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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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Upcoming events (4)

Hiking along the Thames to Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires + MAP READING 🗺️

Join us on this great journey along the River Thames as we walk from ancient Newbridge to the university city of Oxford! Only 60 kilometers from the source of the Thames, which lies in a remote meadow on the edge of the small village of Kemble, this section of the river is surprisingly remote and tranquil. Throughout the walk, we'll enjoy lovely views over the river, weirs, countryside and locks. On our way we will see the oldest bridge over the main Thames, built in 1250, which despite its age is still in use today! We will also pass the Swinford Toll Bridge, one of the last two remaining toll bridges over the river, with cars having to pay 5p to cross it 😊 The climax of the walk is the beautiful city of Oxford, which we will approach through the vast expanse of the ancient Port Meadow with lovely views of the famous dreaming spires. As an alumna of the University of Oxford, I will tell you more about the traditions of the world's second oldest university and take you on a small tour around the city. The hike will finish in an atmospheric but well-hidden 14th century Turf Tavern pub, that has served many celebrities including Margaret Thatcher, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen Hawking, Emma Watson and Bill Clinton. HIKE DESCRIPTION: On this day hike, we will walk along the Thames Path National Trail, a 184 mile (296km) route that follows the UK's best known river from its source in a remote Cotswold meadow to the Thames Barrier in the heart of London. During this almost 300km journey the Thames goes through many changes - from rural and quiet with barely any settlement next to the source to royal Thames with castles and palaces as it approaches London. On this hike, we will walk the more remote part of the river. The hike will start from the New Bridge, which despite its name is the oldest bridge over the main Thames, dating from around 1250. It was built from stone from nearby Taynton quarries, same stone that helped build Oxford colleges and even St Paul's Cathedral. From there we will continue to Northmoor Lock and then Bablock Hythe, the best known of all the Thames crossings, where Romans forded and where later for about 1,000 years was a ferry crossing. The route will then take us to the Swinford Toll Bridge, one of the last two remaining privately owned toll bridges on the Thames. The bridge is governed by its own Act of Parliament, which allows the bridge owner to collect tolls tax-free and makes the building of bridges for three miles upstream or downstream illegal. Cars have to pay 5p to cross the bridge! After stopping for lunch at the nearby Talbot Inn (feel free to bring your own packed lunch), we will continue along the Thames through woodland and open pasture to the remains of Godstow Nunnery, founded in 1133. Ironically, the best-surviving fragment of the nunnery is the lovely Trout Inn pub across the bridge, built as its hospice! The last stretch before entering central Oxford is a delightful walk across the vast, open grazing of Port Meadow with magnificent views of Oxford's famous skyline of spires. DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: Distance: 16 miles (26 km). Difficulty: Challenging (http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html). This hike is suited for those with a medium level of fitness. The walk is very flat with no hills, it's graded challenging due to longer distance. MEETING POINT: We will meet at the London Paddington railway station on the benches next to Burger King (WHSmith is right opposite it) at 8:15am and leave the meeting point at 8:25am. Planned arrival time back to London is 8:20pm. FOOD: We will stop for lunch at the Talbot Inn. Feel free to bring your own packed lunch! After the hike, we will visit the 14th century Turf Tavern pub, where you can purchase food and a very well-deserved beer 🙂 SAFETY: This hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified hike leader. BOOKING: Payment of £34 via PayPal on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. WHAT TO BRING: • suitable hiking shoes and clothes • packed lunch (optional) • water We will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great day hiking! 🙂

Hiking North Lakes Weekend Trip *GOING BY MINIBUS*

The Lake District, a region and national park in northwest England, is a popular holiday destination. It’s known for its glacial ribbon lakes, rugged fell mountains and historic literary associations. Market towns such as Kendal, Keswick and Ambleside are bases for exploring the area and home to traditional inns, galleries of local art and outdoor equipment shops. During this trip, we will focus on the Northern Lake District region. Based in Keswick - the vibrant heart of the North Lakes, we are going to climb the two giants of the Northern Fells mountain range - Skiddaw & Blencathra, and enjoy astonishing views from their snowy summits. TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: • experience winter in the Lake District • climb to the snowy peak of Skiddaw (931m) • hike the horseshoe route including Blencathra/Saddleback (868m) • spend the night in the heart of the Lakes – town Keswick • enjoy lunch in an authentic Horse & Farrier Inn, built in 1688 ITINERARY: Saturday: 07:45 meet at the Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (near Hammersmith Station); 08:00 departure; 14:00-19:00 conquering the sixth highest mountain in England - Skiddaw (distance: 15km, ascent: 900m; sunset at 17:00, some night walking); 19:00 check-in at the accommodation, free time to explore Keswick for dinner; Sunday: 08:00-08:30 breakfast; 08:30 departure; 09:00-13:00 hiking up to the summit of Blencathra (distance‎: ‎10km, ascent‎: ‎700m); 13:00-14:00 lunch in a traditional 17th century Horse & Farrier Inn with stunning views of Blencathra; 14:00 departure; 21:00 London, Hammersmith. DIFFICULTY OF HIKES: Difficult (Skiddaw) & Challenging (Blencathra) (http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html). 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: 4 or 6-bedded mixed dormitory rooms without breakfast o hotel: shared twin room with breakfast included (you will be sharing a room with somebody from the group of the same gender) o hotel: private single 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: Overnight we will stay in the beautiful Lakeland town of Keswick. Hotel: 3-star Derwentwater Hotel. Hostel: Denton House. TRANSPORT: As on most of our trips, we will be travelling in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. BOOKING: If you prefer to stay in a hostel, payment of £98 on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. Alternatively, if you'd like to stay in a hotel, please pay £128 (shared twin room) or £178 (private single room) via Paypal using one of the links below. Please leave your name & the date of the trip in a note or PM us. https://www.paypal.me/evebus/128 https://www.paypal.me/evebus/178 WHAT TO BRING: • HEAD TORCH • towels for those who choose to stay in a hostel • suitable hiking shoes • waterproof & windproof clothes • nuts and energy snacks to last you during the trip • packed lunch if you have any special dietary requirements • water bottle • small bag up to 15kg • gloves/hat/cap • walking poles That’s it, we will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great long weekend of hiking!

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro – Africa's highest peak ⛰️

Parkview Inn

£220.00

Join London Social Hiking group on an adventure of a lifetime, as we head towards Tanzania to climb Mt Kilimanjaro! Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania. With an elevation of 5,895 m, Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in the entire African continent and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world (meaning it is not connected to a series of mountain ranges)! We will be climbing Kilimanjaro along the Machame Route in 7 days. ABOUT MACHAME ROUTE: The Machame route, also referred to as the Whiskey route, is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro and a favourite for us. Machame route has one of the highest summit success rates given the topography and nature of the route which allows climbers to “trek high & sleep low” hence making it a more favourable route for acclimatisation. This route offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain. The Machame route starts in the southwest side of the mountain and proceeds steeply north, traversing the Shira plateau and eventually joining the Shira and Lemosho routes just after the Shira cave camp. The Machame route can be done in a minimum of 6 days but a 7-day trek is recommended to allow climbers to be well-rested and acclimatised before making the final ascent to the summit. Since 2015, we have been completing Kilimanjaro routes with a success rate of 95% of participants reaching the summit! Here you can watch short videos from our previous trips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=NTnyD--O9Vk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKcJDgooo1I ITINERARY: 24th Feb Arrive in Tanzania – overnight stay in Moshi & orientation for the climb 25th Feb to 3rd Mar Kilimanjaro climb After the climb, we recommend to book a Safari trip or spend a few days on Zanzibar beaches. These options are available too. PAYMENT: We have a special offer from a Tanzanian tour operator to do the Machame route in 7 days for $1825. The deposit of 15% should be paid in advance to secure your place by RSVP'ing to this event, with the remaining balance ($1550) paid on the day before the climb in Tanzania (Moshi). Flight tickets are not included and start from £350 return. For groups of 5+, the tour operator offers a discount! THE PRICE OF $1825 INCLUDES: • 18% VAT on tour fees & services • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees • Three season mountain tents • Double layered sleeping mats • Transportation to & from the park gate • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters • 3 meals a day while on the mountain • Filtered water throughout the trek • Pre & post trek accommodation at the Parkview Inn • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) • 2-way private airport transfers THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: • Flights • Tips to the mountain crew • Items of a personal nature • Laundry services • Doctor for the group • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$70 per toilet + toilet tent) • Trekking insurance (please check with your bank or book via NOMAD or similar). ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If you would like to join the trip, Max (the organiser of this meetup) would be more than happy to answer your questions in a personal message.

National Three Peaks Challenge in 24h 🏆

Evebus

£298.00

Join us for an iconic British walking challenge - the National Three Peaks challenge in 24 hours! During the challenge, we will attempt to climb the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike & Snowdon) - all within 24 hours, which includes 460 miles (740km) of driving between them! We travel to Scotland on Saturday, staying overnight at the Glen Nevis campsite at the foot of Ben Nevis with spectacular views on the mountain. Early next morning, we start climbing Ben Nevis, climb Scafell Pike in England in the afternoon and finish the challenge with a night ascent of Snowdon! This is an active event and people participating should have the necessary fitness to walk over five hours per climb. You will be guided by an experienced Mountain Leader throughout the challenge. ITINERARY: Saturday: 7:45am meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (5 minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 8:00 departure; 20:00 arrive to Fort William in Scotland, check-in at the Glen Nevis campsite; Sunday: 5:00-6:00 breakfast; 6:00 start climbing Ben Nevis; 11:00 finish Ben Nevis and start driving to Scafell Pike; 17:00 arrive and start climbing Scafell Pike; 21:00 finish Scafell Pike and start driving to Snowdon; Monday: 2:00 arrive and start climbing Snowdon; 6:00 finish Snowdon and complete the challenge; 6:00-8:00 take a shower, have breakfast; 8:00-14:00 relax on the shore of the beautiful Padarn Lake; 14:00 departure; 20:00 London, Hammersmith. Travel times may vary depending on traffic/weather conditions and the fitness level of the group. DIFFICULTY: Over 24 hours, you will trek around 23 miles (37km) and ascend to a total height of almost 3,000m. This is a serious and tough challenge which requires a good level of fitness, as well as plenty of grit and determination. Ultimately, however, your hard work will be rewarded with spectacular views and a huge sense of achievement!!! 🏅 THE PRICE INCLUDES: • transport throughout the challenge • a dedicated driver, who won't be walking, for the duration of the challenge • professional event organisation • guiding throughout the challenge 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 • one of the options below for one night's accommodation: o place in a large tent, shared with the person of the same gender from our group (tent is provided if requested 48h before the start of the trip) o bed for one in a shared (single gender) camping pod o camping pod for your private use THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: • food during the trip • personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects, personal trekking insurance) ACCOMMODATION: On Saturday night we will be staying at the Glen Nevis campsite in Fort William with stunning views to Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains. http://www.glen-nevis.co.uk/campsite/ Irrespective of the type of accommodation that you choose (a tent or a camping pod), the campsite has excellent facilities, with washrooms with toilets, free hot showers, wash hand basins, razor points and hand dryers. TRANSPORT: As on most of our trips, we will be travelling in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. BOOKING: If you prefer to stay in a tent, payment of £298 on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. If you'd like to stay in a camping pod, please pay £348 (shared pod) or £398 (private pod) via Paypal using one of the links below. Please leave your name & the date of the trip in a note or PM us. https://www.paypal.me/evebus/348 https://www.paypal.me/evebus/398 WHAT TO BRING: • HEAD TORCH • towels • sleeping mats & bags for those that stay in tents • sleeping bags or bedding for those that stay in camping pods as bedding is not provided • comfortable hiking shoes with ankle support • waterproof & windproof clothes • nuts and energy snacks to last you during the trip • water bottle • small bag up to 15kg • gloves/hat/cap • walking poles • swimwear That’s it, we will take care of the rest, so just turn up and enjoy your Three Peaks Challenge adventure!!!

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World Clean-Up 🌍

Evebus

£28.00

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