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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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Lake District - Hiking Bank Holiday Adventure

For sheer scenic splendour, few places in England can measure up to the outlandishly beautiful Lake District, where Wordsworth, Coleridge and their Romantic compatriots famously sought their poetic muse in the 19th century. The landscape of the Lakes is as breathtaking as any you’ll find in Switzerland or the French Alps – a sweeping panorama of humpbacked mountains, razorblade crags and scree-covered hillsides, strewn with mountainous tarns and some of the largest natural lakes anywhere in England. With such a wealth of natural riches, it’s hardly surprising that the Lake District is one of the country’s favourite places for savouring the great outdoors, but there’s much more to this region than fine views – it’s also packed with history and culture, from the abandoned slate mines around Honister and the ruined abbey of Furness to the literary landmarks of Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, both former homes of one William Wordsworth. What's included: 3 nights hostel accommodation (dorms-YHA Ambleside) 3 x cooked breakfast 3 x packed lunches Guided hike every day Not included: Transport to Lake district and within Lake District (Car share / Taxi) Cost: £285 HIKING LEVEL-moderate to challenging. ITINERARY Day 1 (Friday) Transfer to Lake District (not included). The best and the cheapest way of getting to YHA Ambleside is driving and you can take advantage of our comments section to organise car shares. However, the train is also a possibility and you can still travel together please feel free to use the comments section to organize meeting up at the station to take the train. The train leaves London Euston at 18:30. You will need to change once (at Oxenholme Lake District) and you should arrive in Windermere at 21:38. From there you can share cabs to the hostel (cabs not included, but should be around £2-3 per person). We will meet you at the hostel. Day 2 (Saturday) Breakfast at the hostel. Helvellyn -Nethermost Pike - Dollywagoon Pike, 13km This walk in the Eastern Fells of the English Lake District is a challenging route over proper fells, seven of them! Starting with Raise and finishing with St Sunday Crag, with Helvellyn in-between, it’s a full on Lake and mountain outing! In the evening if we have time we can take boats out for a spin on the lake (not included) or just go to check out the local bars/restaurants, depending on how much energy we have left. Day 3 ( Sunday) Breakfast at the hostel. Ambleside - Scandale Pass - Red Screes, 13km This walk may for some have a slight sting in its tail: to visit Middle Dodd requires a short section of off-piste 'make it up as you go along' exploration. To most folk it should really add to the attraction, giving some stunning views, and makes an excellent change from simply following the path all the time. Day 4 (Monday) Breakfast at the hostel. Scandale Horseshoe, 14km. The route leaves Ambleside near the University and heads North towards Sweden Crag before hitting the summit of the day Low Pike at 508 meters above sea level. It is then on to High Pike at 656 meters above sea level before turning above Thack Bottom Edge and over Scandale Head. Passing Bakestones Moss and Scandale Tarn the route drops to cross Scandale Pass and then climbs to the main summit of the day Red Screes at 776 meters above sea level. The return descent then begins above Raven Crag, over Snarker Moss and Snake Pike before meeting Kirkstone Road.


The Derby Arms

This is a walk that will take you around one of the World's leading racecourses and where next Saturday The Epsom Derby will be run. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epsom We walk around the fringes of the racecourse, into Surrey woodlands, to Walton on The Hill and back through woodlands The walk will be between 5-6 miles (depends on the route we take) and if people want a slightly longer walk or shorter one then we can adjust. There are a few ups and downs in the walk route. But overall not a difficult walk. We will finish with drinks at the Derby Arms pub and then for those that want to join, dinner later Meet at: 15.15pm Start walk at: 15.30pm Where do we meet: THE Derby Arms Pub https://www.thederbyarmsepsom.co.uk … Stations Nearby: Tattenham Corner Station (best option) 15-20 mins walk, Epsom Downs station (15-20 mins walk), Epsom Station (You'll need to catch a bus or a taxi as its a long way 45 mins walk) How long will it take: Depends on walking speed of the group, approx 3 hours (perhaps quicker). Walk leader: Amit

Georgeous Georgia - A taste of the Caucasus

GEORGIA For a more detailed trip itinerary: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/6d4f9c_cf5603a13f714cacb953b36fe71ab972.pdf Flights into Tbilisi at this time of the year do get full very quickly. If you do want to join us do decide asap. Join us in June 2019 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 birthplace, 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; from vibrant Tbilisi, to barren plateaus; from futuristic skyscrapers, to primeval rock-hewn towns and picturesque monasteries. Georgia, however, does not consist only of marvelous nature and historical treasures – it is the motherland of wine and delicious cuisine. Georgian feasts, enriched with poetic toasts, are legendary. Our itinerary includes copious dinners, which will allow you to experience the flavors of Caucasian feasts and hospitality. Day 1, June 1st, Saturday Depart London Gatwick for Tbilisi at 21:50. Day 2, June 2nd, Sunday Arrival in Tbilisi around 7 AM local time. CITY TOUR NATIONAL MUSEUM NARIKALA CASTLE Day 3, June 3rd, Monday GEORGIAN WINE EXPERIENCE / VALLEY WALK We visit the valley of Kakheti called the cradle of wine and where the oldest finds of viniculture were found dating back 8000 years! GEORGIAN FEAST In the evening a traditional Georgian feast: the Supra, with poetic toasts, live music, copious amounts of food, wine and other drinks awaits us Day 4, June 4th, Tuesday DAVID GAREJA CAVE & MONASTERY (3 HOUR TREK) Drive to Tbilisi, supper and overnight in the hotel. Day 5, June 5th, Wednesday MTSKHETA SVETITSKHOVELI CATHEDRAL JVARI MONASTERY ANANURI CASTLE GEORGIAN PAMUKKALE Day 6, June 6th, Thursday TSMINDASAMEBA MONASTERY TREK AT FOOT OF MT. KAZBEK (5 HOUR TREK) Day 7, June 7th, Friday GORI IMERETI PROMETHEUS CAVE Day 8, June 8th, Saturday BATUMI BOTANICAL GARDEN DOLPHINARIUM Day 9, June 9th, Sunday ROCKY CANYON OF KURA RIVER RABAT CASTLE CAVE CITY OF VARDZIA Day 10, June 10th, Monday RESORT BORJOMI MEDEA & THE GOLDEN FLEECE PARK OF THE ROMANOVS HEALING SPRINGS Cost: £795 (For payment before the end of January 2019) £895 (For payment before April 28th 2019) £995 (For payment after April 28th 2019) Once the deposit of £100 + PayPal fees have been paid, you can transfer the remainder at your convenience but no later than a month before the trip. Contact us for bank details. Recommended flights* Saturday, June 1st, 2019 London Gatwick – Tbilisi 22.50 – 06.40+1 Monday, June 10th 2019 Tbilisi – London Gatwick 19.00 – 21.20 What`s included: -9 nights stay in hotels twin share room single room supplement: £175 -Transport (air-conditioned minibus or bus) across Georgia -9 breakfasts and 9 dinners, with each dinner at least 0.5 litres of table wine per person -Entry tickets for all visited sites including at least two wine tastings, a dolphinarium show, cave, ropeway and 4x4 drive and other attractions -English-speaking tour guide

Sandbanks to Swanage Stunning Coastal Walk by Coach

The Grosvenor Hotel,

A most beautiful day of coastal walking ! Please arrive by 8.45am - the coach SHALL LEAVE at 9am - please bring packed lunch, water, snacks etc plus compulsory waterproof jacket and walking shoes or trainers. We shall be walking about 9 miles along this most wonderful coastline taking the ferry to Studland Bay then walking to Swanage passing the amazing Old Harry Rocks along the way. On the coach back we shall pass the amazing Corfe Castle. You should be able to walk 2.5 miles per hour. We shall have a drink before boarding the coach again at 5.15pm. Cost only £25 - to be settled upon instructions via private message after your rsvp. No refunds shall be made but you could transfer to another coach trip or sell your place to someone else. My no[masked]

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