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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 (5+)

Seven Sisters Coastal Day Hike + FISH & CHIPS (HIKE FULL)

London Victoria Rail Station

£28.00

Come and join us for a legendary and one of the most spectacular coastal hikes in the South East of England! We’re off to the Seven Sisters – a series of white chalk cliffs found on the coast of East Sussex by the English Channel. They are thought to have formed by glacier meltwater at the end of the last Ice Age (10,000 BC): the meltwater carved steep-sided valleys, which were then truncated by sea erosion into the cliffs we see today. On this hike, we will walk the classic Seven Sisters route from Seaford to Eastbourne. This is a challenging hike with 500 metres of ascent spread over 20+ kilometres and virtually non-stop climbing and descending! For pretty much the whole hike we will enjoy stunning panoramic views over the coastline and the English Channel. TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: • Enjoy breathtaking views of world famous white chalk cliffs and the English Channel. • Visit Beachy Head – the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 meters. This well-known beauty spot has also a darker side. • Enjoy walks along Eastbourne’s and Seaford's beautiful promenades and piers. • Discover Belle Tout lighthouse, built in 1828. Due to a danger of falling into the sea because of cliff erosion, in 1999 the lighthouse was moved 17 meters away from the cliff edge using hydraulic jacks. In 2010, the lighthouse was turned into a luxury B&B, with a lounge having a 360-degree view. • See Martello Tower – a fortress built by the British Empire in the early 18th century to guard Britain from possible Napoleonic invasion. A total of 103 Martello Towers were built in England, set at regular intervals along the southeastern coast. • There will be lots of climbing and descending – an excellent way to challenge yourself! DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: Distance: 16 miles (25 km). Difficulty: Difficult (http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html). The hike is suited for people with a medium or excellent level of fitness or for those that want to challenge themselves. There will be a total of 8+ hills to hike up and down. There will be various options to shorten the hike; however, the aim is to complete the full route. MEETING POINT: We will meet at the London Victoria railway station on the benches opposite Wasabi at 7.55am and leave the meeting point at 8.10am. Planned arrival time back to London, depending on the pace of the group, is about 9pm. FOOD: We will stop for a snack lunch halfway through the hike, so please bring a packed lunch with you. After the hike, we have booked a table for the group in the fabulous Dolphin Fish Bar restaurant in Eastbourne - the best seafood place in town with a lot of happy customers! Portion sizes are very good and prices are reasonable 👍. SAFETY: This hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified hike leader. BOOKING: Payment of £28 via PayPal on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. THE PRICE INCLUDES: • train tickets • hike leader’s fee • PayPal fee WHAT TO BRING: • suitable hiking shoes and clothes • packed lunch • water That’s it, we will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great day hiking 🙂!

🐚 Hiking Jurassic Coast - UNESCO World Heritage Site *GOING BY MINIBUS*

We’re off to the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site to hike one of the most spectacular paths in the south of England! Starting from the popular seaside resort of Weymouth, this magnificent coastal hike passes the famous and much photographed beautiful secluded Lulworth Cove with its white pebble beach and blue waters and the iconic natural limestone arch of Durdle Door. On our way, we will see lovely bays and beaches and enjoy excellent views of the Isle of Portland, which was host of the sailing events of the 2012 Olympics. Most of the route follows the cliff top trail with fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding coastline and the sea. This is a challenging hike with 750 meters of ascent and some very steep climbs up the chalk cliffs but all of your efforts will be well rewarded by the jaw-dropping beauty around you! HIKE HIGHLIGHTS: • Visit the magnificent natural arch of Durdle Door - one of the most well known and photographed landmarks along Dorset's famous Jurassic Coast. • Walk along the Jurassic Coast, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List for the area’s important fossil sites and unique rock formations spanning the Mesozoic Era, or some 185 million years of the Earth's history. You might even be able to spot a few fossils yourself! • Discover Lulworth Cove - the famous horseshoe bay with its white pebble beach and crystal clear waters. Right next to it is the extraordinary small cove and geologist’s delight Stair Hole. • Take in dramatic panoramic views from White Nothe - one of the highest cliffs along the Dorset Coast with superb views of Weymouth and the Isle of Portland. • Visit Weymouth, which has long been one of the most popular seaside resorts in Britain. Walk along the fine Georgian esplanade with stunning sea views and a panorama of the beautiful golden sands of Weymouth beach. • Explore the beautiful Bowleaze Cove. The painting of it by the great landscape painter John Constable hangs in the National Gallery. DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: Distance: 12 miles (20 km). Ascent: 750 meters. Difficulty: Difficult (http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html). There will be a few very steep climbs and descents and a significant overall elevation gain, therefore the hike is suited for people with a medium level of fitness that want to challenge themselves or excellent fitness. ITINERARY: 07:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 08:00 sharp departure; 11:00-17:00 hiking along the Jurassic Coast from Weymouth to Lulworth Cove, snack dinner at Lulworth Cove; 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 the hike from any part of Britain)! Please PM us if you prefer this option. FOOD: We will stop for a snack lunch halfway through the hike, so please bring a packed lunch with you. After the hike, if you feel peckish there are a few nice cafés and pubs at Lulworth Cove for you to explore - perfect for a quick meal before departure to London! 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. THE PRICE INCLUDES: • transport • hike leader’s fee • PayPal fee WHAT TO BRING: • suitable hiking shoes and clothes • packed lunch • water We will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great day hiking! 🙂

⛰️ Hiking Scottish Highlands (LONG BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND) *GOING BY MINIBUS*

We are going on a new exciting four-day trip! Dig deep with us into Scotland’s treasures by going beyond the expected destinations. Yes, Glasgow will charm you with its transforming innovation and the globally recognised “People Make Glasgow”. And yes, Edinburgh will transport you to its medieval history by walking its winding, cobbled streets. However, you have not experienced the real Scotland until you have ventured into its untouched wilderness. North to South, East to West, Scotland presents an unforgettable experience for those looking to appreciate the purity of its nature and outdoor splendor. Enjoy the loud silences of the glens and the undeniable power of the North-West coastline. Feel at one with your surroundings by enjoying what Scotland has to offer by scrambling its daunting cliffs and rock edges. These efforts are not without reward; behind every Scottish ben there is treasure whether it be a crystal clear waterfall with pools, an overlooking view of craggy mountaintops, or hidden caves and burns, each with their own story to tell. TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: • Highlands & Loch Lomond • Glen Coe & the Lost Valley • Fort William & Ben Nevis Range • Glen Nevis & Steall waterfall • Isle of Skye & Fairy Pools • North of the Isle of Skye – the Storr & Quiraing, hill circuits • Cuillin Mountains & Eas Mòr waterfall ITINERARY: Thursday: 22:00 meet at Hotel Novotel London West, Shortlands, W6 8DR (near Hammersmith Station); 22:30 sharp departure; 22:30 start of our journey to Scotland; Friday: 07:00-08:00 stop for breakfast near Premier Inn Glasgow Airport & meet the group traveling from other parts of Britain; 08:00-12:00 picturesque route through Loch Lomond & Glen Coe Valley with coffee stop in Luss; 12:00-13:30 stop for lunch near Ben Nevis; 14:00-18:00 hiking to Steall waterfall (Moderate, Distance: 12 Km/Ascent: 300 metres); 19:00 check in at the hotel; 19:00 free time in Fort William near Loch Eil (recommended to book for Sunday: Crannog Seafood Restaurant / Lochleven Seafood Café); Saturday: 07:30-08:00 breakfast; 08:00 departure; 11:00-18:00 scrambling Cuillin Mountains of the Isle of Skye, Fairy Pools (Very Difficult, Distance: 12 Km/Ascent: 1500 metres); 19:00 hotel in Kyle; Sunday: 07:30-08:00 breakfast; 09:30-12:30 Quiraing, hill circuit (Challenging, Distance: 7 Km/Ascent: 400 metres); 13:00-17:00 the Storr ascent (Challenging, Distance: 8 Km/Ascent: 640 metres); 20:00 hotel, free time in Fort William near Loch Eil & dinner in a seafood restaurant; Monday: 08:30-09:00 breakfast; 09:30-11:30 the Lost Valley of Glen Coe (Moderate, Distance: 4 Km/Ascent: 400 metres); 13:00-13:15 stop near Premier Inn Glasgow Airport; 13:15-22:00 on our route to England; 22:00 Hammersmith, London. OPTIONS OF JOINING US: A 18.04 (22:00) London - 22.04 (22:00) London (four days/four nights) B 19.04 (07:30) Glasgow - 22.04 (22:00) London (four days/three nights) C 19.04 (07:30) Glasgow - 22.04 (13:00) Glasgow (four days/three nights) HIKE DESCRIPTIONS: DAY 1 (Friday, 19.04): The first day of our trip is dedicated to waterfalls. Steall Falls is a gem hidden in the valley of the River Nevis. We will walk along the rocky path of the gorge among the stunning scenery. We will be able to enjoy the fascinating views of the second largest waterfall in Scotland and go through the picturesque places that are accessible only to backpackers. The road will lead us to the hanging bridge and the river. The length of our route will be 12 km, we will overcome 300 meters of vertical ascent and make many amazing photos. DAY 2 (Saturday, 20.04): The second day of our journey will be even more intense and active. We will spend it on the Isle of Skye, representing part of the Inner Hebrides. According to National Geographic, this is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. It is famous for its fantastic landscapes, mountains, valleys and waterfalls. We will climb to the top of the Cuillin Mountains and witness the pristine natural beauty. Our way back down will pass through the picturesque forest valley of Brittle, along the path that will lead us to Fairy Pools – where every evening fairies wash their wings, bring milk and white bread. 😀 DAY 3 (Sunday, 21.04): On the third day of our trip we will continue hiking around the Isle of Skye. This time we will head to its northern part. We will do a circular route through the Quiraing hills, which, in translation from Norse, means “round fold”. From the first minute, we will discover some of the most spectacular views in Scotland: hidden plateaus and cliff peaks, precipices and meadows, trails and ravines. The Quiraing circular route is a loop that will eventually return us to the starting point. The second part of our hike is in the place called the Old Man of Storr. It is considered to be the pearl of the Isle of Skye. We will climb to the rock, the outlines of which in certain angles resemble the face of an old man, which is where its name derives from. Landscapes of the mountain range of Storr possess incomprehensible natural magnetism. This is probably what our planet looked like in prehistoric times. To fans of good cinema and Ridley Scott these landscapes are familiar from the movie “Prometheus”. DAY 4 (Monday, 22.04) The fourth day of our journey will allow you to relax a bit. We will do an easy route to the mysterious valley of Glen Coe. We will hike to the three peaks of the North-Scottish Highlands, known as the “Three Sisters”. Among the mountain trails, majestic peaks, rivers, streams, waterfalls and lakes, a picturesque valley has been lost, which is sometimes called the “Lost Valley” or “Valley of Tears” (due to the sad history of the Macdonald family). Formed by the explosions of an ancient volcano over four hundred million years ago, it still impresses with its mysterious landscapes, breathtaking and disturbing imagination. Unsurprisingly, many movie shots have been taken here. We will visit one of the most memorable places in Scotland, learn the history and secrets of the “Lost Valley” and enjoy the fabulous views of nature. 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 • three-nights accommodation in a shared twin room in a hotel with breakfast included (you will share a room with a person of the same gender from our group) THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: • food during the trip • travel to the starting and finishing points of 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: The Imperial Hotel, Alexandra Hotel, Clan Macduff Hotel, Kings Arms Hotel, Kyle Hotel, Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club or similar of the same quality. TRANSPORT: As on most of our trips, we will travel in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. If you do not require transport: “self-drive” option (to join our trip in your own car from any part of Britain) is available on request! Please PM us. BOOKING: If you prefer to join us in London and return to London (option A, see options of joining us above), payment of £378 on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. If you prefer options B (£358) or C (£328), please pay 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/358 https://www.paypal.me/evebus/328 WHAT TO BRING: • 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! 😊

🏆 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!!!

Past events (23)

Seals of Norfolk Coastal Day Hike (HIKE FULL) 🌊

ibis London City - Shoreditch Hotel

£34.00

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