What we're about

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London's largest and most active international outdoors group for hiking, walking, travel, day trips, holidays, and outdoor adventures

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Who we are

A group of people dedicated and committed to making the great outdoors more accessible to everyone. With over 32,000 members, we have now organised over 1,300 hiking trips including day walks, weekend hiking trips and an increasing range of foreign hiking trips travelling to Europe and beyond for adventure travel holidays.

Between our 3 most senior hike leaders we have over 50 years of experience of leading hikes across the UK as well as an ever increasing range of international trips and tours. We have every corner of the UK covered from Snowdonia in Wales to the Lake District, the great Scottish Highlands and even the far off corners like Cornwall.

Please do take a look at our (over 400) independent group reviews:

http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/about/comments/?op=all

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We have 47 different day and weekend trips that have all been pre hiked and meticulously planned. We organise all the logistics for our hiking trips so that you can just turn up, walk and have a great time and meet new people while enjoying the great outdoors.

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If you enjoy hiking and are based in the UK, Outdooraholics is for you and we look forward to welcoming you to the group!

Who attends our events?

We're mainly in our mid 20s to mid 40s, but age is no barrier as long as you are young at heart and over 18. In fact, one of our hike leaders is 67!

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Most of our members generally either live or work in London, although we have people from all over the UK attending and we've had several people visit from abroad for our trips and join us at our destination. After all you don't need to live in London to visit Cornwall, Wales or the Lake District!

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We have a lot of international members - either here on work placements or to live and this brings a superb cultural variety and mix of life experiences to the group and helps to make our trips so interesting and diverse.

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We get a lot of people who attend their first event on their own and we always go out of our way to make everyone very welcome on our trips. They have proven to be a great way to meet people as well as to see this wonderful island

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Can I really turn up alone?

Yes of course - most people do! Please don't be nervous about attending your first event - we have all been in the same boat at some point of turning up at an event alone and knowing nobody. To help introduce people to the group and indeed hiking we have designed 27 different hiking day trips which are a superb way to come and meet the group and we can assure you of a very warm welcome whatever event you choose and there are bound to be others who are attending their first event too. Hiking is a great way of meeting like minded people whilst keeping fit and seeing wonderful places too.

If you are nervous about committing to a weekend trip, please don't be, almost everyone has turned up to an event before without knowing anyone and we all know what it's like. To help new members into the group we run 4 to 6 day trips a month which are an easy and low cost way to try our events.

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What hiking trips do we organise?

Day hikes
We organise typically 6 to 8 day hiking trips a month and have 27 tried and tested routes that we use from London. All are pre walked and are picturesque routes that we carefully choose. All trips leave from a central London station and we arrange train tickets, so you can just turn up and enjoy a great day out with us.

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Weekend hiking trips
We organise 3 to 6 weekend trips a month to all corners of the UK, showing you the very best that this country has to offer. We typically rent an entire Youth Hostel just for our group and after a great days hiking then either go to a local restaurant or cook at the hostel. We have over 18 different weekend trips and are adding new ones all the time!

We have a professionally trained chef who joins many of our trips and we regularly visit all of the UK's National Parks and designated "Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty"

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Trips abroad
We offer an ever increasing variety of trips from 3 nights up to a week and will be having a number of new trips added in 2015. Where possible we aim for twin bed rooms and put the meticulous planning into our foreign trips so that you can have a great time and get to see the best of the area that you're visiting. It is a legal requirement (as well as advisable for safety) in many foreign mountainous locations to have an internationally qualified guide and for many of our foreign trips we have a local or native speaking guide.

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What else do we organise?

Socials

As well as walking trips, we organise several pub socials per year in central London locations as well as discount nights at outdoor stores in central London.

We do focus on the outdoor events more than socials but we can recommend a good social group who do the following events:

Pub crawls, social events, wine tastings, sightseeing, making new friends, dining adventure, new in town drinks, food and cooking related events, exploring London's night life, social drinks, 18s, Go Ape, Treasure Hunts, Go Karting and Paintball

Outdoor activities

We've been offering multi activity weekends for several years and have both offered or will be bringing the following activities to our weekends - some in London and some that we have to travel to:

Sky diving, coasteering, camping, canoeing and hiking weekends, horse riding, paragliding, parachute jumping, pot holing, yoga breaks, fitness weekends, SCUBA, travel, sightseeing, travelling abroad, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, skydiving, cycling, trekking, backpacking, yoga breaks and tours, holiday getaway breaks, travelling, adventure weekends, sailing, coast walking, long distance walking, caving, fitness weekends, hiking abroad, rock climbing, Go Ape, zip wires, navigation training, historic sightseeing, countryside conservation, overseas trips, the 3 (three) peaks challenge, tennis, hiking and abseiling, go karting, exercise and activity weekends for hikers, treasure hunts, paintball, photograpy exhibitions, treasure and scavenger hunts around London, Paint-ball, charity trips and charity adventure nights with Hope for Homes, badminton, squash, recreation weekends, gorge walking, navigation courses, culture trips, community trips, sea kayaking, kayaking along the Thames, via ferrata walks, orienteering, sailing, exercise boot camps, target shooting and clay pigeon shooting, shopping discount evenings at Cotswold Outdoors. Not forgetting of course photography sessions!

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Activity weekends

Starting with our first multi activity weekend to the Brecon Beacons nearly 3 years ago, we offer a variety of these weekends where you can try activities such as abseiling, cycling, caving, canoeing, scrambling, kayaking or surfing as well as hiking of course. We're affiliated with two London cheese and wine groups and have even hosted cheese and wine evenings on our weekends!

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Where do we visit?

The fun places we visit and travel to on our walking trips in the UK include:
South Downs, North Downs, Devon, Cornwall, The Lake District, Wales - Snowdon, the Gower and the Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor, the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Moors, the Chilterns, Isle of Wight, Kent Downs, Surrey Hills, the Cotswolds, Dorset, the Lake District, The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge, the National 3 Peaks Challenge, the Yorkshire dales and moors and on up to Scotland and Ben Nevis.

We also arrange some super foreign walking trips to hike to destinations such as:
High Atlas mountains, Everest Base Camp, the Pyrenees, the Dolomites, Granada Mountains, Nepal, Goa, Kilimanjaro, Andalucia and as the group grows we will continue to offer many more too!

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What trips are we planning for the future?

We are forever expanding our trips and have some wonderful destinations that we will be hiking to in the future.

Within the UK we already visit most of its great national parks, but will be extending our trips to cover all of them:

Brecon Beacons, Norfolk Broads, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Dark Peaks, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, South Downs and the Yorkshire Dales.

We also visit designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty which have included and will include:

Arnside and Silverdale, Chichester Harbour, Chilterns, Cornwall, Cotswolds, Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire Downs, Dedham Vale, Dorset, East Devon, Isle of Wight, Kent Downs, Lincolnshire Wolds Malvern Hills, Mendip Hills, Nidderdale, Norfolk Broads andCoast, North Devon, North Pennines, Northumberland Coast, North Wessex Downs, Quantock Hills, Shropshire Hills, Solway Coast, South Devon, Suffolk Coast and Heathlands, Surrey Hills, Tamar Valley Lake District and the breath taking Wye Valley.

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We have also hiked many of the national long distance paths including:

Cotswold Way National Trail, Cumbria Coastal Way, Highland Way, East Riding Heritage Way, Grand Union Canal Walk, Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail, Herriot Way, Hertfordshire Way, Mendip Ring, North Downs Way National Trail, North-West Coastal Trail, Offa's Dyke Path National Trail, Peak District High Level Route, Norfolk Coast Path National Trail, Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, Pennine Way National Trail, Snowdonia Round, Solent Way, South Downs Way National Trail, South West Coast Path National Trail, Southern Upland Way, Thames Path National Trail, Wainwrights Way, Wales Coast Path, Wessex Ridgeway Trail, West Highland Way, Westmorland Way, White Peak Way, Wilts and Berks Canal Towpath, Winchcombe Way, Offa's Dyke (near the River Wye and Forest of Dean) and Wye Valley Walk

We also run and are planning a number of trips abroad including: Kilimanjaro, Nepal, hiking to Everest base camp, Tenerife, Croatia, Slovakia, France, Poland, The High Tatras, Russia, The Alps, Gran Canaria (Canary Islands), the Dolomites, Morocco and the High Atlas Mountains, Norway, Italy, Iceland, The Fjords, the Pyrenees, Andalucia, The Pyrenees and the Amalfi Coast.

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Why do we do it?

Quite simply - we all share a passion for the great outdoors and with all of our trip leaders being born and raised in the UK with a life long love of hiking, we can't wait to show you this great country!

We have so many wonderful experiences on our trips and many people have found a new love of the outdoors, met their partners through Outdooraholics and made what are likely to be lifelong friendships.

Our organisers can't wait to show you this great country and why we all developed such a lifelong love of hiking here all those decades ago

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Yoga health and wellness retreats

We offer a range of superb value yoga retreats in the UK, which we call Yogaholics trips. We take your safety and the great reputation of our yoga/hiking trips very seriously and we only ever use professional full time yoga instructors. We also typically have a professional chef to ensure we have wonderful, healthy and revitalising food. We follow the same great formula as with our hiking weekends - great organisation, great home cooked food, pre planned and hiked routes and highly experienced hike leaders and using hostels allows us to do this at a great price too. We look forward to bringing you an even more expanded range of Yogaholics trips as we enter our 4th year of these Yogaholics trips in 2015!

We have created a great range of hostel based yoga trips on this wonderful concept, but if you would like more luxury hiking/yoga trips also run by a professional yoga instructor, we can highly recommend the excellent Yoga Trails:
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Why Outdooraholics?

A very good question. There are some superb London based walking groups on Meetup - Backabush are well known for over a decade of organising superb hiking weekends and brought the whole concept of great value hiking trips to Meetup and Trailblazer have been organising an excellent and huge range of days hikes for over 5 years now. Both groups we highly recommend and regularly hear great things about their trips and both have inspired many other groups to offer similar events to theirs. 1000 Foot Hiking club is also highly recommended - run by some inspirational people on a non profit basis with all money raised going to a water aid charity.

Except for Outdooraholics most of the major London hiking groups on Meetup have evolved out of Backabush and Trailblazer and generally run the same format as their trips. Whilst we'd be lying if we said we weren't inspired by the great trips these groups run, we wanted to do something different and new and created Outdooraholics from scratch and we believe giving our trips a quite different flavour. We took a very simple idea as our basis - of organising all of the logistics for our hiking trips so that you don't have to. We advise you what to bring, you turn up and you'll have a great time. All of our trips are run by trip leaders from that particular country so we believe they can show you the country and culture like only a local can. We organise an equal mix of day hikes and weekend trips and put the same detailed planning into both.

We also try to use local tour guides for the majority of our trips so that you can get a proper insight in to the history, culture and country that you're visiting - after all you wouldn't expect to visit Russia for example and be "shown" the country and it's cultures by a British person!

We plan all of our trips in advance including the routes that we take to ensure that we show you the best of an area and also that we know what the risks are on the tracks and indeed that the trails are passable and safe. All of the photos on our trips are taken by one of our hike leaders, from that trip, on the paths that you will actually be hiking so that you can best decide which trips appeal to you. The great outdoors does carry risks which is why we pre walk and plan all of our routes and trips.

We believe we offer the most diverse range of both day hikes and weekend trips available in the UK.

We only offer superb trips and we even have a professional chef who joins us on many of our weekend trips to offer great food, which is much appreciated after a tough days hiking.

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Safety

Our main hike leader has undertaken both a four day Walk Group Leader (http://www.mountain-training.org/award-schemes/walking-group-leader-award) course accredited by the MLT (Mountain Leader Training) and a six day Mountain Leader (http://www.mountain-training.org/award-schemes/mountain-leader-award) course (also accredited by the MLT) as well as having a two day outdoor Activity First Aid course and over 20 years of extensive and diverse hiking and leading experience. All of our trips are run by very experienced hikers with Outdoor Activity First Aid qualifications and most of our trip leaders are a minimum of Mountain Leader trained with 2 of our trip leaders having a military background. Sadly the outdoors always presents risks but through our experience, training and careful planning as well as pre planning and walking all of our routes we do our best to minimise those.

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Further information

You can email us at: info@outdooraholics.co.uk

Or you can follow us and our hiking adventures on the following social media sites:

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We sincerely look forward to meeting you at one of our weekend or hiking day trip adventures soon and can ensure a warm welcome from the Outdooraholics team to you

Joining the Team

We are looking for experienced hike leaders (ideally with at least Mountain Leader level training) and whilst we demand a lot from people, working with the largest hiking group in London and one of the largest in Europe brings a lot of advantages too. Safety and enjoyment of people attending our trips is paramount. You don't have to be based in the South East or London as we have a demand for people in all locations. If you share these values, please email us for more details along with a summary of your experience: info@outdooraholics.co.uk

Upcoming events (5+)

SOLD OUT Night of Adventure - Adventurer Speaker Evening in London for charity

12 adventurers, 12 great talks with slides, 1 great charity evening - it could only be Night of Adventure. Back for their 9th year in 2019 with the biggest all star line up yet! The team at the children's charity Hope and Homes for Children have put together another fantastic adventure speak night for 2019. This is now the 7th year that Outdooraholics have been a partner for this great evening and as well as being lots of fun and inspirational, all the money raised also goes to a very worthwhile charity. We had over 80 Outdooraholics join us in 2018 (the event sold out 3 weeks in advance so please do buy tickets early): What In essence, a series of world class speakers World Record holders and adventurers talking about their adventures with the aid of slides to a live audience - you! "Each speaker is limited to just 20 slides to accompany their tales, shown on a huge cinema screen. The challenge is that each slide will automatically scroll forward after just 20 seconds." As well as many big names from the world of adventure who are speaking the evening will be hosted by Alastair Humphreys - The National Geographic Adventurer of the year 2012 Oh and to top it all off, every pound taken goes directly to the worthwhile Hope and Homes (for children) charity (all of the supporters of this event, the speakers and the venue are unpaid): www.hopeandhomes.co.uk Who's speaking: Alastair Humphreys – an adventurer, author and recipient of National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year award for his pioneering work on the concept of Microadventures. Alastair will host the evening. Rosie Swale-Pope MBE – the only person in history, man or woman, to have undertaken a solo, unsupported run around our world! Kiko Matthews – the fastest female to row the Atlantic, solo and unsupported. Family by Cycle – a family with three young children who enjoy cycling adventures. Sandy Hennis – a member of the Ice Maiden expedition, comprising of six British women, who used muscle power alone to ski coast-to-coast across Antarctica. Clare Dyson – a qualified Mountain Leader who recently completed an adventure in Cumbria with her pony, Pansy. Sally Orange – an avid runner who completed seven marathons on seven continents, dressed as seven different pieces of fruit! Laura Bingham – led an all-female team to attempt the first ever descent of South America’s third-largest river, the Essequibo River. Arjun Bhogal – completed a 25,000km walk, from the UK to Australia! Many more to be confirmed soon! Click Like on Facebook to follow them and their adventures at: www.facebook.com/NightOfAdventure Details and ticket booking Full details as well as the ticket booking form are on the site below: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/night-of-adventure-london-2019-tickets[masked] Please note: You will need to buy your own ticket on the above website and in 2018 sold out 3 weeks before the night so please don't delay! There will be no tickets available at the door on the night and every year it sells out further in advance On the night Although we're partners with and publicising this worthwhile evening it's not an Outdooraholics run event so all questions do need to go to the organisers directly please (Hope and Homes). We do not have a stand and we have not organised anything, so this is merely a publicising of the event. The first talk will start at 7pm and the event is expected to finish by 10:30pm. It's usually possible to talk to the Adventurers after the event - just pop down to the stage Hope to see you there! Hope and Homes and the team at Outdooraholics

Rolling hills of Hertfordshire and the Chilterns DAY HIKE

King's Cross

£28.00

Explore a stunning part of Hertfordshire with a walk through the magnificent hilly western area of Hitchin and the north easterly ridge of The Chilterns. Following green rolling hills and ancient woods, we’ll go through picturesque hamlets and villages and finish off with an exploration of the market town of Hitchin with its traditional architecture. Trip Highlights: • Explore a lovely hilly part of Hertfordshire • See Oughtonhead Nature Reserve - home to a variety of bird species birds and a picturesque stream & waterfall • See St. Mary’s church in Hitchin - the largest parish church in Hertfordshire • Pass through the charming villages of Great Offley and Little Offley • See the picturesque village of Pirton famous for its medieval buildings • Explore Pegsdon Hill and Hoo Bit Nature reserve offering stunning country views Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips so are the actual views that you will see from the route that you'll be hiking Click here to join our Facebook community: www.facebook.com/groups/Outdooraholics Hike Description We start off at Hitchin - picturesque town with a medieval layout and traditional cobbled streets, we pass the St. Mary Church which stands on the site of two previous churches and dates from the 14th and 15th centuries. From there, we proceed towards Oughtonhead Common - a lovely nature reserve home to numerous bird species, a little stream and a small waterfall. Continuing on the Icknield Way Trail, we reach the ancient village of Pirton, known for its medieval architecture and we pass High Down House - a stunning Grade I listed building. Through shady woods and lush rolling hills we reach the Pegsdon Hill and Hoo Bit Nature reserve. Considered one of the jewels of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - this nature reserve boasts one of the finest views in the county. Our way back is through Icknield Way. We will descend in the valley near Little Offley, walking through woods and small hamlets and join the Chiltern Way that will take us to Great Offley. Great Offley lies on the top of a chalk escarpment ridge and boasts interesting historic buildings including Offley Place. We will leave the village to go South towards the rolling hills near West Wood and Pinnacle Hill, and start making our way back into Hitchin going along the lovely River Purwell. Transport & Meeting Point We'll meet at Kings Cross station at 8:15am and leave the meeting point at 8:30am prompt for the 8:46am train. We'll meet in front of the main ticket office and wait here. Please click here for a map of our meeting point: http://goo.gl/VYGXMX Planned arrival time back into London of 7:15pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then). Food We'll stop during the hike for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the hike where we can get refreshments. Distance, Difficulty and Terrain Distance: 20 miles (32km) Grading: Challenging - click here for details: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/Hike_Gradings Rating: 9/10 Ascent: 405m Hiking time: About 7 to 7.5 hours of actual hiking Pace: Brisk due to long hike distance Cost and Payment The trip is £28 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from the group departure station listed at the top of this event. To join us please RSVP Yes and you will be automatically redirected to PayPal. Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable but we have a process to release your space for resale to another member. Please follow the instructions in our FAQ page (www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/[masked]/FAQ) and email us with your PayPal “invoice ID” immediately after you change your RSVP to “NO”. If you do not email us at the time of changing your RSVP OR if your space does not sell, you will not be eligible for a refund. What to Bring • Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots). Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended • Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres) • Packed lunch/picnic • Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike • Due to the early sunsets this hike could finish around sunset, so bringing a torch if you have one is advisable or a charged mobile phone with flashlight just in case • That's it! We'll take care of all train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so just turn up and we'll have a great day hiking :-) Safety This hike is led by a trained hike leader - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with hiking footwear and suitable hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - for more info please click here: www.londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf Terms and Conditions By signing up to or attending this event you agree to the Terms and Conditions at below: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/TermsConditions Click here to follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/outdooraholics Click here to receive our monthly newsletter http://forms.aweber.com/form/47/821286447.htm © Outdooraholics Ltd 2019 Errors and Omissions Excepted

TOUGH Winston Churchill’s glorious Kent - Chartwell DAY HIKE

Victoria train station

£28.00

HIKE FULL, but we have now added an additional date, please sign up below: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/events/[masked] We’re off to explore a lovely bit of the Kent countryside connected with two historical figures - Sir Winston Churchill and also the social activist and co-founder of the Natural Trust - Octavia Hill. Both of these giant figures had a lifelong love of the outdoors and we’re going to show you why with this fantastic hike through a most most gorgeous part of Kent (known as the Garden of England). We’ll pass near by Churchill’s family home along with other historical estates such as Emmetts Garden and Tenchley’s Manor. Our trail takes us through several charming villages including Crockham Hill where Octavia Hill lived and we also visit Toys Hill (235m) which has far reaching views. Trip Highlights: • Visit the charming village of Oxted • Pass the historical estates of Tenchley’s Manor and Emmetts Garden • Pass the home of Sir Winston Churchill - Chartwell • Hike through Crockham Hill - the village where Octavia Hill lived and is buried • Visit Toys Hill - the place which inspired Octavia Hill to found the National Trust • Enjoy the countryside beauty of Limpsfield Common and Westerham Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips Click here to join our Facebook community: www.facebook.com/groups/Outdooraholics Hike Description We start off in Oxted, a small town with lovely timber-framed buildings, where the Greenwich meridian passes through the local school. From there we continue on to the Greensand way which goes across grassy meadows and leads to Limpsfield Common and the lovely Tenchley’s Manor built in 1599. We then continue onto Crockham hill - home to Octavia Hill where she chose to be buried. Much of the land in the area was acquired for the National Trust through Octavia's efforts. From the village we progress onto Chartwell to see the splendid adulthood home and garden of Winston Churchill and after a short rest we move on to see the charming Chartwell farm. Following the picturesque views across the weald on Puddlelock Lane, we continue on to Toys Hill (235m) - a hamlet situated on the steep scarp slope of the Greensand Ridge which inspired Octavia Hill to create the National Trust. After admiring the views from Toys Hill, we’ll hike to Emmetts Garden - an Edwardian estate located on Ide Hill and from there we return back to Oxted passing the quaint village of Westerham. Transport & Meeting Point We'll meet at Victoria station at 8:20am and leave the meeting point at 8:35am for the 8:50am train. Please make sure to arrive on time as the group cannot wait for anyone who is late. We'll meet between WHSmith (no 34) and the stall called Nero Express (no 29) - both of which can be seen on the map here of our meeting point: http://goo.gl/4xjSAf Planned arrival time back into London of 6:00pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then). Food We'll stop during the hike for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the hike where we can get refreshments. Distance, Difficulty and Terrain Distance: 17 miles (28km) Grading: Challenging - click here for details: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/Hike_Gradings Rating: 9/10 Ascent: 650m Hiking time: About 6.5 to 7 hours of actual hiking Pace: Brisk due to long hike distance Cost and Payment The trip is £28 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from the group departure station listed at the top of this event. To join us please RSVP Yes and you will be automatically redirected to PayPal. Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable but we have a process to release your space for resale to another member. Please follow the instructions in our FAQ page (www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/[masked]/FAQ) and email us with your PayPal “invoice ID” immediately after you change your RSVP to “NO”. If you do not email us at the time of changing your RSVP OR if your space does not sell, you will not be eligible for a refund. What to Bring • Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots). Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended • Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres) • Packed lunch/picnic • Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike • Due to the early sunsets the hike could finish around sunset so bringing a torch if you have one is advisable or a charged mobile phone with flashlight just in case • That's it! We will take care of all train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so just turn up and we'll have a great day hiking :-) Safety This hike is led by a trained hike leader - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with hiking footwear and suitable hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - for more info please click here: http://londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf Terms and Conditions By signing up to or attending this event you agree to the Terms and Conditions: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/[masked]/TermsConditions Click here to follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/outdooraholics Click here to receive our monthly newsletter http://forms.aweber.com/form/47/821286447.htm © Outdooraholics Ltd 2019 Errors and Omissions Excepted

Marlow - the Woods, Villages and Islands of the rural Thames DAY HIKE

Paddington Train Station

£28.00

HIKE FULL, but we have now added an additional date, please sign up below: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/events/[masked] A great rural hiking escape and a chance to see the Thames as most Londoners haven't - tranquil and meandering, home to ducks and swans, settled in a gorgeous woodland, meadow and countrified landscape with picturesque river-side cottages, ancient villages, overhanging Weeping Willow trees, locks and a dramatic 200m footbridge across a weir. This whole area of the Chilterns was designated in 1965 as an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Trip Highlights: • A high chance of seeing Red Kites - a beautiful and rare bird of prey • Hike a stunning section of the rural river Thames • Explore gorgeous woodland trails in the Chiltern Hills • Visit the Georgian town of Marlow • Visit and explore an island in the Thames • Cross the exhilarating 200m Hambledon Weir • Visit the ancient village of Hambledon including its church which dates back over 1000 years Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips Click here to join our Facebook community: www.facebook.com/groups/Outdooraholics Hike Description We shall be exploring the Thames away from London to the well preserved Georgian town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire. Buckinghamshire is a county well known for its rivers, canals and landscape and of course the Chiltern Hills further North. Our hike will cover a very scenic stretch of the Thames taking us past the charming riverside villages of Aston and Hurley and also Marlow lock, which was built in 1773. Time seems to have stood still in this area and even the village of Hurley is little changed since the days when it was a Benedictine Monastery. We'll also get a glimpse of Bisham Abbey and Bisham Church across the Thames before crossing over the weir footbridge at Hambledon Mill (over 200m wide and an experience in itself!). We're going to stop here before describing the equally enchanting woodland and fields the hike follows back to Marlow. The beauty and tranquillity of the area has attracted numerous famous residents including Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein), T.S.Eliot, Heston Blumenthal, Andrew Strauss and even Robbie Williams and David Seaman own properties there. Transport & Meeting Point We'll meet at Paddington station at 9:30am and leave the meeting point at 9:45am for the 9:57am train. Please make sure to arrive on time as the group cannot wait for anyone who is late. We'll meet at the entrance of the main ticket office which can be seen on the map here of our meeting point: http://goo.gl/C1f8Ad Planned arrival time back into London of 7:12pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then) Food We'll stop during the hike for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the hike where we can get refreshments. Distance, Difficulty and Terrain Distance: 13 miles (21km) Grading: Intermediate - click here for details: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/Hike_Gradings Rating: 6/7 out of 10 Ascent: 260m Hiking time: About 5 to 5.5 hours of actual hiking Terrain: Mix of tarmac, gravel and woodland tracks, (can be muddy) Cost and Payment The trip is £28 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from the group departure station listed at the top of this event. To join us please RSVP Yes and you will be automatically redirected to PayPal. Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable but we have a process to release your space for resale to another member. Please follow the instructions in our FAQ page (www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/[masked]/FAQ) and email us with your PayPal “invoice ID” immediately after you change your RSVP to “NO”. If you do not email us at the time of changing your RSVP OR if your space does not sell, you will not be eligible for a refund. What to Bring • Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots). Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended • Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres) • Packed lunch/picnic • Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike • That's it! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day :-) Safety This hike is led by a trained hike leader (most of our guides are Mountain Leader (www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader trained) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with hiking footwear and suitable hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - for more info please click here: www.londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf Terms and Conditions By signing up to or attending this event you agree to the Terms and Conditions below: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/TermsConditions Click here to follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/outdooraholics Click here to receive our monthly newsletter: http://forms.aweber.com/form/47/821286447.htm © Outdooraholics Ltd 2019 Errors and Omissions Excepted

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