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Exhilarating - Hiking,Biking, Scrambling and Via Ferrata.

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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 (5)

USA - Grand Canyon + Yosemite Park, Sequoia National Park - 2020

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 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 either June 2020 or August 2020 and the deadline to sign up will be November 2019. 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. The intensity of each day can be adjusted to the group’s ability and requirements however, if a few are too tired and want a simple, gentle day then I will organise a few self guided options with minimal navigation required. To get the most of our hikes and sights, the days will be very long, starting early and finishing late each day. This is event is suitable for members with an average fitness level who enjoy adventure, this is not a tour. To view photos of my 2017/2019 USA event go to: https://www.michael-outdoor-events.com/usa-grand-cayon I 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 information on the 14 days itinerary, flights & costs. The dates will be 100% confirmed by December 2019 Proposed itinerary (exact dates to be confirmed) USA Schedule 2020 Day 01: Leave UK for Las Vegas - hire vehicle/s (minibus or/and car/s) and drive to accommodation outside of Zion National Park Day 02: 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: The Narrows (this is dependant upon the water levels in the canyon) Day 04: Bryce Canyon and Horse shoe and drive to Grand Canyon rim walk (2 hours walk) + view Grand Canyon at sunset Day 05: Grandview and Mesa Horse shoe, a classic Grand Canyon hike (6-7 hours walk) Day 06 : Drive to Williams (an interesting town on route 66) for breakfast then drive back to Las Vegas and stay for 1 night Day 07: 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: Leave Monterey and continue along the Pacific highway 1 (Pacific coastal views) to visit the elephant seals then drive to Sequoia National park Day 09: Redwood Canyon Loop (4-5 hrs walk through giant sequoia trees forest) + Congress Trail (2 hours) Day 10: 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 11: 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 12 - Tuesday 9th June: Late start & sightseeing day: visit Yosemite falls and El Capitan Day 13 - Wednesday 10th June: Panoramic trail to Glacier Point (14 miles 10 hours) - a fantastic walk with an incredible views of the whole Yosemite valley Day 14 - Thursday 11th June: Leave Yosemite for San Francisco airport 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

POSTPONED until Sep 2020 -Britain’s Favourite walks-the 4 best UK National Parks

This is a one off event to brings together Britain’s Favourite walks within a 5 days event. We will hike in the 4 great National Parks: Snowdonia, Lake district, Yorkshire Dales and the Peak district, within each National park we will hike up the most famous mountains and areas of outstanding beauty. You may have seen the ITV programme, Britain’s Favourite walks which surveyed 8000 walkers on the best walks in Britain, so using this information and my own experience I have put together this event, to hike up 6 of the10 best walks in Britain. More info of Britian’s favourite walks: youtube itv britain’s favourite walks youtube (the top tens walks are at the end of this video) other descriptions and photos: https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/itv-britains-best-walks/the-top-10.aspx https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/celebrating-britains-100-favourite-walks Saturday 6th June: Mam Tor - Peak District - Voted 10th best walk in Britain Sunday 7th June: Malham - Yorkshire & Cat bells - Lake district - voted 3rd and 4th best walk in Britain Monday 8th June: Helvellyn - Lake District - voted 1st best walk scrambling helvellyn youtube Tuesday 9th June: Snowdon via Crib Goch - North Wales - voted 2nd best walk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n86W5jMiV3Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=45&v=z3fM4IBv0WY&feature=emb_title Wednesday 10th June : Tryfan - North Wales - voted 6th best walk and best scramble To secure your place for this 5 days event you need to email Michael the organiser via [masked]. Just rsvp on meetup does not secure your place. You need to be fit and an experience hiker as there will be long mountain days including Snowdon (highest mountain in England and Wales at 1085 metres) & Helvellyn (3rd heights mountain in England at 950 metres). On the last 3 days there will be scrambles (very easy rock climbing without the use of rope) involved at Helvellyn, Tryfan (917m) and Snowdon, so you will need to be good with high exposed area and very balanced on your feet. For the Snowdon event we will be scrambling along Crib Coch (ridge walk), only 3% of hikers summiting Snowdonia would use this route due to the challenging environment. You will need to be confident as there will be no hand holding from Michael. All 3 mountains are challenging but extremely rewarding. During this event, it will not get dark until after 9:30pm, giving us plenty of daylight to enjoy and relax after our hikes. We will always hike an average pace with many breaks to enjoy the scenery. If you think you will be sitting on car for endless hours driving to all of these locations you will be wrong. The total driving distance for this 5 days event is just a little more than my standard Lake district weekend as all of these locations following a circular route. In fact this is the most time and cost effective method to explore all of these wonderful National Parks. To complete all of these hikes would normally take 3 separate weekends and lots of driving up and down the motorway from London. Saturday 6th June[masked]:00 Meet at Colindale tube station 08:00-11:00 Drive to the Peak District 11:00-11:45 Brunch 11:45-16:00 1st walk MAM TOR 16:00-17:00 Pub break 17:00-18:00 Drive to Premier Inn hotel 19:00-21:00 Dinner Sunday 7th June[masked]:00-07:45 Breakfast 08:00-09:00 Drive to Yorkshire 09:30-13:00 2nd hike - MALHAM & GORDALE via cove and tarn 13:15-14:00 Lunch break in pub 14:00-14:45 Drive to the Lake District 15:00-18:30 3rd Hike - CATBELLS 18:45-19:30 Drive to Premier Inn Lakes 20:30-22:00 Dinner at Premier Inn Monday 8th 07:00-07:45 Breakfast 08:00-09:00 Drive to East side of Lakes 09:00-14:00 4th Hike - HELVELLYN 14:00-15:00 Cafe break 15:00-18:00 Drive to Premier Inn near North Wales 19:00-21:00 Dinner at Premier Inn The full programme is too long for this meetup platform.

Jurassic Coast Weekend walking event - Dorset

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We will be leaving London very early on Saturday and will get to Corfe Castle by midday for a short break. There will be time to enjoy the sights of this 1000 years old castle, built by William the Conquer. We will start our walk from a small village, Kimmeridge and walk southwards through meadows and fields to the coastline. When we reach the South West Coastal path off Chapman’s Pool we will stay on this path and head west through the most scenic coastline to Lulworth Cove. There will be 4 hills to walk up and we will take a well deserve break after each one. At Lulworth Cove will will enjoy a long break before the final walk to Durdle door. Our accommodation is only a mile from Lulworth Cove. On Sunday morning after breakfast at Lulworth Cove with a sea view we continue out journey along the South West Coastal Path further west passing Durdle Door. It will be easy to loose an hour taking photos of this iconic landscape before continuing our journey to our final destination of Osmington. Here we will have lunch at a lovely pub near the sea. We will cover around 9-10 miles each day, both days will be undulating. As you can see in the description we are visiting Durdle door twice, during Saturday evening and again on Sunday morning. There is a large contrast of atmosphere & lighting when viewing this iconic landmark at contrasting times. Both walks will not be circular so that we can enjoy the coastline for the entire walk. On the way back to London we will take a break in the New Forest National Park as this National Park is on route. I know a water hole where wild horse gather so will be able to get very close. We will not be back to London until 7pm (to the same pick up locations as the Saturday locations). I have led walks to Dorset for every year for the past 10 years, twice a year during May and August and every time its been dry weather. Scroll down and you will see full details after the photos. 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. I would prefer fewer vehicles as possible to minimise our carbon footprint, so would discourage lone drivers. Michael will hire a mini bus if required, settle all vehicle cost and finalise arrangements with the volunteer drivers. Accommodation: We will be staying at a youth hostel only 5 minutes from Lulworth Cove. We are not staying at the usual Premier Inn or Travelodge due to the ideal location of the youth hostel. Our first day’s walk will finish close to the hostel and on Sunday we will start our walk from the hostel and continue along the South West Coastal Path. There will only be a maximum of 4 sharing in each room, based on the same gender. Meals: I will reserve good restaurants at Lulworth cove. Most other groups that stay at hostels will be catering at the hostel. Hostel food is ok but there are many good restaurants in Dorset, it would be a shame not to experience. Sunday breakfast will be at a cafe on Lulworth Cove beach with a sea view. Lunch will be at a lovely pub at our finishing point at Osmington. Proposed Schedule Saturday 13th June[masked]:00 Meeting at Coulsdon South Station (London, Zone 6) 08:00-10:45 Drive from Coulsdon South to Corfe Castle 10:45-11:15 Break at Corfe Castle (there are cafes and a good bakery to buy lunch or snacks) 11:15-11:45 Drive to Kimmeridge (start of walk) - you will have time for a snack here 11:45-12:45 Michael will transport 1 car to finishing point & return back to Kimmeridge 13:15-19:30 Walking from Kimmeridge to Durdle door to Lulworth Cove

Britain’s Favourite walks - the 4 best UK National Parks

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This is a one off event to brings together Britain’s Favourite walks within a 5 days event. We will hike in the 4 great National Parks: Snowdonia, Lake district, Yorkshire Dales and the Peak district, within each National park we will hike up the most famous mountains and areas of outstanding beauty. You may have seen the ITV programme, Britain’s Favourite walks which surveyed 8000 walkers on the best walks in Britain, so using this information and my own experience I have put together this event, to hike up 6 of the10 best walks in Britain. More info of Britian’s favourite walks: youtube itv britain’s favourite walks youtube (the top tens walks are at the end of this video) other descriptions and photos: https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/itv-britains-best-walks/the-top-10.aspx https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/celebrating-britains-100-favourite-walks Saturday 6th June: Mam Tor - Peak District - Voted 10th best walk in Britain Sunday 7th June: Malham - Yorkshire & Cat bells - Lake district - voted 3rd and 4th best walk in Britain Monday 8th June: Helvellyn - Lake District - voted 1st best walk scrambling helvellyn youtube Tuesday 9th June: Snowdon via Crib Goch - North Wales - voted 2nd best walk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n86W5jMiV3Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=45&v=z3fM4IBv0WY&feature=emb_title Wednesday 10th June : Tryfan - North Wales - voted 6th best walk and best scramble To secure your place for this 5 days event you need to email Michael the organiser via [masked]. Just rsvp on meetup does not secure your place. You need to be fit and an experience hiker as there will be long mountain days including Snowdon (highest mountain in England and Wales at 1085 metres) & Helvellyn (3rd heights mountain in England at 950 metres). On the last 3 days there will be scrambles (very easy rock climbing without the use of rope) involved at Helvellyn, Tryfan (917m) and Snowdon, so you will need to be good with high exposed area and very balanced on your feet. For the Snowdon event we will be scrambling along Crib Coch (ridge walk), only 3% of hikers summiting Snowdonia would use this route due to the challenging environment. You will need to be confident as there will be no hand holding from Michael. All 3 mountains are challenging but extremely rewarding. During this event, it will not get dark until after 9:30pm, giving us plenty of daylight to enjoy and relax after our hikes. We will always hike an average pace with many breaks to enjoy the scenery. If you think you will be sitting on car for endless hours driving to all of these locations you will be wrong. The total driving distance for this 5 days event is just a little more than my standard Lake district weekend as all of these locations following a circular route. In fact this is the most time and cost effective method to explore all of these wonderful National Parks. To complete all of these hikes would normally take 3 separate weekends and lots of driving up and down the motorway from London. Saturday 6th June[masked]:00 Meet at Colindale tube station 08:00-11:00 Drive to the Peak District 11:00-11:45 Brunch 11:45-16:00 1st walk MAM TOR 16:00-17:00 Pub break 17:00-18:00 Drive to Premier Inn hotel 19:00-21:00 Dinner Sunday 7th June[masked]:00-07:45 Breakfast 08:00-09:00 Drive to Yorkshire 09:30-13:00 2nd hike - MALHAM & GORDALE via cove and tarn 13:15-14:00 Lunch break in pub 14:00-14:45 Drive to the Lake District 15:00-18:30 3rd Hike - CATBELLS 18:45-19:30 Drive to Premier Inn Lakes 20:30-22:00 Dinner at Premier Inn Monday 8th 07:00-07:45 Breakfast 08:00-09:00 Drive to East side of Lakes 09:00-14:00 4th Hike - HELVELLYN 14:00-15:00 Cafe break 15:00-18:00 Drive to Premier Inn near North Wales 19:00-21:00 Dinner at Premier Inn The full programme is too long for this meetup platform.

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