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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 Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest (11 LEFT)

London Victoria Rail Station

£36.00

We're off to explore Bedgebury National Pinetum - the most complete collection of conifers in the world! Bedgebury National Pinetum dates back to the 1840s, and has been managed by the Forestry Commission since 1925. On this one-day hike, we will enjoy superb views over the rolling Wealden countryside, and walk through the extensive Bedgebury Forest to the National Pinetum visitor centre. On our way, we'll find outcrops of sandstone, formed more than 130 million years ago, when layers of sand and clay were deposited and then compacted as the south of England rose into a broad dome. This produced the landscape of the High Weald we see today, including gills (or ghylls) - characteristic steep-sided ravines that often include examples of rare plants adapted to the micro-climates found in them. The return leg of our circular walk will follow a sunken lane towards Hartley, before eventually joining Cranbrook High Street, lined with buildings whose distinctive architecture reflects the town’s historic significance as the centre of the cloth and iron industries in the Weald. Throughout the walk, you will experience superb views over the countryside and see fields bordered by the shaws (strips of woodland) and hedgerows so typical of the landscape of the High Weald. HIKE HIGHLIGHTS: • Outcrops of sandstone formed by the process of erosion over many years. • Ancient coppiced woodland and dense pine plantations forming Bedgebury Forest. • Bedgebury National Pinetum. Not only does it include many rare and endangered species of trees, but it also contains some of the oldest, tallest and largest examples of conifers in Britain. • Furnace Farm, formerly part of the Bedgebury Estate. On this site, guns were forged to fight the Spanish Armada. Iron ore was available locally. • Rust-coloured streams and chalybeate springs, with water rich in minerals and iron salts. • A truly personal touch and fantastic small group experience with no more than 16 participants per hike leader! DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: Distance: 13 miles (21 km). Difficulty: Moderate (http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html). The hike is mostly flat and is suitable for people with a medium level of fitness. MEETING POINT: We will meet at London Victoria railway station on the benches opposite Wasabi at 8:10 AM and leave the meeting point at 8:20 AM. Planned arrival time back to London, depending on the pace of the group, is about 8 PM. FOOD: We will 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 Mountain Leader. BOOKING: Payment of £36 via PayPal on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. THE PRICE INCLUDES: • train and bus tickets • professional event organisation • guiding by an experienced Mountain 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/

⛰️ Hiking Helvellyn & Scafell Pike in Lake District *ALL INCLUSIVE* (2 LEFT)

The Lake District is England's largest and by far the UK's most popular national park. Every year, some 19 million people pitch up to explore the region's mountains and countryside, and it's not hard to see why. Its postcard panorama of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and glittering lakes has been stirring the imaginations of visitors for centuries. In 2017 the Lake District was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, joining the likes of the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and the Grand Canyon on the illustrious list, and it is the UK’s first national park to be given the status. On this trip, we will conquer the first and third highest mountains in the Lake District and the entirety of England! On Saturday, we will do one of Britain's best-known and most popular ridge walks - an exciting grade 1 scramble along Striding Edge to the summit of Helvellyn (950m). With the use of our hands, we will climb the mountain via an exposed razor-sharp ridge and enjoy world-beating views towards Red Tarn lake and nearby peaks. From the summit plateau, our route will take us down another classic grade 1 scramble - Swirral Edge, passing the perfect cone summit of Catstye Cam, with superb views over Ullswater lake. After the hike we're going to enjoy a delicious two-course dinner and a relaxing evening in a wonderfully remote mountain setting. On Sunday, we will summit Scafell Pike - the highest mountain in England, rising to 978 metres above sea level. Starting at Seathwaite, we will do a classic horseshoe walk via Styhead Tarn and the popular Corridor Route and return via the summits of Broad Crag, Ill Crag and Great End. Dramatic mountain scenery and fantastic views are simply amongst the best this country has to offer! TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: • Spend an enjoyable weekend in one of the UK's most popular and well-loved national parks. • Reach the summit of Helvellyn (950m), England's third tallest mountain, via the famous arêtes of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge. • Challenge yourself by conquering the highest mountain in England - Scafell Pike (978m), via one of its most dramatic and scenic routes. • Enjoy a truly personal touch and fantastic small group experience with 2 hike leaders per no more than 15 participants. • Stay overnight in a remote location, surrounded by the mountains in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Just a half hour walk from our hostel is the beautiful Ullswater lake, the second largest lake in the Lake District at around 7.5 miles (12 km) long. ITINERARY: Saturday: 07:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five-minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 08:00 sharp departure; 14:00-19:00 hiking Helvellyn via Striding Edge and Swirral Edge - parts of the walk include a grade 1 scramble (difficulty: extreme*, distance: 12 km, ascent: 958 metres); 19:00 check-in at the YHA Helvellyn Hostel, dinner & free time; Sunday: 07:30-08:00 breakfast; 08:00 departure; 09:00­-15:30 hiking Scafell Pike from Seathwaite Farm via the Corridor Route (difficulty: difficult*, distance‎: ‎16 km, ascent‎: ‎996 metres); 16:00 departure; 22:00 London, Hammersmith. * see http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html DIFFICULTY & EQUIPMENT: Please note that this is a tough trip which requires a very good level of fitness and a good head for heights, as the walk on Saturday includes a prolonged section of scrambling along the exposed ridges. 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 • dinner on Saturday night • breakfast on Sunday • packed lunch on Sunday • one night's accommodation at a hostel (YHA Helvellyn) in mixed dormitory rooms for up to 5 members of our group 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) 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 our trip from any part of Britain)! Please PM us if you prefer this option. BOOKING: Payment of £158 on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. WHAT TO BRING: • towels • suitable hiking shoes with ankle support • waterproof & windproof clothing • nuts and energy snacks to last you during the trip • packed lunch for Sunday if you have any special dietary requirements • water bottle • small bag up to 10 kg • gloves/hat/cap • walking poles (optional) • head torch (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/

🌊 White Cliffs of Dover Coastal Day Hike (16 LEFT)

Starbucks Coffee

£36.00

This weekend we’re off to the iconic White Cliffs of Dover! On this dramatic coastal cliff-top hike, we’ll enjoy unrivalled views of the English Channel, the French coast and world’s busiest passenger port - Port of Dover. Beautiful sandy and shingle beaches, seafront promenades with historic castles, charming St. Margaret’s Bay and a refreshing sea breeze - the hike is very exciting and one of my favourites! Apart from the incredible panoramic views and famous chalk cliffs, the place holds a spectacular abundance of history, science and innovation. The cliffs were the front line for much of World War II and house a labyrinth of tunnels buried beneath the headland. Along the way we’ll see the famous Dover Castle, described as the “Key to England”, which has guarded the shortest sea crossing between England and continental Europe for nine centuries. Never conquered, its strategic importance was equalled only by the Tower of London and Windsor Castle. We’ll also pass the first lighthouse in the world to shine with an electric lamp thanks to the groundbreaking work of Michael Faraday. In this very lighthouse, Guglielmo Marconi did some of the world’s first radio experiments, including the first ship-to-shore wireless transmission and the first international wireless transmission in 1899. HIKE HIGHLIGHTS: • Enjoy a gentle stroll along the famous White Cliffs of Dover. • Take in dramatic panoramic views across the Channel and the Strait of Dover. • Watch the hustle and bustle of the world’s busiest passenger port. • Visit the lovely St. Margaret’s Bay and have some tea/snacks there with spectacular views out to sea. • Discover South Foreland Lighthouse used a test bed location for groundbreaking inventions of world-famous physicists Faraday and Marconi. • See one of the most iconic English fortresses - Dover Castle. In May 1940 the greatest rescue of all time, the evacuation of Dunkirk (“Operation Dynamo”), was controlled from here, as was the decoy invasion to distract attention from the real D-Day landings. • See 500-year-old Walmer and Deal Castles, built by Henry VIII to protect England from possible invasion from France and Spain. • Explore the medieval town of Sandwich, one of the Cinque Ports and an important naval base during the Middle Ages, with its maze of ancient streets and attractive timber-framed buildings. • Enjoy delicious, freshly cooked Italian food at the end of a long day at Luigi's - one of the best places to eat in Sandwich! DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: Distance: 16 miles (26 km). Difficulty: Moderate. Please see our hike gradings below: www.meetup.com/LondonSocialHiking/pages/[masked]/Hike_Gradings/ ITINERARY: 09:15 meet at London St Pancras International railway station on the benches next to Starbucks; 09:25 leave the meeting point to board the train; 11:00-18:00 hiking from Dover to Sandwich; 18:00-19:00 dinner at an Italian restaurant in Sandwich; 21:00 London St Pancras International. FOOD: We will stop for a snack lunch halfway through the hike. Please bring a packed lunch with you. After the hike we have booked a table for our group at Luigi's Italian restaurant in Sandwich. The restaurant serves superb authentic Italian food (traditional and modern) and has many happy customers. Portions are generous and prices are reasonable 👍! 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: • train tickets • 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/

🏖️ NEW Hiking Cornwall Coast Weekend *MINIBUS* (5 LEFT)

Hotel Novotel London West

£198.00

Nestling amongst rolling hills and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cornwall attracts people from all over the world with its miles of golden sands, clear waters, spectacular cliff walks and famous surf. Come and discover some hidden gems of its wonderful coastal walks with us on this new exciting trip to the Atlantic coast of Cornwall! ITINERARY: Friday: 17:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five-minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 18:00 sharp departure to Cornwall, with stops at services on our way; 23:00 check-in at our hotel in Camborne; Saturday: 08:30-09:00 breakfast; 09:00 departure; 09:30-17:00 hiking from Porthleven to Lizard (distance: 23 km, ascent: 700 metres, difficulty: difficult*); 17:30 check-in at our accommodation, watching sunset, dinner and free time; Sunday: 07:30-08:00 breakfast; 10:00-16:00 hiking from Bodinnick to Talland Bay (distance: 18 km, ascent: 600 metres, difficulty: challenging*), refreshments/ice cream/Cornish pasties in Talland Bay Beach Café after the hike; 16:00 start of our journey back to London; 21:00 London, Hammersmith. * see http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html HIKE DESCRIPTIONS: Saturday - Porthleven to Lizard: Today’s hike is, without doubt, one of the highlights of South Cornwall, and is exceptionally beautiful with spectacular views along the coast. Predominantly, the hike follows grassy clifftops and contains some steep ascents and descents, but absolutely worth the effort! Starting from the historic fishing port of Porthleven, the path will take us to the most southerly place in Britain: Lizard Point. Our walk crosses Loe Bar, Cornwall’s largest natural body of freshwater and believed to be the resting place of King Arthur’s sword, Excalibur. The path continues to the picturesque medieval church of St. Winwaloe looking down on the golden sand of Church Cove Beach, then to the lovely sandy beach of Poldhu Cove. From here, Guglielmo Marconi transmitted the first transatlantic radio signal to Newfoundland in 1901. The famous Kynance Cove with its white sand, turquoise sea and colourful serpentine rock stacks is an absolute gem, and is one of the most beautiful and photographed beaches in the UK. Sunday - Bodinnick to Talland Bay: The first part of our walk is a 5-kilometre stretch between Bodinnick and the old fishing village of Polruan, through woodland and creek with striking views over Fowey Harbour, the estuary and out to sea. From Polruan, the trail continues along the clifftop and becomes progressively more difficult, with several steep climbs and descents. On our way, we pass the magnificent Lantic Bay, with its golden sands and turquoise blue clear water. From there we climb to Pencarrow Head, with views extending as far as Lizard Point to the east. The highlights of the hike include Lansallos Cove, dramatic scenery from Raphael and Chapel Cliffs, and the quaint old Cornish fishing village of Polperro with narrow streets and pretty cottages. Our hike finishes at the secluded, unspoilt Talland Bay, where we will get refreshments (and perhaps go for a swim!) before our journey back to London. THE PRICE INCLUDES: • transport throughout the trip • experienced IAM/RoSPA qualified driver • guiding on all hiking routes by experienced Lowland Leaders • group first aid kit with qualified first aiders • walkie-talkies 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 & Sunday • one of the options below for two-nights accommodation: o hotel (Friday) & hostel (Saturday): SHARED twin room (you will share a room with somebody from our group of the same gender) with breakfast included on Friday, mixed dormitory room for up to 4 members of our group without breakfast on Saturday o hotel (Friday & Saturday): SHARED twin room with breakfast included o hotel (Friday & Saturday): PRIVATE 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: Friday: The John Francis Basset Wetherspoon Hotel. Saturday: YHA Lizard Point Hostel or The Royal Inn Hotel. 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 our trip from any part of Britain!). Please PM us if you prefer this option. BOOKING: Payment of £198 on RSVP is required to confirm your participation and includes the HOTEL on Friday & HOSTEL on Saturday option. If you prefer to stay in the HOTEL on both Friday and Saturday, please pay £248 (SHARED) or £368 (PRIVATE) using instructions below: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UX-GwwdgAlj12ma3mhtmeBBcyLZWHZq1PIfdkrMiNM4/edit?usp=sharing WHAT TO BRING: • towels for a hostel booking • suitable hiking shoes • waterproof & windproof clothing • nuts and energy snacks to last you during the trip • packed lunch for Saturday & Sunday if you have any special dietary requirements • water bottle • small bag up to 10 kg • gloves/hat/cap • swimwear • walking poles 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/

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