• R&R Scottish Weekend - 31st May - 2nd June

    Edinburgh Airport

    Ramble & Roast in the Highlands After a great first event last month it is time to think about another! We can pick up 8 people from Edinburgh airport on Friday May 31st and drop off on Sunday the 2nd. Be sure to arrive on a flight arriving no later than 20:30 and leaving on Sunday no earlier than 20:00. Have a look at flights and let me know what you are planning before you book it. Special rates for you guys are: https://www.achrayhouse.com Superior / Suite = £99 per room per night B&B Twin / Double = £79 per room per night B&B Single = £49 per room per night B&B First come first served folks - check out the link and let me know which one you would prefer. Exact hills will be determined when we see the weather forecast but there are a number of big munro days within 40 minutes drive, the closest being Ben Vorlich just across the loch. And a whole host of low level walks we can do. If the weather is really bad we can do a distillery or a castle trip or something Scottish! And of course there will be time to chill out or 'Coorie in' in the lounge by the fire. The plan is essentially to have a big hilly hike on the Saturday and something a bit more chilled on the Sunday. Then of course back to the hotel for a well earned roast before heading back to the airport. Packed lunches and additional snacks can be arranged - will ask for orders nearer the time. Pick up, drop off, 2 day hikes, a tasty snack and a 3 course Sunday roast (excl. drinks) for just £75. Come and enjoy a hassle free weekend of true Scottish hospitality & good hikes! £50 payable on booking. Accommodation & Roast can be paid later. Please arrange your own flight after checking with me. NOTE - I am a mountain leader in training and as such I am not 'guiding', I will take the lead but I am not an official guide and expect people to be able to take responsibility for themselves. I expect participants to take responsibility for their own safety and attend at their own risk.

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  • R&R Scottish Weekend - March 22-24

    Edinburgh Airport

    Ramble & Roast in the Highlands! It's official - finally we have our hotel in the heart of Perthshire on the banks of Loch Earn in a little village called St Fillans. We can pick up 8 people from Edinburgh airport on Friday the 22nd and drop off on Sunday the 24th. Be sure to arrive on a flight arriving no later than 20:30 and leaving on Sunday no earlier than 20:00. Have a look at flights and let me know what you are planning before you book it. Special rates for you guys are: https://www.achrayhouse.com Superior = £99 per room B&B Twin / Double = £79 per room B&B All other rooms are sold out. First come first served folks - check out the link and let me know which one you would prefer. Exact hills will be determined when we see the weather and how much snow is around but there are a number of big munro days within 40 minutes drive, the closest being Ben Vorlich just across the loch. And a whole host of low level walks we can do. If the weather is really bad we can do a distillery or a castle trip or something Scottish! And of course there will be time to chill out or 'Coorie in' in the lounge by the fire. The plan is essentially to have a big hilly hike on the Saturday and something a bit more chilled on the Sunday. Then of course back to the hotel for a well earned roast before heading back to the airport. Packed lunches and additional snacks can be arranged - will ask for orders nearer the time. Pick up, drop off, 2 day hikes, a tasty snack and a Sunday roast (excl. drinks) for just £75. Come and enjoy a hassle free weekend of true Scottish hospitality & good hikes! £75 payable on booking. Accommodation can be paid later. Please arrange your own flight after checking with me. NOTE - I am a mountain leader in training and as such I am not 'guiding', I will take the lead but I am not an official guide and expect people to be able to take responsibility for themselves. I expect participants to take responsibility for their own safety and attend at their own risk.

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  • Comrie to St Fillans - 16.4km hike

    Achray House Hotel

    £5.00

    Our first official Ramble & Roast will be a 10.2 mile (16.4km) hike from Comrie to St Fillans, ending up at Achray House for our well earned roast! We'll go via the Deil's cauldron waterfall and Loch Boltchan and do around 600m of ascent so it's a decent hike. Details of the walk can be found on the link below. Meet at Achray House Hotel in St Fillans at 9:15 or outside the Royal Hotel Comrie at 9:30. We can drop you back to your car at Comrie after lunch. The main event will be a choice of roast beef, lamb or a veggie roast and all the trimmings for just £14.95. http://www.breadalbane.org/day2?fbclid=IwAR0HkBX483i98Z1LvmWRy_wKsU6CnPdfoLFtDFtOmAINlIIAWgEp49B1TWI#4th-leg Please come prepared for all weather with good waterproofs, hat, gloves etc. And please note that I am summer mountain leader trained and working towards my qualification, but you participate at your own risk. I am also wilderness first aid qualified. It will be my first time doing this hike, but I am told it's nice!

  • New Year, New Guildford loop- 21.5km

    Guildford Station

    £8.95

    ** Message me if you want to come for the hike and take a chance on dinner on the day - always room for a few more walkers!** Join us and work up an appetite for a Sunday roast with this 21.5km brisk walk with 220m of ascent. We will meet at the station and then set off through the town centre and up to Pewley Down. It is quite a steep street up! It is amazing how quickly we feel like we are away from it all as we head up to St Martha's Hill. Heading down the hill we will cut through some lovely open farmland, past Albury with it's amazing church and into the village of Shere. It is such a quaint little village and about half way through the walk so we will have a short stop for snacks here. We will then start our loop back through some picturesque little hamlets - Brook & Little London and then we will cross Black Heath forest and then back into Guildford ending up close to the way and our roast at The Brittania. https://www.britanniaguildford.co.uk/ Lunch is booked at 15:30 so plan your food / snacks accordingly :-) TRAINS: Depart Waterloo 09:03 and arrive at Guildford at 10:12 Return trains: 05 and 35 past the hour to Waterloo. PARKING: There is parking at the station. WHAT TO BRING - Packed Lunch or substantial snacks - as usual there will be some home baking from me and the pub is booked at 15:30 - Waterproof Jacket - Waterproof hiking boots with a good grip sole & gaiters - Warm base layers with and a dry extra layer for post hike COST £8.95 for guided hike pre-walked by friendly, Summer Mountain Leader trained (working towards assessment), wilderness first aid qualified leader - and of course your homemade cookies / cakes. Please purchase your own train fare and bring lunch. You can post on the forum to arrange groups of 3 to save on your train fares. Terms and Conditions The organisers are keen hikers and have wilderness first-aid, but do not put themselves forward as guides or experts. The meeting places and travels times and trains are provided for your information but no service is provided nor obligation taken by the organisers. There is risk of injury, even 'just walking'. You must take care to minimise that risk and you are responsible for your own safety at all times. No duty is accepted nor liability assumed. You are encouraged to have some navigation skills and to consider and prepare for the likely conditions that may arise during a hike - i.e. weather conditions worsening or daylight running out. Cancellation If you sign up but can no longer make it, please change your RSVP to give others a chance to sign up. We will be booking restaurants so it is common courtesy to let us know if plans change so that we can amend booking accordingly. Members who ‘no show’ or cancel at the last minute on 3 occasions in a row, thereby preventing other keen participants from taking their place on the hike, will be removed from the group. Cancellations 7+ days before the event will be refunded or switched to another event.

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  • Little Chalfont to Great Missenden - a big Chiltern's walk! 24km, 400m ascent

    Chalfont & Latimer station

    £8.95

    Join us to blow away a few cob webs and burn off some of the Christmas excess! Meet some new friend's, catch up with old ones and enjoy a tasty roast at one of my top 3 pubs of last year. It's time to go North again - to Little Chalfont to the town that was home to children's writer Roald Dahl - Great Missenden. Great Missenden is a classic, picturesque Chiltern's village, of course home to several pubs. We'll have our roast at the Cross Keys, great food, wine & plenty of charm. We'll aim to be at the pub by 16:15 - tables are booked. http://www.thecross-keys.com Leaving the station we have a short walk down the high street, through Little Chalfont where we have to be a bit careful on a couple of short sections of road. Before very long though we are into the countryside as we come to Harewood Downs and skirt around the golf course and through the woods. We get on to the Chiltern Way which takes us through lots of lovely open farmland and several pretty little villages - Coleshill, Winchmore Hill & Little Missenden, as well as through some lovely woodland. A really nice, varied walk with lots of pubs, churches and villages to break up the rolling hills and farmland. Over the day we'll do over 200m of ascent and 24km which will take us around 5 and a half hours. We'll have a very quick lunch or snack stop as most will eat at around 4:30. As always, I will bring some kind of baked treat :-) Trains: Depart: Marylebone at 09:57 arrive at 10:28 Return: 29 & 59 minutes past the hour. The Metropolitan line also goes to Chalfont & Latimer. Drivers: There is ample parking at the station. WHAT TO BRING: Waterproof jacket Waterproof walking boots & gaiters. It will be muddy. Hiking trousers or tights Waterproof over-trousers Sunglasses & sunscreen are required! PACKED LUNCH or substantial snacks and water COST: £8.95 which covers organisers' time for 2+ pre-walks, other organisation and admin and the meetup fees so that you can just turn up and enjoy a hassle free hike led by experienced, wilderness first aid qualified guides. There's always a homemade treat too! Please arrange your own transportation and bring lunch / snacks. _________________________________________________________________________ THE SERIOUS STUFF: Terms and Conditions We are a social group of hikers. The organisers are regular hikers but do not put themselves forward as guides or experts. Information such as the meeting point and time is provided but no service is provided nor obligation taken on. Whilst on a hike, suggestions may be made but it is your choice whether to follow or ignore them. Obviously, as with any activity, there is risk of injury. You should take care to minimise that risk and to ensure your own safety, which is your responsibility at all times. No duty is accepted nor liability assumed. You are encouraged to learn about hiking and navigation skills and to consider and prepare for the likely conditions that may arise during a hike Cancellation If you sign up but can no longer make it, please change your RSVP to give others a chance to sign up. Members who persistently ‘no show’ or cancel at the last minute, thereby preventing other keen participants from taking their place on the hike, will be removed from the group. Refunds will be given if you cancel 10 days or more in advance. After that please try to sell your spot on.

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  • Lovely Liphook 23.5km Loop & Lunch

    Liphook station

    £8.95

    This loop is more of a figure of 8 than a loop, and a walk of 2 halves. The first half is predominantly woodland & forest and start out passing through Stanley Common, then on to Linchmere common where we pick up the Serpent Trail. We come to Marley common where we loop back round through the woods, more or less to where we started. As said the first half is pretty woodland and very rural, and the second half is a bit more varied. We take a bit of the Sussex Border Path and the Shipwrights ways, both of which take us through small villages & more woodland along with some lovely houses and a huge pond. The walk brings us conveniently past the Links Tavern where our lunch is booked at 15:45. https://www.links-liphook.co.uk Trains: Depart: waterloo at 9:07 am arrive at 10:24 Return: 42 minutes past the hour Drivers: There is ample parking at the station. As always post a comment if you want to share petrol cost and offer a lift to a passenger. WHAT TO BRING: Waterproof jacket Waterproof walking boots Gaiters recommended Waterproof over-trousers Clean trousers & shoes for pub are recommended. Money for your dinner PACKED LUNCH or substantial snacks and water. COST: £8.95 which covers organisers' time for pre-walks, other organisation and admin and the meetup fees so that you can just turn up and enjoy a hassle free hike led by experienced, wilderness first aid qualified guides. There's always a homemade cookie or cake too! Please arrange your own transportation and bring lunch / snacks. _________________________________________________________________________ THE SERIOUS STUFF: Terms and Conditions We are a social group of hikers. The organisers are regular hikers but do not put themselves forward as guides or experts. Information such as the meeting point and time is provided but no service is provided nor obligation taken on. Whilst on a hike, suggestions may be made but it is your choice whether to follow or ignore them. Obviously, as with any activity, there is risk of injury. You should take care to minimise that risk and to ensure your own safety, which is your responsibility at all times. No duty is accepted nor liability assumed. You are encouraged to learn about hiking and navigation skills and to consider and prepare for the likely conditions that may arise during a hike Cancellation If you sign up but can no longer make it, please change your RSVP to give others a chance to sign up. Members who persistently ‘no show’ or cancel at the last minute, thereby preventing other keen participants from taking their place on the hike, will be removed from the group. Refunds will be given if you cancel 10 days or more in advance. After that please try to sell your spot on.

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  • Wonderful Wadhurst 20km Loop & Sunday Lunch

    Wadhurst station

    £8.95

    ** I have changed the pub booking to 10 as there were not many signed up. If you sign up from now (friday 17:30) I cannot guarantee a spot for dinner unless someone cancels ** This is a lovely loop starting end ending in Wadhurst, East Sussex, taking in the lovely Bewl Water. The area around Wadhurst is said to be one of the prettiest parts of the Weald – a place of hidden valleys, ancient woods, and quaint old farms which feel far away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. I cannot disagree! With it's beautiful farmland, Oast houses and the stunning resevoir area, it really is fab. This walk starts at Wadhurst station with direct links to Lonodn, and within minutes feels like you are away from it all in the country. We start out along the Sussex Border Path, and descend to Bewl Water Reservoir, whose shore is open and unfenced unlike many other reservoirs, and is a delightful place to wander and hopefully stop for a quick break. From here we climb up to the hilltop village of Wadhurst, a classic Wealden settlement, where we will have out roast in one of its two pubs - The White Hart. I didn't have a roast here, but it is a lovely pub and the crumble was the best I have had so it bodes well for the lunch! https://www.whitehartwadhurst.com/ If we all leave together we will take a a quiet walk along the back lanes to the station. It is 3.2km (2 miles) from Wadhurst to the station via the back lanes and it is probably best to allow at least an hour for this, if we are pushed for time or you want to go yourself there is a more direct route along the main road. Allow 30 - 40 minutes. Trains: Depart: Charing Cross at 9:06 am or London Bridge at 09:13 arrive at 10:24 Return: 36 & 06 minutes past the hour Drivers: There is ample parking at the station and it's only a couple of pounds on Sunday. WHAT TO BRING: Waterproof jacket Waterproof walking boots Gaiters recommended Waterproof over-trousers Clean trousers & shoes for pub are recommended. Money for your dinner PACKED LUNCH or substantial snacks and water. I will bring cake and lunch is booked for 15:30. COST: £8.95 which covers organisers' time for pre-walks, other organisation and admin and the meetup fees so that you can just turn up and enjoy a hassle free hike led by experienced, wilderness first aid qualified guides. There's always a homemade cookie or cake too! Please arrange your own transportation and bring lunch / snacks. _________________________________________________________________________ THE SERIOUS STUFF: Terms and Conditions We are a social group of hikers. The organisers are regular hikers but do not put themselves forward as guides or experts. Information such as the meeting point and time is provided but no service is provided nor obligation taken on. Whilst on a hike, suggestions may be made but it is your choice whether to follow or ignore them. Obviously, as with any activity, there is risk of injury. You should take care to minimise that risk and to ensure your own safety, which is your responsibility at all times. No duty is accepted nor liability assumed. You are encouraged to learn about hiking and navigation skills and to consider and prepare for the likely conditions that may arise during a hike Cancellation If you sign up but can no longer make it, please change your RSVP to give others a chance to sign up. Members who persistently ‘no show’ or cancel at the last minute, thereby preventing other keen participants from taking their place on the hike, will be removed from the group. Refunds will be given if you cancel 10 days or more in advance. After that please try to sell your spot on.

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  • Glorious Godalming woodland walk - 24km 250m ascent

    Godalming Station

    £8.95

    Join us for this autumnal woodland 24km (500m ascent) circular R&R from Godalming with dinner at the lovely ‘Inn on the Lake’. This is an adaptation of a Time Out walk, done in reverse! Starting off along the path next to the canal to the Church of St Peter and St Paul and onto Lammas Land Lock. We soon head into the woods on the outskirts of Godalming and make our way to the beautiful National Trust Winkworth Arboretum– hopefully we get to see the maples in all their Autumnal glory. We’ll have a 15 / 20 minute stop at the tea room and anyone who wants to have a quick wander around in that time can do so, or grab a quick cuppa to go with whatever treats I’ve baked for this walk :-) Passing through more woodlands and skirting around Hascombe Hill, we’ll come out at the White Horse pub in Hascombe and take a little detour past the village’s remarkable Moorish looking church and then pick up the trail again. Several woods and heaths take us back into Godalming: Holloway’s Heath, Hydon Heath, Busbridge woods. We take the main road straight down to the lovely Inn on the Lake pub. http://www.theinnonthelake.co.uk/ Bits of this walk can be quite muddy in wet weather – clean shoes in your back pack might not be a bad idea! The pub is booked at 4pm. Trains: Depart: waterloo at 9:30 am arrive at 10:18 Return: 27 & 04 minutes past the hour (except 18:04) Drivers: There is ample parking at the station and it's free on Sunday. As always post a comment if you want to share petrol cost and offer a lift to a passenger. WHAT TO BRING: Waterproof jacket Waterproof walking boots Gaiters recommended Waterproof over-trousers Clean trousers & shoes for pub are recommended. Money for your dinner PACKED LUNCH or substantial snacks and water. COST: £8.95 which covers organisers' time for pre-walks, other organisation and admin and the meetup fees so that you can just turn up and enjoy a hassle free hike led by experienced, wilderness first aid qualified guides. There's always a homemade cookie or cake too! Please arrange your own transportation and bring lunch / snacks. _________________________________________________________________________ THE SERIOUS STUFF: Terms and Conditions We are a social group of hikers. The organisers are regular hikers but do not put themselves forward as guides or experts. Information such as the meeting point and time is provided but no service is provided nor obligation taken on. Whilst on a hike, suggestions may be made but it is your choice whether to follow or ignore them. Obviously, as with any activity, there is risk of injury. You should take care to minimise that risk and to ensure your own safety, which is your responsibility at all times. No duty is accepted nor liability assumed. You are encouraged to learn about hiking and navigation skills and to consider and prepare for the likely conditions that may arise during a hike Cancellation If you sign up but can no longer make it, please change your RSVP to give others a chance to sign up. Members who persistently ‘no show’ or cancel at the last minute, thereby preventing other keen participants from taking their place on the hike, will be removed from the group. Refunds will be given if you cancel 10 days or more in advance. After that please try to sell your spot on.

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  • Fabulous Farnham 22km Loop & Sunday Lunch

    Farnham rail station

    £8.95

    Join us for this fabulous Farnham 20km loop with our Sunday roast about 1 mile from the end at the quaint 'Spotted Cow' pub. We leave the station and very quickly get on to the North Downs Way, following the River Wey for a bit, passing through some lovely peaceful woodland until we come to Puttenham Common. There we follow the edge of the lake and down through Lower Puttenham Common with it's wild Scottish feel with the heather and 'coos'. No walk in Surrey is complete without passing a few quintessentially English villages and Tilford is no exception with it's cricket green and ancient pub. Just after 'Old Man's Hill' we come to Lower Bourne where we will stop at the Spotted Cow for our Sunday roast at 15:30. It is about 1 mile from the station so if you don't stay for a roast you will have to use Google maps to get back to the station. http://www.thespottedcowpub.com Depart: London Waterloo at 09:07 direct to Farnham. Leave Clapham Junction at 09:14 Return: Depart Farnham at 00 & 30 minutes past the hour. Drivers: Plenty of parking at the station Please post if you are driving and can offer someone a lift - this one might be better to get to by car. WHAT TO BRING: Waterproof jacket & trousers. Walking boots PACKED LUNCH or substantial snacks and water Money for your roast COST: £8.95 which covers organisers' time for pre-walks, other organisation and admin and the meetup fees so that you can just turn up and enjoy a hassle free hike led by experienced, wilderness first aid qualified guides. There is always a nice home baked treat too :-) Please arrange your own transportation or arrange a lift with someone and bring lunch / snacks. _________________________________________________________________________ THE SERIOUS STUFF: Terms and Conditions We are a social group of hikers. The organisers are regular hikers but do not put themselves forward as guides or experts. Information such as the meeting point and time is provided but no service is provided nor obligation taken on. Whilst on a hike, suggestions may be made but it is your choice whether to follow or ignore them. Obviously, as with any activity, there is risk of injury. You should take care to minimise that risk and to ensure your own safety, which is your responsibility at all times. No duty is accepted nor liability assumed. You are encouraged to learn about hiking and navigation skills and to consider and prepare for the likely conditions that may arise during a hike Cancellation If you sign up but can no longer make it, please change your RSVP to give others a chance to sign up. Members who persistently ‘no show’ or cancel at the last minute, thereby preventing other keen participants from taking their place on the hike, will be removed from the group. Refunds will be given if you cancel 10 days or more in advance. After that please try to sell your spot on.

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  • A big hike at the coast! 27km Fishbourne to Bosham

    Fishbourne Railway Station

    £8.95

    Repeating this one as it was really enjoyed by all the last time (apart from the car park episode at the end!!) It is a big day out, but a great walk at a beautiful part of the world! The full walk is 27km but there are options to stop after around 18km & 20km to enjoy and ice cream /drink at West Wittering and make your own way back. We will meet at Fishbourne and head from there. The walk is totally flat and quite long, but really pretty with marinas, boats, the sea and quaint villages all the way. We'll be aiming to go at a brisk pace since it's flat and easy going terrain. We'll stop for a quick break at West Wittering which is lovely! Close to the beach but not quite on it. There is also a very very tiny ferry ride for which you'll need a couple of pounds. Still running in October! http://www.itchenorferry.co.uk/fares.html I would expect the earliest train you can get is 17:27 if you don't have dinner and 18:27 if you do. The walk will take about 6.5 or 7 hours allowing for breaks and ferry wait. We are breaking with tradition this time and and doing it on a Saturday so that there are more transport options. But we will go to the same pub for a drink or 2 and the food is good, but I won't be booking a table. http://www.berkeley-arms-bosham.co.uk/ Depart: London Victoria 08:36 change at Farnham and arrive at Fishbourne at 10:16 Return: Depart Bosham 27 minutes past the hour. Drivers: Best to park at Bosham and take 10:27 Fishbourne. Jump in your car at the end! Please post if you are driving and can offer someone a lift - this one might be better to get to by car. WHAT TO BRING: Waterproof jacket - just in case. Walking boots or trail running shoes Hiking trousers or tights Waterproof over-trousers - just in case Hopefully sunglasses & sunscreen are required! PACKED LUNCH and water A COUPLE OF POUNDS FOR THE FERRY. COST: £8.95 which covers organisers' time for 2+ pre-walks, other organisation and admin and the meetup fees so that you can just turn up and enjoy a hassle free hike led by experienced, wilderness first aid qualified guides. Please arrange your own transportation or arrange a lift with someone and bring lunch / snacks. _________________________________________________________________________ THE SERIOUS STUFF: Terms and Conditions We are a social group of hikers. The organisers are regular hikers but do not put themselves forward as guides or experts. Information such as the meeting point and time is provided but no service is provided nor obligation taken on. Whilst on a hike, suggestions may be made but it is your choice whether to follow or ignore them. Obviously, as with any activity, there is risk of injury. You should take care to minimise that risk and to ensure your own safety, which is your responsibility at all times. No duty is accepted nor liability assumed. You are encouraged to learn about hiking and navigation skills and to consider and prepare for the likely conditions that may arise during a hike Cancellation If you sign up but can no longer make it, please change your RSVP to give others a chance to sign up. Members who persistently ‘no show’ or cancel at the last minute, thereby preventing other keen participants from taking their place on the hike, will be removed from the group. Refunds will be given if you cancel 10 days or more in advance. After that please try to sell your spot on.

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