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Winter Is Coming! A walk on the Wildling side (13 miles, 1600ft ascent, brrrisk)
Despite the title, this wonderful route has absolutely nothing to do with the Game of Thrones. The title was just 'throne' in to get your attention. This is in fact a take on our classic Guildford to Blackheath circular, modified, and, as a treat, done in reverse! Woohoo! The route now starts riverside before ascending the Pilgrims Way and up onto glorious Blackheath common, where will will hike along the green sand paths amongst the tall scattered Pines. We loop back towards Guildford via Waterloo Pond, Colyer Hanger and St Martha's Hill. Back in Guildford we pass through the grounds of Guildford Castle, traverse the River Wey and end up making camp in the safety of one of the many cosy riverside pubs. There will be a £6 fee collected on the day - 50% of which will go to the amazing Flying Seagull Project (, a charity who believe that it is everyone's - man, woman or child - right to put aside the cares of life and smile for a while. So come join us and get fit, enjoy the best of Mother Nature, have fun, meet friends and do your bit for an amazing charity. What to bring? Hiking boots/shoes with good tread Appropriate hiking attire Packed lunch and plenty of water A smile and a good sense of fun!

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What we're about

The Great Anglo-Basque Hiking Company create and lead hikes with an emphasis on fun, fitness, fresh air and 'high-fiving' good old Mother Nature! Our routes, typically 12 to 20 miles in length, are created by ourselves and favour variety and the lesser trodden paths (that magically always lead to a great pub at the end!).

We hike with a sense of fun and adventure in our heart, but we always hike responsibly.
We are a not-for-profit group, with 50% of our meetup fees going to our favoured charity, The Flying Seagull Project (, and the remainder covering our administrative costs. We are as such not a company in the business sense, be we do aim to be great company!

Our hikes:

The majority of our hikes are day hikes within traveling distance of London but we will from time to time organise special long weekend hikes across the UK and Northern Spain (including of course the glorious, undiscovered Basque Country). Our hikes always include a good dose of hills and always end at a great pub (or taverna), where we have plenty of opportunity to regale our hiking tales over a few ice cold beers. Our pace is always good to brisk (remarkably so when approaching the pub at the end of the hike). Our routes are created by ourselves from scratch (never copied from the internet!) and we always vary them in some way or another to make each hike unique in its own special way. Aaaaah.

About Us:

We are a couple of organised (mostly!), competent, communicative and fun individuals with plenty of experience leading successful hikes. We love to hike and very much appreciate the beauty and beneficial nature of the Great Outdoors. Hiking is in Bill's family heritage (hence the surname 😉) and Elsa grew up hiking in the beautiful Basque Country mountains that surround the medieval village she was born in.

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