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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+)

🏃🏼🛶 Hiking/Kayaking Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Coastline (1 LEFT)

The LAST SPACE is for the KAYAKING option. The HIKING option has now SOLD OUT. Join us for a very special trip as we head to Dorset to discover the dramatic and famous Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage coastline! Stretching 95 miles between Old Harry Rocks and Orcombe Point, the Jurassic Coast - England’s first Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site - is the most geologically diverse coastline in the world. The exposed cliff sections allow us to look back across 185 million years; dinosaur remains have been found here and it’s a fossil-hunter’s paradise. On this trip, you can choose to explore the historic coastline in one of two ways: you can go HIKING 🏃🏼or you can join the KAYAKING tour 🛶! HIKING: This magnificent coastal hike is truly one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast and one of our favourites! Starting from the beautiful beach of Kimmeridge Bay, the path will take us to the iconic natural limestone arch of Durdle Door and the famous scallop-shaped bay of Lulworth Cove with its white pebble beach and crystal clear waters. On our way, we will pass the hidden gems of Mupe and Worbarrow Bays, the Fossil Forest, containing the most complete fossil record of a Jurassic Forest in the world, and the extraordinary small cove and geologist’s delight, Stair Hole. Most of the route follows the cliff-top trail, with stunning panoramic views of sweeping bays, folded cliffs and the sea. This is a strenuous hike, with 700 metres of ascent and three stiff climbs, but all of your efforts will be well rewarded by the jaw-dropping beauty around you 🤩! At the end of the hike, we're going to enjoy well-deserved drinks and refreshments at one of the many pubs, cafés, bistros and restaurants at Lulworth Cove before our departure back to London. To make the hike more enjoyable and fun, we're going to have no more than 15 participants - a truly personal touch and fantastic small group experience 👍! Distance: 10 miles (16 km). Ascent: 700 metres. Difficulty: MODERATE. Please see our hike gradings below: www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/[masked]/Hike_Gradings/ KAYAKING: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see Dorset's beautiful Jurassic Coastline from the water? See this amazing coastline from a completely different perspective! Under the supervision of local qualified kayaking instructors, we will marvel at amazing rock strata, formations and fossils, and enter secret caves and arches along the way, that are only accessible from the sea. The highlight of the tour is paddling through the famous natural arch of Durdle Door - a must do photo opportunity! On the day, you will be provided with a wetsuit, a helmet, buoyancy aid, neoprene socks and gloves. Please bring your swimwear (to wear under a wetsuit) and a towel. You MUST be able to swim to undertake this activity. Weight in excess of 16 stone (100 kg) needs to be brought to our attention. ITINERARY: Hiking: 08:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five-minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 09:00 sharp departure; 12:00-17:00 hiking along the Jurassic Coast from Kimmeridge Bay to Durdle Door, drinks and refreshments at Lulworth Cove; 17:00 departure; 20:00 London, Hammersmith. Kayaking: 08:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five-minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 09:00 sharp departure; 12:30-13:00 free time to explore Lulworth Cove (one of the top 10 natural wonders in Britain); 13:00-16:00 kayaking along Dorset's World Heritage Coastline; 16:00-17:00 drinks and refreshments 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. SAFETY: The hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified Lowland Leader. The kayaking tour is guided by an experienced and qualified local kayaking instructor. BOOKING: Payment of £98 on RSVP is required to confirm your participation and includes the KAYAKING option. The HIKING option has now SOLD OUT. THE PRICE INCLUDES: • transport throughout the trip • experienced IAM/RoSPA qualified driver • professional event organisation • guiding by an experienced Lowland Leader/local qualified kayaking instructor • group first aid kit with qualified first aiders • admin fee • PayPal fee WHAT TO BRING: • suitable hiking shoes and clothes (hiking) • swimwear (to wear under a wetsuit) and a towel (kayaking) • packed lunch • water That’s it - we will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great day exploring the beautiful Jurassic Coastline 🙂! Refund policy: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/28871668/Refund_policy/

💧 Hiking the Source of the River Thames *MINIBUS* (13 LEFT)

Hotel Novotel London West

£36.00

Have you ever wondered where the River Thames starts? Come and see it with your own eyes! On this day hike, we'll travel to the Cotswolds to discover the birthplace of the Thames. It starts as an insubstantial trickle in a remote meadow, known as Trewsbury Mead, and some 300 kilometres later grows into one of the world's most famous rivers, the mighty Thames, which we can see flowing through London! Our route will take us along the waters of the infant river through pastures, beautiful woodland and picturesque Cotswold villages with traditional honey-coloured Cotswold stone cottages. We'll also pass the Cotswold Water Park, which has more than 150 lakes and is popular with water sports enthusiasts, anglers, photographers and lovers of the great outdoors. To make the hike more enjoyable and fun, we're going to have no more than 15 participants - a truly personal touch and fantastic small group experience 👍! HIKE HIGHLIGHTS: • Visit the official source of the River Thames, the Thames Head. • Walk along the infant River Thames and watch a tiny trickle of water grow into a small stream, then slowly and steadily become a river. • Enjoy a delightful stroll along crystal clear lakes in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park. • Discover the pleasant small town of Cricklade, dating back to Saxon times. • Explore the picture-perfect villages of Ewen and Ashton Keynes with their many beautiful, old buildings made of glowing Cotswold stone. • Follow the Thames Path National Trail, one of the UK's most magnificent long-distance walking trails, travelling for 184 miles (296 kilometres) along the River Thames from its source to the Thames Barrier in Greenwich, London. DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: Distance: 13 miles (20 km). Ascent: 70 metres. Difficulty: EASY. Please see our hike gradings below: www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/[masked]/Hike_Gradings/ ITINERARY: 08:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five-minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 09:00 sharp departure; 11:00-16:00 hiking from the source of the River Thames to Cricklade; 16:00-17:00 drinks and refreshments in the historic 9th-century Saxon town of Cricklade; 17:00 departure; 19:00 London, Hammersmith. TRANSPORT: As on most of our trips, we'll travel in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. FOOD: We'll stop for a snack lunch halfway through the hike. Please bring a packed lunch with you. After the hike we're going to enjoy very well-deserved drinks and refreshments in Cricklade 🍺. SAFETY: This hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified Lowland Leader. BOOKING: Payment of £36 via PayPal on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. THE PRICE INCLUDES: • transport throughout the trip • experienced IAM/RoSPA qualified driver • professional event organisation • guiding by an experienced Lowland Leader • group first aid kit with qualified first aiders • walkie-talkies provided in places with bad reception • admin 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 🙂! Refund policy: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/28871668/Refund_policy/

⛰️ Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Weekend *MINIBUS* (8 LEFT)

Hotel Novotel London West

£198.00

Join us for an epic, action-packed weekend in the Yorkshire Dales National Park! Travelling to the Dales on Friday evening, on Saturday we will tackle one of Britain's best-known challenge walks - the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. The 39-kilometre trail, including over 1,500 metres of ascent, will take us over three highest peaks of Yorkshire: Pen-y-Ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m). The challenge is to complete the walk in 12 hours. The walk is extremely rewarding, through some of the very best scenery the UK has to offer. It is, however, very demanding and requires a solid level of fitness. Having said that, last year the entire group completed the challenge in under 11 hours! Come along and test yourself 🤩! On Sunday, we will do another Yorkshire Dales classic. Starting right from our hostel's front door, the circular walk will take us through some of the best limestone scenery in the Dales. We will visit the magical Janet's Foss waterfall, scramble up the high rocky waterfall at Gordale Scar, admire quiet Malham Tarn and see the famous, huge curved limestone cliff of Malham Cove. To make the weekend more enjoyable and fun, we're going to have two hike leaders with no more than 15 participants - a truly personal touch and fantastic small group experience 👍! TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: • Spend an enjoyable weekend in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. • Complete the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, which will leave you with a fantastic sense of achievement and great memories! • Discover the stunning scenery of Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss Waterfall - some of the most impressive sights in the whole of the Yorkshire Dales. • Stay overnight in Malham - one of the most spectacular and popular villages in the Yorkshire Dales. The dramatic limestone scenery is just a stone's throw from the village centre. • Enjoy a truly personal touch and fantastic small group experience with 2 hike leaders per no more than 15 participants. ITINERARY: Friday: 18:15 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five-minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 18:30 sharp departure; 23:30 accommodation this evening will be provided en route to the Yorkshire Dales; Saturday: 07:00-07:30 breakfast; 07:30 departure; 08:30-19:30 Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge (difficulty: DIFFICULT*, distance: 39 km, ascent: 1,585 metres); 19:30-20:30 dinner; 21:00 check-in at our accommodation and free time; Sunday: 08:00-08:30 breakfast; 09:00-13:00 hiking Malham Cove, Malham Tarn and Gordale Scar (difficulty: EXTREME*, distance: 12 km, ascent: 307 metres); 13:00-14:00 lunch in Malham; 14:00 departure; 20:00 London, Hammersmith. * Please see our hike gradings below: www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/[masked]/Hike_Gradings/ DIFFICULTY & EQUIPMENT: Please note that this is a tough trip which requires a very good level of fitness and a good head for heights for the scramble up Gordale Scar on Sunday. Some experience of mountains or hill walking is required. Good hiking boots with 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 Saturday • Friday night's accommodation at a hotel in a shared twin room (you will share a room with somebody from our group of the same gender) with breakfast included • Saturday night's accommodation at a hostel in a mixed dormitory room for up to 4 members of our group without breakfast (good breakfast at the hostel - extra £6.75 paid on the day) 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: Friday: Holiday Inn Express Burnley Hotel. Saturday: YHA Malham Hostel. TRANSPORT: As on most of our trips, we will travel in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. BOOKING: Payment of £198 on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. WHAT TO BRING: • HEAD TORCH • towels • suitable hiking shoes with ankle support • waterproof & windproof clothing • nuts and energy snacks to last you during the trip • packed lunch for Saturday if you have any special dietary requirements • water bottle • small bag up to 10 kg • gloves/hat/cap • walking poles (optional) 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/Kayaking Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Coastline (7 LEFT)

Due to popular demand, we're repeating this beautiful trip! Join us for a very special trip as we head to Dorset to discover the dramatic and famous Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage coastline! Stretching 95 miles between Old Harry Rocks and Orcombe Point, the Jurassic Coast - England’s first Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site - is the most geologically diverse coastline in the world. The exposed cliff sections allow us to look back across 185 million years; dinosaur remains have been found here and it’s a fossil-hunter’s paradise. On this trip, you can choose to explore the historic coastline in one of two ways: you can go HIKING 🏃🏼or you can join the KAYAKING tour 🛶! HIKING: This magnificent coastal hike is truly one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast and one of our favourites! Starting from the beautiful beach of Kimmeridge Bay, the path will take us to the iconic natural limestone arch of Durdle Door and the famous scallop-shaped bay of Lulworth Cove with its white pebble beach and crystal clear waters. On our way, we will pass the hidden gems of Mupe and Worbarrow Bays, the Fossil Forest, containing the most complete fossil record of a Jurassic Forest in the world, and the extraordinary small cove and geologist’s delight, Stair Hole. Most of the route follows the cliff-top trail, with stunning panoramic views of sweeping bays, folded cliffs and the sea. This is a strenuous hike, with 700 metres of ascent and three stiff climbs, but all of your efforts will be well rewarded by the jaw-dropping beauty around you 🤩! At the end of the hike, we're going to enjoy well-deserved drinks and refreshments at one of the many pubs, cafés, bistros and restaurants at Lulworth Cove before our departure back to London. To make the hike more enjoyable and fun, we're going to have no more than 14 participants - a truly personal touch and fantastic small group experience 👍! Distance: 10 miles (16 km). Ascent: 700 metres. Difficulty: MODERATE. Please see our hike gradings below: www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/[masked]/Hike_Gradings/ KAYAKING: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see Dorset's beautiful Jurassic Coastline from the water? See this amazing coastline from a completely different perspective! Under the supervision of local qualified kayaking instructors, we will marvel at amazing rock strata, formations and fossils, and enter secret caves and arches along the way, that are only accessible from the sea. The highlight of the tour is paddling through the famous natural arch of Durdle Door - a must do photo opportunity! On the day, you will be provided with a wetsuit, a helmet, buoyancy aid, neoprene socks and gloves. Please bring your swimwear (to wear under a wetsuit) and a towel. You MUST be able to swim to undertake this activity. Weight in excess of 16 stone (100 kg) needs to be brought to our attention. ITINERARY: Hiking: 08:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five-minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 09:00 sharp departure; 12:00-17:00 hiking along the Jurassic Coast from Kimmeridge Bay to Durdle Door, drinks and refreshments at Lulworth Cove; 17:00 departure; 20:00 London, Hammersmith. Kayaking: 08:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five-minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 09:00 sharp departure; 12:30-13:00 free time to explore Lulworth Cove (one of the top 10 natural wonders in Britain); 13:00-16:00 kayaking along Dorset's World Heritage Coastline; 16:00-17:00 drinks and refreshments 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. SAFETY: The hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified Lowland Leader. The kayaking tour is guided by an experienced and qualified local kayaking instructor. BOOKING: Payment of £40 on RSVP is required to confirm your participation and includes the HIKING option. If you would like to join the KAYAKING tour, please pay £98 using instructions below: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1x-pbaTjmhNcgwpZ2BT4eRlh8nN5wmnbo-XsqKTDRODI/edit?usp=sharing THE PRICE INCLUDES: • transport throughout the trip • experienced IAM/RoSPA qualified driver • professional event organisation • guiding by an experienced Lowland Leader/local qualified kayaking instructor • group first aid kit with qualified first aiders • admin fee • PayPal fee WHAT TO BRING: • suitable hiking shoes and clothes (hiking) • swimwear (to wear under a wetsuit) and a towel (kayaking) • packed lunch • water That’s it - we will take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great day exploring the beautiful Jurassic Coastline 🙂! Refund policy: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/28871668/Refund_policy/

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