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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)

🧀 Cheddar Gorge and Cheese Day Trip (GROUP 1)

Novotel London West

£68.00

****************** This hike is now FULL. (UPDATE) The Government has confirmed that we're EXEMPT from the latest restrictions, therefore the trip goes ahead as planned. Full details below: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/30826961/Update_On_Government_Restrictions_%28Rule_of_6%29/ In line with government guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, this trip is FOR A REDUCED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS. ******************* Come and join us on a trip to one of the UK's most famous beauty spots! At 400ft (122m) deep and three miles (4.8km) long, Cheddar Gorge is England's largest gorge, boasting subterranean caverns with impressive displays of stalactites and stalagmites. Britain's oldest complete human skeleton, known as Cheddar Man, was found here, as was some extremely rare Ice Age art. Cheddar is also the birthplace of the world-famous Cheddar cheese. We're going to visit the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company - a family-owned, independent small artisan cheesemaker, that makes the only authentic Cheddar cheese in the world! Cheese is produced by hand, using traditional methods, such as using raw milk, traditional animal rennet, and a cloth wrapping. Of course, no visit would be complete without tasting the renowned authentic Cheddar cheese and purchasing some gifts for your friends and loved ones! COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/30522034/Covid-19_Safety_Measures/ TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: • Enjoy a cliff-top walk around the famous Cheddar Gorge, with its weathered crags and pinnacles. There will be some rocky paths and stiff climbs, but all of your efforts will be well rewarded by the jaw-dropping beauty around you! • Visit the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company, and taste the only authentic Cheddar cheese. You'll be able to taste traditional cave matured cheddar and flavoured cheddars (chilli, port, cider, garlic and chives, etc.). • Enjoy a relaxed, circular walk around Cheddar Reservoir, with superb views of the Mendip Hills, Cheddar Gorge and Somerset Levels. ITINERARY: 07:45 meet outside Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (a five-minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 08:00 sharp departure; 11:00-13:30 Cheddar Gorge cliff-top walk (difficulty: MODERATE*, distance: 5km, ascent: 230m); 13:30-15:30 lunch in Cheddar village, Cheddar cheese tasting and visiting gift shops; 15:30-17:00 walk around Cheddar Reservoir (difficulty: EASY*, distance: 4km, ascent: 60m); 17:00 departure; 20:00 London, Hammersmith. * Please see our hike gradings below: www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/[masked]/Hike_Gradings/ TRANSPORT: As on most of our trips, we'll travel in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. FOOD: There will be a variety of nice cafés, tearooms and restaurants in Cheddar village to have lunch. However, feel free to bring your own packed lunch. SAFETY: The hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified hike leader. BOOKING: Payment of £68 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 • Admin fee • PayPal fee WHAT TO BRING: • Face mask or face covering • Suitable hiking shoes with ankle support • Waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers • Gloves/hat/cap • Water bottle (min 1L) • Packed lunch (optional) • Walking poles (optional) • Gaiters (optional) That’s it - we'll take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great day! 😊 Refund policy: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/28871668/Refund_policy/

🧀 Cheddar Gorge and Cheese Day Trip (GROUP 2)

Novotel London West

£68.00

****************** This hike is now FULL. (UPDATE) The Government has confirmed that we're EXEMPT from the latest restrictions, therefore the trip goes ahead as planned. Full details below: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/30826961/Update_On_Government_Restrictions_%28Rule_of_6%29/ In line with government guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, this trip is FOR A REDUCED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS. ******************* Come and join us on a trip to one of the UK's most famous beauty spots! At 400ft (122m) deep and three miles (4.8km) long, Cheddar Gorge is England's largest gorge, boasting subterranean caverns with impressive displays of stalactites and stalagmites. Britain's oldest complete human skeleton, known as Cheddar Man, was found here, as was some extremely rare Ice Age art. Cheddar is also the birthplace of the world-famous Cheddar cheese. We're going to visit the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company - a family-owned, independent small artisan cheesemaker, that makes the only authentic Cheddar cheese in the world! Cheese is produced by hand, using traditional methods, such as using raw milk, traditional animal rennet, and a cloth wrapping. Of course, no visit would be complete without tasting the renowned authentic Cheddar cheese and purchasing some gifts for your friends and loved ones! COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/30522034/Covid-19_Safety_Measures/ TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: • Enjoy a cliff-top walk around the famous Cheddar Gorge, with its weathered crags and pinnacles. There will be some rocky paths and stiff climbs, but all of your efforts will be well rewarded by the jaw-dropping beauty around you! • Visit the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company, and taste the only authentic Cheddar cheese. You'll be able to taste traditional cave matured cheddar and flavoured cheddars (chilli, port, cider, garlic and chives, etc.). • Enjoy a relaxed, circular walk around Cheddar Reservoir, with superb views of the Mendip Hills, Cheddar Gorge and Somerset Levels. ITINERARY: 07:45 meet outside Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (a five-minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 08:00 sharp departure; 11:00-13:30 Cheddar Gorge cliff-top walk (difficulty: MODERATE*, distance: 5km, ascent: 230m); 13:30-15:30 lunch in Cheddar village, Cheddar cheese tasting and visiting gift shops; 15:30-17:00 walk around Cheddar Reservoir (difficulty: EASY*, distance: 4km, ascent: 60m); 17:00 departure; 20:00 London, Hammersmith. * Please see our hike gradings below: www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/[masked]/Hike_Gradings/ TRANSPORT: As on most of our trips, we'll travel in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi. FOOD: There will be a variety of nice cafés, tearooms and restaurants in Cheddar village to have lunch. However, feel free to bring your own packed lunch. SAFETY: The hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified hike leader. BOOKING: Payment of £68 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 Mountain Leader • Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders • Admin fee • PayPal fee WHAT TO BRING: • Face mask or face covering • Suitable hiking shoes with ankle support • Waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers • Gloves/hat/cap • Water bottle (min 1L) • Packed lunch (optional) • Walking poles (optional) • Gaiters (optional) That’s it - we'll take care of the rest, so just turn up and have a great day! 😊 Refund policy: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/28871668/Refund_policy/

🐴 (BEGINNERS) Ponies of the New Forest National Park Day Hike (GROUP 1)

******************* This hike is now FULL. (UPDATE) The Government has confirmed that we're EXEMPT from the latest restrictions, therefore the trip goes ahead as planned. Full details below: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/30826961/Update_On_Government_Restrictions_%28Rule_of_6%29/ In line with government guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, this trip is FOR A REDUCED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS. ******************* Step back in time with us and discover the charm and natural beauty of the New Forest National Park! The New Forest became a national park in 2005 and was once a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror. On this day hike, we'll explore vast tracts of unspoilt woodland, heathland and the river valleys of the New Forest National Park and see the famous and much-loved New Forest ponies that continue to roam freely throughout much of the open forest. We'll visit the delightful New Forest villages of Lyndhurst - the ‘Capital’ of the New Forest, and Brockenhurst - home to ponies, deer, donkeys and cows - all of which are known to roam the main street. See a recent article about a pony walking into a bar for drinks 😊: www.itv.com/news/meridian/[masked]/new-forest-pony-walks-into-bar-and-joins-drinkers/ Throughout the whole day, you'll be accompanied by a First Aider and experienced Lowland Leader, with extensive hiking experience in Britain and abroad. COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/30522034/Covid-19_Safety_Measures/ DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: Distance: 12 miles (19km). Ascent: 150m. Difficulty: EASY. Please see our hike gradings below: www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/[masked]/Hike_Gradings/ ITINERARY: 08:45 meet outside Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (a five-minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 09:00 sharp departure; 11:00-16:00 hike in the New Forest National Park; 16:00-17:00 refreshments/dinner in Lyndhurst; 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. At the end of the walk, we'll have refreshments and drinks in Lyndhurst - one of the best places to eat in the New Forest! SAFETY: This hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified hike leader. BOOKING: Payment of £58 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 • Admin fee • PayPal fee WHAT TO BRING: • Face mask or face covering • Suitable hiking shoes with ankle support • Waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers • Gloves/hat/cap • Packed lunch • Water bottle (min 1L) • Walking poles (optional) • Gaiters (optional) That’s it - we'll 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/

🐴 (BEGINNERS) Ponies of the New Forest National Park Day Hike (GROUP 2)

******************* This hike is now FULL. (UPDATE) The Government has confirmed that we're EXEMPT from the latest restrictions, therefore the trip goes ahead as planned. Full details below: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/30826961/Update_On_Government_Restrictions_%28Rule_of_6%29/ In line with government guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, this trip is FOR A REDUCED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS. ******************* Step back in time with us and discover the charm and natural beauty of the New Forest National Park! The New Forest became a national park in 2005 and was once a royal hunting ground for William the Conqueror. On this day hike, we'll explore vast tracts of unspoilt woodland, heathland and the river valleys of the New Forest National Park and see the famous and much-loved New Forest ponies that continue to roam freely throughout much of the open forest. We'll visit the delightful New Forest villages of Lyndhurst - the ‘Capital’ of the New Forest, and Brockenhurst - home to ponies, deer, donkeys and cows - all of which are known to roam the main street. See a recent article about a pony walking into a bar for drinks 😊: www.itv.com/news/meridian/[masked]/new-forest-pony-walks-into-bar-and-joins-drinkers/ Throughout the whole day, you'll be accompanied by a First Aider and experienced Mountain Leader, with extensive hiking experience in Britain and abroad. COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES: https://www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/30522034/Covid-19_Safety_Measures/ DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: Distance: 12 miles (19km). Ascent: 150m. Difficulty: EASY. Please see our hike gradings below: www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/[masked]/Hike_Gradings/ ITINERARY: 08:45 meet outside Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (a five-minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 09:00 sharp departure; 11:00-16:00 hike in the New Forest National Park; 16:00-17:00 refreshments/dinner in Lyndhurst; 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. At the end of the walk, we'll have refreshments and drinks in Lyndhurst - one of the best places to eat in the New Forest! SAFETY: This hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified hike leader. BOOKING: Payment of £58 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 Mountain Leader • Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders • Admin fee • PayPal fee WHAT TO BRING: • Face mask or face covering • Suitable hiking shoes with ankle support • Waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers • Gloves/hat/cap • Packed lunch • Water bottle (min 1L) • Walking poles (optional) • Gaiters (optional) That’s it - we'll 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/

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