What we're about

HIKE - "To walk a long way usually for pleasure, especially in the country"
Our hikes are typically 8 - 10 miles (12.8 - 16 km), sometimes shorter or longer.

* Local hikes in Hertfordshire and surrounding areas
* Day hikes elsewhere in South-East England
* Hiking weekends away in England and Wales
* Occasional longer hiking trips further afield

Membership

To join one of our events:

• Log in to Meetup if you already have a Meetup login. If not, please see below.

• Join the South Herts Hikers Meetup Group by clicking the 'Join Us' button above. This gives you immediate free trial membership of our group and you can attend our events.

• Select an event and click 'Attend'. You should receive an email confirming your place. If the event is already full you will be put onto a waiting list.

If you don't have a Meetup login yet, you can create one easily using the login details of an existing Facebook or Google login or you can create a separate Meetup login.

For RSVPs made from 1st March 2018 onwards, there is a modest charge for each event to cover the costs of running this Meetup Group and other associated costs but there is currently no annual membership fee. Please see the Membership (http://southhertshikers.uk/membership/) page on our web site for further details.

What to take

We have some info pages on what to take for day hikes and weekends away. Please see the Hiking Info (http://southhertshikers.uk/info/) page on our web site for further details.

Past Events

Photos of past events will be posted on this Meetup Group and there will also be a blog on our web site.

Affiliation

We are affiliated to The Ramblers (https://www.ramblers.org.uk/)
Hertfordshire & North Middlesex Area (https://www.ramblers.org.uk/hertfordshire-north-middlesex)

Welcome!

If you would like to explore the countryside of England and Wales on foot, you are welcome to join us.

Bienvenue
Willkommen
Benvenuti/Benvenute
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Witamy
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歡迎光臨

Plus many other languages, too numerous to list.

Any other questions?

Please see the FAQ page (http://southhertshikers.uk/faq/) on our web site or click the Organizers (https://www.meetup.com/SouthHertsHikers/members/?op=leaders) link above to contact the organizers via Meetup messaging.

Upcoming events (2)

Hike, Hemel Hempstead - Bovingdon - Chipperfield circular, 9.4 mls

Outside Hemel Hempstead Station

• What we'll do Meet 10:15 for a 10:30 a.m. start at Hemel Hempstead Railway Station, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. HP3 9BQ outside the station entrance by the BT Payphone. Nearest post code: HP3 9BQ Lat/Long (WGS84):[masked],[masked] O.S. Grid Ref: TL034059 HIKE DESCRIPTION: From the start via Hertfordshire Way to Bovingdon then Chiltern Way/Hertfordshire Way to Chipperfield Common for lunch. There are two pubs and a café/bar. After lunch, mainly on footpaths and byways back to the start. Total distance is 9.4 mls (15.2 km) with 162 m (532 ft) of ascent and descent. Most of the route is on public footpaths, public bridleways or byways with short sections of country lane with no pavement. We are likely to finish the hike by about 16:00 or earlier. This route was devised by South Herts Hikers and we have posted it on Wikiloc where you can download a GPS file of the route: https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/hemel-hempstead-station-bovingdon-chipperfield-loop-33253996 PLACES OF INTEREST: The Two Brewers, The Common, Chipperfield, Kings Langley, Herts, WD4 9BS https://www.chefandbrewer.com/pubs/hertfordshire/two-brewers/ The Windmill, The Common, Chipperfield, Kings Langley, Herts WD4 9BU https://thewindmillchipperfield.co.uk Blackwells Café & Bar, 10 The Common, Chipperfield, Kings Langley, Herts WD4 9BS http://www.blackwellschipperfield.co.uk HIKING MAP: Ordnance Survey 'Explorer' 1:25,000 scale, Sheet 182, St Albans & Hatfield. PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO MEETING LOCATION: West Midlands Trains from London Euston 09:24 to Birmingham New Street arrives Hemel Hempstead [HML] at 09:55 and also calls at Harrow & Wealdstone [HRW], Bushey [BSH], Watford Junction [WFJ], Kings Langley [KGL}, Apsley [APS]. Various buses, see https://www.intalink.org.uk/ CAR PARKING NEAR MEETING LOCATION (CHECK PRICES): Hemel Hempstead Station Car Park £4.80 Sunday. Parking may be possible in nearby streets if there are no waiting restriction on Sundays, please park considerately. CAR SHARING FROM BARNET OR ST ALBANS: For this event, we also offer car sharing from High Barnet station (09:05 for 09:15 departure) or St Albans outside Odyssey Cinema (09:35 for 09:45 departure). If you would like a lift from either location, please answer the question about car sharing when you RSVP. Here are details of these meeting locations: http://southhertshikers.uk/event-details/2018/12/01/meeting-places.html Driving distance from High Barnet to Hemel Hempstead Station is 18 miles each way in about 45 minutes (via St Albans). Driving distance from St Albans to Hemel Hempstead Station is 8 miles each way in about 20 minutes. Suggested contribution to driver for transport £2.70 return from High Barnet, £1.20 from St Albans plus a share of any parking cost in either case. • What to bring Hiking boots with good grip (footpaths may be slippery or muddy in places), warm outdoor clothing for winter weather conditions including an extra layer to put on for outdoor stops and a waterproof jacket in case it rains. Drink is essential but a packed lunch is optional as there are two pubs and a café/bar at lunch time. For further details, please see South Herts Hikers Information Page 'A' Day Hikes http://southhertshikers.uk/info/ • Important to know We invite a donation of £1 for each hike for every participant including first-timers and guests. This contributes towards the running costs of this Meetup Group. There will be a mid morning stop 4 km from the start in Bovingdon and a lunch stop 9 km from the start at Chipperfield. There are two pubs to choose from, the Two Brewers and The Windmill and also Blackwells Café & Bar, or you can eat you own packed lunch outdoors on Chipperfield Common. Before going into the pub or café, please take your boots off or put covers over your boots and please do not consume your own food or drink on their premises. We can spend up to 60 minutes at the pub or café and this should allow time to order food, if available.

Hike, Upshire - Copped Hall - Epping Forest circular 9.3 mls

Outside The Horseshoes Pub

• What we'll do Meet 10:15 for a 10:30 a.m. start outside The Horseshoes Pub, Horseshoe Hill, Upshire, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3SN Nearest post code: EN9 3SN Lat/Long (WGS84):[masked],[masked] O.S. Grid Ref: TL415010 HIKE DESCRIPTION: From the start past Copped Hall then into Epping Forest and along forest paths to High Beach for lunch stop where there is Epping Forest Visitor Centre and a pub. After lunch, on forest paths and other paths or tracks back to the start. Total distance is 9.3 mls (15.0 km) with some hills, estimated 150 m (492 ft) of ascent and descent. Most of the route is on footpaths, bridleways or byways with a few hundred metres of road with pavement in Upshire village. About 70% of the route is in woodland or forest with some wide paths and some lesser known paths. Some paths may be muddy in places. We are likely to finish the hike by about 16:00 or earlier. ONLINE MAP: This route was devised by South Herts Hikers and we have uploaded it to Wikiloc. See: https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/upshire-copped-hall-epping-forest-high-beach-loop-33369381 On Wikiloc, you can select satellite view or map view (select Openstreetmap) and you can zoom in for a more detailed view of the route. You can also download a GPS file of the route. PLACES OF INTEREST: Epping Forest web pages https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/epping-forest/Pages/default.aspx Epping Forest Visitor Centre, High Beach https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/epping-forest/visitor-information/Pages/High-Beach-visitor-centre.aspx Map of Epping Forest https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/epping-forest/Documents/epping-forest-map.pdf Kings Oak Hotel, High Beach https://kingsoakhotel.com/gastro-pub-food/ HIKING MAP: Ordnance Survey 'Explorer' 1:25,000 scale, Sheet 174, Epping Forest & Lee Valley PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO MEETING LOCATION: Bus services to Upshire do not run on a Sunday. CAR PARKING NEAR MEETING LOCATION: There may be space to park at the side of the road in Upshire Village. Please park considerately. Please do not park in the pub car park. CAR SHARING FROM BARNET: For this event, we also offer car sharing from High Barnet station (09:15 for 09:25 departure). If you would like a lift, please answer the question about car sharing when you RSVP. Here are details of the meeting location: http://southhertshikers.uk/event-details/2018/12/01/meeting-places.html Driving distance from High Barnet to Upshire is 15 miles each way in about 30 minutes. Suggested contribution to driver for transport £2.25 return from High Barnet. It may be possible to arrange car sharing from St Albans or Hatfield if any members from there can offer a lift. • What to bring Hiking boots with good grip (footpaths may be slippery or muddy in places), warm outdoor clothing for winter weather conditions including an extra layer to put on for outdoor stops and a waterproof jacket in case it rains. Drink is essential and a packed lunch is recommended. This is a pub at lunch time. For further details, please see South Herts Hikers Information Page 'A' Day Hikes http://southhertshikers.uk/info/ • Important to know We invite a donation of £1 for each hike for every participant including first-timers and guests. This contributes towards the running costs of this Meetup Group. There will be a mid morning stop in the forest 4 km from the start and a lunch stop 9.5 km from the start at High Beach. There is a Visitor Centre and a pub, the King's Oak and there may be a refreshment kiosk nearby or you can eat you own packed lunch outdoors. Before going into the pub, please take your boots off or put covers over your boots and please do not consume your own food or drink on their premises. We can spend up to 60 minutes at the lunch stop and this should allow time to order food, if available.

Past events (38)

Hike, Woolmer Green - Tewin circular, 9.2 miles

Outside Red Lion pub

Photos (1,015)

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