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 for 25 to 49 (or young at heart) Adventure Travellers

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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:

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 44,000 members, we have now organised over 1,700 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:

https://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 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.

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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 and make new friends 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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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

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.

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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 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+)

FINAL ONE Wendover Woods, Prime Ministers retreat Chequers and Coombe Hill 21km

Our final one of this hike!!! It's an old hike being retired...

Come and join us for the delightful Wendover Circular hike which takes us through Whiteleaf and Pulpit Hill and the spectacular Chiltern Hills woodlands. Hike near the famous Chequers estate - a 16th century manor house home to the British Prime Minister. Hike up to Coombe Hill - the highest viewpoint in the Chilterns, which reveals some spectacular views over the Vale of Aylesbury. Our trail takes us through hidden valleys, many varied and ancient woodlands and if open we may also visit a local rural farm shop

Trip Highlights:

• Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1965

• Visit charming medieval villages and towns nestled in the Chiltern Hills

• Pass by the Chequers estate - home to the British Prime Minister

• Hike on the Ridgeway - Britain's oldest trail, dating back 5000 years

• Walk up Coombe Hill - the highest point in the Chiltern Hills offering superb panoramic views

• See the Whiteleaf Cross carved into the hillside chalk by monks in the 15th century

Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips

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Hike Description

Our hike starts off in the quaint medieval market town of Wendover, nestled at the foot of the Chilterns Hills. It follows an enchanting footpath through magical woodlands, lush green valleys and open fields all the way down to the village of Princes Risborough.

We continue to the adorable Whiteleaf village - distinctive with its ancient cottages and 17th century pub. Hiking further, we pass the curious Whiteleaf Cross carved into the hillside chalk by monks in the 15th century before we enter the Grangelands Nature Reserve below the Iron Age Fort and hike up the Pulpit Hill.

Soon we reach one of the highlights of our hike - the Chequers estate which has been the official country retreat of the British Prime Ministers since 1921. The current house at Chequers dates back to 1565 and has a colourful history including links to the families of Henry VII and Oliver Cromwell. Before returning to Wendover, we hike up to Coombe Hill - the highest viewpoint in the Chilterns offering some breathtaking views.

Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at Marylebone station at 8:30am and leave the meeting point at 8:45am for the 8:57am train. Please make sure to arrive on time as the group cannot wait for anyone who is late.

We'll meet in front of the ticket office and wait here. Please click here for a map of our meeting point: https://bit.ly/2XA3QYj

Planned arrival time back into London of 6:20pm (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:
https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/Hike_Gradings
Ascent: 520m
Hiking time: About 6 hours of actual hiking

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 (https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/6368852/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 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 more info: https://www.londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf

Terms and Conditions

By signing up to or attending this event you agree to our Terms and Conditions below:
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Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Outdooraholics/

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BEGINNERS The Windmills, Sea views and Chalk Hills of the South Downs 18km

Come and join us for a gorgeous hike across the chalk ridge of the South Downs hills on a route from Hassocks to Lewes. We are travelling so far from London, we are able to see the coast from parts of this hike.

If you enjoy rolling hills, panoramic views stretching to the sea, rivers, windmills, Iron Age hill forts, and picturesque trails through beautiful rural Sussex, you have just found the perfect hike. We triumphantly finish our hike by passing through the striking gateway of Lewes Castle as we enter the ancient market town. To complete the day, we visit a pub for our usual end of hike refreshments.

Trip Highlights

• Enjoy a superb elevated ridge hike with far reaching panoramic views

• See the 200 year old Clayton windmills Jack and Jill

• Conquer Ditchling Beacon (248m) - the third highest point in south east England that was the site of an Iron Age hill fort

• Visit the ancient and well preserved market town of Lewes

• Hike through the Castle Gate in Lewes - the castle originally built by William the Conqueror in 1069 after his invasion of Britain

• Hike in the South Downs - one of the best National Parks in the south of England

Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics

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Hike Description

Our route takes us up onto the South Downs ridge past Jack and Jill - two well preserved windmills. Jack is the only "male" windmill in the UK (all others being considered female) and Jill was originally built in Brighton and moved by a team of horses and oxen and is still used to grind corn. Step by step we reach a dramatic panoramic view stretching to the English Channel, with Brighton perching gently in the foreground on the coast.

Our adventure continues further along the northern edge of the South Downs with superb views inland until we reach Ditchling Beacon. The latter was the site of an Iron Age hill fort and is the third highest point in the South East of England at 248m and consequently has fabulous views across the Weald up to the North Downs Way. It was also the location of one of the Beacons that warned of the Spanish Armada in 1588. After a couple more peaks we drop down to follow the River Ouse into Lewes. We are welcomed into the old part of the town by a dramatic hike through the Castle Gate - the castle originally built by William the Conqueror in 1069 after his invasion of Britain.

Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at Victoria station at 8:30am and leave the meeting point at 8:45am for the 8:57am 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: https://bit.ly/3CtxJs8

Planned arrival time back into London of 6:36pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then)

Food

We will 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 refreshment.

Distance, Difficulty and Terrain

Distance: 11 miles (18km)
Grading: Beginners - click here for details:
https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/Hike_Gradings
Ascent: 360m
Hiking time: About 4.5 to 5.5 hours of actual hiking

Cost

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 (https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/6368852/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 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 more info: https://www.londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf

Terms and Conditions

By signing up to or attending this event you agree to our Terms and Conditions below:
https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/32307187/TermsConditionsOutdooraholicsHikingUK/

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Outdooraholics/

© Outdooraholics Hiking UK Ltd 2021
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BEGINNERS The Rivers, Castles, Valleys, Hills & Lakes of Sussex 15km

Victoria station

£29.00

Hike designed for beginners!

Woodland, attractive towns, castles, river trails and chalk hills. This hike has a bit of nearly everything. We're off to historic Arundel in Sussex and breaking with tradition we'll also have a brief stop mid hike at a delightful little pub on the banks of the river Arun for that irresistible sneaky river side pint to satisfy the Outdoor Alcoholics.

Trip Highlights:

• Hike the chalk hills with breathtaking views to the distant sea

• Explore the landscaped Arundel Park with its woodland, Swanbourne lake, meadows and the Gothic Hiorne Tower

• Superb views of the 12th century Arundel Castle

• Follow the river Arun on a picturesque trail towards Arundel Castle

• Visit the Roman Catholic Arundel Cathedral (French Gothic style)

• Riverside pub visit

• Visit the well preserved Sussex ancient market town of Arundel

Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips

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Hike Description

A delightful mix of scenery with a good stretch along the river Arun, a visit to the woods and hills of Arundel Park and the striking and extravagant castellated Hiorne tower. We'll then venture into Arundel with its Gothic and enchanting castle dominating and looming over the town to finish our hike by finding the mighty Arundel Cathedral. We'll get some far off and ever nearing views of the castle as we follow the meandering and lazy river Arun. As well as the quick mid hike pub stop we'll have our usual refreshments in Arundel before making our way back to London. We'll pop up to hike past Arundel Cathedral but sadly can't get into the grounds or very close to Arundel Castle as admission is charged.

With just under 2500 inhabitants Arundel is a small town, but has been home to the very rich and powerful Dukes of Norfolk for over 400 years. The original Mott and Bailey castle was built on the site in 1067 by the Normans after their invasion of Britain in 1066 and has since been rebuilt and expanded to provide the grand modern day stately home. The castle is still inhabited by the Dukes of Norfolk with the 18th Duke residing there currently. Hiorne Tower was built in Arundel Park in 1787 as an extravagant folly for the Duke of Norfolk and has a commanding position high on the hills and is quite enchanting and captivating.

Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at Victoria station at 9am and leave the meeting point at 9:15am for the 9:24am 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: https://bit.ly/3CtxJs8

Planned arrival time back into London of 6:51pm (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: 9 miles (15km)
Grading: Beginners - a couple of hills, but gentler and shorter than our usual hikes - click here for details:
https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/Hike_Gradings
Ascent: 260m
Hiking time: About 3.5 to 4 hours of actual hiking

Cost and Payment

The trip is £29 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 (https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/6368852/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 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 more info: https://www.londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf

Terms and Conditions

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Peak District and Kinder Plateau with Mountain Rescue man Col 17km REMOTE DAY

Please note, this trip is outside London and you will need transport to and from the destination.

Join us on a challenging day hike that will lead you through the beauty of the Peak District National Park! The dramatic landscape of this area offers an inspiring abundance of rugged peaks, brooding moors and lush forests which made the Peak District the UK's first designated National park. Our route runs a part of the skyline around the picturesque Edale Valley and leads to beautiful view spots of the surroundings.

Trip Highlights:

• Hike a stunning section of the Edale Skyline - a fantastic first longer distance hike

• Build your own weekend trip around this day hike or hop on the train from London and do it in just a day

• See Kinder Downfall - the highest waterfall in the Peak District with a 30 metre fall

• Enjoy a spectacular view from Ringing Roger

• Hike guided by a qualified Mountain Leader and Mountain Rescue Man who has run this route many times with groups

• Approx 12 to 14 attendees

Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips

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Hike Description

Its stunning, raw beauty, dramatic and rugged landscapes and natural charm along with picture postcard stone villages make it obvious why the Peak District is the first designated National Park in the UK AND also the second most visited National Park in the world.

This area is a popular place to visit for all those literature fans - Hathersage village and the surroundings are associated with the outlaw Robin Hood and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

Our walk is a part of the famous Edale Skyline route and provides a beautiful scenery of wild moorland plateaus and wonderful views. We follow a dramatic route up on to the Kinder Scout plateau to over 600m high, following a stream up a narrow winding valley high onto the plateau to enjoy the spectacular views over the Edale Valley. On a clear day we can even see Sheffield and Manchester cities in the distance.

We pass by Kinder Downfall which is the highest waterfall in the Peak District. The waterfall presents a spectacular view when its water is blown back by the strong wind forming a cloud of spray that could be seen from miles.

The route also touches the Pennine Way - the first national trail and one of the most famous long distance footpaths in the UK. We finally get back down to Edale by hiking the Jacob’s Ladder. This last section is rocky but easy and it will once again allows us to enjoy the picturesque scenery.

Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at Penny Pot Cafe at 9:45am and leave at 10am prompt (Station Approach, Edale S33 7ZA). Planned end time at 5pm to 6pm.

Click here for a Street view of our meeting point: https://bit.ly/3hTGi7S
Or here for a map: https://bit.ly/2Zhf7gJ

You will need transport to and from the start of this hike (which is outside London). Outdooraholics cannot get involved with private lift share arrangements, but to help you arrange this, we have set up the trip specific lift share discussion below where you can offer/request lifts. Please contact people via this forum and post here if you can offer or need a lift or if you plan to hire a car and can offer spaces (5 or 7 seaters can be rented across London at good prices).

Click here for the Lift Share Discussion:
https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/messages/boards/thread/53068124

If coming by train, to avoid taking the early morning train we suggest arriving the day before and spending at least a night there making a weekend away out of it. For details, please check here: https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Food

We'll stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the walk where we can get refreshment.

Distance, Difficulty and Terrain

Distance: 10.5 miles (17km)
Grading: Intermediate/Challenging:
https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/Hike_Gradings
Ascent: 450m
Terrain: Mix of tarmac, gravel and woodland tracks, can be muddy
Hiking time: About 5.5 to 6 hours of actual hiking

Cost and Payment

The trip is £38 per person which includes the guided hike. 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 (https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/6368852/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 2 litres)

• Packed lunch/picnic and snacks

• Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike

Safety

This hike is led by a trained hike leader - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (http://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: https://outdooraholics.co.uk/equipment.pdf

Terms and Conditions

By signing up to or attending this event you agree to our Terms and Conditions below:
https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/32307187/TermsConditionsOutdooraholicsHikingUK/

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