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 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 25% of our meetup fees going to Wiltshire Mind (http://www.wiltshiremind.co.uk/about-us/) (a mental health charity that has special meaning to us) and the remainder covering our administrative and operating 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, 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!

Gora el senderismo!

Upcoming events (5)

GAB Together Again! Oxshott to Epsom via The Ledges:10 socially distanced miles

** As we restart our group hiking events, we are strictly limiting attendance to a small number of regular, well known members, in order to ensure we can get used to operating safe, socially distanced hikes. Please understand we need to be selective and restrictive for the first few hikes and we can’t offer everyone a space as we normally try to do. This is for everyone’s safety and benefit - including ourselves. We will start to increase the size of the attendance and duration of the hikes as we assess the situation. Thank you all! ** ** Instruction: If you have a firm desire to attend this event, please place yourself on the waitlist and Elsa and I will select from the waitlist in the next week or so – you will get an automated notification if you are allocated a place. Thank you again! ** This perfectly formed hike takes us over heathlands, along sandy paths and river banks, through towering Pine forests and into the natty little nature reserve of Epsom Common. Along the way we straddle The Ledges and, as a special highlight and if you behave yourselves, we get to walk alongside the car park of Chessington World Of Adventures. Don’t say we don’t treat you every now and then. We end the hike at Stamford Green on the edge of good old Epsom Town, where the heavens permitting, we shall enjoy, in true GAB style, a few ice-cold beers, gins, wines and what-have-us on the grass outside the Cricketers pub. This is a linear hike from Oxshott to Epsom. 9.9 miles, 750 feet ascent at a good, socially-distanced pace. There will be a £7 fee collected on the day, 25% of which will go 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 😊 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/

GAB Together Again! Oxshott to Epsom via The Ledges:10 socially distanced miles

** As we restart our group hiking events, we are strictly limiting attendance to a small number of regular, well known members, in order to ensure we can get used to operating safe, socially distanced hikes. Please understand we need to be selective and restrictive for the first few hikes and we can’t offer everyone a space as we normally try to do. This is for everyone’s safety and benefit - including ourselves. We will start to increase the size of the attendance and duration of the hikes as we assess the situation. Thank you all! ** ** Instruction: If you have a firm desire to attend this event, please place yourself on the waitlist and Elsa and I will select from the waitlist in the next week or so – you will get an automated notification if you are allocated a place. Thank you again! ** This perfectly formed hike takes us over heathlands, along sandy paths and river banks, through towering Pine forests and into the natty little nature reserve of Epsom Common. Along the way we straddle The Ledges and, as a special highlight and if you behave yourselves, we get to walk alongside the car park of Chessington World Of Adventures. Don’t say we don’t treat you every now and then. We end the hike at Stamford Green on the edge of good old Epsom Town, where the heavens permitting, we shall enjoy, in true GAB style, a few ice-cold beers, gins, wines and what-have-us on the grass outside the Cricketers pub. This is a linear hike from Oxshott to Epsom. 9.9 miles, 750 feet ascent at a good, socially-distanced pace. There will be a £7 fee collected on the day, 25% of which will go 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 😊 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/

Common, Common - Let's (Socially Distanced) Do It: Haslemere via Thursley Common

** As we restart our group hiking events in August, we are strictly limiting attendance to a small number of regular, well known members, in order to ensure we can get used to operating safe, socially distanced hikes. Please understand we need to be selective and restrictive for the first few hikes and we can’t offer everyone a space as we normally try to do. This is for everyone’s safety and benefit - including ourselves. We will start to increase the size of the attendance, in line with government guidelines of course, and return to a 'first come-first served' attendance basis as soon as we get used to social distanced hiking. Thank you all! ** ** Instruction: If you have a firm desire to attend this event, please place yourself on the waitlist and Elsa and I will select from the waitlist in the next week or so – you will get an automated notification if you are allocated a place. Thank you again! ** People are always saying we are two common – so, to celebrate that fact, we have created the dual common delight of a hike for you. Starting at Milford, we gallop over Mare Hill and into our first common – wonderful Witley Common. Then across one of our favourite roads, the A3, and into sandy old Thursley Common - where we can strut along the wooden board walks of glorious Thursley Nature Reserve like we own the place. After a quick hay break at the Three Horseshoes public house, we will begin our ascent up onto the ridges of the Devil's Punchbowl and, after a foray deep down into its verdant, boggy satanic depths, we will ascend once more into the glorious summer sunshine and head along woodland trails into the town of Haslemere. We end this hike in the White Swan in Haslemere High Street, where we can enjoy some socially distanced shenanigans. This is a linear hike starting at Milford and ending at Haslemere - around 13 miles in length with a nice 1600 feet of ascent. There will be a £7 fee collected on the day, 25% of which will go 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 😊 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/

Exercise Reggae-larly - Common Over To Bob's: A Marley Common 13.5 Mile Special

When my Uncle Bob famously sang ‘Satisfy My Soul’, I feel sort of fairly sure he might possibly have had this delightful Surrey/East Hampshire border-straddling area of heathland and mixed deciduous forests in mind. Sure, he had a fondness for sun-drenched, sand-fringed Coco Palm trees, but, as I very loosely recall, he rather preferred, more than anything, a nice British Silver Birch. Anyhow, we very much hope you will have your souls satisfied when we stride with intent across magnificent Marley Common, wing around the wonderful mill ponds of Waggoners Wells and descend into the delightful depths of Polecat Valley. Jah Rastafari! This is a circular 13.5 mile hike with 1800 feet ascent, starting and ending in Haslemere. Post hike you are welcome to join Elsa and I at Great Anglo-Basque Base Camp 3 (i.e. The Swan Inn) where, over a few beers, will gratuitously debate the relative merits of our two favourite Graphic Design themed Bob Marley jokes: "Why aren't digital images of Bob Marley scalable?" - Because they're all rasta graphics. * versus * "What was Bob Marley's favourite font style?" - Sans Sheriff! There will be a £7 fee collected on the day, 25% of which will go to the our favoured charity Wiltshire Mind (http://www.wiltshiremind.co.uk/about-us/), a charity that help people that suffer from anguish, isolation and/or the stigma of mental illness, whether they have a diagnosed mental health problem, or have not, but are looking for help and support. 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 Love, light and laughter. 😊

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