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AAA - Action Adventure Activity

London's most established and active international hiking groups.

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Our aim is simple:

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To get outdoors and visit new places, enjoy the beautiful scenery with people who want to have fun and meet new friends. We have a simple philosophy; provide fun and sociable events that incorporate the best an area has to offer with experienced hike leaders.

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All the photos shown are taken on events by group members...thank you to our talented group photographers Alex, the David's, Mike and many others..

Who are we?
We were established in 2008 and have run well over 500 events and hosted over 20,000 members. We usually run around 50 events per year ranging from mid-week evening social events, such as treasure hunts and kayaking sessions, to weekend and week-long UK and overseas hiking trips to Europe and beyond.

In 2018 we are proud to say that we ran events in over 35 different locations covering the breadth of the UK from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands and from Pembrokeshire to Norfolk. In addition to this, we have hosted trips in over 8 different European locations and we are constantly striving to offer new and interesting trips. We are confident in 2018 there will be even more events and places that we will be visiting.

The AAA crew is made up of a lot of outdoor enthusiasts with decades of experience, a number of our principal hike leaders originate from the British Army who all have extensive navigation, mountain and first aid experience. So you'll be in steady hands! Your taste buds will also be very well catered for by our team of chefs, cooks and kitchen helpers.

AAA's mix of great food, capable hike leaders, interesting destination and inclusive social aspects has been very popular with our members, so popular that we are proud to recognise that other larger groups have now been replicating both our events and format and menus. We are indeed flattered by any imitation as the more groups offering trips is good for everyone and we hope one day to be in a position to flatter their achievements.

We for our part will still continue to strive to provide popular destinations at affordable prices with a strong emphasis on providing good hikes, quality food and enjoyable and inclusive socialising. You can also be assured that the events and activities we list are activities we have hosted and not just a marketing ploy, as adopted by one of the largest UK outdoor group.

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Our most popular events are weekend hiking trips to locations around the UK.

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What makes our events? \

Without a doubt, the answer to this question is our members. We are proud of the fact that we regularly have over 50% of our weekend and overseas trips made up of loyal members who have attended other trips. This is not to say that the group is cliquey in any way. As hosts, we have belonged to groups where cliques exist and we work hard with our members to ensure that this doesn't happen.

AAA has some basic principles for ensuring successful events. They are quite simply;

  1. Great Hiking Destinations. If we are not interested in the destination, then we don't host a trip there. We also don't resist the same destination multiple times in the year just to host more trips than other groups.
  2. Quality accommodation is suitable for the event.
    3. Only using Experienced Hike Leaders and or qualified instructors for other activities
  3. Comprehensive Destination Research which we always pre-visit before proposing an event.
  4. Control of the finances, we don't use third-party operators on the ground to book transport and accommodation. We control the money, this reduces any risk of ground operators going into liquidation without the Meetup Group having any recourse.
  5. Control of the logistics. If we don't have control of the finances we can't control the logistics. If we have control of the logistics it enables us to adjust the programme if needed.
  6. Social Hub. Socialising is a big part of Meetup, after all, it's in the title! So wherever we are we look to ensure that there is a point where everyone can socialise, whether it be a dining room, local bar or lounge.
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Who attends our events?
The majority of our active members range in age between the mid-20s to late 40s, but age is no barrier so long as you are at least young at heart. Members generally live or work in the greater London area, but we have an ever-increasing number of members who live all over the UK and join us in the destination. After all, you don’t need to live in London to visit the Lake District!

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A large proportion of our members are international, providing an interesting and diverse mix of experiences and cultures. We also have a significant proportion of single members on events, although you certainly don’t need to be single to attend. We have many couples attending our events.

If you are nervous about committing to a weekend trip, don't be, almost everyone has turned up at an event before without knowing anyone. We all know what it's like. If you are still concerned try one of our evening or day events, they act as a taster and you are sure to meet like-minded people. We also work hard to ensure that the trips are inclusive for everyone. We usually provide a minimum of two hike leaders on weekends and overseas hikes to ensure we can offer a mix of hikes to meet the group's needs. We rarely have hikes that exceed 28 people (day hikes only with 1 guide) and usually, the hikes are pitched to a group of no more than 10- 16 people of similar fitness and ability on a weekend away.

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What do we do?
We organise the logistics for our hiking trips so that you don’t have to. We find the locations, book the venues and organise all catering for weekends. We even help coordinate transport and lift shares. If you don't have transport contact the organiser who will help put you in contact with someone who's driving.

Our aim is to explore and hike in picturesque and beautiful rural locations throughout the British Isles and beyond. We regularly visit all of the UK’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Whilst we often repeat visits to the many great National Parks we do vary the locations we stay at as best as we can. We certainly don't repeat the same venues and walks over and over again just because we have a hike or hostel that works and is easy to repeat. One look at our past events will show you the variety of places visited.

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EVENING SOCIALS
We arrange a host of evening events that usually provide an element of the activity. We believe it's better to get people together and involved in an activity that they can participate in rather than just organising a Meetup in a pub. However, we normally conclude our events with a social drink or two in a pub.

Evening events have included: (examples of our events can be viewed in our past events section)
Treasure & Scavenger Hunts around London, Go-Karting, Paintball, Kayaking along the Thames, Yoga, Shopping Discount evenings, Pub Quizzes, Charitable Volunteering Events, Games nights, Orienteering and Photography exhibitions.

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DAY HIKES AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
We organise a number of day walks and activities throughout the year. These usually depart from a central London station and the hikes normally start at locations 60-90 minutes outside of London in areas of scenic beauty. If you live close to the start of the hike let us know and join us there. We look to organise everything, so all you need to do is turn up and we will have your tickets and everything ready. Our hikes are led by very capable navigators with years of map reading experience. In fact one of our hike leaders spent most of his military life navigating at night, so he's relieved to be allowed out navigating during the daylight hour!

We also organise other events such as;
Kayaking on the Cuckmere and into the sea, Go Ape, Go-karting, canoeing the River Wye, caving, climbing & abseiling, zip wires, London's Lord Mayors Show, navigation training and even photography sessions.
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HIKING AND ACTIVITY WEEKENDS
Typically we organise two or more weekends per month in all parts of the UK. Trips usually involve a visit to the National Park or an Area of Natural Beauty throughout the UK. Sometimes we organise optional activities that can range from Yoga to cycling. Since 2013 we have included even more climbing & Abseiling, Caving, Canoeing, Scrambling, Kayaking, Surfing and Wine Tasting. But nothing is off-limits so if you have an idea let us know.

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Normally we hire for the exclusive use of a Youth Hostel or similar accommodation, sometimes it can be a hotel or lodge. AAA almost always host breakfast and evening meals as we are very particular about maintaining a reputation for providing quality food on our weekends. We will be there to greet you on arrival and allocate rooms etc. There is always a warm supper on a Friday night followed by some cake. The weekends then take on a well-rehearsed routine that ensures we can maximize the time for hiking.

We try where possible not to repeat weekends and if we do we do so in different seasons. However, some locations like Snowdon and the Brecon Beacons are always very popular and worth repeating. But unlike some groups, you won't find us visiting the same location twice or more in the same month. As organisers, we have a passion for the outdoors and too much repetition is a bad thing.

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OVERSEAS TRIPS
We enjoy experiencing new places and we are sure you do, too. So we are always looking to host hiking orientated trips in new overseas locations. We typically organise the accommodation, catering etc as well as plan with detail the hikes in the local areas. Often we will pick you up from the local airport or provide you with details to organise your own transfers to the accommodation. We will even recommend flights and help you coordinate your travel arrangements with others in the group.
When we are in the location we help to facilitate additional activities from mountain biking, paragliding, white water rafting to a wine tasting or local sightseeing trips.

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Who are we?
Our core team have a wealth of experience in a wide variety of key areas. We have years of hiking and outdoors experience. Our principal events hosts and hike leaders have over three decades of military experience, two from elite units (certainly not in the catering corp.) as well as a 15-year career in the event management industry producing events from small high-end events to logistics for 15,000 person event. One of our event hosts has even won awards in the event industry. Not content with our existing experience we also undertake additional training to keep our key skills tip-top.
Click here to Meet the team
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Why do we do it?
Quite simply we love the outdoors and making the most of this beautiful country we live in and what better way to do it than by meeting new friends.
Our aim is to build a great community of hikers with whom we can share our enjoyment of the outdoors and adventurous activities. As they say, size isn't important! We are never happier than when we see the same members repeatedly attend our events, many have been joining us for years and we continue to enjoy their company.
Many of our members have made new lifelong friends after trips, some have developed into loving relationships and we know of at least three couples that have met and got married after meeting at our events.
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How do we do it?
We create appealing trips that are affordable to all. They are affordable because we generally use Youth Hostels and cater for ourselves and everyone helps and contributes towards the weekend.
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The food you enjoy has been said by many to be the best they have experienced at any Meetup event. We strive to ensure we provide a cooked breakfast, not just a cold continental buffet, after all, if you are setting off on a day's hike you want a hearty meal. We set everything up in the morning for you to make your own sandwiches with fillings of your own choice. AAA dinner is always very popular with wholesome ingredients including a variety of salads, vegetarian dishes as well a typical main selection followed by a cake for dessert. After supper, we all get to relax and socialise, sometimes with some games, whichever is most fitting. Whilst we all enjoy a pub visit, we include the dinner within the cost, so it's not an extra cost or a car journey (with no alcohol!).
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Frequently Asked Questions
Many people ask us questions about our trips, we hope that we cover most of the usual questions in the event description. We also have some answers to the popular question in our FAQ section
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Safety \

Our main hike leaders have undertaken the six-day Mountain Leader course (accredited by the MLT) as well as having undertaken the two and three day Wilderness & Outdoor Activity First Aid course. One of our hike leaders even undertook a 6-month military-medical course culminating with practical training in an A&E Hospital and 2 weeks with paramedics. Both of our principal hike leaders have over 20 years of military experience, not just as conscripts. Much of their experience was focused on fieldcraft, navigation and first aid, making them ideal hike leaders.
All of our events are run by very experienced hikers, most of our hike leaders have a minimum of Mountain Leader training and an Outdoor Activity First Aid qualification or similar experience/qualifications. It would, however, be unfair to say that this makes the outdoors safe, there is always risks present, but with our experience, training and meticulous planning, we aim to minimise the risk.
Generally, our hikes tend to be limited to 20 people when in the hills and 24-28 in lowlands as our training indicate that this is a safe number, it's also important for everyone's enjoyment that the hike is not hindered by big numbers, or a very slow pace as you constantly find yourself waiting and it prevents people getting left behind, as we hear so often occurs in other groups with 40-50 people on a day hike.
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What type of activities do we do?
Over the past three years, we have offered a wide range of events. These have included;
Hiking & walking (of course), kayaking along the Thames, camping & canoeing, yoga breaks, fitness weekends, potholing, historic sightseeing, overseas trips, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, cycling, trekking, backpacking, adventure weekends, coast walking, long distant walking, caving, countryside conservation, charity volunteering, sea kayaking, treasure hunts, paintball, the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge, abseiling, recreation weekends, gorge walking & canyoning, rafting, navigation courses, culture trips, community trips, tennis, orienteering, coasteering, go-karting, horse riding and paragliding
Unlike some larger groups who claim to have offered these activities, because it's good for their marketing and Meetup listing, we have actually offered all these events. Please, check out our past events.

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And there are many other activities we would like to give a try in the future such as sailing, scuba diving, static line parachuting, skydiving, exercise boot camps, target shooting, clay pigeon shooting etc…

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Where do we visit?
Our usual destinations include the National Parks of the United Kingdom such as:
Brecon Beacons, Norfolk Broads, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Dark Peaks, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, South Downs and the Yorkshire Dales.

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We have also organised events with visits to the following areas of natural beauty that have included:
Arnside and Silverdale, Chichester Harbour, Chilterns, Cornwall, Cotswolds, Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire Downs, Dedham Vale, Dorset, East Devon, Isle of Wight, Kent Downs, Lincolnshire Wolds Malvern Hills, Mendip Hills, Nidderdale, Norfolk Broads & Coast, North Devon, North Pennines, Northumberland Coast, North Wessex Downs, Quantock Hills, Shropshire Hills, Solway Coast, South Devon, Suffolk Coast & Heaths, Surrey Hills, Tamar Valley and the beautiful Wye Valley.

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Many of our hikes have included some of the popular long-distance routes, these have included:
Cotswold Way National Trail, Cumbria Coastal Way, Highland Way, East Riding Heritage Way, Grand Union Canal Walk, Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail, Herriot Way, Hertfordshire Way, Mendip Ring, North Downs Way National Trail, North-West Coastal Trail, Offa's Dyke Path National Trail, Peak District High-Level Route, Norfolk Coast Path National Trail, Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, Pennine Way National Trail, Snowdonia Round, Solent Way, South Downs Way National Trail, South West Coast Path National Trail, Southern Upland Way, Thames Path National Trail, Wainwrights Way, Wales Coast Path, Wessex Ridgeway Trail, West Highland Way, Westmorland Way, White Peak Way, Wilts and Berks Canal Towpath, Winchcombe Way and Wye Valley Walk.

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We have also organised overseas trips to destinations such as:
The Pyrenees, the Dolomites, Austria, Slovakia, Belgium, Spain, Slovenia, different parts of Croatia, Poland, Madeira, Scotland, France: Corsica, Swiss & French Alps and Russia & Ukraine.

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We have plans for trips to Ireland, Norway, Kilimanjaro, Andalucía and as the group flourishes we will offer many more, too!

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Note 1
The destinations and activities listed are examples of events AAA have organised or part of an AAA event. They are not places and events added here to improve our Meetup search ratings and mislead members. We accept that imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but we don't feel flattered when it misleads others. One of the other larger groups has the almost identical text as ours in places, the most notable error on their part is the inclusion of the West Highland Way, Highland Way and Winchcombe Way which are in countries and locations their group has not visited. We are not even going to comment on the activities listed we will leave you to make up your own minds. Come on guys, you know who you are, let's all be honest about what we do and where we go.

Upcoming events (4+)

May 12-18 WEST HIGHLANDS, GLEN COE, OBAN, ISLE OF SKYE & Ben Nevis

Glasgow airport

£649.00

Join us on the Scottish Highlands Adventure holiday with AAA LG.
We have been successfully running trips to Scotland since 2009!

Please, send all trip questions to Misha [masked]

We would like to stress at this stage, anyone booking and paying for future events that have to be cancelled due to COVID will continue to receive the option for a full refund or the option to transfer the funds for another event.

You may see our pictures and reviews from previous trips by clicking below:
May 2019 Scottish Highlands Hiking Holiday
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=AAALondonGroup&set=a.1097503767116580

May 2016 trip (http://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/events/226026846/)

May 2017 trip (https://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/events/232583831/)

Most of the photos below were taken by our members during the previous years trips, except food (collage made by us), distillery, lodge.

As an old Scots saying has it, ‘guid gear comes in sma’ bouk’ (good things come in small packages). And despite its small size, Scotland certainly has many treasures crammed into its compact territory. There’s something for all tastes.
I have always wanted to go to Scotland to explore this great country with “Brave hearts” people.

HIGHLIGHTS

We plan to stay in the Scottish Highlands for 6 nights and 5 full days, exploring the area:

  • climbing Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK;

  • hiking in the Glen Coe Valley, which boasts some of the most majestic picture-postcard scenery to be seen in the Highlands;

  • visiting Eilean Donan Castle, the most photographed castle in the world. Certainly, Eilean Donan is Scotland's most romantic and recognizable;

  • Oban, Scotland's most popular west-coast holiday town and amazing destination for coastal hikes;

  • Isle of Skye, the worlds favourite island, recently voted '4th best island in the world by National Geographic magazine’ and movie film location of 'BLESSED', starring James Nesbitt.

This will be a combined holiday of hiking and sightseeing! All will be planned according to the weather to enjoy the most of it.

BEN NEVIS

We will choose the best weather day (OUT OF FULL 5 WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU WILL ENJOY THE FANTASTIC VIEWS) to climb Ben Nevis.

Ben Nevis, 1345 m, is the highest mountain in Britain.
The classic route up (http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fortwilliam/bennevis.shtml#route-profile), so-called Tourist Route up the mountain. It is straightforward, strenuous, by hillwalking standards, but the less experienced should read all the precautions.

There is a steep path throughout. The upper section is rough and very stony; it is often snow-covered and losing the line of the path easily leads onto dangerous terrain - navigational skills are needed.
Distance 17km / 10.75 miles. Time 7 - 9 hours. Ascent 1300 m.

HIKING

If we need we may split a group into two smaller groups every day so members can choose a hike according to their fitness and abilities!

Glen Coe & Loch Leven is a magical place where true Highland Hospitality combines with the world's famous scenery, poignant history and some of the best things to see and do Scotland has to offer. Here mountains and sparkling lochs combine to create the breathtaking uniqueness that is Glen Coe... Glen Coe is, without doubt, one of the most famous and scenic of all Scottish Glens.
The Island of Skye, situated off the West coast of Mainland Scotland, is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides.

We will hike to the Fairy Pools and Coire na Creiche, the walk (http://www.isleofskye.com/skye-guide/top-ten-skye-walks/fairy-pools) is a great chance to get you into the Cuillin scenery without the need for any scrambling or other difficulties. The first section follows a beautiful crystal clear stream full of lovely pools and waterfalls.

The other option will be Old Man of Storr, It's probably the most famous walk on the Island. The ‘Old Man’ is a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around.

Oban, the Seafood Capital of Scotland, is also known as the Gateway to the Isles.
While there we will visit and hike on the tranquil Kerreira island.
Well worth a visit while we are in Oban, especially if the weather is unkind, is the Oban Distillery, unusual in being located in the heart of such a busy town.

ACCOMMODATION

We will be staying in the picturesque village of Onich, in an area of the Scottish Highlands renowned for its magnificent and varied scenic beauty.

Set within private & naturally wooded grounds, our accommodation has got panoramic views overlooking Loch Linnhe and the Ardgour Mountains, it is popular with active-minded guests - Being midway between the Ben Nevis & Glencoe mountain ranges, (20-minute drive to Ben Nevis, 10 minutes to Glencoe.) walkers and climbers are spoiled for choice.
Glencoe Visitor Centre is 10 min away.

WEATHER

The weather is unpredictable in Scotland even in May, although it is the best time to visit Scotland with long days and no midges yet.
Please make sure you are well equipped, waterproof gear is essential!

FLIGHTS OR TRAINS

You may choose any flights or trains to Glasgow, there are a few choices
BUT YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE ON TIME FOR THE MEETING.
The meeting point will be at arrival at Glasgow Airport on Thursday, May 12 at 2 pm. TRANSFER IS ORGANISED FOR 2 PM PICK UP.
We will drop you off at Glasgow Airport on Wed., May 18 at 11-30 am.

THE PRICE of £649 INCLUDES:

  • All accommodation for 6 nights in twin rooms en-suite with a flat-screen TV and free WiFi. Some rooms have mountain and loch views.

  • Financial Consumer Protection according to Package Holidays and Tours Regulations 1992,

  • 6 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches and 2 dinners

  • All transport and choice of guided hikes. We will have at least 2 hike leaders, so may have different walk/hikes options on one day.

The price does NOT include:
flights and 4 dinners when we will go out to try some local cuisine.

ONLY PAYMENT CONFIRMS YOUR RSVP!

After you RSVP yes, to secure your place you will need to make a deposit bank transfer of £200 or in full £649 to

Account Name: AAA LG
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Please, make sure you have got your name as a reference as on your profile on Meetup (to avoid misunderstanding) & "Scotland" in your payment so I will be able to recognize it as yours.
ALSO, DROP A LINE TO [masked] WHEN YOU HAVE TRANSFERRED FUNDS PLEASE.
The balance of £449 is to be paid before[masked].

Safety is always paramount with AAA London Group!

All participants on any AAA London Group walk or activity are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly.

If you have signed up for the event you acknowledge the AAA London Group Terms and Conditions. (http://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/pages/AAA_London_Group_Terms_and_Conditions/)

Everyone in the group has to obtain appropriate travel insurance, covering hiking.

© AAA London Group Ltd 2021.
Errors and Omissions Excepted.

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Polegate to Lewes - via Alfriston -£10 Local meet option

London Bridge Station (LBG)

£28.00

Hike Highlights
• The historic town of Lewes -
• The South Downs Way
• Spectacular views north over the weald and south to the sea
• Mount Caburn and the spectacular views from there
• Charming village of Firle and the Elizabethan mansion of Firle Place
• The 8th century saxon village of Alfriston
• Berwick Church containing murals painted by the Bloomsbury group

We will be hiking along the South Downs Way starting in historic Lewes with its castle and distinctive architecture and home to the largest and most spectacular November 5th celebrations in the UK. Scene of Simon de Montfort victorious battle over King Henry III and home to the revolutionary Thomas Paine

From Lewes we head straight up to Mount Caburn to enjoy the views before descending to Glynde (home of the annual Glyndebourne Opera festival). From there we head over to the village of Firle and its Elizabethan stately house all owned by the local Lord. We then head steeply up onto the South Downs way at the top of which, we take in magnificent views north and south before heading east following the ‘Way’ before descending into the beautiful ancient village of Alfriston for lunch. Continuing along the south downs way we pass the 'Long Man of Wilmington carved into the chalk hillside and then over farmland to Poegate where we'll pause for optional refreshments at the pub opposite while we wait for the train back to London.
On the way we will stop at suitable place for a picnic lunch.

HIKING INFO:
Distance: 24km (14 miles) approx.
Elevation Gain: 620 metres
Estimated Duration* (approx): 6 hours for walking
Difficulty: Moderate (See link for AAA Hike Grading)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/14u2E9DF9Q_wD394NafM9o736kfDINpST/view?usp=sharing

Local £10 option meeting point: Outside Polegate station at 10.15am

London meetup:
Meetup Point: London Bridge station Station, outside 'Pret'
Meetup Time: 08.25 Depart Meetup Point for the train: 08:35
Train Departs: 08.56 Arrives: 10.10 at Polegate

Return Train Departs*: Lewes every 30 minutes at 17.27 & 1752 (direct) for the 75 minutes journey back to London

  • Denotes. The times stated are ideal and subject change & conditions on the day. It is impossible to confirm a specific return time. Therefore, please consider yourself committed for the entire day

£29 PER PERSON PRICE SHOWN INCLUDES:
• Guided Hike by an experienced guide and trained BMC Mountain Leader with Wilderness First Aid Training
• PayPal fee
• Return rail fare to and from stated destination

DAY HIKE ONLY, NO TRAIN TICKET REQUIRED
If you live locally to the start or don't live in London and prefer to drive to the start you are welcome to RSVP and simply change the PayPal amount to £10. We will then know you don't require a train ticket.

WHAT TO WEAR BRING
• Good suitable hiking footwear, ideally boots
• Waterproof jacket & trousers
• Suitable hiking trousers and top (jeans aren't classed as suitable)
• Rucksack
• Water, ideally 2litres
• Snacks
• Hat, gloves and spare layer subject to weather
• Packed lunch and snacks

RSVP, CANCELLING & AAA TERMS & CONDITIONS
If your plans change please update your RSVP. Others can take advantage of the free place. If the hike sells out then please message the organisers who will be happy to issue a refund. For AAA full terms and conditions relating to hiking, refunds, cancellations, children, dogs etc.
(Follow the link for further information)
https://www.meetup.com/AAA-London-Group/pages/14904902/AAA_London_Group_Terms_and_Conditions/

SAFETY
Safety is always paramount with AAA London Group!
All participants (members and their guests) on any AAA London Group walk or activity are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly.

If you have signed up to the event you acknowledge and accept the AAA London Group Terms and Conditions (see above link)
© AAA London Group Ltd 2019. Errors and Omissions Excepted.
Any question please contact the hike leader for this walk, message or text/phone Reuben[masked]

Three Great Houses of Kentish Weald - Shipbourne, Igtham Mote, and Knowle

London Charing Cross Railway Station

£26.00

'HIKE ONLY' option - If you wish to organise your own rail ticket, travel alone, or meet at Hildenborough Railway Station - please pay £10 with Paypal on RSVP

Join us on a day out to three Country Houses of Kent nestled between Sevenoaks, Shipbourne, and Tonbridge. Each House is storied in charm and history, and hosts a pretty restful setting with freely available walking trails affording us wonderful close views of each estate. Between each estate is good hiking in the Wealden farmlands, fields, hedgerows, and trees.

We visit Shipbourne in the Bourne river valley which boasts a very large common and the Fairlawne estate, owned by Saudi Arabian horse-breeder, Prince Khalid Abdullah. The common is full of summer buttercups and The Chaser is a grand pub standing over it. We head into the trees up into the estate, to see ponds, a blood red bridge, Keeper's Cottage, fencing, ornamental features and curated flowered gardens. We cross the open lawn overlooked by the 17C House.

We head across sheep country to Dunks Green to the Kentish Rifleman one of the county's oldest pubs. We can grab a quick drink and/or enjoy our picnic. It is surrounded by local industry of soft fruit farming and a paper mill.

Our second visit is Igtham Mote, a medieval manor, fruits of over 15 years of conservation. Here we can gaze across the moat and enjoy detailed wooden beams and windows set in medieval walls, there is a battlemented tower. We can catch glimpses of the orchard and numerous cutting and herbaceous gardens as we head around the property. There is a cafe selling hot and cold drinks, ice cream.

Climbing steadily, we head to the Greensand ridge and enter Knowle Park, our third and last visit. Here is Knowle, a Jacobean House made of Kentish ragstone, an unforgettable 400 year old period manor set in 1000 acres only a stone's throw from Sevenoaks town centre. An exciting example of National Trust guardianship........ It is an attractive parkland with many rides and avenues of trees, with a herd of Fallow deer.

We will enjoy a pub garden visit before we head back to the railway.

HIKING INFO

Distance: 22 KM (13 miles) approx
Ascent: 447 m
Estimated Duration (approx): 5-5.5 hours for walking
Difficulty: Moderate

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TIMINGS

Meetup Point: London Charing Cross main concourse - Nero Coffee
Meetup Time: 0850
Depart Meetup Point for Train: 0905
Train departs London Charing Cross: 0915
Train Arrives Hildenborough: 0956
Hike Finish: Sevenoaks Railway Station

It is impossible to promise a specified finish train and time, but we aim to be back in London by 1900

£26 PRICE INCLUDES

Guided Hike by a trained Summer Mountain Leader with Wilderness First Aid Training
PayPal fee
Group Train Travel

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

Lunch, Drinks, Souvenirs, Entrance fees to any attractions you wish to visit

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING IN A DAYSACK

Hiking Boots or shoes
Waterproof jacket and trousers
Water [2L recommended]
Warm/Windproof layer
Wicking base layer e.g Polyester/Tencel
Camera & phone
Packed lunch/snacks
Sun Hat/Sun Block

RSVP / CANCELLING

If your plans change please update your RSVP ‘No’. Others can take advantage of the newly available place. If the hike sells out then please message us we will be happy to refund you.

The hike is limited to 24 attendees

We have operated over 1000 events in the last ten years that have been free of major incidents. We have achieved this via meticulous planning. All participants (members and their guests) on any AAA London Group walk or activity are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly. If you have signed up to the event you acknowledge and accept the AAA London Group Terms and Conditions.

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Woking Circular - Chobham - Horsell Common - Racing Cars - Planes - Aliens

Waterloo Station

£24.00

'HIKE ONLY' option - If you wish to organise your own rail ticket, travel alone, or meet at Woking Railway Station - please pay £10 with Paypal on RSVP

Join us on a diamond of a hike discovered by chance late autumn last year. This hike is just over 10 miles and is suitable for beginners. A relaxing Sunday adventure.

Ride a fast train to Woking - only couple stops - and alight in the Surrey commuter belt. However, this is no ordinary dormitory town. On the platform is a figurine of a bearded man from the pages of 'War of the Worlds'. Walking through the shopping precinct, we see art installations depicting science fictional Aliens and Tripods from the book and a statue of H.G Wells himself.

Following a canal into Horsell we head into pine woods and bushy furze heathland. Watch out for deer grazing and dog walkers aplenty.

Our adventure heads furthers north, we pass the McLaren Technology Centre - a beautifully landscaped Industrial Park with a lake decked with trees and past Fairoaks Aerodrome. The public footpath runs right past the perimeter taxi way and we get a good view of the runway. If we are lucky we will see light aircraft landing and taking off.

Soon we discover Stanner Hill and enter a forest with a network of bewildering trails. We pass through the trees and into Chobham Park farm home to a Horse Stud and sometimes a Horse Country Fair. Finally we follow the Mill Bourne stream through meadows and reach Chobham village with a pretty pub on a winding main street and cute village hall. Chobham is famed for its factory making composite armour for military tanks. Peter Gabriel is also associated with the town.

We head back to Woking through farmland and commons. We stop just outside the town centre for a well-deserved drink in a pub.

HIKING INFO

Distance: 17 km (10 miles) circular route
Ascent: 79 metres
Estimated Duration (approx): 4 hours
Difficulty: Easy/Relaxed

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TIMINGS

Meetup Point: London Waterloo Railway Station - 'Under the clock' outside Pret a Manger
Meetup Time: 0905
Depart Meetup Point for Train: 0920
Train departs London Waterloo: 0930
Train Arrives Woking: 1003
Hike Finish: Woking Railway Station

It is impossible to promise a specified finish time and train, but we aim to be back in London by 1700

£24 PRICE INCLUDES

Guided Hike by a trained Summer Mountain Leader with Wilderness First Aid Training
PayPal fee
Group Train Ticket

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

Lunch, Drinks, Souvenirs, Entrance fees to any attractions you wish to visit

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING IN A DAYSACK

Hiking boots
Waterproof jacket and trousers (Please no jeans!)
Water [2L recommended]
Warm/Windproof layer - down or fleece
Wicking base layer e.g Polyester/Merino
Camera & phone
Packed picnic lunch and snacks
Sit mat
Sun Hat/sun block/neck buff

RSVP / CANCELLING

If your plans change please update your RSVP ‘No’. Others can take advantage of the newly available place. If the hike sells out then please message us we will be happy to refund you less £1.50 Paypal fee

This hike is limited to 24 attendees

We have operated over 1000 events in the last ten years that have been free of major incidents. We have achieved this via meticulous planning. All participants (members and their guests) on any AAA London Group walk or activity are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly. If you have signed up to the event you acknowledge and accept the AAA London Group Terms and Conditions.

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© AAA London Group Ltd 2022. Errors and Omissions Excepted

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