• 🐟 Rye to Hastings - Two Ancient Ports, Local Seafood Coastal Hike (HIKE FULL)

    Join us for a very special hike as we walk from one ancient port to another! Starting in the medieval town of Rye, once bustling with merchants, sailors, pirates and smugglers, on this day hike we will follow the beautiful coastline to the historic town of Hastings. Our route will take us past picturesque nature reserves, lovely unspoilt beaches, beautiful bays, dramatic cliffs and a 16th-century castle. For pretty much the whole hike we will enjoy superb sea views across the English Channel! Our hike will finish in the historic Hastings fishing quarter of the Stade, in which after a long day of walking we will be rewarded with delicious locally caught fish and seafood. With fish caught daily in small boats, and a journey of a few minutes across the beach to restaurants on arrival, fish does not come any fresher! HIKE HIGHLIGHTS: • Visit medieval towns of Rye and Hastings, which for over 500 years were part of the unique confederation of Cinque Ports, that guarded King and country from frequent and vicious attacks. The Cinque Ports confederation can justly be called the cradle of the Royal Navy! • Discover Camber Castle - a fortification built by Henry VIII to protect the south coast against possible invasion from mainland Europe. • Walk along lovely unspoilt Winchelsea Beach with plenty of seashells scattered on the shore and stunning views out to sea. • Enjoy a dramatic and hilly coastal cliff top path through the picturesque Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve with fantastic panoramic views across the English Channel. • Explore Hastings Old Town with its traditional net shops, fishing boats and quirky shops and cafés. • See the ruins of Hastings Castle, built by William the Conqueror in 1067 shortly after the Battle of Hastings, which changed the course of English history. • Enjoy a hearty meal at the end of a long day at Undercliffe House - one of the best seafood places in Hastings! DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: Distance: 13 miles (21 km). Difficulty: Challenging (http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html). This hike is suitable for people with a medium level of fitness. There will be a few steep ascents and descents. 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; 11:00-17:30 hiking from Rye to Hastings; 17:30-19:00 dinner at a seafood restaurant in Hastings; 21:00 London St Pancras International. FOOD: We will stop for a snack lunch at Pett Level Beach. Please bring a packed lunch with you. After the hike we have booked a table for our group at Undercliffe House seafood restaurant in Hastings. The restaurant serves delicious fresh seafood coming daily from the Hastings RX fleet. 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/

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  • ⛰️ Hiking Snowdon & Cadair Idris Weekend *MINIBUS*

    Hotel Novotel London West

    £168.00

    The Snowdonia National Park boasts vast areas of natural beauty and unique scenery. It is known as ‘Eryri’ in Welsh, a name that can be translated as ‘the place of the eagles’. The park, which covers 838 square miles, is the largest and oldest national park in Wales, and is home to the tallest mountain in Wales and England, Mount Snowdon. There are nine mountain ranges here and they cover over half of the national park’s surface. Some of the peaks reach over 3,000 feet (915m). On the first day of our trip, we will head to the southern end of Snowdonia to climb one of Wales's best and most popular mountains - Cadair Idris. Standing at 893 metres, this crater-like mountain is speckled with folklore and legends, and boasts to be part of the famous Welsh Three Peaks Challenge, along with Snowdon and Pen Y Fan. We will do a classic horseshoe ridge walk, up the Minffordd Path on the south side and down Mynydd Moel, taking in steep gorges with cascading waterfalls, the majestic hollow of Cwm Cau with a glacial lake, Llyn Cau, as its centrepiece and superb far-reaching views of the surrounding peaks. On the second day, we will conquer Snowdon - the tallest peak in England and Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level. We will ascend to Snowdon via the Watkin Path, considered to be the second toughest route to the summit, as it starts only a little above sea level and so has more ascent than any other route. This route is also one of the most scenic. On our way to the top, we will pass ancient woodlands, beautiful waterfalls and old quarries, and enjoy some of the best views of the Snowdon Massif mountain range and lakes. The final section of the route is the most difficult and demanding as the path climbs steeply and contains loose rock and scree before reaching the summit. TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: • Visit the largest national park in Wales - Snowdonia. • Hike the famous Cadair Idris (863m) by its most dramatic path. • Enjoy a pleasant overnight stay inside the Snowdonia National Park, in the pretty village of Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon. A short walk from our accommodation is the beautiful Padarn Lake - one of the largest lakes in all of Wales. • Challenge yourself by summiting Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales, via one of its toughest and most scenic routes. ITINERARY: Saturday: 07:45 meet at the Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five-minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 08:00 sharp departure; 14:00-19:00 hiking Cadair Idris (distance: 9 km, ascent‎: 1,019 metres, difficulty: extreme*); 19:00 departure; 20:30 check-in at our accommodation, free time; Sunday: 08:00-09:00 breakfast; 09:00-10:00 driving to Snowdon; 10:00­-17:00 hiking up Snowdon via the Watkin Path (distance: 13 km, ascent‎: ‎1,015 metres, difficulty: very difficult*); 17:00 departure to London, with stops at services on our way; 22:00 London, Hammersmith. * see http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html DIFFICULTY: Please note this is a tough trip which requires a very good level of fitness and is not suitable for novices. 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 Sunday • one of the options below for one night's accommodation: o hostel: mixed dormitory room for up to 6 members of our group without breakfast (good breakfast at the hostel - extra £6.75 paid on the day) o hotel: SHARED twin room in a hotel with breakfast (you will share a room with somebody from our group of the same gender) o hotel: PRIVATE room in a hotel with breakfast 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: Hostel: YHA Snowdon Llanberis. Hotel: Royal Victoria Hotel Snowdonia. 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 £168 on RSVP is required to confirm your participation and includes the HOTEL (SHARED) option. The last space is MALE ONLY. All other options have now SOLD OUT. WHAT TO BRING: • towels for a hostel booking • suitable hiking shoes with ankle support • waterproof & windproof clothing • nuts and energy snacks to last you during the trip • water bottle • small bag up to 10 kg • gloves/hat • walking poles • head torch 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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  • ⛪ Hiking Canterbury UNESCO World Heritage Site & North Downs Way (HIKE FULL)

    Escape the hustle and bustle of urban living to discover inspirational landscapes and peaceful walks along the North Downs Way National Trail! This time we will be taking an enjoyable stroll from Canterbury to Shepherdswell, with spectacular downland views amongst the finest landscapes in the country. We will start the walk in the beautiful and historic city of Canterbury. It is famous for Canterbury Cathedral, which forms part of the Canterbury UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest in England, parts of it dating from the 6th century. A 17th century bell is still rung every day to open and close the cathedral. Canterbury became a popular place of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages after the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket, who was killed in the cathedral on the orders of King Henry II in 1170. Our path will head through the city centre and then through the east of the city, climbing onto the downs. The route will take us through the pretty village of Patrixbourne with its delightful Norman church and continue through large fields of crops, passing through the attractive villages of Womenswold and Woolage on the way, before arriving at the small town of Shepherdswell. DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: Distance: 11 miles (18 km). Ascent: 100 metres. Difficulty: Moderate (http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html). The hike is mostly flat and is suitable for all ages and abilities. ITINERARY: 08:45 meet at London St Pancras International railway station on the benches next to Starbucks; 09:00 leave the meeting point to board the train; 10:15-15:30 hiking from Canterbury to Shepherdswell along the North Downs Way; 15:30-17:00 lunch/dinner at a traditional country pub, the Bell Inn, in Shepherdswell; 19:30 London Victoria. SAFETY: This hike is led by an experienced 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 • walkie-talkies provided in places with bad reception • admin fee • PayPal fee WHAT TO BRING: • suitable hiking shoes and clothes • packed lunch (optional) • 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/

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  • 🏰 Hiking Corfe Castle, Studland Bay & Old Harry Rocks *MINIBUS* (HIKE FULL)

    Come and join us on a hike to Corfe Castle - one of England's most majestic ruins! The first stone of Corfe Castle was laid more than 1,000 years ago and since then it has been at the centre of battles, plots and mysteries. It has been a treasury, military garrison, royal residence and family home. On this one-day hike, we will discover this iconic medieval skyscraper standing 21 metres tall, on the top of a 55-metre-high hill. Corfe Castle dominates the skyline of the Purbecks for miles around and the views are simply breathtaking. Our route will follow the Purbeck Way, taking in England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Jurassic Coast. Throughout the walk, we will enjoy awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Purbeck Hills and the Dorset coast. HIKE HIGHLIGHTS: • The golden sands of Studland Bay and Knoll Beach - one of the most prominent nudist beaches in the UK. • Stunning panoramic views of the Jurassic Coast and one of the most famous landmarks on the South Coast - Old Harry Rocks. According to legend, the 65 million-year-old chalk outcrops were named Old Harry as a euphemism for the devil, who allegedly used to nap on the rocks. Another story tells of the pirate and smuggler, Harry Paye, who attacked many merchant ships as they left Poole Harbour, storing his spoils nearby. • Wonderful panoramic views of the seaside towns of Poole and Swanage. • Ruins of the thousand-year-old Corfe Castle. DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: Distance: 11 miles (18 km). Ascent: 200 metres. Difficulty: Moderate (http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html). This hike is suited for people with a medium level of fitness. ITINERARY: 07:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 08:00 sharp departure; 11:00-15:30 hiking to Corfe Castle; 15:30-17:00 lunch/dinner in the picturesque village of Corfe Castle; 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 our trip from any part of Britain)! Please PM us if you prefer this option. SAFETY: This hike is led by an experienced Lowland Leader. BOOKING: The trip has now SOLD OUT. THE PRICE INCLUDES: • transport • professional event organisation • guiding by an experienced Lowland Leader • walkie-talkies provided in places with bad reception • admin fee • PayPal fee WHAT TO BRING: • suitable hiking shoes and clothes • packed lunch (optional) • 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/

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  • 🏝️ Hiking the Isle of Wight Weekend Trip *MINIBUS* (HIKE FULL)

    Come and join us for a hiking weekend on England’s largest island, the Isle of Wight! The UK's Holiday Island and Dinosaur Capital of Great Britain, the Isle of Wight is officially one of Britain’s sunniest places and enjoys the luxury of a milder climate than most other places in the UK. On this trip we will immerse ourselves in some of the most stunning landscapes and discover on foot miles of the spectacular coastline, beaches, historic downland and many hidden treasures that this beautiful diamond-shaped island has to offer. ITINERARY: Saturday: 07:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR; 08:00 sharp departure; 11:30 arrive at the village of Totland, on the Isle of Wight; 12:00-18:00 hiking along the coastal path from Totland to Brighstone (distance: 20 km, difficulty: challenging*); 18:30-19:00 check-in at our accommodation; 19:00 free time to explore Totland (for those staying in a hostel) or Newport (for those staying in a hotel) for dinner & sunset by the sea (hostel); Sunday: 08:00-08:30 breakfast; 09:00-15:00 hiking from Ventnor to Bembridge (distance: 21 km, difficulty: challenging*); 15:00-16:30 lunch in Bembridge, known for its great seafood restaurants; 16:30 departure; 20:00 London, Hammersmith. * see http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html HIKE DESCRIPTIONS: Saturday: On the first day we will do a hike along the coastal path from Totland to Brighstone. Our route will take us past the famous pinnacles of chalk that mark the western end of the island, the Needles, and Freshwater Bay - one of the island’s most picturesque beaches. The highlights of the walk include Alum Bay with its unusual multi-coloured sand cliffs, the iconic 19th century Needles Lighthouse and dramatic sea views from Tennyson Down. Sunday: The second day will be even more exciting as we’ll take in three of the Isle of Wight’s most famous seaside resorts - Ventnor, Sandown and Shanklin. Starting from Ventnor, we will follow the promenade to Bonchurch, with its ancient 11th century St Boniface Church. Continuing through picturesque woodland with the Wishing Stone, the path will head to seaside promenades and sandy beaches at Shanklin and Sandown. From there we’ll ascend to the chalk cliffs of Culver Down with the imposing Earl of Yarborough Monument and magnificent views over the island. Our hike will finish in the busy coastal village of Bembridge, situated on the most easterly point of the Isle of Wight, where we’ll stop for lunch 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 Sunday • one of the options below for one-night accommodation: o hostel: mixed dormitory room for up to 6 members of our group without breakfast (the hostel has a very well equipped kitchen and there are plenty of shops nearby where you can get your breakfast) o hotel: SHARED twin room with breakfast included (you will share a room with somebody from our group of the same gender) o hotel: 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: Hostel: YHA Isle of Wight Totland. Hotel: The Wheatsheaf 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: All options have now SOLD OUT. 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 Sunday if you have any special dietary requirements • water bottle • small bag up to 10 kg • cap & suncream • 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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  • 🐟 Hiking Jurassic Coast & Dorset Seafood Festival Weekend *MINIBUS* (HIKE FULL)

    Join us for a very special weekend as we trek the dramatic and famous Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage coastline and visit the UK's largest seafood festival 🦀🥂! Stretching 95 miles between Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, to Orcombe Point in East Devon, 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 through 185 million years of time; dinosaur remains have been found here, and it’s a fossil-hunter’s paradise. On the first day of our trip, we're going to hike the Isle of Portland with its dramatic, rugged cliffs, hidden coves and stunning views. Our hike will finish in Weymouth’s historic and picturesque harbour at the famous annual Dorset Seafood Festival. With almost 100 stalls serving delicious fresh fish & seafood, the festival is a true gastronomic adventure for seafood lovers! On the second day, we will do a strenuous but very rewarding hike from the famous horseshoe bay of Lulworth Cove to the pretty village of Worth Matravers with staggering views of sweeping bays, folded cliffs and richly coloured limestone-loving wildflowers and butterflies. This path is one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast! TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: • Isle of Portland, the Jurassic Coast’s most southerly point • Breathtaking clifftop views along the Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon • Church Ope Cove, Pulpit Rock and Portland Bill Lighthouse • Dramatic views to the cliffs of Purbeck and Portland Harbour • Dorset Seafood Festival 🐟 • Lulworth Cove & Fossil Forest • Sweeping views to Mupe, Worbarrow & Kimmeridge Bays • St Aldhelm’s Head & the Norman chapel ITINERARY: Saturday: 07:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR; 08:00 sharp departure; 11:00-18:00 hiking the Isle of Portland (distance: 20 km, difficulty: challenging*), Dorset Seafood Festival; 18:30 check-in at our accommodation, free time & sunset by the sea; Sunday: 07:30-08:00 breakfast; 09:30-18:00 hiking along the Jurassic Coast from Lulworth Cove to Worth Matravers (distance: 22 km, difficulty: difficult*), dinner at the Square & Compass pub, serving a great selection of local beers and ales and tasty, homemade pasties and pies; 18:00 departure; 21:00 London, Hammersmith. * see http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html HIKE DESCRIPTIONS: Saturday - Isle of Portland: Our hike will start from the Grove village, on the Isle of Portland. We will head to a small secluded beach of Church Ope Cove with superb views on our left to the chalk and limestone cliffs of Purbeck. Our coastal walk will then continue past the ruins of the 15th-century Rufus Castle and disused quarries towards Portland Bill Lighthouse, where we'll make a short stop for refreshments. From there a beautiful clifftop track will lead us to Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and the iconic Olympic Rings Sculpture with picture-postcard views of the Chesil Beach. After following the Chesil Bank, then passing Sandsfoot Castle and Gardens, our hike will finish in Weymouth's Old Harbour at the seafood festival! Sunday - Lulworth Cove to Worth Matravers: We'll start off at the beautiful, scallop-shaped Lulworth Cove. We will pass the Fossil Forest, containing the most complete fossil record of a Jurassic Forest in the world, which grew here perhaps 135 million years ago and head towards Mupe and Worbarrow Bays with absolutely superb clifftop sea views. There are three stiff climbs in the first half of the walk, so be prepared 😊! The path will then continue to the beautiful beach of Kimmeridge Bay along the low black cliffs before leading us to St Aldhelm’s Head with dramatic views and a 12th-century Norman chapel of St Aldhelm. A short distance from there is the pretty village of Worth Matravers, where we will stop for dinner to finish off our long but exhilarating hike! THE PRICE INCLUDES: • transport throughout the trip • experienced IAM/RoSPA qualified driver • guiding on all hiking routes by an experienced Lowland Leader • 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 Sunday • one of the options below for one-night accommodation: o hostel: mixed dormitory room for up to 6 members of our group without breakfast (good breakfast at the hostel – extra £6.75 paid on the day) o hotel: SHARED twin room with breakfast included (you will share a room with somebody from our group of the same gender) 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: Hostel: YHA Portland. Hotel: Riviera 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: All options have now SOLD OUT. WHAT TO BRING: • towels for a hostel booking • suitable hiking shoes • waterproof & windproof clothes • 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 • cap & suncream • 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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  • 🌹 Hiking Chartwell – the home of Sir Winston Churchill (HIKE FULL)

    London Victoria Rail Station

    £28.00

    We’re off to explore Chartwell – the home for over 40 years of one of Britain’s greatest politicians, Sir Winston Churchill! There is so much to see at Chartwell, particularly in summer, when rose gardens are in full bloom and every corner bursts with colour! Therefore, just this once, we decided we make an exception and combine a hike with a visit to Chartwell! We will discover Churchill’s family house, filled with treasures from every aspect of Winston’s life, admire fantastic views of the Weald of Kent, the lakes with black swans (a gift to Churchill from the Australian Government) and the pond with golden orfe, where Churchill could sit for hours feeding his beloved fish. We will stroll through the Golden Rose Avenue and Lady Clementine’s Rose Garden, taking in delicious smells of over 15 varieties of roses. Why not bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic alongside the lakes in the beautiful grounds of Chartwell? Apart from Churchill, our hike will be tightly related to another historical figure – Octavia Hill. Octavia Hill was a social activist and the co-founder of the National Trust – the conservation charity which, together with English Heritage, manages and protects hundreds of historic places and green spaces around the UK – for ever, for everyone. HIKE HIGHLIGHTS: • Visit Chartwell – the home of Sir Winston Churchill. • Discover the gorgeous Emmetts Garden with its lovely rose garden and fantastic views over the Weald of Kent. Enjoy an afternoon tea in the Old Stables tearoom. • Pass the historical estate of Tenchley’s Manor, built in 1599. • Visit Crockham Hill – a village where Octavia Hill lived and was buried. Although Octavia Hill could have been buried in Westminster Abbey, she chose this quiet, unassuming place next to her home. • Climb Toys Hill (235 m) and enjoy panoramic views over the Weald of Kent. Toys Hill is thought to have inspired Octavia Hill to found the National Trust in 1895. • Enjoy a hearty meal at the end of a long day at a superb authentic Italian restaurant Napoli è – the best place to eat in Westerham! DISTANCE & DIFFICULTY: Distance: 12 miles (20 km). Difficulty: Challenging (http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html). This hike is suited for those with a medium or excellent level of fitness. It’s mostly flat with a small number of hills. ITINERARY: 08:00 meet at London Victoria railway station on the benches opposite Wasabi; 08:10 sharp departure; 9:15-12:00 hike to Chartwell past Crockham Hill village and Tenchley’s Manor; 12:00-15:00 Chartwell visit (£[masked]) and lunch; 15:00-16:30 hike to Emmetts Garden past Toys Hill; 16:30-17:10 Emmetts Garden; 17:10-18:30 continue the hike to the town of Westerham; 18:30-19:30 dinner in Westerham; 20:30 London Victoria. FOOD: We will have lunch at Chartwell. You can bring a packed lunch and have a picnic on the lawn, or buy hot food and snacks at the National Trust café. After the hike, we have booked a table for our group in Westerham at an authentic Italian restaurant – Napoli è, serving delicious pasta and pizza dishes. Portions are generous and prices are reasonable 👍! SAFETY: This hike is led by an experienced, Outdoor First Aid qualified Lowland Leader. BOOKING: Payment of £28 via PayPal on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. THE PRICE INCLUDES: • transport • 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 THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: • tickets to Chartwell (£[masked], we will buy them on the day) WHAT TO BRING: • suitable hiking shoes and clothes • packed lunch (optional) • 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 Lake District & BBQ Weekend Trip *MINIBUS*

    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. Since 2017 the Lake District has been 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 is the UK’s first national park to be given the status. On this trip, we will hike the Lake District's Southern and North Western Fells (or mountains). On Saturday, we will do an exciting horseshoe route along the ridge to the very popular summit of the Old Man of Coniston at 803 meters, with magical panoramic views. On Sunday, we'll do what is possibly the most scenic walk in the North Western area of the Lake District. This classic ridge walk will take us around the beautiful pastoral Newlands Valley past the iconic peak of Cat Bells, from which we'll be able to enjoy some of the best views in the Lake District. On Saturday night, after the hike we're going to enjoy a relaxing evening and delicious BBQ dinner 🍖 in a wonderfully remote mountain setting with magnificent views over some of the most rugged fells in the Lake District! TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: • Spend an enjoyable weekend in one of the UK's most popular and most-loved national parks. • Climb to the top of one of the most popular peaks in the Lake District - the Old Man of Coniston (803 m), taking in the nearby peaks of Black Crag, Swirl How and Wetherlam. • Enjoy a scenic ridge walk along Cat Bells, High Spy, Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson peaks with breathtaking views over the Newlands Valley and picturesque lakes of Derwent Water, Buttermere and Crummock Water. • Enjoy delicious BBQ dinner with vegetables and pitta on Saturday night. • Stay overnight in a remote location, surrounded by the mountains in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Just half-an-hour walk from the hostel is beautiful Coniston Water, one of the largest lakes in the Lake District at around 5 miles (8 km) long. ITINERARY: Saturday: 07:45 meet at the Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 08:00 sharp departure; 14:00-20:00 climbing the Old Man of Coniston via Black Crag, Swirl How and Wetherlam peaks (difficulty: very difficult*, distance: 15 km, ascent: 1205 metres); 20:00 check-in at our accommodation; 20:30 free time & BBQ dinner; Sunday: 07:30-08:00 breakfast; 08:00 departure; 09:30­-15:00 horseshoe route along Cat Bells, High Spy, Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson peaks (difficulty: very difficult*, distance‎: ‎15 km, ascent‎: ‎1068 metres); 15:00 departure; 21:00 London, Hammersmith. * see http://www.nwhiker.com/HikeEval.html 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 • meat BBQ on Saturday with pitta & vegetables • packed lunch on Sunday • one of the options below for one night's accommodation: o hostel: 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) o hotel: SHARED twin room in a hotel with breakfast (you will share a room with somebody from our group of the same gender) o hotel: PRIVATE room in a hotel with breakfast 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: Hostel: YHA Coniston Coppermines. Hotel: Old Kings Head Broughton. 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 and includes the HOTEL (SHARED) option. The last space is MALE ONLY. The HOSTEL and HOTEL (PRIVATE) options have now SOLD OUT. WHAT TO BRING: • towels • suitable hiking shoes • waterproof & windproof clothes • 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 • head torch 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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  • 🌊 Seven Sisters Coastal Day Hike *MINIBUS* (HIKE FULL)

    ibis London City - Shoreditch Hotel

    £36.00

    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. HIKE 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: 14 miles (23 km). Ascent: 650 metres. Difficulty: Challenging (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. ITINERARY: 08:45 meet near Ibis London City Hotel, 5 Commercial Street, E1 6BF (next to Aldgate East station); 09:00 sharp departure; 11:00-17:00 hiking Seven Sisters with a lunch stop at Birling Gap; 17:00 departure; 19:00 London, Aldgate East. 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: There will be a variety of nice places along the way to buy your lunch and hot drinks, however, feel free to bring your own packed lunch. 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: • transport • 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 (optional) • 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/

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  • 🇵🇹🇪🇸 Camino de Santiago - Legendary 11-Day Hike (HIKE FULL)

    London City Airport

    £420.00

    The Portuguese Coastal Camino is a truly unforgettable and unique experience! The route starts in the vibrant UNESCO-listed Porto, the 2nd largest city in Portugal, and finishes in the historical and spiritual Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. The 270km trail will take us to fascinating seaside towns and fishing villages, magnificent sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Galicia, along the superb Atlantic Coast. Along the way, we will enjoy delicious locally caught seafood (grilled sardines, octopus and salted cod bacalhau to name a few) and try some local specialities (pastel de nata, francesinha, caldo verde, the list can go on and on 😊) Having walked solo the Portuguese Camino in August 2018 starting from Lisbon, walking to Porto and from there to Santiago de Compostela (that’s 700km in total, much longer than what we’re going to walk on this trip!), I fell in love with it! To achieve the highest flexibility and make the trip more enjoyable and fun, we’re going to have no more than 5 participants - a truly personal touch and fantastic small group experience! CAMINO - THE STORY: St James the Great (Sant Iago in Spanish) was a fisherman and one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is believed to have left Jerusalem to preach in the Iberian Peninsula but after returning to the Holy Land was murdered by King Herod Agrippa in AD44. His disciples brought his body back to Spain by boat, and his remains are now buried in the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (a curious fact: the world-famous Santiago de Compostela cathedral is depicted on the Spanish 1, 2 and 5 euro cent coins). Pilgrims from all over the world have walked Camino de Santiago trails for centuries, all of which converge in the holy city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain. Nowadays, Camino is so much more than simply a pilgrimage to the shrine of St James! Some people choose to walk the Camino to escape from the routine, others - to reflect on their life, for me - it was simply a sports challenge and a cultural adventure. Whatever your motivation, Camino is for everyone! One of the best parts of the Camino lies in the people that you will meet along the way and the tremendous camaraderie than you will experience from the very first steps. During my Camino, I met some amazing people from Argentina, South Africa, Australia, Japan, United States, Italy, Spain and Germany to name a few! It’s always been fantastic to hear so many friendly locals wishing you Bom Caminho in Portugal or Buen Camino in Spain, meaning have a good journey! The popularity of the Camino has grown dramatically over the last 15 years, with a total of 327,378 pilgrims completing the Camino in 2018, up from 93,929 in 2005! Historically, the French Way or the Camino Francés has been the most popular Camino route, however, the Portuguese Camino, the second most popular route, is quickly catching up. In 2005 the French Way accounted for 85% of all pilgrims vs 6% choosing to walk the Portuguese Camino, now it’s 57% vs 25%! Compared to the French Way, the Portuguese Coastal Camino offers stunning Atlantic coastal views, delicious seafood and wine and the best sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Galicia - all the more reason to go for it! Each of us before starting the Camino will receive a pilgrim passport credencial, which we will need in order to stay at official pilgrim hostels albergues. To receive a Compostela (a certificate of completion of the Camino and a proof that you have walked at least the last 100km), this credencial must be presented at the Pilgrim Office in Santiago with at least two stamps per day. Stamps can be collected at hostels, churches, town halls, museums, cafés, etc. along the way. ITINERARY: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FauyyYJQR_-JND1GNKe_QYPeSJRchsEOWGBYVdt3J9Q/edit?usp=sharing THE PRICE OF £420 INCLUDES: • Accommodation in hotels/hostels/albergues for 11 days/10 nights in twin, triple, quadruple or 6-bedded mixed rooms for up to 6 members of our group with breakfast included. Accommodation is generally very good with excellent facilities, in many places I’ve stayed myself previously. See below for accommodation details. • Guiding on all hiking routes by an experienced Outdoor First Aid qualified hike leader. • Local knowledge and individual advice on Camino preparation (gear, training, guidebooks, etc.). • 24-hour emergency assistance during the trip. THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: • Flight tickets (currently from £180 return). You’re free to book other flights, however, if you would like to travel with the hike leader, please book the following flights: o Outbound (June 21): London - Porto (TAP Air Portugal), 14:35 - 16:55, currently £113 o Inbound (July 1): Santiago de Compostela - London (Iberia), 17:40 - 22:10, currently £67 • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects, personal trekking insurance). • Food and drink, souvenirs and items of a personal nature. • Transport to and from the airport. ACCOMMODATION: Rivoli Cinema Hostel (Porto), Residencial Princesa do Ave (Vila do Conde), Hotel Mira Rio (Esposende), Hotel Laranjeira (Viana do Castelo), Guest House Pereira (Caminha), Hotel Tres Carabelas (Baiona), Hotel Compostela (Vigo), Hotel Restaurante Rúas (Pontevedra), A Casa Do Rio (Valga), Hotel Gelmírez (Santiago de Compostela). BOOKING: Payment of £420 via PayPal on RSVP is required to confirm your participation. FURTHER INFORMATION: If you would like to join the trip or have any questions, please PM us, we would be more than happy to help 😊. Before the trip, we’ll arrange an informal pre-trip get together, where you will be able to meet other participants.