman church and continue through large fields of crops, passing through the attractive villages of Womenswold and Woolage on the way, before arriving at the small town of Shepherdswell. DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: Distance: 11 miles (18 km). Ascent: 100 metres. Difficulty: Moderate (http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html). The hike is mostly flat and is suitable for all ages and abilities. ITINERARY: 08:45 meet at London St Pancras International railway station on the benches next to Starbucks; 09:00 leave the meeting point to board the train; 10:15-15:30 hiking from Canterbury to Shepherdswell along the North Downs Way; 15:30-17:00 lunch/dinner at a traditional country pub, the Bell Inn, in Shepherdswell; 19:30 London Victoria. SAFETY: This hike is led by an experienced Lowland Leader. BOOKING: Payment of £36 via PayPal on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. THE PRICE INCLUDES: • train tickets • professional event organisation • guiding by an experienced Lowland Leader • walkie-talkies provided in places with bad reception • admin fee • PayPal fee WHAT TO BRING: • suitable hiking shoes and clothes • packed lunch (optional) • water That’s it, we will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great day hiking 🙂! Refund policy: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/28871668/Refund_policy/

⛰️ Hiking Snowdon & Cadair Idris Weekend Trip *MINIBUS* (13 LEFT)

The Snowdonia National Park boasts vast areas of natural beauty and unique scenery. It is known as ‘Eryri’ in Welsh, a name that can be translated as ‘the place of the eagles’. The park, which covers 838 square miles, is the largest and oldest national park in Wales, and is home to the tallest mountain in Wales and England, Mount Snowdon. There are nine mountain ranges here and they cover over half of the national park’s surface. Some of the peaks reach over 3,000 feet (915m). On the first day of our trip, we will head to the southern end of Snowdonia to climb one of Wales's best and most popular mountains - Cadair Idris. Standing at 893 metres, this crater-like mountain is speckled with folklore and legends, and boasts to be part of the famous Welsh Three Peaks Challenge, along with Snowdon and Pen Y Fan. We will do a classic horseshoe ridge walk, up the Minffordd Path on the south side and down Mynydd Moel, taking in steep gorges with cascading waterfalls, the majestic hollow of Cwm Cau with a glacial lake, Llyn Cau, as its centrepiece and superb far-reaching views of the surrounding peaks. On the second day, we will conquer Snowdon - the tallest peak in England and Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level. We will ascend to Snowdon via the Watkin Path, considered to be the second toughest route to the summit, as it starts only a little above sea level and so has more ascent than any other route. This route is also one of the most scenic. On our way to the top, we will pass ancient woodlands, beautiful waterfalls and old quarries, and enjoy some of the best views of the Snowdon Massif mountain range and lakes. The final section of the route is the most difficult and demanding as the path climbs steeply and contains loose rock and scree before reaching the summit. TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: • Visit the largest national park in Wales - Snowdonia. • Hike the famous Cadair Idris (863m) by its most dramatic path. • Enjoy a pleasant overnight stay inside the Snowdonia National Park, in the pretty village of Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon. A short walk from our accommodation is the beautiful Padarn Lake - one of the largest lakes in all of Wales. • Challenge yourself by summiting Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales, via one of its toughest and most scenic routes. ITINERARY: Saturday: 07:45 meet at the Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 08:00 sharp departure; 14:00-19:00 hiking Cadair Idris (distance: 9 km, ascent‎: 1,019 metres, difficulty: extreme*); 19:00 departure; 20:30 check-in at our accommodation, free time; Sunday: 08:00-09:00 breakfast; 09:00-10:00 driving to Snowdon; 10:00­-17:00 hiking up Snowdon via the Watkin Path (distance: 13 km, ascent‎: ‎1,015 metres, difficulty: very difficult*); 17:00 departure to London, with stops at services on our way; 22:00 London, Hammersmith. * see http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html DIFFICULTY: Please note that this is a tough trip which requires a very good level of fitness and is not suitable for novices. Good hiking boots with an ankle support and waterproof clothing are essential (see ‘What to bring’ section for more details). THE PRICE INCLUDES: • transport throughout the trip • experienced IAM/RoSPA qualified driver • professional event organisation • guiding on all hiking routes by an experienced Mountain Leader • group first aid kit with qualified first aiders • walkie-talkies provided in places with bad reception • expert local knowledge and 24-hour emergency assistance during the trip • hiking expertise and experience since 2008 • packed lunch on Sunday • one of the options below for one night's accommodation: o hostel: mixed dormitory room for up to 6 members of our group without breakfast (good breakfast at the hostel - extra £6.75 paid on the day) o hotel: SHARED twin room in a hotel with breakfast (you will share a room with somebody from our group of the same gender) o hotel: PRIVATE room in a hotel with breakfast THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: • personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects, personal trekking insurance) ACCOMMODATION: Hostel: YHA Snowdon Llanberis. Hotel: Royal Victoria Hotel Snowdonia. TRANSPORT: As on most of our trips, we will travel in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. If you prefer to drive yourself, the ‘self-drive’ option is available on request (you can join our trip from any part of Britain). Please PM us if you prefer this option. BOOKING: Payment of £128 on RSVP is required to confirm your participation and includes the HOSTEL option. If you prefer to stay in a HOTEL, please pay £168 (SHARED) or £198 (PRIVATE) using instructions below: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UX-GwwdgAlj12ma3mhtmeBBcyLZWHZq1PIfdkrMiNM4/edit?usp=sharing WHAT TO BRING: • towels for a hostel booking • suitable hiking shoes with an ankle support • waterproof & windproof clothing • nuts and energy snacks to last you during the trip • water bottle • small bag up to 10 kg • gloves/hat • walking poles • head torch That’s it, we will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great long weekend of hiking 😊! Refund policy: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/28871668/Refund_policy/

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