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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 the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site

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£68.00

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The self-driving option is now available (see below).

This hike is now FULL. However, there is still a HIGH CHANCE (66%) TO JOIN at the meeting point at 7:45 AM. If somebody does not show up, you can take their place! The price is the same.

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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, we'll visit some of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast, including the iconic natural limestone arch of Durdle Door, the scallop-shaped Lulworth Cove with its white pebble beach and crystal clear waters, the small cove of Stair Hole with extravagantly-folded strata and the 145 million-year-old Fossil Forest. Throughout the whole day, we'll enjoy stunning panoramic views of the coastline and the sea.

This trip is suitable for BEGINNERS – a great way to experience hiking before joining our more difficult hikes! 🤩

DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY

Distance: 5 miles (8km).
Ascent: 300m.
Difficulty: EASY.

ITINERARY

07:45 meet outside Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (a five-minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 08:00 sharp departure; 11:00-13:00 hike to the Fossil Forest; 13:00-14:00 lunch stop in Lulworth Cove (have packed lunch with you or you can buy seafood locally); 14:00-16:30 hike along the Jurassic Coast from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door via Stair Hole; 16:30 departure; 19:30 London, Hammersmith.

TRANSPORT

As on most of our trips, we'll travel in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi.

SELF-DRIVING OPTION

If you don't need transport, we're happy to offer a 50% discount. Simply change the amount to £34 at the checkout, and PM Max (the organiser) your phone number. We'll meet you at 11 AM at Lulworth Cove Car Park, West Lulworth, Wareham, BH20 5RS. Look for a silver, 16-seater minibus (see the picture).

SAFETY

This hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified Mountain 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
• 20% VAT

WHAT TO BRING

• Suitable hiking shoes with ankle support
• Waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers
• Gloves/hat/cap
• Packed lunch
• Water (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! 😊

You can check the refund policy here.

🧀 Cheddar Gorge and Cheese (Caves Are Open Again!)

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£68.00

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After being closed for 18 months due to the pandemic, Cheddar Caves have finally re-opened! On this trip, we're going to do the cliff-top walk around the famous Cheddar Gorge, and also visit Cheddar Caves, with their amazing stalactites and stalagmites.

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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!

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!
  • Explore mysterious chambers of Gough's and Cox's Caves, that are over 500,000 years old! Marvel at the incredible rock formations and the outstandingly beautiful chambers of St Paul’s Cathedral, Solomon’s Temple and Aladdin’s Cave.
  • See picturesque stalagmites and stalactites inside the caves.
  • Visit the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company, and see how the only authentic Cheddar cheese is made!
  • To make the trip more enjoyable and fun, we're going to have no more than 15 participants – a truly personal touch and fantastic small group experience 👍!

DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY

Distance: 3 miles (5km).
Ascent: 300m.
Difficulty: EASY.

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; 13:30-14:30 lunch in Cheddar village; 14:30-16:30 visit the Cheddar Caves and Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company (the only Cheddar cheese made in Cheddar!); 20:00 London, Hammersmith.

TRANSPORT

As on most of our trips, we'll travel in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi.

SELF-DRIVING OPTION

If you don't need transport, we're happy to offer a 50% discount. Simply change the amount to £34 at the checkout, and PM Max (the organiser) your phone number. We'll meet you at 11 AM at Cheddar Gorge Car Park, Cliff Rd, Cheddar, BS27 3QF. Look for a silver, 16-seater minibus (see the picture).

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
  • 20% VAT

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Entrance ticket to Cheddar Caves (you can buy it on the day)

WHAT TO BRING

  • Suitable hiking shoes with ankle support
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers
  • Gloves/hat/cap
  • Water (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! 😊

You can check the refund policy here.

⛵ Hiking the Isle of Portland

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£68.00

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London Social Hiking is off to discover the Isle of Portland, the southernmost point of the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site and the venue for sailing events during the 2012 Olympics.

The Isle of Portland is 6 kilometres long by 3 kilometres wide and is connected to the mainland by the breath-taking sweep of the shingle ridge of Chesil Beach. On this walk, we'll explore dramatic, rugged limestone cliffs and hidden coves, and enjoy stunning coastal views and landscapes shaped by centuries of military activity, farming, fishing and quarrying. Did you know that the world-famous Portland stone has been quarried here since Roman times, and many famous buildings – including St Paul's Cathedral, the British Museum, Tower Bridge and the United Nations headquarters in New York – were built using it?

The hike will finish at the fishing village of Chiswell, where we'll enjoy well-deserved fish and chips and a pint at Chesil Beach – one of the best sunset locations in Dorset! 🌅

HIKE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Breath-taking clifftop views along Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon
  • Small secluded beach at Church Ope Cove
  • Pulpit Rock and Portland Bill Lighthouse
  • Dramatic views to the cliffs of Purbeck and Portland Harbour
  • The ‘Spirit of Portland’ sculpture which depicts a fisherman and a quarryman to represent the two main industries of the Isle
  • Tout Quarry Sculpture Park – a former quarry that is now home to over 60 sculptures, carved from Portland stone
  • The Pirates Graveyard at the old church of St Andrews
  • The Olympic Rings sculpture, created to celebrate the 2012 Olympics, in which Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy hosted the sailing events

DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY

Distance: 11 miles (18km).
Ascent: 410m.
Difficulty: MODERATE.

ITINERARY

07:45 meet outside Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (a five-minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 08:00 sharp departure; 11:30-16:30 Isle of Portland circuit walk; 16:30-17:30 refreshments and drinks by the sea, at Chiswell village; 17:30 departure; 21:00 London, Hammersmith.

TRANSPORT

As on most of our trips, we'll travel in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi.

SELF-DRIVING OPTION

If you don't need transport, we're happy to offer a 50% discount. Simply change the amount to £34 at the checkout, and PM Anna or Max (the organisers) your phone number. We'll meet you at 11:30 AM at New Ground Car Park, New Ground, Portland, DT5 1LQ. Look for a silver, 16-seater minibus (see the picture).

FOOD

We'll stop for a snack lunch halfway through the hike. Please bring a packed lunch with you.

SAFETY

This hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified Lowland 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
  • 20% VAT

WHAT TO BRING

  • Suitable hiking shoes with ankle support
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers
  • Gloves/hat/cap
  • Packed lunch
  • Water (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! 😊

You can check the refund policy here.

🌺 NEW Two Fairytale Castles, Picturesque Garden & National Pinetum Day Hike

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£58.00

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A new hike for London Social Hiking to the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty! On this day hike, we'll walk from the 14th-century moated Bodiam Castle to the romantic Scotney Castle, with its beautiful garden, woodland and parkland. The scenic trail will take us through farmland and woods, along country lanes and paths lined with wildflowers. We'll enjoy superb views over the rolling Wealden countryside, and visit tranquil villages with their historic churches and cottages.

On our way, we'll pass Bedgebury National Pinetum, home to the largest pinetum in the world! Pinetum is an arboretum (tree collection) that consists mainly of conifers. Despite its name, a pinetum contains more than just pines! Today, Bedgebury National Pinetum plays a globally important role in the conservation and scientific research of these highly valuable trees. We'll stop for lunch in a lovely location, overlooking the pinetum lake.

The hike will then continue to Scotney Castle, where you'll have time to enjoy its gorgeous garden, with beautiful displays of azaleas, rhododendrons and wisteria. The 14th-century moated Old Castle, with its ruins, is a delight to explore! There are plenty of benches and lawns to sit and have a picnic, with picture-perfect views.

DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY

Distance: 12 miles (20km).
Ascent: 440m.
Difficulty: MODERATE.

ITINERARY

08:00 meet outside ibis London City – Shoreditch Hotel, 5 Commercial St, E1 6BF (near Aldgate East Station); 08:15 sharp departure; 09:45-13:30 hike from Bodiam Castle to Bedgebury National Pinetum; 13:30-14:00 lunch by the pinetum lake, you can buy snacks and hot drinks at Bedgebury Café; 14:00-15:30 hike to Scotney Castle; 15:30-17:00 free time to visit Scotney Castle and explore its beautiful grounds and the garden; 17:00 departure; 18:30 London, Aldgate East.

TRANSPORT

As on most of our trips, we'll travel in a comfortable 16-seater minibus with air conditioning and Wi-Fi.

SELF-DRIVING OPTION

If you don't need transport, we're happy to offer a 50% discount. Simply change the amount to £29 at the checkout, and PM Anna or Max (the organisers) your phone number. We'll meet you at 9:45 AM at Bodiam Castle Car Park (National Trust), Bodiam, Robertsbridge, TN32 5UA. Look for a silver, 16-seater minibus (see the picture).

FOOD

We'll stop for a snack lunch halfway through the hike. Please bring a packed lunch with you.

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
  • 20% VAT

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Ticket to Scotney Castle (free for National Trust members, otherwise £14; you can buy your ticket on the day)

WHAT TO BRING

  • Suitable hiking shoes with ankle support
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers
  • Gloves/hat/cap
  • Packed lunch
  • Water (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! 🙂

You can check the refund policy here.

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🏖️ Seals of Norfolk Coastal Day Hike

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£68.00

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