What we're about

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). Nevetheless, 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.

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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 2019 are: Easter Bank Holiday Long Weekend on the Jurassic Coast (April 19 - April 22), Early May Bank Holiday Long Weekend in the Gower Peninsula (May 3 - May 6), Big Black Mountains Challenge (May 17-19) and August Bank Holiday Long Weekend in the Lake District (August 23-26).

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

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In summer 2019, there will be another opportunity to experience Love To Hike's Western Mongolia Hiking Adventure. This is a once-in-a-lifetime, 15-day, wilderness hiking adventure in the land of blue skies and about as far away from the sea that you can get. The dates are Saturday July 20th to Saturday August 3rd.

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The second opportunity to discover Mongolia in the summer of 2019 is 'Highlights of Mongolia, Hiking, Sightseeing and Culture Adventure' which starts on August 3rd and finishes on August 17th. This 15-day adventure is essentially a sightseeing and culture adventure that explores all the best parts of Mongolia including the Gobi desert. There is a series of 13 optional hikes ranging ranging from 5 kilometres to 20 kilometres that explore some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.

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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DASH4IT.co.uk ADDITIONAL 5% DISCOUNT

LOVE TO HIKERS enjoy an additional 5% off the online map superstore's already deep discounted prices. Use code L2H5 to buy a new latest edition Ordnance Survey Explorer map complete with mobile download for only £5.55!

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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+)

Knole Park and Ightham Mote Kent Explorer - 17 miles (28 kilometres)

Today’s Love To Hike is 17 miles (28 kilometres) and explores the spectacularly beautiful wooded countryside to the east of Sevenoaks, a popular commuter town in Kent. The figure of eight route includes Knole Park deer park, Knowle House, Ightham Mote and a couple of short stretches of the Greensand Way. Lunch: Picnic Toilets: There are toilets at Sevenoaks station and Ightham Mote. Drivers: There is a large 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 Love To Hike excludes transport, parking and lunch. Mobile for the day:[masked] SEVENOAKS The town's name derives from the Saxon word ‘Seouenaca’, the name given to a small chapel near seven oak trees around the 9th century. Over the centuries, the oaks have been replanted several times and during the Great Storm of 1987, six of the seven oaks were blown down. ROUTE From the station, we head south east following the Greensand Way, a long distance path of 108 miles (174 kilometres). After one kilometre, we enter the Knole Park deer park. Knole Park is dominated by Knole House, a spectacular 15th century manor house. We cross the deer park to leave Knole Park at its north eastern corner and head towards Fawke Common as we head for Ightham Mote. Ightham Mote is an impressive medieval manor house with a moat that is owned by the National Trust. There are toilets at Ightham Mote. From Ightham Mote, we head east to do a a large circular elliptical loop that takes us to the River Bourne in the north and Roughway in the south before returning to Ightham Mote for another toilet stop. From Ightham Mote we head back to Knowle Park by a different route before retracing our steps from the morning back for the final two kilometres back to the station. TRAINS Depart: Leaves London Charing Cross at 0900 and arrives in Sevenoaks at 0942. You can also join this train at London Waterloo East at 0902 and London Bridge at 0907. Return: Return trains to London leave Sevenoaks at 05, 17, 35 and 47 minutes past the hour arriving back in London around 45 minutes later. Train fare: The off-peak return fare from London to Sevenoaks is £13.10 With GroupSave, the price per person for a group of 3 to 9 is reduced by 34% to only £8.65. 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 Charing Cross by 0845. DRIVERS Sevenoaks station is located on the south western side of the A224. There is a large car park at the station. 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 · Long trousers · Sunglasses if sunny · Hat and gloves if cold · Gaiters or 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. CANCELLATION If you cancel seven or more days in advance, you will 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 Love To Hike. 2. You are in good health, ‘fit to hike’ and capable of keeping the pace for the duration of the Love To 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 Love To Hike.

West of Balcombe High Weald Explorer - 17 miles (27 kilometres)

Balcombe station

£10.00

Today’s Love To Hike starts and finishes from Balcombe station and is 17 miles (27 kilometres). It explorers parts of the magnificent High Weald countryside that lie to the west of Balcombe in West Sussex. It is a different route to the December Love To Hike that started and finished from Balcombe. Lunch: Picnic Drivers: Car park at the station. Toilets: There are toilets in Slaugham. The toilets at the station may not be open, so please use those on the train before you arrive. 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]. 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. ROUTE Balcombe, meaning ‘Mining Place Camp’ is a village located 30 miles (50 kilometres) south of London and 15 miles (25 kilometres) north of Brighton. From the station, we head south through woods and across open farm land to pick up the High Weald Landscape Trail at Brook Street. The High Weald Landscape Trail (HWLT) is a 90 miles (145 kilometres) long distance path from Horsham in West Sussex to Rye in East Sussex. Upon joining the HWLT, we continue heading south to pass the western outskirts of the market town of Cuckfield. We then turn west and head across Cuckfield Park. From Cuckfield Park, we continue on the HWLT through woods and fields to reach the village of Bolney. From Bolney, we head north through Wykehurst Park to pass Wykehurst Place, a gothic mansion completed in 1874. Continuing north on the HWLT, we head for the village Slaugham and upon reaching Handcross, we leave the HWLT and turn east to begin our return to Balcombe through varied woods and farmland. LUNCH Lunch will be a picnic at a suitable location between 12:30-13:00. TRAINS Depart: London St. Pancras at 0850 to arrive in Balcombe at 0946. You can also join this train at London Blackfriars (0858), London Bridge (0904) and East Croydon (0918). Return: Trains depart at 22 and 52 minutes past the hour arriving back at London Bridge 42 minutes later. Train fare: The off-peak return fare from London to Balcombe is £10.20. With GroupSave, the price per person for a group of 3 to 9 is reduced by 34% to only £.6.80. 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 Bridge by 0850. Note: I will greet you at Balcombe station as I will be driving from Surbiton. DRIVERS Balcombe station is on the B2036 – come off the M23 at junction 10A and follow the B2036 south. There is a car park at the station which is free at weekends. 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. · Long trousers. · Sunglasses if sunny. · Hat and gloves if cold. · Gaiters or waterproof over trousers if rain is expected. · Dry base layer for the journey home. · Camera. · Money for the pub. 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.

The Northern Chilterns Hundreds Explorer – 18 miles (29 kilometres)

Gerrards Cross Station

£10.00

Today’s Love To Hike is 18 miles (29 kilometres) and explores those parts of the magnificent Chiltern Hills that can be found between Gerrards Cross, Beaconsfield and Amersham. We can also expect to see plenty of red kites that live in the area. This is a completely different route to last year's The Southern Chilterns Hundreds Explorer. Lunch: Picnic. Drivers: Car park at Gerrards Cross station. Toilets: There are toilets at Gerrards Cross station and Chalfont St Giles, Coleshill, Winchmore Hill and Seer Green. 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 The Chiltern Hills is a chalk escarpment in South East England and has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Chiltern Hundreds was an ancient administrative area of Buckinghamshire composing of three 'hundreds', a hundred being term meaning the capability of a district to raise 100 fighting men for the Crown. From the station, we head north east past the edge of Gerrards Cross golf course to join the South Bucks Way. The South Bucks Way is a 23 miles (37 kilometres) walk from Coombe Hill near Wendover to the Grand Union Canal at Denham. We follow the South Bucks Way heading north through the village of Chalfont St Peter to reach the village of Chalfont St Giles, where there is a lovely church dating from the 12th century. There will also be a toilet stop at one of Chalfont St Giles' pubs. From Chalfont St Giles, we head north west along the South Bucks Way to Misbourne Farm where we may catch a glimpse of some young ostriches. From Misbourne Farm, we head west on 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 to Coleshill where we will do a quick detour to Coleshill Common to see the windmill. There are also toilets at the Red Lion in Coleshill. From the windmill, we rejoin the Chiltern Way which we follow to just outside to Penn Bottom at which point we turn east to begin our return to Gerrards Cross station across open countryside and through various woods. En route, there are toilets at Winchmore Hill and Seer Green. From Seer Green, we will make our way back to Gerrards Cross and the station. LUNCH Lunch will be a picnic at a suitable location between 12:30-13:00. TRAINS Depart: The train to Gerrards Cross leaves London Marylebone at 0913 and arrives at 0937. Return: Trains to London leave Gerrards Cross at 11, 42 and 49 minutes past the hour every hour and arrive at London Marylebone 36, 07 and 32 minutes later respectively. Train fare: The off-peak return fare from London to Gerrards Cross is £15.40. With GroupSave, the price per person for a group of 3 to 9 is reduced by 34% to only £10.14. 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 Marylebone station by 0855 at the latest. Note: I will greet you at Gerrards Cross station as I will be driving from Surbiton. DRIVERS Leave the M25 at junction 16 and take the M40 heading towards London. Leave the M40 at junction 1 and take the A40 to Gerrards Cross and Beaconsfield. At Gerrards Cross Common, turn right onto the B416 which will take you to the station. The car park costs £4.50. It may however be possible to park for free close to the station. 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. · Long trousers. · Sunglasses 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 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. CANCELLATION If you cancel seven days or more 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.

Woldingham North Downs Explorer - 16 miles (26 kilometres)

Woldingham station

£10.00

Today's Love To Hike will explore the magnificent North Downs to the East of Woldingham, a Surrey village close to the border with Kent. The route is 16 miles (26 kilometres) and starts and finishes from Woldingham station which is only a 35 minutes train journey from London Bridge. Lunch: Picnic Drivers: Car park at the station. Toilets: There are toilets at Botley Hill (Botley Hill Farmhouse), Tatsfield (The Old Ship) but not at Woldingham 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. ROUTE From the station, we head south to Marden Park until we reach Gangers Hill where we head downhill towards the M25 before climbing to the North Downs ridge where we join the North Downs Way. The North Downs Way is a long distance path of 156 miles (251 kilometres) that starts in Farnham, Surrey and ends in Dover, Kent. On joining the North Downs Way, we turn east and follow it to Botley Hill. From Botley Hill, we remain on the North Downs Way heading east until we reach the outskirts of Tatsfield, a village listed in the Doomsday Book of 1086. We head north towards Tatsfield where we will visit The Old Ship pub for a toilet stop. From the Old Ship we head north to the western outskirts of Biggin Hill, best known for its role as a pivotal Royal Air Force base during the Battle of Britain in 1940. From 1963 to 2010, Biggin Hill staged an International Air Show. From Biggin Hill, we turn west as we head to Chelsham and St Leonards Church which was built in the 13th century. From St Leonard’s Church, we head south west to make our return to Woldingham and the station. TRAINS Depart: Leaves London Victoria at 0921 to arrive in Woldingham at 0955. You can also join this train at Clpaham Junction at 0927 and East Croydon at 0938. Return: Return trains to London leave Woldingham at 05 and 35 minutes past the hour and arrive back in London 34 minutes later. Train fare: The off-peak return fare from London Victoria is £10.80. With GroupSave, the price per person for a group of 3 to 9 is reduced by 34% to only £7.13. 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 Victorai station by 0905 at the latest. Note: I will greet you at Woldingham station as I will be driving from Surbiton. DRIVERS Woldingham station is located 2 miles to the east of the A22. From junction 6 of the M25, head north on the A22 until you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout, take the fifth exit and follow the road to the station. After about one mile, keep on the road that bears to the right rather than continuing straight on. The station is another mile along the road on the right hand side. There is ample parking at the station. 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 · Gaiters or 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 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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