What we're about

The Great Anglo-Basque Hiking Company create and lead hikes with an emphasis on fun, fitness, fresh air, inclusiveness and 'high-fiving' good old Mother Nature! Our routes, typically 10 to 18 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 25% of our meetup fees going to Dementia UK (https://www.dementiauk.org/) (who provide needed compassionate one-to-one support, guidance and practical solutions for people with dementia and their families) and the remainder goes to covering our operating costs, meetup fees and public liability insurance. 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 travelling distance of London but we, from time to time, organise special long weekend hikes across the UK and Northern Spain (including of course the most wonderful 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. 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 Elsa and Bill:

We are a couple of competent, communicative, positive 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.

About our fellow organisers:

Our five fellow organisers really are the embodiment of the diverse, inclusive, friendly, fun and welcoming nature of the Great Anglo-Basque Hiking Company. They not only have plenty of hiking experience and tales between them, they have real character to go with it too!

Health and Safety:

Our hikes will be organised and operated in alignment with prevailing UK Government restrictions and recommendations relating to COVID-19. Of course it is fully expected that if anyone feels unwell or has symptoms of COVID-19 they should NOT attend events.

The Great Anglo-Basque Hiking Company has a current Public Liability Insurance policy.

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Upcoming events (4+)

The Fall Monty 🍁🍁🍁 (You Can Leaf Your Hat On)

Milford Station Car Park

If the seasons were family members, then Autumn would be the little red-haired cousin that you really was not looking forward to seeing again, but when you finally see him, in his chunky golden corduroy trousers, zipped up wine red cagoule, scuffed-up old brown boots and windswept, flame coloured hair, you remember just how gloriously wonderful, endearing and fun he is.

Starting in Milford and ending in Godalming, this ‘tree-mendous’ new 13.2 mile linear route with a jolly good 1700 feet of ascent, takes us up onto Hydon's Ball, up Breakneck Hill, across Hollaways Heath, into the village of Hascombe and then into Winkworth Arboretum. We end the hike walking along the Wey canal into Godalming. It really is a right royal celebration of the finest blaze of autumnal colours - The Fall Monty indeed.

Post hike, you are welcome to join Elsa and I in the pub, where we will create our own little autumnal scene out of amber ale, red wine, golden lager, pork scratchings and Bacon Frazzles.

The relevant and prevailing social distancing restrictions and rules will be applied during this hike. Payment for this event is £7.50, payable via Paypal. 25% of the fee for this hike will be donated to our favoured charity, Dementia UK (https://www.dementiauk.org/), who provide needed compassionate one-to-one support, guidance and practical solutions for people with dementia and their families.

WHAT TO BRING:
• Hiking boots/shoes with good tread appropriate to the season/terrain.
• Appropriate hiking attire.
• Packed lunch and plenty of water.
• Love, light and laughter 😊

RISK ACCEPTANCE: By accepting to attend this event, you are acknowledging and agreeing to the statements made within our Risk Acceptance page: https://www.meetup.com/The-Great-Anglo-Basque-Hiking-Company/pages/25206391/Risk_Acceptance/ Please note! We reserve the right to refuse permission to hike with us if someone turns up to the event without adequate hiking attire and/or footwear appropriate to the season/terrain/forecast weather conditions. Not being properly attired can not only represent a risk of injury to the person inappropriately attired, but to your fellow hikers too. Cheers!

REFUND POLICY: Individual refunds will not be issued for this event unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled by the organisers. In the event paid-up attendees are aware they are unable to attend the event, they will be allowed to offer their space for sale to other members by posting in the event’s Comments section. If another member wants to buy the space, this will be a personal transaction between the two members undertaken through personal messaging. If a space is sold, the paid-up attendee needs to contact the event organisers to let them know what specific member should be allotted the space.

The Great British Take-Off ✈✈ (13.3 miles, Linear)

Effingham Junction

£7.50

When we are out together trekking the trails, we frequently get asked (by various members of the Great Anglo-Basque Hiking Company) if we have any hike routes that go along disused, concrete former aircraft runways, ideally ones dating from the first half of the 20th century. The answer is always that we of course did have such a route, but had lost it many moons ago. Well would you believe, just yesterday Elsa and I were doing a spring-clean of David's cage (oh, I must add at this point that David is our pet Chinchilla and not our son) when we noticed it amongst his book collection in his wood-chip lounge area. We are kicking ourselves really, because, come to think about it, that should have been the first place we should have looked for it!

Anyhows, we can now bring you this much requested 'The Great British Take-Off' hike - from Effingham Junction, across stunning Ockham Common, Wisley Common and Chatley Heath and alongside the beautiful River Wey all the way up to wey-hey Weybridge. En route we are metaphorically marinated in historical delights, including the Ockham Common Semaphore Tower (Ooooh), Ockham Mill, Wisley Airport Runway (yes, we get to hike down it), the remains of the famous Brooklands race track (yes, we get to hike on it), Brooklands Aerodrome Runway (yes, we get to hike on it) and if we are lucky and you all behave yourselves, we get a close up glimpse of le Concorde too. We end the day by being guided by our Chief Ale Traffic Controller (Elsa) into the wonderful Hand and Spear pub, where there will be the opportunity for the crew of GAB Airways to sufficiently refuel themselves and enjoy the post-flight entertainment. GABin Crew, prepare for laughter.

This is a linear 13.5 mile hike starting at Effingham Junction and ending next to Weybridge Station.

The relevant and prevailing social distancing restrictions and rules will be applied during this hike.

Payment for this event is £7.50, payable via Paypal.

25% of the fee for this hike will be donated to our favoured charity, Dementia UK (https://www.dementiauk.org/), who provide needed compassionate one-to-one support, guidance and practical solutions for people with dementia and their families.

WHAT TO BRING:
• Hiking boots/shoes with good tread appropriate to the season/terrain.
• Face mask/hand sanitizer.
• Appropriate hiking attire.
• Packed lunch and plenty of water.
• Love, light and laughter 😊

RISK ACCEPTANCE:
By accepting to attend this event, you are acknowledging and agreeing to the statements made within our Risk Acceptance page:
https://www.meetup.com/The-Great-Anglo-Basque-Hiking-Company/pages/25206391/Risk_Acceptance/
Please note! We reserve the right to refuse permission to hike with us if someone turns up to the event without adequate hiking attire and/or footwear appropriate to the season/terrain/forecast weather conditions. Not being properly attired can not only represent a risk of injury to the person inappropriately attired, but to your fellow hikers too. Cheers!

REFUND POLICY:
Individual refunds will not be issued for this event unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled by the organisers. In the event paid-up attendees are aware they are unable to attend the event, they will be allowed to offer their space for sale to other members by posting in the event’s Comments section. If another member wants to buy the space, this will be a personal transaction between the two members undertaken through personal messaging. If a space is sold, the paid-up attendee needs to contact the event organisers to let them know what specific member should be allotted the space. All attendees must be a confirmed member of the Great Anglo-Basque Hiking Company.

You've Grotto Be Kidding Me! It's The Royal Tunbridge Wells Odo's Cave Circular

Elsa is always saying to me "cheer up Bill, it could be worse, you could be stuck underground in a deep hole full of drinking water."
I know she means well.

Talking of moist, this princely Royal Tunbridge Wells hike is simply dripping with majestic gems. On route, we visit the the craggy sandstone outcrop of Eridge Rocks, the (send us victorious) happy and glorious heathlands of Broadwater Warren and the dank, musty mulch of Friezland Woods. We even get to rummage around in the wonderful Odo's Cave, a mysterious remote grotto (Odo being the brother of William The Conqueror and a right royal rascal as I understand).

Post hike, as we return into the regal delights of Royal Tunbridge Wells, we will strut, heads held high, like Kings and Queens, along the stunning Georgian beauty of The Pantiles, until we take up royal residence in one of RTW's finest public houses. Once there, we will raise a glass or two to that Naughty Norman, Odo and I will tell you about my only real-life brush with royalty - the time Prince Charles and I went on a hunting trip to Portsmouth and I caught a brace of crabs.

This is a circular hike of 21 Km (13 miles) and 415 metres (1350) feet of ascent.

The relevant and prevailing social distancing restrictions and rules will be applied during this hike.

Payment for this event is £7.50, payable via Paypal. 25% of the fee for this hike will be donated to our favoured charity, Dementia UK (https://www.dementiauk.org/), who provide needed compassionate one-to-one support, guidance and practical solutions for people with dementia and their families.

WHAT TO BRING:
• Hiking boots/shoes with good tread appropriate to the season/terrain.
• Appropriate hiking attire.
• Packed lunch and plenty of water.
• Love, light and laughter 😊

RISK ACCEPTANCE: By accepting to attend this event, you are acknowledging and agreeing to the statements made within our Risk Acceptance page: https://www.meetup.com/The-Great-Anglo-Basque-Hiking-Company/pages/25206391/Risk_Acceptance/ Please note! We reserve the right to refuse permission to hike with us if someone turns up to the event without adequate hiking attire and/or footwear appropriate to the season/terrain/forecast weather conditions. Not being properly attired can not only represent a risk of injury to the person inappropriately attired, but to your fellow hikers too. Cheers!

REFUND POLICY: Individual refunds will not be issued for this event unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled by the organisers. In the event paid-up attendees are aware they are unable to attend the event, they will be allowed to offer their space for sale to other members by posting in the event’s Comments section. If another member wants to buy the space, this will be a personal transaction between the two members undertaken through personal messaging. If a space is sold, the paid-up attendee needs to contact the event organisers to let them know what specific member should be allotted the space.

Don't Leith Me This Way! US Jack's Going Back Special (21 km, 510 meters ascent)

Dorking (Main) Train Station - Southern Railway

We've raided our nan's drawers, found our battered old GAB craft kit and really went to town on re-crafting our already quite crafty Leith Hill hike into probably one of our most craftiest routes ever. We may even get a Ramblers Association 'Super Crafty Hike' badge for this one. Maybe.

So here it is - leaving the outskirts of Dorking, we trudge the sludge of the lesser trodden paths of beautiful Redlands Wood, puff our way up onto Hambridge Brow and then into Coldharbour hamlet (where we will plough in to the Plough Inn in for a wee winter warmer). We then continue up and up and up the Greensand Way until we stand proudly atop the de-lovely little Leith Hill, where we can fill our lungs with the crispest, poshest air within Surrey county.

On the way back we will hop across Duke's Warren and admire the Squire's Great Wood (oo-er) before striding back into delightful Dorking, via Berry Hill. Post hike, we will take up residence in the comfort of the King's Arm where you are welcome to join the GAB hiker leaders in giving our favourite A-Merry-Can hiker, Gentleman Jack Cox, a right royal Great Anglo-Basque send off before he returns back to the good ol' US of the A. Aaaaah don't Leith me this way!

This circular hike is approximately 21 kilometers (13 miles) with 510 meters (1800 feet) of ascent, with of course a similar decent descent.

The relevant and prevailing social distancing restrictions and rules will be applied during this hike.

Payment for this event is £7.50, payable via Paypal. 25% of the fee for this hike will be donated to our favoured charity, Dementia UK (https://www.dementiauk.org/), who provide needed compassionate one-to-one support, guidance and practical solutions for people with dementia and their families.

WHAT TO BRING:
• Hiking boots/shoes with good tread appropriate to the season/terrain.
• Appropriate hiking attire.
• Packed lunch and plenty of water.
• Love, light and laughter 😊

RISK ACCEPTANCE: By accepting to attend this event, you are acknowledging and agreeing to the statements made within our Risk Acceptance page: https://www.meetup.com/The-Great-Anglo-Basque-Hiking-Company/pages/25206391/Risk_Acceptance/
Please note! We reserve the right to refuse permission to hike with us if someone turns up to the event without adequate hiking attire and/or footwear appropriate to the season/terrain/forecast weather conditions. Being inappropriately attired not only represents a risk of injury to the person inappropriately attired, but to your fellow hikers too. We don't want that do we?!

REFUND POLICY: Individual refunds will not be issued for this event unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled by the organisers. In the event paid-up attendees are aware they are unable to attend the event, they will be allowed to offer their space for sale to other members by posting in the event’s Comments section. If another member wants to buy the space, this will be a personal transaction between the two members undertaken through personal messaging. If a space is sold, the paid-up attendee needs to contact the event organisers to let them know what specific member should be allotted the space.

Past events (94)

Fast & Furriest 9: Up The Rabbit Track 🐰 To Mount Caburn

Lewes Railway Station

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