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ABOUT

LOVE TO HIKE caters for more experienced 'long haul' hikers who prefer longer, harder, faster hikes. No other group hikes as far as often as Love To Hike and no other group has such a large a repertoire of different routes as Love To Hike.

All Love To Hikes are set in the magnificent countryside to the west and south of London. All routes start and finish from a train station and include scheduled indoor toilet stops wherever possible. Love To Hikes are a minimum of 15 miles (25 kilometres) and a maximum of 30 miles (50 kilometres). Nevertheless, most of the Love To Hikes are between 15 to 20 miles (25 to 32 kilometres). This means that even in the middle of winter, Love To Hike goes further than the best of the rest manage at the height of summer.

There is a Love To Hike most weekends throughout the year and whatever the weather, we hike. Love To Hikes generally alternate between Saturdays and Sundays. We hike at a sensible brisk pace of around three miles (five kilometres) per hour and ‘hunt the hills’. The maximum number for a Love To Hike is 20.

You can also find and like Love To Hike's Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/527954508076020/

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WEEKENDS

LOVE TO HIKE's weekends are generally considered to be the best organised hiking weekends around. The weekends already confirmed for 2020 are: Easter Bank Holiday long weekend on the Lands' End Peninsula (April 10 - April 13) and the Big Black Mountains Challenge weekend (May 15-17).

Previous weekends have included: Big Black Mountains Challenge, Vanguard Way, Isle of Wight Coastal Path, New Forest, Brecon Beacons, Gower Peninsula, Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, Jurassic Coast, Snowdonia, Exmoor and Hadrian's Wall Path.

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LOVE TO HIKERS

LOVE TO HIKE appeals to lovers of the great outdoors who are already ‘fit to hike’ rather than novices aspiring to walk to get fit. Love To Hike is a mini United Nations attracting a broad mix of hikers with a shared passion for exploring beautiful countryside. Love To Hikers are mainly based in and around Greater London although there are members living as far afield as Australia, Kenya, Mongolia, Singapore and the USA.

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GROUP LEADER

LOVE TO HIKE is run by Paul New. Paul has led over 300 day hikes. Paul has hiked on every continent and has a reputation for leading longer, harder, faster hikes.

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During the week, Paul is a freelance strategy consultant who works at board level with many well-known blue chips companies. Paul has an economics degree from Cambridge University. In his spare time, he is a ‘hunt the hills’ road cyclist, mountain biker and one of the regulars at his local gym.

COTSWOLD 15% DISCOUNT

LOVE TO HIKERS enjoy a special 15% members only discount both in-store and online when shopping at Cotswold Outdoor. Just quote AF-LTH-M6.

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FURTHER INFORMATION

Click to read our Testimonials (http://www.meetup.com/Love-To-Hike/pages/Testimonials/) , Disclaimer (http://www.meetup.com/Love-To-Hike/pages/Disclaimer/) and get answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.meetup.com/Love-To-Hike/pages/Frequently_Asked_Questions/). Happy hiking.

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Upcoming events (5)

The Devil's Punch Bowl Explorer - 15 miles (25 kilometres)

Haslemere station

£10.00

Today’s Love To Hike is a circular 15 miles (25 kilometres) route that starts and finishes in Haslemere, Surrey. It explores the countryside to the north of the Haslemere including parts of the Greensand Way and the spectacularly beautiful Devil’s Punch Bowl. The Devil's Punch Bowl is a large natural amphitheatre near Hindhead. Lunch: Picnic. Toilets: There are toilets at Haslemere station and the National Trust Visitor Centre. Drivers: Haslemere station is located on the B2131 between Haslemere and Liphook. Price: £10.00 per person for a full day’s hike guided by Paul New who has led over 300 day hikes. Note: the price of the hike excludes transport, parking and lunch. Mobile for the day:[masked]. Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/527954508076020/ - Please join. ROUTE From the station, we head towards the town where we join the start of the Greensand Way, a long distance path of 108 miles (174 kilometres) which ends at Hamstreet, Kent. We follow the Greensand Way to Hindhead Common and the southern rim of the Devil’s Punch Bowl, where there is a café and toilets at the National Trust visitor centre. From Hindhead, we continue north towards Beacon Hill and Highcombe Copse. At the northern end of the Punch Bowl, we turn east and then south upon reaching Little Cowdray Farm. From here, we make our make to Highcombe Bottom, before starting our climb back to the northern rim of the Devil's Punch Bowl. Once on the northern rim, we will stop off at the toilets at the National Trust Visitor Centre. From the Visitor Centre, we head east towards Gibbett Hill following the course of the original London to Portsmouth road. Gibbett Hill is the second highest point in Surrey and has glorious panoramic views to the north and east. Gibbett Hill was once a dangerous area for travellers due to the activities of highwaymen and thieves. Indeed, the hill takes its name from a gibbet, a gallows-type structure from which the bodies of executed criminals were hung to deter other would-be criminals. After Gibbett Hill, we will start our route back to Haslemere station heading downhill through woods and Coombswell Copse. LUNCH Lunch will be a picnic at a suitable spot between[masked]. TRAINS Depart: London Waterloo at 0900 and arrives in Haslemere at 0950. You can also join this train at Woking (0924) and Guildford (0932). Return: Return trains to London Waterloo leave Haslemere at 02, 11, 32 and 40 minutes past the hour and take around one hour. Train fare: The off-peak return fare from London Waterloo to Haslemere is £23.80. With GroupSave, the price per person for a group of 3 to 9 is reduced by 34% to only £15.71. GroupSave: When travelling off-peak in groups of 3 or 9 people on South West Trains, each passenger saves 34%. If you would like to form a group, just post a comment on this site and arrange to meet safely under the clock tower at London Waterloo by 0845. Note: I will greet you at Haslemere station as I will be driving from Surbiton. DRIVERS Haslemere Station is located on the B2131 between Haslemere and Liphook. Any driver willing to offer a lift, or any passenger seeking a lift, please post a comment with your location and contact details. Passengers, please remember to offer your chauffeur a contribution towards fuel and parking costs. WHAT TO BRING · Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots that have been broken-in, ideally with ankle support. No trainers. · Waterproof jacket. · Water: 2 litres minimum. · Pre-packed picnic lunch and snacks (it’s a long hike afterall). · Day pack. · Zip-off trousers. · Sunglasses if sunny. · Sun hat and sun screen. · Gaiters or waterproof over trousers if rain is expected. · Camera. PRICE £10.00 per person payable in advance upon booking for a full day’s hike guided by Paul New. BOOKING To book, click on the ‘Yes’ button just below ‘Are you going?’ in the top right hand corner. You can pay from either your PayPal account or with your debit or credit card. Once the hike is fully booked, there is a wait list. Some spaces may become available during the week before a hike which can be bought privately on a first come first saved basis from anyone posting a ‘space for sale’ comment. REFUNDS When you cancel seven or more days before a Love To Hike, you receive a £10 credit towards any future Love To Hike event. DISCLAIMER When participating in any outdoor activity, there is always the risk of injury and death. When hiking with Love To Hike, you acknowledge that: 1. You are fully aware of all of the risks involved and accept full responsibility for whatever may happen to you during or after the hike. 2. You are in good health, ‘fit to hike’ and capable of keeping the pace for the duration of the hike. 3. You shall wear sturdy hiking boots that have been broken-in, are in good condition (not brand new), and clothing that is appropriate for the time of year and any weather conditions that may arise during the hike. 4. You shall not hold responsible, nor pursue any legal, injury or financial compensation claim against Love To Hike and or the hike leader for anything that may happen to you during or after the hike.

Grand Union Canal Chilterns Explorer – 14, 16 or 20 miles

Chorleywood station, Station Approach, Chorleywood, WD3 5ND

£10.00

Today’s Love To Hike is a flattish 20 miles (32 kilometres) with options to finish early after 14 miles (23 kilometres) or 16 miles (26 kilometres). It explores those parts of the magnificent Chilterns to the north and south of Chorleywood including a 6 miles (10 kilometres) stretch of the Grand Union Canal. Lunch: Picnic. Drivers: Car park at Chorleywood Station Toilets: There are toilets at Chorleywood Station and at several places and pubs along the route. Price: £10.00 per person for a full day’s hike guided by Paul New who has led over 300 day hikes. Note: The price of the hike excludes transport, parking and lunch. Mobile for the day:[masked]. Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/527954508076020/ - please join and like. ROUTE The Chiltern Hills is a chalk escarpment in South East England and has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. From the station, we head north west to join The Chiltern Way. The Chiltern Way is a circular route of 134 miles (214 kilometres) that passes through Hemel Hempstead, Chalfont St Giles, the edge of Marlow, Hambleden, Great Hampden, Aldbury, Dunstable Downs and Harpenden. We follow The Chiltern Way initially north then east through a mix of woods and open countryside to reach the north western edge of the M25, London's orbital motorway. We cross inside the M25 heading south east as we make our way to the West Herts Golf Course at Jacott's Hill and the banks of the Grand Union Canal. The main branch of the Grand Union Canal links London to Birmingham. It stretches for 137 miles (220 kilometres) and has 166 locks. It also has a number of tributaries to places that include Leicester, Northampton, Wendover, Aylesbury and Slough. We follow the Grand Union Canal heading south past a network of locks and lakes. At Pynesfield Lake after 14 miles (23 kilometres), there is the option to call a taxi from The Coy Carp pub to take you back to the station. From Pynesfield Lake, we leave the Grand Union Canal and head west to join Old Shire Lane to begin our return to Chorleywood. At Horn Hill after 16 miles (26 kilometres), there is also the option to call a taxi from the Dumb Dell pub to take you back to the station. From Horn Hill, we continue on Old Shire Lane all the way back to Chorleywood. LUNCH Lunch will be a picnic at a suitable location between 12:30-13:00. TRAINS Depart: The train to Chorleywood leaves London Marylebone at 0857 and arrives at 0924. Return: Trains to London leave Chorleywood at 16 and 46 minutes past the hour every hour arriving at London Marylebone 34 minutes later. Train fare: The off-peak return fare from London to Chorleywood is £14.80 With GroupSave, the price per person for a group of 3 to 9 is reduced by 34% to only £9.77. If you would like to form a group, just post a comment on this site and arrange to meet safely at Marylebone station by 0840 at the latest. Note: I will greet you at Chorleywood station. DRIVERS Leave the M25 at junction 18 and take the A404 heading west towards Amersham. After about one kilometre, turn left into Common Road. Follow Common Road to cross the railway line and then take the first turn right to reach the car park. Any driver willing to offer a lift, or any passenger seeking a lift, please post a comment with your location and contact details. Passengers, please remember to offer your chauffeur a contribution towards fuel and parking costs. I can offer lifts from the Surbiton/Tolworth area. WHAT TO BRING · Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots that have been broken-in, ideally with ankle support. No trainers. · Waterproof jacket: whatever the weather, we hike. · Water: 2 litres minimum. · Pre-packed picnic lunch and snacks: it’s a long hike. · Day pack. · Zip-offs are perfect for warm days. · Sunglasses, sun hat and sun screen if sunny. · Waterproof over trousers if rain is expected. · Camera. PRICE £10.00 per person payable in advance upon booking for a full day’s hike guided by Paul New. BOOKING To book, click on the ‘Yes’ button just below ‘Are you going?’ in the top right hand corner. You can pay from either your PayPal account or with your debit or credit card. Once the hike is fully booked, there is a wait list. Some spaces may become available during the week before a Love To Hike which can be bought privately on a first come first saved basis from anyone posting a ‘space for sale’ comment. REFUNDS If you cancel seven or more days in advance, you will receive a £10 credit towards any future Love To Hike. DISCLAIMER When participating in any outdoor activity, there is always the risk of injury and death. When hiking with Love To Hike, you acknowledge that: 1. You are fully aware of all of the risks involved and accept full responsibility for whatever may happen to you during or after the hike. 2. You are in good health, ‘fit to hike’ and capable of keeping the pace for the duration of the hike. 3. You shall wear sturdy hiking boots that have been broken-in, are in good condition (not brand new), and clothing that is appropriate for the time of year and any weather conditions that may arise during the hike. 4. You shall not hold responsible, nor pursue any legal, injury or financial compensation claim against Love To Hike and or the hike leader for anything that may happen to you during or after the hike.

Leith Hill & Friday Street Surrey Hills Explorer - 16 miles (26 kilometres)

Today’s Love To Hike explores the beautiful Surrey Hills to the south of Dorking. The route is 16 miles (26 kilometres) and includes Leith Hill, Friday Street and two sections of the Greensand Way. Lunch: Picnic Toilets: There are toilets at Dorking station and The Stephan Langton Inn at Friday Street. Drivers: Car park at the station. Price: £10.00 per person for a full day’s hike guided by Eliza Wyrzykowska. Note: The price of the hike excludes transport, parking and lunch. Mobile for the day:[masked]. Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/527954508076020/ - please join and like. ROUTE From the station, we head west towards Milton where we join the Greensand Way heading south. The Greensand Way is a long distance path of 108 miles (174 kilometres) which starts at Haslemere, Surrey and ends at Hamstreet, Kent. We leave the Greensand Way to branch south west towards Great Squirrel Wood and thereafter onwards to Broadmoor. From Broadmoor, we head south as we make our way to the top of Leith Hill which at 294 metres is the second highest point in south east England. On Leith Hill, there are glorious panoramic views northwards to London and southwards to the English Channel. At the top of Leith Hill, there is also the famous Gothic tower built in 1766. From Leith Hill, we turn north west across Wotton Common making our way initially to Abinger Bottom and then to the hamlet of Friday Street where there will be a short toilet stop. From Friday Street, we will continue in a northerly direction to rejoin a different section of the Greensand Way which takes to the outskirts of Dorking from where we will return to the station. LUNCH Lunch will be a picnic at a suitable place between 12:30-13:00. TRAINS Depart: Leaves London Victoria at 0855 to arrive in Dorking at 0951. You can also join this train at Clapham Junction (0902) and Epsom (0934). Return: Return trains to London leave Dorking at 02, 07, 32 and 37 minutes past the hour arriving back in London around 55 minutes later depending on the route. Train fares: The off-peak return fare from London Victoria to Dorking is £9.80. With GroupSave, the price per person for a group of 3 to 9 is reduced by 34% to only £6.47. GroupSave: When travelling off-peak in groups of 3 or 9 people, each passenger saves 34%. If you would like to form a group, just post a comment on this site and arrange to meet at London Victoria by 0840. DRIVERS Dorking station is located on the southwards carriage way of the A24 just before the town of Dorking. There is a pay and display car park. Alternatively, you can park for free in Chichester Road which is on the opposite side of the A24 just to the north of the station. Any driver willing to offer a lift, or any passenger seeking a lift, please post a comment on the site with your location and contact details. Passengers, please remember to offer your chauffeur a contribution towards fuel and parking costs. WHAT TO BRING · Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots that have been broken-in, ideally with ankle support. No trainers. · Waterproof jacket: whatever the weather, we hike. · Water: 2 litres minimum. · Pre-packed picnic lunch and plenty of snacks: it’s a long hike. · Day pack. · Long trousers. · Sunglasses and sun screen if sunny. · Hat and gloves if cold. · Waterproof over trousers if rain is expected. · Dry base layer for the journey home. · Camera. PRICE £10.00 per person payable in advance upon booking for a full day’s hike guided by Eliza Wyrzykowska. BOOKING To book, click on the ‘Yes’ button just below ‘Are you going?’ in the top right hand corner. You can pay from either your PayPal account or with your debit or credit card. REFUNDS When you cancel seven or more days before a Love To Hike, you receive a £10 credit towards any future Love To Hike event. DISCLAIMER When participating in any outdoor activity, there is always the risk of injury and death. When hiking with Love To Hike, you acknowledge that: 1. You are fully aware of all of the risks involved and accept full responsibility for whatever may happen to you during or after the hike. 2. You are in good health, ‘fit to hike’ and capable of keeping the pace for the duration of the hike. 3. You shall wear sturdy hiking boots that have been broken-in, are in good condition (not brand new), and clothing that is appropriate for the time of year and any weather conditions that may arise during the hike. 4. You shall not hold responsible, nor pursue any legal, injury or financial compensation claim against Love To Hike and or the hike leader for anything that may happen to you during or after the hike.

Virginia Water and Windsor Great Park Explorer - 17½ miles (28 kilometres)

Virginia Water Station

£10.00

Today's Love To Hike is a mainly flat 17½ miles (28 kilometres) that explores Virginia Water Lake and Windsor Great Park. It also includes the Copper Horse, Cumberland Obelisk and the magnificent 30 metres high Totem Pole carved form a single red cedar tree. Lunch: Picnic. Toilets: There are toilets at Virginia Water station and The Wheatsheaf Hotel. Start: 09:40 prompt - immediately after the train arrives. Estimated finish: 16:30 but depends on the pace of the group. Drivers: Car park at Virginia Water station. Price: £10.00 per person for a full day’s hike guided by Paul New who has led over 300 day hikes. Note: The price of the hike excludes transport, parking and lunch. Mobile for the day:[masked]. ROUTE From Virginia Water station, we head for Windsor Great Park, a 20 square kilometres deer park. Dating from the 13th century, Windsor Great Park was for many centuries the private hunting grounds of Windsor Castle. Just before entering Windsor Great Park, there are toilets at The Wheatsheaf Hotel. Immediately on entering Windsor Great Park, we see the magnificent Virginia Water Lake from which the village takes its name. We follow the southern bank of Virginia Water Lake to pass the waterfall as we head for Blacknest. From Blacknest, we head north into South Forest as we make our way to the Old Village which was built in the 1930's to house the workers at the Royal estate. From the Old Village, we head to The Copper Horse at the top of Snow Hill. The Copper Horse is a statue of King George III on horseback and there are impressive views of Windsor Castle four kilometres ahead. From The Copper Horse, we head west as we make our way to Cow Pond, an ornamental lake gilded with an abundance of water lilies that bloom throughout the summer months. From Cow Pond, we head south to the Cumberland Obelisk which was erected by King George II in honour of his son, the Duke of Cumberland. Next to the Cumberland Obelisk is Obelisk Pond. From the Cumberland Obelisk, we continue south to reach the northern edge of Virginia Water Lake, which we follow east bound to reach the magnificent Totem Pole. The Totem Pole was a gift from the people of Canada to Queen Elizabeth II in June 1958. The pole is 100 feet (30 metres) high, one foot for every year, and marks the centenary of British Columbia being proclaimed a Crown Colony in 1858. From the Totem Pole, we enter the woods of Egham Wick and Virginia Water Plantations as we make our way back to the banks of Virginia Water lake, the toilets at The Wheatsheaf Hotel and Virginia Water station. LUNCH Lunch will be a picnic at a suitable spot around 1230. TRAINS Depart: Leaves London Waterloo at 0850 to arrive in Virginia Water at 0931. You can also join this train at Clapham Junction (0857) and Richmond (0906). Return: Return trains to London Waterloo leave Virginia Water at 19, 24, 49 and 54 minutes past the hour arriving back in London around 50 minutes later. Train fare: The off-peak return fare from London Waterloo to Virginia Water is £13.60. With GroupSave, the price per person for a group of 3 to 9 is reduced by 34% to only £8.98. GroupSave: When travelling off-peak in groups of 3 or 9 people, each passenger saves 34%. If you would like to form a group, just post a comment on this site and arrange to meet safely under the clock at London Waterloo by 0835. Note: I will greet you at Virginia Water station when you arrive. DRIVERS Virginia Water station is on B389 and to the west of the M3 and M25 intersection. If coming via the M25, come off at either junction 11 or 13. Any driver willing to offer a lift, or any passenger seeking a lift, please post a comment with your location and contact details. Passengers, please remember to offer your chauffeur a contribution towards fuel and parking costs. WHAT TO BRING · Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots that have been broken-in, ideally with ankle support. No trainers. · Waterproof jacket: whatever the weather, we hike. · Water: 2 litres minimum. · Pre-packed picnic lunch and snacks: it’s a long hike. · Day pack. · Sunglasses and sun screen if sunny. · Gaiters or waterproof over trousers if rain is expected. · Camera. PRICE £10.00 per person payable in advance upon booking for a full day’s hike guided by Paul New. BOOKING To book, click on the ‘Yes’ button just below ‘Are you going?’ in the top right hand corner. You can pay from either your PayPal account or with your debit or credit card. Once the hike is fully booked, there is a wait list. Some spaces may become available during the week before a Love To Hike which can be bought privately on a first come first saved basis from anyone posting a ‘space for sale’ comment. DISCLAIMER When participating in any outdoor activity, there is always the risk of injury and death. When hiking with Love To Hike, you acknowledge that: 1. You are fully aware of all of the risks involved and accept full responsibility for whatever may happen to you during or after the hike. 2. You are in good health, ‘fit to hike’ and capable of keeping the pace for the duration of the hike. 3. You shall wear sturdy hiking boots that have been broken-in, are in good condition (not brand new), and clothing that is appropriate for the time of year and any weather conditions that may arise during the hike. 4. You shall not hold responsible, nor pursue any legal, injury or financial compensation claim against Love To Hike and or the hike leader for anything that may happen to you during or after the hike.

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