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• What we'll do Meet 10:15 for a 10:30 a.m. start in the street outside Sandridge Village Hall, 48 High Street, Sandridge, St Albans AL4 9DA. Look for our Meetup sign on a rucksack with two boot prints. Hike starts and finishes at Sandridge. We are likely to finish by about 15:45 or earlier. Nearest post code: AL4 9DA Lat/Long (WGS84):[masked],[masked] OSGB National Grid Ref. TL169104 HIKE DESCRIPTION: Heartwood Forest, with an area of about 857 acres (347 hectares) is the largest newly planted forest of British native tree species. From Sandridge we go through Heartwood Forest then via Devil's Dyke to Wheathampstead (lunch stop). After lunch, we return via Nomansland Common and Heartwood Forest back to Sandridge. Total distance is 8.3 mls (13.4 km). Most of the route is on public footpaths or public bridleways with some roads. There is a map of the route in photo album for this event https://www.meetup.com/SouthHertsHikers/photos/29504774/ PLACES OF INTEREST: Heartwood Forest https://heartwood.woodlandtrust.org.uk/ Charlie's Coffee Store, Wheathampstead, https://charlies-coffee-store.business.site/ HIKING MAP: Ordnance Survey 'Explorer' 1:25,000 scale, Sheet 182, St Albans & Hatfield. PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO MEETING LOCATION (CHECK TIMES): Bus or train to St Albans then Uno bus 957 at 09:20 from St Albans City Railway Station Stop 'D' to Sandridge (bus goes to Redbourn). CAR PARKING NEAR MEETING LOCATION: Sandridge High Street Car Park (free) or nearby streets (please park considerately) CAR SHARING FROM BARNET: For this event, we also offer car sharing from High Barnet station (09:20 for 09:30 departure). If you would like a lift, please answer the question about car sharing when you RSVP. Here are details of the meeting location for car sharing: http://southhertshikers.uk/event-details/2018/12/01/meeting-places.html Driving distance from High Barnet to Sandridge is 13 miles each way in about 25 minutes. Suggested contribution to driver for transport £1.95 return from High Barnet. • 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 is a café 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 an optional 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 10 minute mid-morning stop 3 km from the start and a lunch stop 7 km from the start at Charlie's Coffee Store, 1A, Station Road, Wheathampstead, St Albans, Herts AL4 8BU. Before going into the café, please take your boots off and please do not consume your own food or drink on their premises. We can spend up to 60 minutes at the café and this should allow time to order food but we can leave earlier if everyone is ready. Alternatively, you can eat you own packed lunch outdoors on a public green area opposite the café. There will be a 10 minute mid-afternoon stop 10 km from the start.
• What we'll do Affordable 2 day hiking weekend on the South Downs near Lewes in East Sussex with 1 overnight stay Saturday night. Leave early Saturday morning, stay Saturday night at YHA South Downs near Lewes. Hike Saturday and Sunday, return Sunday evening. Meet at High Barnet station 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning for car sharing. Possible meeting at Potters Bar or St Albans by arrangement. If you travel independently, meet us outside YHA South Downs 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Further details will be provided after you RSVP. COST AND PAYMENT Pay £22.99 for 1 night bed only but it may be less (£17.25) if we manage to book at the YHA January Sale price. Further £3 reduction for members of YHA England & Wales (or another Hostelling International association). We already have 1 male and 4 females booked on the weekend. As of 15/01/2019, YHA have 3 female spaces left, fully booked for males. Breakfast, other meals and transport are not included. Maximum 8 on weekend. Pay by 17/01/2019 or book yourself in at YHA South Downs for the night of 09/02/2019. Use code JAN-019 for 25% discount. Pay by: * Cash or cheque on one of our day hikes * Bank transfer * Online payment by PayPal * Post a cheque (Further payment details will be provided when you RSVP) Please don't book travel, etc. until you have paid and your place has been confirmed. TRANSPORT OPTIONS Own car or car sharing, 103 mls each way (via M25) plus 10 mls for local trips = 216 mls total. For car sharing, suggested contribution to driver is 216 mls @ 7.5p = £16.20 return for each passenger. Alternatively, train to Southease Station, 5 minutes walk from hostel. ACCOMMODATION YHA accommodation in shared single gender room (bunk beds). MEALS Prepare your own food in the self-catering kitchen or buy breakfast, packed lunch, evening meal at YHA South Downs. Possibility of pub meal Saturday evening. CHECK IN TIME SATURDAY Check in 17:00 - 22:00 Saturday. HIKING PLANS Saturday: South Downs approx 10 mls Sunday: South Downs approx. 8 mls Further details of routes will be provided after you RSVP. PLACES OF INTEREST YHA South Downs https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-south-downs South Downs National Park https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/ • What to bring For weekend: overnight bag or rucksack with wash kit, night clothes, change of clothes. Towels NOT provided. Further details on South Herts Hikers Info Page 'C' Staying in YHA Accommodation http://southhertshikers.uk/info/ For hikes: Hiking boots with good grip (footpaths may be slippery or muddy in places), suitable outdoor clothing for weather conditions including extra layer for outdoor stops and waterproof jacket for rain. Drink and packed lunch essential both days. Further details on South Herts Hikers Info Page 'A' Lowland Hikes. • Important to know You need suitable ID, see https://www.yha.org.uk/terms-and-conditions section 3 The £22.99 is all for accommodation and any surplus will be refunded in cash on the weekend. There is no separate event charge but you are invited to donate £1 per day (total £2) towards the running costs of this Meetup Group. QUESTIONS WHEN YOU BOOK When you sign up via Meetup, you will be asked: -Are you taking our accommodation or booking independently? -Are you male or female? (if not clear from your Meetup profile, so that we know which room to book you into) -Are you a member of YHA England & Wales or another country's association affiliated to Hostelling International? -Are you travelling independently or would you like to join car sharing (if available)? -If you would like to join car sharing, would you be a driver or a passenger and where can you leave from?