What we're about

London's largest and most active international outdoors group for hiking, walking, travel, day trips, holidays, and outdoor adventures for 25 to 49ish... (or young at heart) Adventure Travellers

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We are London's largest and most active hiking group with hikes across the UK, Europe and the world. Come and join the adventure and find out why hiking has taken off!

See all of our events listed by type:

DAY HIKES:
https://outdooraholics.co.uk/hikesbygrade.pdf

UK WEEKEND TRIPS:
https://outdooraholics.co.uk/weekendtriplist.pdf

FOREIGN TRIPS & HOLIDAYS:
https://outdooraholics.co.uk/foreigntriplist.pdf

Who we are
A group of people dedicated and committed to making the great outdoors more accessible to everyone. With over 49,000 members, we have now organised over 2,100 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. We target ourselves at the 25 to 49 age group (or young at heart) and whilst most members are within this age group, we do welcome anyone over the age, as well as keeping fit hiking is a great way to make new like minded friends.
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

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.

If you enjoy hiking and are based in the UK and looking to meet new like minded friends, 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.

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!

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.

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 and make new friends as well as to see this wonderful island

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 and making new friendships 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.

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.

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"

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 2022. 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.

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!

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!

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!

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 and Coast, 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.

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.

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

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

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 get you out of London on aaa rated trips. 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.

Safety
Our main hike leader has undertaken both a four day Walk Group Leader course accredited by the MLT (Mountain Leader Training) and a six day Mountain Leader 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.

Further information
You can email us at: info@outdooraholics.co.uk
Or you can follow us and our hiking adventures on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/outdooraholics
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 (4+)

Christmas Hiking PARTY in MANSION, Jurassic Coast - UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Outdooraholics Christmas trip is back for the 10th year and this year we return to a superb venue we've used before - a charming historic Victorian villa mansion house only a few minutes walk from a Blue Flag sandy beach with a beautiful pier. It is also a shorter than usual drive from London, ideal for partying!

Put on your festive hats as we're off to the wonderful Jurassic Coast - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for a truly memorable hiking and Christmas celebration weekend. We will eat, drink and make merry with friends and fellow hikers in our last weekend hiking trip before the New Year.

Less formal than usual, our Christmas trips are all about fun, festivity, partying and hiking.

We have also extended this trip to 3 nights so now you can enjoy an extra night of partying at our mansion with a new hike on the last day!

To see photos and reviews from our previous trips, please click these links: LINK, LINK

Trip Highlights:

• Hike through Britain’s first designated World Heritage site - the Jurassic Coast

• Hike along the striking white chalk coastal cliffs

• Visit the renowned Lulworth Cove with its amazing limestone arch of Durdle Door

• See the famous chalk formations of Harry Rocks

• A fully catered trip - you will just need personal supplies and any drinks you require

• 2 to 3 experienced hike leaders on this trip

• Lots of fun, Christmas spirit and festivity

Video - LINK

Weekend Description

The best way to discover the astonishing Jurassic Coast is on foot. The 95 mile coastline along the English Channel rewards its visitors with stunning well preserved nature, unspoiled coastline and magnificent landscapes.
The hikes we’ve chosen will take us through ravishing coastal cliffs, an abandoned village with interesting and surprising history, famous Jurassic Coast cultural sites such as Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, and Corfe Castle. Jurassic Coast’s marvellous variety of landscapes creates the characteristic natural beauty of the area and makes the Jurassic Coast an inspirational place and one of Britain’s finest hiking trails.

ITINERARY

Friday

Head over to the hostel which we have hired exclusively for our group.

Saturday

Hike: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
Distance: 8 to 12 miles (13 to 19km) (two options)
Grading: Intermediate - LINK with details, a few tough and steep hills
Hiking time: Approx 5 to 6 hours

The hike has some steep sections up the hills which richly reward with stunning views of the sparkling bay and craggy coastline. The culmination is at Lulworth Cove - a beautiful secluded cove, whose existence is owed to the collision of continents and the birth of the Alps. We will also visit Durdle Door - a natural arch, formed from a layer of limestone is standing almost vertically out of the sea all due to the fundamental force of plate tectonics millions of years ago.

After the hike we'll return to our hostel for our Christmas party meal!

Sunday

Hike: Harry Rocks circular
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 240m
Grading: Beginners/Intermediate - LINK with details, two fairly easy hills, otherwise a pretty flat hike
Hiking time: Approx 3.5 to 4 hours

Sunday’s hike will be a gentler one with a later start, ideal for the day after our big party.

We're doing an 8 mile (13km) hike to Old Harry Rocks - named after a notorious local pirate - Harry Paye. These magnificent calcite stacks began formation approximately 65 million years ago and were created through erosion by the sea. Old Harry Rocks were originally a part of the chalk ridge line that runs across the south coast joining up with the Needles on the Isle of Wight. Today they mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast.

Tonight for dinner, people get takeaways that we can eat at the hostel, there are many places to eat a short walk in the town centre.

Monday

Hike: Durlston Head, South West Coast Path
Distance: Approx 9 miles (14km)
Grading: Intermediate - LINK with details, one main hill
Hiking time: Approx 4 to 4.5 hours

We're doing a lovely circular hike from the hostel, going past Durlston Head, along the South West Coast Path and then through the Durlston Country Park. This will finish early to mid afternoon and give us plenty of time to return to London

Cost & Payment

The trip is £219 per person for the 3 nights. To join us please RSVP Yes and pay by PayPal. All trip payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Once the trip is sold out, fully paid spaces can be advertised to someone of the same gender by posting a comment on this page, for details see: FAQ LINK

Transport, Accommodation Address and Start Time

The trip starts at the venue and you will need transport to the hikes each day. Whilst Outdooraholics cannot get involved with private lift shares, click here to offer/request lifts LINK

There is also Wareham station a 30 min taxi from the hostel if you prefer to come by train. There are usually a few drivers with spaces to give a lift to the Saturday hike, otherwise it's possible to group together with others and share a taxi.

The accommodation address is at the top of this page along with the earliest arrival time, however you can arrive anytime after this.

Food

Breakfast and packed lunches are included and will be provided for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Dinner on Saturday night is also provided. You will need money for drinks for the trip and dinner on Sunday night (takeaway).

We have healthy options for breakfast - typically porridge with fresh fruit, berries, nuts and seeds, fresh fruit salad and cereals, free range eggs, yogurt, toast and coffees, teas etc.

For lunch we provide a range of options to make your own sandwiches typically tomatoes, cucumber, houmous, peanut butter, honey, jam, ham, cheese and salami.

After the hike we enjoy Cream Teas - an English delicacy consisting of scones, clotted cream and jam, a very tasty treat!

All of our meals are meat based, and we have vegetarian alternatives. To find out if the food being provided meets your intolerance/allergies/preferences/likes/dislikes etc, please email us, you are welcome to bring your own favourite items to meet specific requirements and there is a fridge and kitchen you can use.

The price includes:

• 3 nights hostel accommodation (4,6 and 8-bedded single gender rooms)

• Breakfast and packed lunches on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

• Tea (including herbal) and coffee

• Dinner on Saturday night

• Hikes by trained guides (many of our hike leaders are Mountain Leader trained and all are qualified Outdoor First Aiders)

• Compliance with the 2018 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection

• Great fun, fresh sea air, lots of laughs and some wonderful memories :-)

The price does not include:

• Transport to, from and during the trip

• Drinks and personal expenses

• Dinner on Sunday night

Connect
Facebook Group LINK
Facebook Page LINK
Instagram LINK #outdooraholics
All our weekend trips LINK

Safety

This trip is led by a trained hike leader and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with suitable hiking footwear and hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain. For details: LINK

Terms and Conditions

By signing up to or attending this event you agree to our Terms and Conditions LINK

© Outdooraholics Hiking UK Ltd 2022
Errors and Omissions Excepted

4
Chichester - Coastal paths, Estuaries, Roman Towns and Ferry ride 22km

Victoria Station

£34.00

Join us to admire the coasts of the Chichester Waterways - a protected Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty internationally recognised for its rich wildlife and coastal scenery. We follow a route at the foot of the South Downs from the ancient Roman city of Chichester. Passing wild meadows by the sea and coastal trails, we venture across the serene waters of the channel on a ferry ride. We also pass by Chichester Marina.

Trip Highlights:

• Hike around Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Beauty

• Take a ferry ride across Chichester Channel

• Pass Chichester Marina

• Explore an area steeped in history dating back to the Roman times

• Visit Chichester city that played an important role during the Roman invasion in 43 AD

Hike Description

Chichester Harbour is a scenic section of the West Sussex coast with outstanding views. This is the largest natural estuary in South East England and a protected wildlife haven for a spectacular variety of species.

Starting from Chichester - a major town within the Roman Empire, we take on our circular route following the beaches and shores of the Bosham Channel and enjoying broad coastal views. We reach the shores of the secret waterway - the Chichester Channel which used to be a safe ship passage during war times. Its beauty has inspired the famous painter William Turner who captured the channel in one of his masterpiece paintings. Enjoying the smell of the sea and the fresh breeze we cross the channel by a ferry that has been a traditional attraction on these parts for centuries. Getting to the Roman village of West Itchenor our path continues down to the Chichester Marina with over 1000 boats. Our trail continues past ancient villages and historical sights with views towards the famous South Down hills before we finish with a refreshing end of the day pub visit.

Transport & Meeting Point

We meet at Victoria station at 8am leaving the meeting point at 8:15am for the 8:35am train. Please arrive on time as we cannot wait for anyone who is late.

We meet between WHSmith (no 34) and Nero Express (no 29) - MAP LINK

Planned arrival time back into London is 7:14pm (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 usually visit a pub after the hike for drinks

Distance & Difficulty

Distance: 14 miles (22km)
Grading: Intermediate - LINK with details
Ascent: 20m
Hiking time: Approx 5.5 to 6.5 hours

Cost & Payment

The trip is £34 per person including the guided hike and return train travel from the station listed above. To join us click Attend and you will be directed to PayPal.

Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable but we have a process to release your space for resale. Follow the instructions in our FAQ LINK and email us with your PayPal “invoice ID” after you change your RSVP to “Not Going”. If your space does not sell, you will not be eligible for a refund.

What to bring

• Suitable hiking clothes & footwear - ideally hiking boots. Hat & gloves if cold, waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended LINK

• Water (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 :-)

Connect
Facebook Group LINK
Facebook Page LINK
Instagram LINK #outdooraholics
All our day hikes LINK

Safety

This hike is led by a trained hike leader and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury.

Terms and Conditions

By signing up to or attending this event you agree to our Terms and Conditions LINK

© Outdooraholics Hiking UK Ltd 2022
Errors and Omissions Excepted

2
Seven Sisters coastal - The Chalk Cliffs of Sussex 21km

Victoria Station

£31.00

Come and join us for what is our most popular day hike and the most exhilarating coastal hike in the South East of England, with breathtaking views of the striking and dramatic white cliffs. A good proportion of the hike is up high on the cliffs as they loom down over the sea beneath. We're off to Sussex to hike the classic Seven Sisters hike from Seaford to Eastbourne, a hike Outdooraholics have been organising for nearly 9 years and have had over 85 wonderful trips here. It is epic!

Trip Highlights:

• Hike one of the most spectacular coastal hikes in England

• A great physical challenge with several easy options to shorten if needed

• Enjoy amazing views over the coastline for much of this hike

• Finish in Eastbourne - England's sunniest town

• Explore the South Downs National Park - the newest in the UK

Hike Description

This hike treats us with many iconic views and fresh sea air high up on the cliffs. The Seven Sisters are a series of white chalk cliffs and are set within the Seven Sisters Country Park. They are remnants of dry valleys in the South Downs and were formed at the end of the last Ice Age by glacial meltwater. There are in fact now eight sisters as an extra one has been created by coastal erosion.

Our hike starts in the coastal town of Seaford which is home to a Martello Tower from 1810 which formed part of a string of 103 towers to defend against French invasion in Napoleonic times. It then follows the cliffs along the South Downs way past Birling Gap and the Belle Tout lighthouse. The lighthouse was actually moved 17 metres in 1999 to stop it from falling victim to coastal erosion. Our hike shall then take us on to the beauty spot of Beachy Head which has a more sinister side, before we head to Eastbourne for some refreshments in a delightful pub.

Transport & Meeting Point

We meet at Victoria station at 8:30am leaving the meeting point at 8:45am for the 8:54am train. Please arrive on time as we cannot wait for anyone who is late.

We meet between WHSmith (no 34) and Nero Express (no 29) - MAP LINK

Planned arrival time back into London is 7:36pm (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 usually visit a pub after the hike for drinks

Distance & Difficulty

Distance: 13 miles (21km)
Grading: Intermediate/Challenging - LINK with details
Ascent: 740m
Hiking time: Approx 5.5 to 6.5 hours

Cost & Payment

The trip is £31 per person including the guided hike and return train travel from the station listed above. To join us click Attend and you will be directed to PayPal.

Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable but we have a process to release your space for resale. Follow the instructions in our FAQ LINK and email us with your PayPal “invoice ID” after you change your RSVP to “Not Going”. If your space sells you will be refunded.

What to bring

• Suitable hiking clothes & footwear - ideally hiking boots. Hat & gloves if cold, waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended LINK

• Water (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 :-)

Connect
Facebook Group LINK
Facebook Page LINK
Instagram LINK #outdooraholics
All our day hikes LINK

Safety

This hike is led by a trained hike leader and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury.

Terms and Conditions

By signing up to or attending this event you agree to our Terms and Conditions LINK

© Outdooraholics Hiking UK Ltd 2022
Errors and Omissions Excepted

Cliffs – danger

There are sheer drops off the cliffs and some of these soft chalk cliffs are crumbling at the edges with chunks regularly falling and no fencing in place. Please keep at least 3 metres away from the edges. If you fall, or the ground at the edge of the cliff collapses it will almost certainly be fatal.

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The Sussex Weald, Ardingly reservoir and the Ouse Valley viaduct 22km

London Bridge Station

£28.00

Welcome to West Sussex with its iconic Ouse Valley Viaduct - a magnificent 11 million brick Victorian structure said to be the most beautiful in England.

We take on a magnificent hike starting from the quaint village of Balcombe to explore several Sussex gems such as Balcombe lake, Ardingly Reservoir, Wakehurst Place, River’s Wood and of course the stunning Ouse Valley Viaduct. We also pass the Millenium Seedbank - the world's largest wild plant seedbank with 1.9 billion seeds and seventy five thousand species. Join us on a delightful exploration of some of Sussex’s best bits.

Trip Highlights:

• Walk under the 11 million brick Ouse Valley viaduct

• Pass the Millenium Seedbank - storing 1.9 billion seeds

• Enjoy ice creams or hot drinks at the Ardingly Reservoir

• Gorgeous wooded trails winding through the Sussex Weald

• Visit the vast Ardingly Reservoir which holds 5 billion litres of fresh water

Hike Description

A fantastic hike starting from the rural station of Balcombe, straight out into the fields of Sussex and taking in some diverse landscapes.

We head off under the elegant and extravagant Ouse Valley viaduct famous for its symmetrical arches that appear to go on to infinity. Built in 1841 at a cost then of £38500 and with 11 million bricks imported from Holland it was a lavish and exuberant expression of the wealth that the railways were generating. We then pass by the tranquil Ardingly reservoir - home to a great number of bird species. Hiking through woods, fields and up the hills, we get to the Wakehurst Place (a 16th century mansion and the National Trust's most visited admission fee charging property). Finally, we visit the picturesque little Balcombe Lake hidden among the trees.

Transport & Meeting Point

We meet at London Bridge station at 8:10am leaving the meeting point at 8:25am for the 8:39am train. Please arrive on time as we cannot wait for anyone who is late.

We meet upstairs (up the escalators) between WHSmith (no 15) and M&S (no 16) - MAP LINK

Planned arrival time back into London is 5:23pm (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 usually visit a pub after the hike for drinks

Distance & Difficulty

Distance: 14 miles (22km)
Grading: Challenging - LINK with details
Ascent: 520m
Hiking time: Approx 5.5 to 6.5 hours
Terrain: A few hills, mainly gravel tracks

Cost & Payment

The trip is £28 per person including the guided hike and return train travel from the station listed above. To join us click “Attend” and you will be directed to PayPal.

Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable but we have a process to release your space for resale. Follow the instructions in our FAQ LINK and email us with your PayPal “invoice ID” after you change your RSVP to “Not Going”. If your space sells you will be refunded.

What to bring

• Suitable hiking clothes & footwear - ideally hiking boots. Hat & gloves if cold, waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended LINK

• Water (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 :-)

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This hike is led by a trained hike leader and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury.

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