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Surrey 3 Peaks - The Vineyards, Hills & Woods of the North Downs viable by TRAIN
We're off to one of the most popular hiking locations in South East England - the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where we will conquer 3 of the highest hills in Surrey. Our weekend's hiking is based around the famous North Downs Way and eventually leads us to England's largest (and award winning) vineyard. Surrey is England's most wooded county with hundreds of kilometres of rolling hills. As our trail rewards with panoramic views, explores shady woodland and follows ridges we will be spoilt by the tranquil rich green scenery of Surrey. This trip is also viable by train making transport from London fairly easy! Trip Highlights: • Complete the Surrey 3 Peaks route • Hike a part of the famous Greensand Way and North Downs Way • Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the enchanting Gothic Leith Hill Tower built in the 1700s • Hike to an award winning vineyard - England's largest where you can sample and buy wines • Very easy and affordable transport from London - viable by train in about an hour • Very secluded hostel nestled deep in tranquil woodlands Weekend Description On Saturday we're hiking the Surrey 3 Peaks route - taking in 3 of the highest hills in Surrey which will indulge us with some far reaching panoramic views as far as the South Downs near the sea. Our trail reveals its beauty with every step and has inspired many legends like the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams who lived here and George Harrison who wrote here his famous song “Here Comes the Sun”. Our hike passes through Leith Hill which is not only a site of natural beauty but also of historic significance. Being the highest point in South East England Leith Hill tower offers views of 13 counties. A big part of our Sunday hike is along the North Downs Way. The trail runs through some of the most historic and scenic lands in Southern England. The route passes through attractive chalk downland, oak and yew woodland and vineyards. Our hike leads us to Denbies Vineyard - the largest vineyard in England which has also welcomed several members of the Royal family to the estate. 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 and share your experiences: ITINERARY Friday 16th March Head to over to our hostel which is idyllically nestled deep in tranquil woodlands. We will have time to relax and get to know each other. Saturday 17th March Saturday hike: the Surrey 3 Peaks route Distance: 12 to 14 miles (19 to 22 km depending on exact route) Grading: Intermediate, three steep hills - click here for details ( Hiking three of Surrey's highest hills all in one day - Leith hill (294 m), Holmbury hill (261m) and Pitch hill (257m). On our way we will be also enjoying part the Greensand Way which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sunday 18th March Sunday hike: from the North Downs to Denbies Vineyard Distance: 10 to 11 miles (16 to 17 km depending on exact route) Grading: Beginners/Intermediate - click here for details ( We will be heading up north from our hostel to get to the famous trail – the North Downs Way. Our hike will end in England's largest vineyard- the Denbies Vineyard after which we will be having a drink at a pub for a relaxing end of a great weekend and get the train home. Payment To join us please RSVP Yes and pay by PayPal. All trip payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Once full payment has been received for the trip and the trip is sold out (full), then you may try to sell your space to a member of the same sex by advertising it for sale on this page. For details of how to advertise a fully paid for space for sale (and the process of selling/buying it) please click this link: Transport, Accommodation Address and Start Time This trip is viable by train and with a linear hike on Sunday it is advised not to drive as we do not finish at the hostel. It is recommended to get a train to Dorking and then take a taxi the 15 minute journey to the hostel. You can also get a train to Gomshall station which is closer to the hostel, but it's a very remote isolated station so you would be advised to pre arrange a taxi to meet your train. Taxis can usually be found waiting 30 metres in front of Dorking train station To check train times and prices you can use: On Sunday our hike will finish at Boxhill and Westhumble station from where you can get a train back to London for about £9 and about a 1 hour journey. Please note, you will need to hike carrying all of your luggage on Sunday so taking just 1 rucksack is essential and also packing light is very advisable! The accommodation address is listed at the top of this event page along with the start time. The start time is the earliest time when you can arrive at the accommodation although you are welcome to arrive at any time after this or throughout the evening. Food Breakfast and packed lunches are included in the cost and will be provided for Saturday and Sunday. Dinner on Saturday night is also provided. You will need money for drinks for the trip. 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 our signature treat of Cream Teas - an English delicacy consisting of scones, clotted cream and jam, a very tasty treat! All of our main courses are meat based, but we will have a vegetarian option as standard too. We cannot provide alternative courses to meet other dietary requirements, intolerances, allergies, preferences, dislikes etc. If you would like to find out if the food being provided meets your intolerances/allergies/preferences/likes etc, please email us, you are of course welcome to bring your own favourite items and there is a fridge you can use. The price includes: • 2 nights in hostel accommodation (4-bedded single gender rooms) • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday • Tea (including herbal) and coffee • Packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday • Dinner on Saturday night • Hikes by trained guides (most of our hike leaders are Mountain Leader trained as a minimum) and are qualified Outdoor First Aiders) • Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection The price doesn’t include: • Transport to, from and during the trip • Drinks and personal expenses Safety The hikes are led by trained hike leaders (most of our guides are Mountain Leader ( ) trained) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aiders. We detail our hikes to help you choose, but in rare cases where extreme weather dictates we may need to offer an alternative hike/activity for safety. 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 ( ) Terms and Conditions By signing up to or attending this event you agree to the Terms and Conditions below: Click here to follow us on Facebook Click here to receive our monthly newsletter © Outdooraholics Ltd 2017 Errors and Omissions Excepted

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




Who we are

A group of people dedicated and committed to making the great outdoors more accessible to everyone. With over 28,000 members, we have now organised over 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.

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:

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, 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!

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 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 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 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.

What else do we organise?


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 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.

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 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.


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

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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:

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