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This group organises walks that are fun, "educational", but above all sociable. We will do walks around vineyards, stately homes, palaces. We'll have themed walks combined with a boat trip, an evening dinner, or perhaps even a stroll around a "haunted village". We also plan to have atleast 2 international walks a year. The walks will be between 6-15 miles and will incorporate time to view the scenery, network with fellow walkers and spend time at a pub or a restaurant during the day.

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Georgia Adventure

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GORGEOUS GEORGIA

SATURDAY MAY 14th - TUESDAY MAY 24th

Join us for an amazing journey that will take you to a fascinating country. A land of wine and gold, delightful monasteries, castles and cathedrals and spectacular mountain scenery. From the Gardens of the Romanovs to Stalin’s birth place; from the magical Saro Fortress to the statue of Medea and the Golden fleece in the land of Kolkhis; this will be an epic adventure.

This rich itinerary will introduce you to the vast diversity of this country: from the warm Black Sea, to perpetually snow-covered peaks of the Greater Caucasus; from fertile valleys full of vineyards, to rocky canyons and the vibrant city of Tbilisi, barren plateaus to futuristic skyscrapers and primeval rock-hewn towns and picturesque monasteries.

Georgia, however, does not consist only of marvellous nature and historical treasures – it is the motherland of wine and delicious cuisine. Georgian feasts, enriched with poetic toasts, are legendary, the itinerary includes copious dinners, which will allow you to experience the flavours of Caucasian feasts and hospitality.

For more info

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THE GOWER PENINSULA: WALES COASTAL HIKING WEEK-END

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THE GOWER PENINSULA: WALES COASTAL HIKING WEEK-END

A week-end hiking and sightseeing around arguably the most scenic coast line in Wales encompassing a wide variety of scenery and amazing sights.

FRIDAY MAY 27th

Drive to the Gower and near our hotel in Gowerton or Swansea.

SATURDAY MAY 28th

Exploring the Coastal Paths of Rhossili

Length – 17 km (11 miles)
Ascent – 452 m (1,500 ft)
Approx Time – 7 hours

We'll will head up onto the Beacon which will give us the best view of the surrounding coastline before we explore it up close and personal. We'll then follow the coastal path on the most dramatic and beautiful coastline in Wales. We will stop and take in the breathless vistas as we journey along the coastal path towards Port Eynon. This will be an epic hike with a number of ascents and descents.

SUNDAY MAY 29th

Oxwich to Three Cliffs Bay and Pennard Castle

Length – 13km (8 miles)
Ascent – 262m (860ft)
Approx Time – 4 hours 30 mins

We'll follow the Wales Coastal Path through the Oxwich Nature Reserve, a bewitching mix of beach, sand dunes, lakes, woodlands, cliffs and salt and freshwater marshes. In fact, it’s rare to have so many different habitats in such a relatively small area in the UK. The path will then take us into the Three Cliffs Bay and onward to the 12th century Pennard Castle. We will lunch at the castle before returning to the cars via the sandy beaches, tide depending.

Over the weekend we will talk about human life in these parts which covers over 20,000 years of archaeological remains (late stone age onwards), how the land was formed over 300,000 years ago and how it has been shaped ever since and about the flora and fauna that has made this place their home.

COASTAL PATH

The coastal path is no different from typical UK footpaths which can be muddy / slippery after rain therefore good footwear (hiking boots) is essential for the weekend.

Walking poles can be useful as there are some steep sections up and down.

BEACH

Please bring a change of shoes for the car journeys. On the second day if you want to walk along the beach barefoot bring a towel etc.

WILDLIFE

There is wildlife in the area including seals and seabirds so bring along your binoculars if you have a set.

COST

TWIN ROOM £225 (Includes all hikes, 2 nights hotel accommodation, 2 breakfasts)

SINGLE ROOM £315 (Includes all hikes, 2 nights hotel accommodation, 2 breakfasts)

Does not include car share from London which we can organise closer to the time

To confirm your place make payment to

Kats Adventures Limited[masked]

ref: Name / Gower

The trip is being promoted through different channels and will get full quickly. If interested in attending do sign up soon

GREENSAND HILLS (DENBIES FRIDAY STREET LEITH HILL WOOTON ESTATE) 26-27 Km

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£7.50

GREENSAND HILLS

We walk through England's largest Vineyard and make our way to the Old Carriage Road where we get stunning views of the wooded Greensand Hills.

We make our way through a valley and past the ancient Church of St John the Evangelist, cross the Tillingbourne River before arriving at the Hammer pond where we'll have lunch.

We'll then proceed to the Hamlet of Broadmoor, The Tillingbourne Waterfall, Hike upto the top of Leith Hill (The higest point in the South East), Bury Hill Fisheries before making our way back to the vineyards and the station

Highlights

Hike through the magical forests of the Wooton Estate and the dense woodland paths of Broadmoor

Traverse the picturesque Hamlet of Friday Street

Visit the stunning Denbies vineyard & the quaint Tillingbourne Waterfall

Hike up Leith Hill to the highest point in the South East

Walk starts at: Boxhill & Westhumble station

Walk ends at: Boxhill & Westhumble station

Hike length: Approx 16- 17 miles (26-27 km)

Approx Ascent: 450 metres

Terrain: There will be 3 ascents, 1 long , 2 short ascents and 1 slightly longer and steeper, but very manageable for fit hikers

Hike pace: Brisk 3.0 mph approx

This hike is only for hikers capable of walking 20 km + at a reasonable pace.

You should not attend unless you are capable of doing this distance

Hike finish time is approx (it depends on walking speed of group)

PICNIC

Bring a packed lunch and plenty of water

TRAIN

Trains from London Waterloo / London Victoria

There are no toilets at the station

PARKING

Limited parking available at the station and opposite The Stepping Stones Pub. All drivers please make sure you arrive by 10.30 am to give yourself time to find a parking spot. We won't be able to wait for latecomers. Ps. If you are late or simply cannot find parking, drive to Denbies Wine Estate (5 mins drive), park in their car park and meet us in front of the main building. We will be having a quick toilet stop there and that is an option if you are late.

PAYMENT (£7) if Paid by bank transfer £7.50 Paypal

If possible pay by bank transfer (avoids 8% PayPal fee)

Kats Adventures Ltd[masked]

ref: Name / Greensand

and message me your name and I'll register you

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The Wiltshire Hills & The Wonderful White Horse

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The Wiltshire Hills & The Wonderful White Horse

A unique, picturesque and historical hike through the wonderful Wiltshire Hills encompassing a visit to the magnificent White Horse and the world famous Stourhead Estate.

THE WHITE HORSE HIKE

SATURDAY JUNE 11th 13.30 - 17.00

We drive to Wiltshire and begin our hike along the hills encompassing the iconic White Horse of Westbury. The White Horse is the oldest and perhaps most famous of the Wiltshire Hills horses. It measures 108 ft long and 182 feet high. Above the horse are the remains of an iron age hillfort known as Bratton castle. Our hike takes us through the quintessentially English rolling hills of Wiltshire with views across the Wiltshire Hills

Total ascent: 300 m
Total descent: 300 m
Time: Between 3 to 3 1/2 hours
Distance: 13.5 km (8.5 miles)

Hike pace: Brisk / Fast. You will need to be fit to attend both hikes

SUNDAY JUNE 12th 9.30 am - 17.00 pm

STOURHEAD CIRCULAR

Our route takes us through delightful English countryside, lush green meadows, quaint country lanes and forests. We pass near the River Brue and through bucolic pastures up to the wooded range forming the boundary between Wiltshire and Somerset, where we gaze upon the imposing Alfred’s Tower.

From there we drop down through enchanting woods to the heart of the Stourhead Estate and eventually to the breath-taking 18th century landscaped garden with lakeside walks, grottoes and classical temples

Prior to the hike we can also have a quick visit to the Stourhead stately home

Total ascent: 400 m
Total descent: 400 m
Distance 20 km (12.5 miles)
Time: Between 4 1/2 to 5 hours

Pace: Brisk / Fast You will need to be fit to attend both hikes

After the main hike we'll have time to walk leisurely around the world-famous landscape gardens that has at its centre piece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees. Highlights: The Palladium Bridge Temple of Appollo The Bristol Cross The Pantheon - Featuring the Marble Hercules Temple of Flora - Dedicated to the Roman Goddess of Flowers

Time: About 1 hour (Free time)

OTHER INFO

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westbury_White_Horse

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead

Cost: £150 (Twin) £195 (Single)

There are only a limited number of places at these rates so please sign up and make payment whilst these rooms and rates are available.

Includes:

1 Breakfast

1 Nights accommodation

2 Guided hikes

Not include:

Travel to Wilshire (Car share can be organised)

Entry into Stourhead Estate / Gardens / Stately Home £18

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