What we're about

Metropolitan Walkers is the largest London-based Ramblers group for people in their 20s and 30s.

All our planned walks can be found at https://www.metropolitan-walkers.org.uk/wal... (https://www.metropolitan-walkers.org.uk/walks) We publish to MeetUp 1 week before the walk and open for bookings a couple of days later (usually Tuesday evenings).

Info for walkers: https://www.metropolitan-walkers.org.uk/blog/2020/08/09/returning-to-walking/

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note that as organised ‘outdoor physical activity events’, Ramblers group walks are exempt from all size restrictions on gatherings, however as part of being responsible organisers we will carry on with requiring bookings for now.

Info for leaders: https://www.metropolitan-walkers.org.uk/blog/2020/08/03/return-to-walk-leading/

We’re a very active group. Our volunteers lead walks every weekend, ranging from short, leisurely walks to strenuous hikes of 17+ miles across hilly terrain. We also lead one evening stroll during the week, discovering different parts of the capital.

We explore the beautiful areas near London such as the North Downs, south coast and Chilterns, all of which are accessible by public transport.

A lot of our members walk regularly, which is a great way to form friendships. As well as walking, we have a packed social programme (currently suspended due to COVID-19)

We regularly run weekends away to explore the other great walking areas the UK has to offer, such as the Lake District, Snowdonia and Scotland, and have also put on several trips abroad.

We’re part of the Ramblers – the charity that helps everyone, everywhere, enjoy walking; and protects the places we all love to walk.

If you've not walked with us before, you’re welcome to come along on three free walks before becoming a member, to see if the Metropolitan Walkers is for you! Membership is just £34.50 per year, or £20.50 concessionary rate.

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Registered charity 1093577. Metropolitan Walkers is a part of the Ramblers - Britain's walking charity.

Upcoming events (5)

Vale of the Kings (16 miles/Moderate)

Rowlands Castle

This walk explores Kingley Vale. Kingley Vale has been a nature reserve since 1952 and covers some 500 acres and designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The reserve is home to one of Europe's finest yew forests , some of the twisted older veteran trees are said to be around 2000 years old, some of the oldest living organisms in the United Kingdom. A few hills with stunning views. Please bring a packed lunch

Terrain: Rolling downland
Grading: Moderate. For an explanation of the gradings, please see https://www.metropolitan-walkers.org.uk/walks/faq/ - please consider both the length and grade when choosing a walk.

Travel: Take 8:00 from London Waterloo (8:07 Clapham Junction), arr. Rowlands Castle 9:42.

Finish Point: Rowlands Castle station

More info: https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route/walk-detail.aspx?walkID=4123415
To join this walk please book a place to this MeetUp Event. Please check the RSVP time on each walk. Please consider the available walks before choosing one. Bookings close the night before the walk. Please DO NOT attempt to book with the walk leader directly, they don't have access to do so. We aim to relax capacity limits from 19 July subject to final guidance.

COVID-19: Please stick to current guidance when on the train and socialising at lunchtime etc. Please note that we can't control opening of loos etc. Please use facilities on train and bring enough snacks for the day. Hand sanitiser is recommended.

A stroll through the Olympic Park (3.8 miles/Leisurely)

Meet outside the main exit, opposite the Stratford Centre, near the stairs that go to Westfield. We'll walk through the park and along the river and canal ending near a tap room in Hackney Wick

Terrain: Park and canal/riverside
Grading: Leisurely. For an explanation of the gradings, please see https://www.metropolitan-walkers.org.uk/walks/faq/ - please consider both the length and grade when choosing a walk.

Finish Point: Hackney Wick station (zone 2)

More info: https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route/walk-detail.aspx?walkID=4126414
To join this walk please book a place to this MeetUp Event. Please check the RSVP time on each walk. Please consider the available walks before choosing one. Bookings close the night before the walk. Please DO NOT attempt to book with the walk leader directly, they don't have access to do so. We aim to relax capacity limits from 19 July subject to final guidance.

COVID-19: Please stick to current guidance when on the train and socialising at lunchtime etc. Please note that we can't control opening of loos etc. Please use facilities on train and bring enough snacks for the day. Hand sanitiser is recommended.

Keswick Fitness: Hurtwood challenge (21 miles/Strenuous)

A hilly fitness walk which will be held at a fast pace through the Surrey Hills area of outstanding natural beauty. Total ascent 1044 m. We start by going up to Leith Hill and continue along to Holmbury Hill. In the afternoon we will be going up onto the North Downs Way and through Ranmore Common. We finish the walk by doing Juniper hill and Box Hill (twice). Bring a packed lunch. We will be finishing in the pub for drinks and dinner.

The walk is open to all who enjoy strenuous hilly walking, but it is expected to be especially useful for people intending to join us on the Keswick weekend away. More ascent than Scafell Pike!

Please note Ramblers guidelines for strenuous walks: ""Strenuous - walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness should contact the organiser or leader in advance.""

Terrain: Hills
Grading: Strenuous. For an explanation of the gradings, please see https://www.metropolitan-walkers.org.uk/walks/faq/ - please consider both the length and grade when choosing a walk.

Travel: Take 9:25 from London Victoria (9:32 Clapham Junction), arr. Holmwood 10:29. Buy return to Holmwood.

Finish Point: Box Hill & Westhumble station

More info: https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route/walk-detail.aspx?walkID=4121108
To join this walk you MUST book a place to this MeetUp Event. Bookings will open the Tuesday before the walk at 8pm. Please consider the available walks before choosing one. Bookings close the night before the walk. Please DO NOT attempt to book with the walk leader directly, they don't have access to do so.

COVID-19: Please stick to current guidance when on the train and socialising at lunchtime etc. Please note that we can't control opening of loos etc. Please use facilities on train and bring enough snacks for the day. Hand sanitiser is recommended.

A Streetcar Named Shirley (14 miles/Moderate)

Coombe Lane

This walk does away with the usual train-based start, to show that even a Croydon tram stop can access at least the edge of the hills that roll down from the North Downs ridge. The route passes Shirley Windmill early on, heading east via Keston Windmill and Common, before turning north to Chislehurst. If anyone wishes to visit Chislehurst Caves, we should arrive in time for the last tour of the day at 4:00pm (advance booking recommended and opens 7 days ahead; shortcut by train available if time is tight). Please bring packed lunch, pub stop at end of walk.

Terrain: Hills, woods, fields
Grading: Moderate. For an explanation of the gradings, please see https://www.metropolitan-walkers.org.uk/walks/faq/ - please consider both the length and grade when choosing a walk.

Travel: Use TfL Journey Planner to get to start point. Trains to central London from the finish point run to London Bridge / Waterloo East / Charing Cross.

Finish Point: Chislehurst station (zone 5)

More info: https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route/walk-detail.aspx?walkID=4126416
To join this walk please book a place to this MeetUp Event. Please check the RSVP time on each walk. Please consider the available walks before choosing one. Bookings close the night before the walk. Please DO NOT attempt to book with the walk leader directly, they don't have access to do so. We aim to relax capacity limits from 19 July subject to final guidance.

COVID-19: Please stick to current guidance when on the train and socialising at lunchtime etc. Please note that we can't control opening of loos etc. Please use facilities on train and bring enough snacks for the day. Hand sanitiser is recommended.

Past events (759)

Carry on up the Charts (13 miles/Moderate)

Hurst Green

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