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Exhilarating - Hiking,Biking, Scrambling and Via Ferrata.

Guaranteed scenery, fresh air, exercise and like-minded people!

Join a group of people from London who appreciate a picturesque walking weekend and led by an experienced and enthusiastic organiser.

A large proportion of our members are international, and therefore providing an interesting and diverse mix of experience and cultures. I organise around 5-6 free day walks close to London between March to August each year, these day walks are good tasters for new members to see whether they enjoy my walks before committing to a weekend event. Below are my basic principles for ensuring successful events:

Transportation: The car/minibus transportation is provided if departing from London. I will sort out all of the transportation logistics for the whole group. Organise the departure point, exchange drivers and members contact details in advance and ensure the drivers get to every location during the event on time. All my volunteer drivers are experienced, regular and confident drivers. I will co-ordinate the whole group to meet at a convenient London meeting location.

Accommodation: We will be staying at either Premier Inn or Travelodge hotels with en suite bathrooms. 2 to 3 members sharing rooms for all my UK events apart from Dorset & Peak District. Room allocation will be based on gender. Many other Meetup groups will book a youth hostel with 6-10 sharing a dormitory with bunk beds which can be nosy and over crowded.

Securing a place: My events are normally over subscribed. You can reserve your place on any event, months in advance with just a small deposit. I understand that member’s work, family & personal situation can change, so this deposit is 100% refundable 10 days prior to the start of the event, no quibble. All I need is 10 days notice and I refund you fully within 24 hours. If you withdraw within the 10 days period, and if I am able to find a replacement to fill your space I am more than happy to give you a 100% refund.

Meals: I reserve good restaurants local to our accommodation and give members a choice. Most other Meetup groups that stay at hostels will be catering at the hostel. Hostel food is ok but there are so much more good restaurants in the area that is worth trying. I will send members details of the restaurants selected and ask members to choose. Meals are not included in the cost as we are not staying at a hostel and I want the group to experience regional food. For example for my Cornwall 4 day event I have already made reservation at Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant 9 months in advance to guarantee availability for those that would enjoy this kind of experience.

No circular coastal routes: For coastal events such as Cornwall, Dorset, Gower Peninsula and Isle of Wight the beaches, sea, high cliffs, fishing villages and undulating coastal paths are the main sights. We will walk the whole distance along the coastal path. Other groups will walk a circular route and finish back at the starting point. For my events to maximise the coastal experience we will have cars strategically parked at the finishing point of each walk which is 10-12 miles away from the starting point, ready to pick up the group after a long day’s walk. No other groups will do this as the logistics are complicated and time consuming.

Coordination: With this group, you are just dealing with just 1 organiser. I will answer your queries, coordinate the transportation, accommodation and restaurants. No third party involved so less confusions or misunderstandings compared to other large meetup groups. I aim to answer any of your queries within 24 hours unless I am away on an event.

Group size: My events are usually limited to about 16 hikers to keep things manageable, but we may raise that number occasionally. 16 hikers is a good group size for each person to get to know everybody which makes it more interesting. It is important that the group is not hindered by large numbers or a very slow pace as you constantly find yourself waiting for other people.

Fitness: All my walking events caters for members of an average fitness level. For example, you are able to walk minimum 2 miles per hour on a varied terrain for 10-12 miles within 6 hours. Each of my events has been rated in respect to levels of difficulty. There will be many breaks to enjoy the scenery, take photos and to rest.

Flexibility: My approach and itinerary is flexible. If bad weather is forecasted, I am happy to change the itinerary. Visit a National Trust building or another indoor venues. Weather can we localised so willing to drive further away from bad weather to a different location for a dry walk.

I only organise events in 7 different locations in the UK during Spring to Autumn. In my opinion, these 7 destinations are the best weekend destinations from London. I have extensive knowledge of these locations and have lead hundreds of events. I select my walks for the scenery and the fantastic viewpoints. For example, for the Cornwall event, we will drive to Land’s End for our walk and to visit the infamous Minnock Theatre. In my South Wales event we will cover the whole region from the Brecon Beacon to the Gower Peninsula. In the Lake District I would select Cat Bells and Buttermere Lake as part of my itinerary, in both cases it is very difficult to access due to the very limited parking for vehicles. All of my walks are the Nation’s favourite classic walks.

I have many years of diverse hiking experience and have lead hundreds of groups to explore many parts of the UK and Europe. I have undertaken the six days Mountain Leader course, accredited by the MLT ( Mountain Leader Training) as well as having undertaken the 2 days Outdoor Activity First Aid Course. I am Basic Expedition Leaders qualified and have previously operated youth programmes with Raleigh International, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and many local authorities for the past 20 years. My international walking events includes USA, French Alps, South of France and the Italian Dolomites. Besides hiking I have leading cycling groups in Holland, Belgium, France and Spain.

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Upcoming events (3)

South Wales - Gower Peninsula and the Mumbles - August bank holiday weekend

We will be walking through surfing bays, nature reserves, dramatic cliffs and wonderful golden beaches along the coastal paths of Gower Peninsula and the Mumbles. At the Gower Peninsula during low tide we will cross over the highly distinctive profile of Worm’s Head, land that is normally cut off from the mainland. From Worm’s Head at Rhosilli we will continue along the finest stretches of limestone coastline with dramatic cliffs and superb views. Rhosilli was voted the best beach in Wales and 3rd within the UK.
The event photo is my group crossing Devil's Bridge, part of Worm's Head during last August event.

I have updated my website so details for all my events can be found FAQ & images from previous events:
https://www.michael-outdoor-events.com/south-wales

Securing a place: My events are normally over subscribed. You can reserve your place on any event, months in advance with a £50 deposit. Email Michael on [masked] and he will send you all of the details (cost & transportation). I understand that member’s work, family & personal situation can change, so your deposit or balance is 100% refundable 7 days prior to the start of this event, no quibble. All I need is 7 days notice and I refund you fully within 24 hours. I only require the final balance 7 days before the start of the event, again being flexible to members needs.

Transportation: Cars and/or a minibus transportation is provided if departing from London. I will sort out all of the transportation logistics for the whole group. Organise the departure point, exchange drivers and members contact details in advance and ensure the drivers get to every location during the event on time.

Accommodation: We will be staying at a Premium Inn hotel for both nights with 2 sharing - all rooms have en-suite bathrooms and air con. Room allocation will be based on gender or your own room if you attend with a friend. Many other groups would book a youth hostel with 4-6 sharing a dormitory with bunk beds which can be noisy and over crowded.

PROPOSE SCHEDULE
Saturday 28th August[masked]:00 - Meet at Hatton Cross tube station
08:15 - 12:00 Drive to Oxwich beach (Gowers)
12:15 - 18:15 Walk from Oxwich to the Mumbles - coastal walk
18:30 - 19:00 Drive to the Travelodge hotel
19:10 - 20:00 Check in - wash and relax
20:00 - 21:30 Dinner near hotel

Sunday 29th August[masked]:00 - 08:30 Drive to Port Eyon (start of the Gower coastal walk)
08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast (drivers move cars to finishing point)
09:30 - 17:30 Gower coastal walk - coastal views for the whole route - undulating terrain
17:30 - 18:30 Relax at the pub or Rhosilli beach
18:30 - 20:00 Dinner at the range of restaurants at Rhosilli
20:00 - 20:30 Drive back to our hotel
21:30 Drinks at the hotel bars for those that are still awake

Monday 30th August[masked]:30 Breakfast
08:15 - 09:15 Drive to a variety of South Wales walks - Pen-y-Fan, Sugar Loaf or Forest Fawr (to be decided dependent upon weather)
09:30 - 14:30 Walk
14:30 - 19:00 Drive back to Hatton Cross tube station

Meals: I reserve good restaurants in advance to give members a choice of cuisine and budget. Most other groups that stay at hostels will be catering at the hostel. I will send members details of the restaurants selected and ask members to choose.

Dorset Jurassic Coast + Old Harry's Rock + New Forest weekend 2021

Dorset Coastal weekend Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th September 2021
We will be leaving London very early on Saturday and will get to the New Forest within 2 hours. After our 3 hour walk in the New Forest we will continue our journey to Studland where we will start our 3 hour coastal walk to Old Harry Rock. We will be staying at a Premier Inn hotel on Saturday night.

On Sunday we will drive to the lovely seaside town of Weymouth and start our walk towards the Dorset’s most scenic coastline to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. There will be 4 hills to walk up and we will take a well deserve break after each one. At Durdle Door we will enjoy a long break and may even go for a swim at this iconic rock landmark.

More info on my website:

https://www.michael-outdoor-events.com/dorset-jurassic-coast

You can email me via [masked] for details on cost how to secure a place.

Transportation: Transportation is provided if departing from London. I will sort out all of the transportation logistics for the whole group. Organise the departure point, exchange drivers and members contact details in advance and ensure the drivers get to every location during the event on time. All my volunteer drivers are experienced, regular and confident drivers. I will co-ordinate the whole group to meet at a convenient location for early Saturday morning.

Meals: I will reserve good restaurants at Lulworth cove, many will have a good seafood, vegetarian and vegan choice. Sunday breakfast will be at the Premier Inn hotel

No circular coastal routes: The beaches, sea, high cliffs and undulating coastal paths are the main sights of Dorset so the whole walking distance will be along the South West Coastal Path. Other walking groups will walk a circular route and finish back at the starting point. For this event to maximise the coastal experience we will have cars strategically parked at the finishing point of each walk which maybe up to 10 miles away from the starting point, ready to pick up the group after a long day’s walk. No other groups will do this as the logistics are complicated and time consuming for the drivers.

USA - Grand Canyon + Yosemite Park, Sequoia National Park - August 2022

This will be a road trip to remember covering 6 USA National Parks ( including - Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Sequoia & Zion) across 4 states (California, Arizona, Utah & Nevada) and 6 different accommodation locations. There will be 9 full hiking days and this includes the infamous Half Dome hike up in the granite mountains of Yosemite, trails through giant Sequoia & Redwood trees and the best hikes down to the base of the Grand Canyon. We will drive 100 miles along the pacific coast along the infamous the Pacific Highway 1 with incredible pacific ocean views to the elephant seals rookery. This event will be during August 2022 and the deadline to sign up will be mid Nov 2021 as we have to purchase our flights from December 2021.

The hiking routes I will be choosing will be the classic, scenic and not to be missed ones and therefore are high in the mountains with the best viewpoints.

To view photos of my 2017/2019 USA event go to:
https://www.michael-outdoor-events.com/usa-grand-cayon

I CANNOT give you any more info at this stage (cannot reply to any questions on meetup). If you are interested just RSVP and send Michael a brief email via [masked] and I will send you further informations regarding to flights & costs.

Proposed itinerary (exact dates to be confirmed) USA Schedule 2022
Day 00 - 2nd August Tues - London to SF stay overnight and fly out to LV next morning
Day 01- 3rd Wed - August 2022: SF for Las Vegas - hire vehicle/s (minibus or/and car/s) and drive to accommodation outside of Zion National Park
Day 02: 4th Thurs - Zion National Park: Angels Landing hike (this is one of the best walks in the region - 6 hours hike)
angel landing video
Don’t worry if this video looks scary, it really isn’t too bad as you are supported by chains along the route. Most of my group didn’t even bother with the supporting chains. You can miss the narrow sections completely. Will give you more info during our meeting.
Day 03: 5th Fri - The Narrows (this is dependant upon the water levels in the canyon)
Day 04: 6th Sat - Bryce Canyon and Horse shoe and drive to Grand Canyon rim walk (2 hours walk) + view Grand Canyon at sunset
Day 05: 7th Sun - Grandview and Mesa Horse shoe, a classic Grand Canyon hike (6-7 hours walk)
Day 06 : 8th Mon - Drive to Williams (an interesting town on route 66) for breakfast then drive back to Las Vegas and stay for 1 night
Day 07 : 9th Tues - Fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco - hire Vehicle/s and drive a short distance to Monterey - Coastal bike ride, whale watching or other activities
Day 08: 10th Wed - Half Dome hike (16 miles - 10 hours) - the best and most infamous hike in Yosemite
half dome hike Yosemite best video
Don’t worry about the cable section. It isn’t that hard. Will give you more info during our meeting.
Day 09: 11th Thurs - Late start & sightseeing day: visit Yosemite falls and El Capitan
Day 10: 12th Fri - Panoramic trail to Glacier Point (14 miles 10 hours) - a fantastic walk with an incredible views of the whole Yosemite valley
Day 11: 13th Sat Redwood Canyon Loop (4-5 hrs walk through giant sequoia trees forest) + Congress Trail (2 hours)
Day 12: 14th Sun Big tree walk (2.5 hours) Moro Rock (1.5 hour) + General Sherman Tree (the largest tree in the world) - Leave Sequoia for Yosemite
Day 13: 15th Mon - Leave Monterey and continue along the Pacific highway 1 (Pacific coastal views) to visit the elephant seals then drive to Sequoia National park

Some members will wish to stay on and visit San Francisco for a few days, Michael will return back to UK from San Francisco airport on Day 14 during the evening

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