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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:


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.


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.


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


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.

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!


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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!).

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

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.

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…


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!


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+)

5-10 October │ Relaxed hiking in 4 national parks of Slovakia - GUARANTEED

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Join us on a trip to Slovakia for EASY hiking in 4 different national parks. We will not rush, so we will have enough time to enjoy all the places to the fullest.

You will visit the Mala Fatra mountains, Western Tatras and High Tatras mountains and Slovak Paradise as the last one. You will hike to the most beautiful places, which are easily reachable.

All hikes will be of EASY difficulty. Every day we will walk for approx. 10-12 km with a total vertical ascent of 400 metres. The longest hike will be 13 km long with 700m of vertical ascent in the Western Tatras mountains.
You don´t need any previous experience with hiking, you just have to be in a good shape to be able to walk the hikes every day.

If you would like to explore Slovakia, don´t hesitate to join us on this trip. We will lead you in the mountains with a local, experienced guide and show you the best places you can visit there. You will walk along the streams through the dwarf pines, below majestic peaks you will enjoy lunches on the shore of lakes and hopefully, observe some wildlife such as chamoix or marmots.

You can possibly extend your trip and visit Krakow before or after our hiking trip. Krakow is a really beautiful and affordable city. We recommend visiting Wieliczka Salt Mine, listed in UNESCO and definitely the Old town. You can also enjoy a piano concert of Chopin´s music.

Everyone can travel to Slovakia now.
More information is below.


DAY 1 - Arrival

  • 16:00- We will meet at the Krakow Airport.
  • 18:30 -Arrival to the Mala Fatra and dinner together on the way to the accommodation. Briefing about the trip.

DAY 2 – Mala Fatra

  • First, hiking in the Mala Fatra National Park. We will take a cable car straight to the highest mountains, walk on the main ridge and stop for lunch and drinks in a local mountain hut.
  • Afterwards, we will visit Janosikove Diery Gorge, which is an impressive place created just by the water.

10,5 KM of walking, 445M ascent

DAY 3 – Western Tatras

We will begin to hike towards the famous Lakes Rohacske plesa and will descend back along Rohacsky waterfall. There will be a mountain hut to stop for a drink again.

Overall, this will be the most difficult hike in terms of ascent, but it's not too steep and a big part of the hike will be walked on a tarmac road.
13 KM of walking, 720M ascent

DAY 4 – High Tatras

  • You will visit the famous Lake Strbske pleso, a lake with an amazing panorama of mountains right behind the lake.
  • Afterwards, we will set off on a hike with great views to Lake Popradske pleso to enjoy a hearty lunch right at the shore of the lake.

11KM of walking, 350M ascent

DAY 5 – Slovak Paradise

You will visit this unusual area, often called “a playground for adults”, where you will be hiking through a narrow canyon, walking on catwalks and bridges above a river and come to a magnificient viewpoint – Tomasovsky vyhlad.
11KM of walking, 250M ascent

DAY 6 - Departure

9:00 Departure to Krakow Airport.
11:30-12:00 Coming to Krakow Airport

This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

The accommodation will be provided in a cosy 3* guesthouse for 2 nights in Penzion Sagan in Mala Fatra and the next 3 nights in Penzion Lomnicky in High Tatras.


  • 5x Accommodation in ensuite twin rooms
  • 5x breakfast and 5 dinners
  • 1x cable car ticket in Mala Fatra
  • Guiding by Slovak certified guide
  • Entry fees to national parks
  • All group transfers
  • Financial protection according to Slovak Law


  • Other entrance fees to the thermal pool and other possible visits
  • Lunches – either at the mountain hut or prepared by yourself
  • Travel cost to Krakow, Poland

Once you have RSVPed 'yes', you are required to secure your place by making a £539 bank transfer to:

Account Name: AAA LG
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Please, make ensure you add your Meetup profile name & Slovakia as part of the bank reference to guarantee we can match your payment to the correct Meetup profile RSVP.

The trip is guaranteed to run.


You can fly to Krakow from London multiple times per day and from all London airports. You can even fly there from other places in the UK.

ARRIVAL – We will meet at the Krakow airport at 16:00. Please arrive before this time.

DEPARTURE - We will be back at the airport at around 11:30 so you are safe to arrange your flights back after 13:00.

Everyone in the group has to obtain appropriate insurance!

© AAA London Group Ltd 2021.
Errors and Omissions Excepted

Alice Holt and the 'Gruffalo'. Frensham Ponds - Hampshire Heaths and Forests

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

Why not make full use of the daylight hours by joining us on a gorgeous Hampshire hike through Alice Holt Forest and surrounding fields, ponds, and river.

We will walk through the Connifers and discover a 'Gruffalo Trail'. Then a beautiful stroll across sheep country to meet the River Wey at Frensham Manor. An interesting water feature at its back gate. We follow the meandering Wey and enjoy the light playing on the water.

Enjoy the panaramic views of wild purple heathland from the top of Frensham Common and we will pass two very beautiful ponds with sailing boats, open water swimmers, and sandy beaches. Did I say beach? Who would have thought it? So close to London! At Frensham Little pond we will sit amongst the Birch trees at the waters edge and have a picnic lunch. There is a kiosk selling snacks and drinks.

We will head back to Farnham via Bourne Woods, host to many 'shot on location' movies such as Wonder Woman, War Horse and Harry Potter.

Join us on a relaxing route to make the most of a Sunday in autumn.


Distance: 16.3 km (just over 10 miles) approx
Ascent: 241 metres
Estimated Duration (approx): 4 hours linear route
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate



Meetup Point: London Waterloo Railway Station 'Under the clock' outside Pret
Meetup Time: 0945
Depart Meetup Point for Train: 1000
Train departs London Waterloo: 1007
Train Arrives Bentley: 1120
Hike Finish: Farnham Railway Station
Back in London before 1835

It is impossible to specify a return train time.


Guided Hike by a trained Summer Mountain Leader with Wilderness First Aid Training
PayPal fee
Rail Fare - you will be added to a Group ticket


Lunch or Drinks


Hiking Boots
*Gaiters recommended
Waterproof jacket and trousers (Please no jeans!)
Water [2L recommended]
Warm/Windproof layer e.g Down or Primaloft
Wicking base layer e.g Polyester/Tencil/Merino
Sit mat for picnic lunch
Hats and Gloves
Camera & phone
Packed lunch/snacks


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 credit you, or refund you less £1.50 PayPal fee.

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.


© AAA London Group 2021. Errors and Omissions Excepted

Oct.14-16 Gower Wales - an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', Rhossili Beach

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Join us for 2 days of all-inclusive, with homemade food, hiking & sightseeing weekend on the Gower Peninsula in one of our favourite hostels.

Please, send all trip questions to [masked]


Rhossili Bay is the first beach to be awarded Britain’s Best Beach by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice for the second year running, not to mention the 3rd best beach in Europe and 9th best in the world! Quite an accolade when you think that the competition includes Australia, Bermuda & Brazil. The awards cabinet is really filling up, as Rhossili has also been described as ‘The supermodel of British beaches’ by The Independent and has also won accolades from UK Travel Writers and awards for being the best spot to have a picnic!

The wonderful and varied landscape of the Gower Peninsula was the first place in Britain to be designated as an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB) by the Countryside Agency on behalf of the UK government and is one of only five within Wales. 2006 saw the Gower Peninsula celebrating its 50th year as an AONB, an accolade that has truly stood the test of time.

Not surprisingly, such an enclosed peninsula surrounded by the Bristol Sea and the Atlantic Ocean has become a haven for some of the richest wildlife and varied habitats in the UK. Scattering the landscape in Gower are historic reminders of past 'Gowerians', from castles, medieval churches, iron age fortifications, and prehistoric standing stones. All this against an awe-inspiring, natural backdrop of hills, valleys, beaches, clifftops, commons, woodland, dunes, marshes and caves. With its vast populated history, stretching back as far as Lower Paleolithic times (250,000 BC), long-established stories, whether they be folklore, legend or fact, are plentiful and furnish the rich and delightful tapestry of Gower.


We usually have 2-3 hike leaders on each trip and 2-3 organised hikes/walks every day with different lengths and paces, members may choose their routes according to their fitness and abilities.

There will be challenging enough or relaxed if you wish, for everyone. The routes are confirmed in the morning on a day, taking the latest weather broadcast into consideration.


YHA Gower at Borfa House is in the village of Port Eynon, in Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The house is next to the sand dunes and beach.
Each room with its own private bathroom. There are 9 showers and 11 toilets. This is one of our favourite hostels in the UK.

A single room for £99 & a twin bunkroom for 2 for £149 extra for the weekend.
Email [masked] if you are interested.


AAA food quality has become well known within the Hiking Meetup community. We typically greet you with a warm soup supper with cold meats and bread on your arrival on Friday night topped off with a large homemade cake.
You can enjoy Misha’s famous hearty porridge with fruits, nuts, honey topped off by a cooked breakfast, freshly brewed coffee, juice. The perfect start for hiking.

We believe your packed lunch is a personal affair and we provide you with all the ingredients for you to make up your own sandwiches, we will serve it for you in a safe way. Fruit, crisps, biscuit, snacks are also available.

After returning from your hike scones, jam, clotted cream are personally served to you with your afternoon tea. However, some hikes might, if the opportunity arises go into a local country pub before returning.

If you have any special diet requirements please let us know in advance so that we can accommodate your needs.

There is no need for additional expenses or travel with a meal out at a local restaurant or pub.


Details for the program of events for a typical AAA weekend can be found HERE
AAA LG prides itself on great organisation but this itinerary is subject to change due to weather and other uncontrolled circumstances.


AAA events start and end at the accommodation venue so you will need to arrange your own transport to and from the accommodation.

Members have been organising lift shares within the Meetup group for a long time and AAA has also assisted members to organise getting to the destination.

If you want to lift share we recommend that you post a message on the Meetup “Discussion” page that is specific to this event.

Please do not contact people regarding lifts on the “Conversation” thread below as this generates spam for all participants of the event.


  • 2 nights accommodation
  • light supper on Friday
  • 2 breakfasts
  • dinner on Saturday
  • cream tea on Saturday
  • 2 Packed lunches
  • Financial Consumer Protection according to Package Holidays and Tours Regulations 1992,
  • a choice of guided hikes by Mountain Leader trained at Plas Y Brenin (The National Mountain Centre) guide and certified First Aiders

(AAA aims for homemade healthy food, catering for vegetarians, vegans & anybody else.)

but NOT transport, alcoholic drinks & other incidentals.


After you RSVP yes, to secure your place you will need to make a bank transfer of £169 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 & Gower (to avoid misunderstanding) in your payment so I will be able to recognize it as yours.

Safety is always paramount with AAA London Group!

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

If you have signed up for the event you acknowledge the AAA London Group Terms and Conditions.

Everyone in the group has to obtain appropriate insurance.
The BMC trek offers excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at competitive rates

© AAA LG Ltd 2021.
Errors and Omissions Excepted.

Three windmills of the South Downs. Jack - Jill - Oldland. Hassocks - Ditchling

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We will go hiking in the beautiful South Downs in rural Sussex. Visit three Windmills, enjoy the beautiful downland village of Ditchling and climb up onto the Downs escarpment at 248m. From the beacon, experience far gazing views out to sea and beyond.

The hike departs Hassocks and heads through the fields to the Oldland Windmill at Keymer. It dates back to 1703, and has enjoyed many years of continual refurbishment since 1980. It is a beautiful white structure in a pretty and serene country lane, nestled at the bottom of the chalk downs.

We head south through cart lanes, a Roman road, and farmland, to Ditchling, a spectacular 'ordinary' village, famed for Jamie Theakston and Dame Vera Lynn. It has cute shops and a cafe. We can pick up a few snacks to supplement our packed lunch. Through fields and meadows we ascend the chalk ridge and have our picnic lunch at Ditchling beacon.

Heading West along the South Downs Way, we will encounter orchids, cattle, horses, sheep, dew ponds, chalk grassland, trig points, iron age tumuli and barrows.

We will drop down to see the hauntingly poignant Chattri Memorial, burial site of Sikh soldiers fallen in the Great War[masked].

Back towards Clayton, it's hard to miss the Jack and Jill Windmills silhouetted on the skyline. The two windmills at Clayton are a county treasure and are strongly associated with any trip to Hassocks. Also at Clayton is the Victorian castellated railway tunnel.

This is an ideal autumnal hike to stretch the legs!


Distance: 17.2 km (10.5 miles) approx circular route
Ascent: 394 metres
Estimated Duration (approx): 4.25 hours
Difficulty: Moderate/Relaxed



Meetup Point: London Bridge Railway Station - lower main concourse outside main Ticket Office
Meetup Time: 0840
Depart Meetup Point for Train: 0855
Train departs London Bridge: 0905
Train Arrives Hassocks: 1001
Hike Finish: Hassocks Railway Station

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


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


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


Hiking boots
*Gaiters recommended - muddy fields?
Waterproof jacket and trousers (Please no jeans!)
Water [2L recommended]
Warm/Windproof layer
Wicking base layer e.g Polyester/Tencil/Merino
Camera & phone
Packed lunch and snacks
Hats, Gloves and scarf
Sit mat for picnic


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 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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