What we're about

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London's largest and most active international outdoors group for hiking, walking, travel, day trips, holidays, and outdoor adventures

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Who we are

A group of people dedicated and committed to making the great outdoors more accessible to everyone. With over 32,000 members, we have now organised over 1,300 hiking trips including day walks, weekend hiking trips and an increasing range of foreign hiking trips travelling to Europe and beyond for adventure travel holidays.

Between our 3 most senior hike leaders we have over 50 years of experience of leading hikes across the UK as well as an ever increasing range of international trips and tours. We have every corner of the UK covered from Snowdonia in Wales to the Lake District, the great Scottish Highlands and even the far off corners like Cornwall.

Please do take a look at our (over 400) independent group reviews:

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We have 47 different day and weekend trips that have all been pre hiked and meticulously planned. We organise all the logistics for our hiking trips so that you can just turn up, walk and have a great time and meet new people while enjoying the great outdoors.

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If you enjoy hiking and are based in the UK, Outdooraholics is for you and we look forward to welcoming you to the group!

Who attends our events?

We're mainly in our mid 20s to mid 40s, but age is no barrier as long as you are young at heart and over 18. In fact, one of our hike leaders is 67!

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Most of our members generally either live or work in London, although we have people from all over the UK attending and we've had several people visit from abroad for our trips and join us at our destination. After all you don't need to live in London to visit Cornwall, Wales or the Lake District!

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We have a lot of international members - either here on work placements or to live and this brings a superb cultural variety and mix of life experiences to the group and helps to make our trips so interesting and diverse.

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We get a lot of people who attend their first event on their own and we always go out of our way to make everyone very welcome on our trips. They have proven to be a great way to meet people as well as to see this wonderful island

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Can I really turn up alone?

Yes of course - most people do! Please don't be nervous about attending your first event - we have all been in the same boat at some point of turning up at an event alone and knowing nobody. To help introduce people to the group and indeed hiking we have designed 27 different hiking day trips which are a superb way to come and meet the group and we can assure you of a very warm welcome whatever event you choose and there are bound to be others who are attending their first event too. Hiking is a great way of meeting like minded people whilst keeping fit and seeing wonderful places too.

If you are nervous about committing to a weekend trip, please don't be, almost everyone has turned up to an event before without knowing anyone and we all know what it's like. To help new members into the group we run 4 to 6 day trips a month which are an easy and low cost way to try our events.

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What hiking trips do we organise?

Day hikes
We organise typically 6 to 8 day hiking trips a month and have 27 tried and tested routes that we use from London. All are pre walked and are picturesque routes that we carefully choose. All trips leave from a central London station and we arrange train tickets, so you can just turn up and enjoy a great day out with us.

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Weekend hiking trips
We organise 3 to 6 weekend trips a month to all corners of the UK, showing you the very best that this country has to offer. We typically rent an entire Youth Hostel just for our group and after a great days hiking then either go to a local restaurant or cook at the hostel. We have over 18 different weekend trips and are adding new ones all the time!

We have a professionally trained chef who joins many of our trips and we regularly visit all of the UK's National Parks and designated "Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty"

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Trips abroad
We offer an ever increasing variety of trips from 3 nights up to a week and will be having a number of new trips added in 2015. Where possible we aim for twin bed rooms and put the meticulous planning into our foreign trips so that you can have a great time and get to see the best of the area that you're visiting. It is a legal requirement (as well as advisable for safety) in many foreign mountainous locations to have an internationally qualified guide and for many of our foreign trips we have a local or native speaking guide.

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What else do we organise?

Socials

As well as walking trips, we organise several pub socials per year in central London locations as well as discount nights at outdoor stores in central London.

We do focus on the outdoor events more than socials but we can recommend a good social group who do the following events:

Pub crawls, social events, wine tastings, sightseeing, making new friends, dining adventure, new in town drinks, food and cooking related events, exploring London's night life, social drinks, 18s, Go Ape, Treasure Hunts, Go Karting and Paintball

Outdoor activities

We've been offering multi activity weekends for several years and have both offered or will be bringing the following activities to our weekends - some in London and some that we have to travel to:

Sky diving, coasteering, camping, canoeing and hiking weekends, horse riding, paragliding, parachute jumping, pot holing, yoga breaks, fitness weekends, SCUBA, travel, sightseeing, travelling abroad, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, skydiving, cycling, trekking, backpacking, yoga breaks and tours, holiday getaway breaks, travelling, adventure weekends, sailing, coast walking, long distance walking, caving, fitness weekends, hiking abroad, rock climbing, Go Ape, zip wires, navigation training, historic sightseeing, countryside conservation, overseas trips, the 3 (three) peaks challenge, tennis, hiking and abseiling, go karting, exercise and activity weekends for hikers, treasure hunts, paintball, photograpy exhibitions, treasure and scavenger hunts around London, Paint-ball, charity trips and charity adventure nights with Hope for Homes, badminton, squash, recreation weekends, gorge walking, navigation courses, culture trips, community trips, sea kayaking, kayaking along the Thames, via ferrata walks, orienteering, sailing, exercise boot camps, target shooting and clay pigeon shooting, shopping discount evenings at Cotswold Outdoors. Not forgetting of course photography sessions!

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Activity weekends

Starting with our first multi activity weekend to the Brecon Beacons nearly 3 years ago, we offer a variety of these weekends where you can try activities such as abseiling, cycling, caving, canoeing, scrambling, kayaking or surfing as well as hiking of course. We're affiliated with two London cheese and wine groups and have even hosted cheese and wine evenings on our weekends!

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Where do we visit?

The fun places we visit and travel to on our walking trips in the UK include:
South Downs, North Downs, Devon, Cornwall, The Lake District, Wales - Snowdon, the Gower and the Brecon Beacons, Dartmoor, the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Moors, the Chilterns, Isle of Wight, Kent Downs, Surrey Hills, the Cotswolds, Dorset, the Lake District, The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge, the National 3 Peaks Challenge, the Yorkshire dales and moors and on up to Scotland and Ben Nevis.

We also arrange some super foreign walking trips to hike to destinations such as:
High Atlas mountains, Everest Base Camp, the Pyrenees, the Dolomites, Granada Mountains, Nepal, Goa, Kilimanjaro, Andalucia and as the group grows we will continue to offer many more too!

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What trips are we planning for the future?

We are forever expanding our trips and have some wonderful destinations that we will be hiking to in the future.

Within the UK we already visit most of its great national parks, but will be extending our trips to cover all of them:

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.

We also visit designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty which have included and will include:

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 andCoast, North Devon, North Pennines, Northumberland Coast, North Wessex Downs, Quantock Hills, Shropshire Hills, Solway Coast, South Devon, Suffolk Coast and Heathlands, Surrey Hills, Tamar Valley Lake District and the breath taking Wye Valley.

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We have also hiked many of the national long distance paths including:

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, Offa's Dyke (near the River Wye and Forest of Dean) and Wye Valley Walk

We also run and are planning a number of trips abroad including: Kilimanjaro, Nepal, hiking to Everest base camp, Tenerife, Croatia, Slovakia, France, Poland, The High Tatras, Russia, The Alps, Gran Canaria (Canary Islands), the Dolomites, Morocco and the High Atlas Mountains, Norway, Italy, Iceland, The Fjords, the Pyrenees, Andalucia, The Pyrenees and the Amalfi Coast.

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Why do we do it?

Quite simply - we all share a passion for the great outdoors and with all of our trip leaders being born and raised in the UK with a life long love of hiking, we can't wait to show you this great country!

We have so many wonderful experiences on our trips and many people have found a new love of the outdoors, met their partners through Outdooraholics and made what are likely to be lifelong friendships.

Our organisers can't wait to show you this great country and why we all developed such a lifelong love of hiking here all those decades ago

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Yoga health and wellness retreats

We offer a range of superb value yoga retreats in the UK, which we call Yogaholics trips. We take your safety and the great reputation of our yoga/hiking trips very seriously and we only ever use professional full time yoga instructors. We also typically have a professional chef to ensure we have wonderful, healthy and revitalising food. We follow the same great formula as with our hiking weekends - great organisation, great home cooked food, pre planned and hiked routes and highly experienced hike leaders and using hostels allows us to do this at a great price too. We look forward to bringing you an even more expanded range of Yogaholics trips as we enter our 4th year of these Yogaholics trips in 2015!

We have created a great range of hostel based yoga trips on this wonderful concept, but if you would like more luxury hiking/yoga trips also run by a professional yoga instructor, we can highly recommend the excellent Yoga Trails:
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Why Outdooraholics?

A very good question. There are some superb London based walking groups on Meetup - Backabush are well known for over a decade of organising superb hiking weekends and brought the whole concept of great value hiking trips to Meetup and Trailblazer have been organising an excellent and huge range of days hikes for over 5 years now. Both groups we highly recommend and regularly hear great things about their trips and both have inspired many other groups to offer similar events to theirs. 1000 Foot Hiking club is also highly recommended - run by some inspirational people on a non profit basis with all money raised going to a water aid charity.

Except for Outdooraholics most of the major London hiking groups on Meetup have evolved out of Backabush and Trailblazer and generally run the same format as their trips. Whilst we'd be lying if we said we weren't inspired by the great trips these groups run, we wanted to do something different and new and created Outdooraholics from scratch and we believe giving our trips a quite different flavour. We took a very simple idea as our basis - of organising all of the logistics for our hiking trips so that you don't have to. We advise you what to bring, you turn up and you'll have a great time. All of our trips are run by trip leaders from that particular country so we believe they can show you the country and culture like only a local can. We organise an equal mix of day hikes and weekend trips and put the same detailed planning into both.

We also try to use local tour guides for the majority of our trips so that you can get a proper insight in to the history, culture and country that you're visiting - after all you wouldn't expect to visit Russia for example and be "shown" the country and it's cultures by a British person!

We plan all of our trips in advance including the routes that we take to ensure that we show you the best of an area and also that we know what the risks are on the tracks and indeed that the trails are passable and safe. All of the photos on our trips are taken by one of our hike leaders, from that trip, on the paths that you will actually be hiking so that you can best decide which trips appeal to you. The great outdoors does carry risks which is why we pre walk and plan all of our routes and trips.

We believe we offer the most diverse range of both day hikes and weekend trips available in the UK.

We only offer superb trips and we even have a professional chef who joins us on many of our weekend trips to offer great food, which is much appreciated after a tough days hiking.

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Safety

Our main hike leader has undertaken both a four day Walk Group Leader (http://www.mountain-training.org/award-schemes/walking-group-leader-award) course accredited by the MLT (Mountain Leader Training) and a six day Mountain Leader (http://www.mountain-training.org/award-schemes/mountain-leader-award) course (also accredited by the MLT) as well as having a two day outdoor Activity First Aid course and over 20 years of extensive and diverse hiking and leading experience. All of our trips are run by very experienced hikers with Outdoor Activity First Aid qualifications and most of our trip leaders are a minimum of Mountain Leader trained with 2 of our trip leaders having a military background. Sadly the outdoors always presents risks but through our experience, training and careful planning as well as pre planning and walking all of our routes we do our best to minimise those.

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Further information

You can email us at: info@outdooraholics.co.uk

Or you can follow us and our hiking adventures on the following social media sites:

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We sincerely look forward to meeting you at one of our weekend or hiking day trip adventures soon and can ensure a warm welcome from the Outdooraholics team to you

Joining the Team

We are looking for experienced hike leaders (ideally with at least Mountain Leader level training) and whilst we demand a lot from people, working with the largest hiking group in London and one of the largest in Europe brings a lot of advantages too. Safety and enjoyment of people attending our trips is paramount. You don't have to be based in the South East or London as we have a demand for people in all locations. If you share these values, please email us for more details along with a summary of your experience: info@outdooraholics.co.uk

Upcoming events (5+)

Guildford - Wey Canal, North Downs Way and St Martha's church DAY HIKE

London Waterloo Railway Station

GBP28.00

HIKE FULL and up to maximum capacity, but we're running it again in a few weeks, please sign up below: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/events/[masked] We’re off to the North Downs in Surrey - an area so spectacular it’s been designated an official “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. This hike starts at the charming historic town of Guildford which has a long and varied history far back beyond when the Normans built the castle 1000 years ago. Our hike reveals lush countryside, bright and open woodlands and follows the River Wey Canal - we go beyond the cobbled streets and historical buildings for which Guildford is famed. We visit an enchanting ancient church nestling on St Martha’s Hill with breath-taking panoramic views almost as far as the sea. We then finish in Guildford to get a glimpse of this picture postcard town that’s just a 35 minute train journey from London. Trip Highlights: • Explore the beautiful Surrey countryside - an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty • Admire the far-reaching views of St Martha's hill with its historic church on top • Visit Guildford - Surrey's most significant ancient town with Saxon roots and see for yourself why Lewis Carroll - author of Alice in Wonderland, Jodie Kidd, Alan Turin, Terry Jones (the Monty Python writer) and Yvonne Arnaud chose to make it their home • Follow the tranquil River Wey as it gently flows past willow trees through rural Surrey • Visit the enchanting ruins of the 12th century St Catherine's Chapel • Hike along part of the North Downs Way - the 2nd most acclaimed long distance route in South East England Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips Click here to join our Facebook community https://www.facebook.com/groups/Outdooraholics Hike Description Guildford is a town dating back to Saxon times and is best known for being a picturesque and quaint market town near London, but the countryside has far more to offer than most visitors discover beyond the cobbled streets and historical buildings. Famous past and current residents include Lewis Carroll - author of Alice in Wonderland, Jodie Kidd, Alan Turin, Terry Jones (the Monty Python writer) and Yvonne Arnaud. Once in Guildford we’ll hike along the picturesque River Wey canal where the nestled boat houses sit on this tranquil waterway leading us to the ruin of St Catherine's church. We'll then hike into Bluebell Woods where we’ll join the ancient North Downs Way path along a ridge which has far reaching views. At the top of the hill we’ll come to the remote and isolated St Martha’s church (where a church has stood since Saxon times 1400 years ago). From here there are spectacular views to the south – as far as the South Downs by Brighton and indeed on a clear day you can see seven counties from this point. We’ll then go onto Chilworth which was home to an extensive gunpowder factory since 1626, although it was closed in 1920 and is now an enchanting derelict site covering 27 acres with much to see including relics, tramways and buildings from its nearly 400 year history. Transport & Meeting Point We'll meet at Waterloo station at 8:45am and leave the meeting point at 9:00am for the 9:15am train. Please make sure to arrive on time as the group cannot wait for anyone who is late. We'll meet under the main clock (in front of the departures board). Please click here for a photo of the clock: http://goo.gl/sqsFwr Please click here for a map of where the clock is: http://goo.gl/piwT4R Planned arrival time back into London of 6:40pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then). Food We'll stop during the hike for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the hike where we can get refreshments. Distance, Difficulty and Terrain Distance: 10 miles (16km) Grading: Beginner/Intermediate with a couple of hills - click here for details http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/Hike_Gradings Rating: 6/10 Ascent: 285m Hiking time: About 4.5 to 5 hours of hiking Cost and Payment The trip is £28 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from the group departure station listed at the top of this event. To join us please RSVP Yes and you will be automatically redirected to PayPal. Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable but we have a process to release your space for resale to another member. Please follow the instructions in our FAQ page (http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/6368852/FAQ) and email us with your PayPal “invoice ID” immediately after you change your RSVP to “NO”. If you do not email us at the time of changing your RSVP OR if your space does not sell, you will not be eligible for a refund. What to Bring • Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots). Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended • Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres) • Packed lunch/picnic • Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike • Due to the early sunsets this hike could finish around sunset, so bringing a torch if you have one is advisable or a charged mobile phone with flashlight just in case • That's it! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day :-) Safety This hike is led by a trained hike leader - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (http://www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with hiking footwear and suitable hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - for more info please click here: http://londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf Terms and Conditions By signing up to or attending this event you agree to the Terms and Conditions below: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/3458542/TermsConditions ©Outdooraholics Ltd 2018 Errors and Omissions Excepted

Castles of Kent, Lullingstone Country Park and Darent Valley Path DAY

Victoria train station

GBP28.00

HIKE FULL and up to maximum capacity, but we're running it again in a few weeks, please sign up below: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/events/[masked] We venture to Kent again and this hike certainly illustrates why it's known as the "Garden of England". We visit the village of Otford which dates back over 3000 years and two other villages. A delightful rural hike which amongst other things will take us past two castles – Eynsford castle and Lullingstone castle and along a stretch of the river Darwent. We’ll hike the Darent Valley path alongside the River Darent and through the picturesque Kent fields and ancient wood. The area’s beauty has attracted people back to Roman times and in 80 AD Lullingstone Villa was constructed for a wealthy Roman who was keen on pagan worship. Trip Highlights: • Pass the magnificent Lullingstone Castle • Hike along a delightful stretch of the River Darent Valley Path • Pass the site of the ruins of Lullingstone Roman Villa with its pagan history • Hike through the picturesque Lullingstone Country Park • Visit the remains of the spectacular Eynsford Castle • Explore 3 charming Kentish villages • See the 22-metre-high Eynsford Rail Viaduct with its nine red-brick arches Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips Click here to join our Facebook community https://www.facebook.com/groups/Outdooraholics Hike Description We start from the picturesque village of Otford whose history shows occupation for at least 3,000 years. Through the centuries Otford has been home to iron-age farmers, Romans, Royalty and Archbishops with events including not one historic battle. Our hike will take us through the tranquil woods and grassland of the Kentish countryside to reach the lovely Shoreham village. There we’ll join the River Darent Valley Path for a short while, climb a hill and pass through woods and grassland to the magnificent Lullingstone Country Park. The park is internationally important due to its collection of ancient trees including beech, ash, oak, sweet chestnut and hornbeam some of which thought to be 800 years old. Rejoining the Darent path, we’ll reach Lullingstone Castle with its lovely lake and World Gardens. Then, we’re on to explore the historical Lullingstone Roman Villa - one of the few Roman estate survivals in Britain, whose construction began in about 100 AD. From there, our hike continues among the rolling fields of Kent which reward with views towards the 9-arched Eynsford Rail Viaduct. Reaching the tranquil village of Eynsford, we will explore the remains of Eynsford Castle - a medieval fortification built in 1088 and finish our hike with a stroll along the lovely village. Transport & Meeting Point We'll meet at Victora station at 8:55am and leave the meeting point at 9:10am for the 9:25am train. Please make sure to arrive on time as the group cannot wait for anyone who is late. We'll meet between WHSmith (no 34) and the stall called Nero Express (no 29) - both of which can be seen on the map here of our meeting point: http://goo.gl/4xjSAf Planned arrival time back into London of 5:35pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then) Food We'll stop during the hike for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the hike where we can get refreshments. Distance, Difficulty and Terrain Distance: 10 miles (16km) Grading: Beginner/Intermediate - click here for details http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/Hike_Gradings Rating: 5/6 out of 10 with hills Ascent: 355m Hiking time: About 4.5 to 5 hours of actual hiking Cost and Payment The trip is £28 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from the group departure station listed at the top of this event. To join us please RSVP Yes and you will be automatically redirected to PayPal. Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable but we have a process to release your space for resale to another member. Please follow the instructions in our FAQ page (http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/6368852/FAQ) and email us with your PayPal “invoice ID” immediately after you change your RSVP to “NO”. If you do not email us at the time of changing your RSVP OR if your space does not sell, you will not be eligible for a refund. What to Bring • Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots). Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended • Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres) • Packed lunch/picnic • Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike • That's it! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day :-) Safety This hike is led by a trained hike leader - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (http://www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with hiking footwear and suitable hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - for more info please click here: http://londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf Terms and Conditions By signing up to or attending this event you agree to the Terms and Conditions below: http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/TermsConditions Click here to follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/outdooraholics Click here to receive our monthly newsletter http://forms.aweber.com/form/47/821286447.htm © Outdooraholics Ltd 2018 Errors and Omissions Excepted

Jurassic Coast/Lulworth Cove - UNESCO World Heritage Site WEEKEND

TRIP FULL but we are running it again in October: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/events/[masked] To see and connect with other people going on this trip you can also mark your attendance on our Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/[masked] Join us in an exploration through time in England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Jurassic Coast dating back to the Dinosaur age! Its beaches, cliffs and coastline are an outdoor encyclopedia that reveals the history of Earth across 185 million years. Hike through this truly stunning, diverse and unspoiled area with it's immense natural beauty. The Jurassic Coast’s dramatic cliffs, sheltered coves and sweeping beaches are a paradise for hiking, so put on your hiking boots and come along to explore and admire this fascinating wonder of the natural world. Trip Highlights: • Hike through the World Heritage site - The Jurassic Coast • Explore the abandoned "ghost village" of Tyneham - one of the few parishes in England with a population of zero • Hike along the striking white chalk coastal cliffs passing Worbarrow Bay • Visit the renowned Lulworth Cove with its amazing limestone arch of Durdle Door • Explore the ruins of Corfe Castle - built on a steep hill by William the Conqueror and dating back to the 11th century • See the famous chalk formations of Harry Rocks OR optional riding on a steam train to the quaint village of Corfe • See Lulworth Cove - the largest natural cove in the world Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips so are the actual views that you will see from the route that you'll be hiking. Click here to join our Facebook community: www.facebook.com/groups/Outdooraholics Weekend Description The best way to discover the astonishing Jurassic Coast is on foot. The 95-mile coastline along the English Channel rewards its visitors with stunning well-preserved nature, unspoiled coastline and magnificent landscapes. The hikes we’ve chosen will take us along dramatic coastal cliffs, to an abandoned village with an interesting and surprising history and famous Jurassic Coast cultural sites such as Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, and Corfe Castle. The Jurassic Coast’s marvellous variety of landscapes creates the characteristic natural beauty of the area and makes the Jurassic Coast an inspirational place and one of Britain’s finest hiking trails. Video of the region: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJoIUHAvfPM ITINERARY Friday 1st March Head over to the hostel which we have hired exclusively for our group. Saturday 2nd March Saturday's hike: Lulworth Cove via Tyneham and Durdle Door Distance: 12/13 miles (19/20km). Shorter self-guided options available Ascent: 600m Grading: Intermediate with a couple of tough hills - click here for details: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/[masked]/Hike_Gradings Hiking time: About 5 to 6 hours of actual hiking We’ll hike along the coast following a very hilly route to discover the ghost town of Tyneham - where time stopped in 1943 when the last villagers left as the area was needed for army training. The hike has some steep sections up the hills which richly reward with stunning views of the sparkling bay and craggy coastline. The culmination is at Lulworth Cove - a beautiful secluded cove, whose existence is owed to the collision of continents and the birth of the Alps. If the group is feeling energetic, Durdle Door is definitely worth the visit. This natural arch, formed from a layer of limestone is standing almost vertically out of the sea all due to the fundamental force of plate tectonics millions of years ago. After the hike we'll have spare time to explore the wonderful Lulworth Cove village and coast nearby before enjoying a group dinner. Sunday 3rd March Sunday's hike: Harry Rocks circular Distance: 8 miles (13km) Ascent: 240m Grading: Beginners/intermediate, two fairly easy hills, otherwise a pretty flat hike - click here for details: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/[masked]/Hike_Gradings Hiking time: About 2.5 to 3 hours of actual hiking Sunday’s hike will be a gentler one. We're doing an 8 mile (12km) hike to Old Harry Rocks - named after a notorious local pirate - Harry Paye. These magnificent calcite stacks began formation approximately 65 million years ago and were created through erosion by the sea. Old Harry Rocks were originally a part of the chalk ridge line that runs across the south coast joining up with the Needles on the Isle of Wight. Today they mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast. Alternatively, you could take a steam engine to the village of Corfe (at extra cost), if this is running. Cost and Payment The trip is £133 per person. To join us please RSVP Yes and pay by PayPal. All trip payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Once full payment has been received for the trip and the trip is sold out (full), then you may try to sell your space to a member of the same sex by advertising it for sale on this page. For details of how to advertise a fully paid for space for sale (and the process of selling/buying it) please click this link: http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/FAQ Transport, Accommodation Address and Start Time The trip starts at the venue and you will need transport to, from and during the trip to the hikes. Outdooraholics cannot get involved with private lift share arrangements, but to help members arrange this, we have set up the trip specific lift share discussion below where you can offer/request lifts. Please contact people via this forum and post here if you can offer or need a lift or if you plan to hire a car (5 or 7 seaters can be rented across London at good prices) and split costs. Click on this link for the Lift Share Discussion www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/messages/boards/thread/[masked] There is also Wool station a few miles from the hostel if you prefer to come by train. There are usually a few drivers with spaces to give a lift to the Sunday hike, otherwise it's possible to group together with others and share a taxi, the hike finishes close to Swanage. The accommodation address is listed at the top of this event page along with the start time. The start time is the earliest time when you can arrive at the accommodation although you are welcome to arrive at any time after this or throughout the evening. Food Breakfast and packed lunches are included in the cost and will be provided for Saturday and Sunday. Dinner on Saturday night is also provided. You will need money for drinks for the trip. We have healthy options for breakfast typically porridge with fresh fruit, berries nuts and seeds, fresh fruit salad and cereals, free range eggs, yogurt, toast and coffees, teas etc. For lunch we provide a range of options to make your own sandwiches typically tomatoes, cucumber, houmous, peanut butter, honey, jam, ham, cheese and salami. After the hike we enjoy our signature treat of Cream Teas - an English delicacy consisting of scones, clotted cream and jam, a very tasty treat! All of our main courses are meat based, but we will have a vegetarian option as standard too. We cannot provide alternative courses to meet other dietary requirements, intolerances, allergies, preferences, dislikes etc. If you would like to find out if the food being provided meets your intolerances/allergies/preferences/likes etc, please email us, you are of course welcome to bring your own favourite items and there is a fridge you can use. The price includes: • 2 nights in hostel accommodation (4, 5 and 6-bedded single gender rooms) • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday • Tea (including herbal) and coffee • Packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday • Dinner on Saturday night • Hikes by trained guides (most of our hike leaders are Mountain Leader trained as a minimum) and are qualified Outdoor First Aiders • Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection The price doesn’t include: • Transport to, from and during the trip • Drinks and personal expenses • Optional steam train ride and optional entry to Corfe Castle for people not hiking on Sunday Safety The hikes are led by trained hike leaders - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aiders. We detail our hikes to help you choose, but in rare cases where extreme weather dictates we may need to offer an alternative hike/activity for safety. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with hiking footwear and suitable hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - for more info please click here: www.londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf Terms and Conditions By signing up to or attending this event you agree to the Terms and Conditions below: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/[masked]/TermsConditions Click here to follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/outdooraholics © Outdooraholics Ltd 2018 Errors and Omissions Excepted

Leith Hill - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty DAY HIKE

Victoria train station

GBP28.00

Join us on our exciting hike across Surrey's magnificent upland landscapes - designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and taking in the national trail - the North Downs Way. Our Surrey Hills exploration takes us through picturesque woodland, heathland and farmland. We hike to Leith Hill - the second-highest peak in South-East England. On top of Leith Hill stands a majestic tower built in the 18th century - the summit of which is the highest point in South-East England. Surrey is England's most heavily wooded county and has an abundance of varied landscapes with some far reaching panoramic views demonstrating why this landscape has been officially recognised and protected since 1958. Trip Highlights: • Discover the Surrey Hills - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty • Conquer Leith Hill - the highest peak of the area and second-highest in South-East England • See Leith Hill tower - an 18th century masterpiece and the highest point in South-East England • Hike to Tilling Springs waterfalls - where River Tillingbourne begins • Explore the North Downs Way and its stunning views across the valley • Hike through England's largest vineyard - Denbies Wine Estate Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips so are the actual views that you will see from the route that you'll be hiking Click here to join our Facebook community: www.facebook.com/groups/Outdooraholics Hike Description We start off in the rural hamlet of Holmwood and our hike follows ancient sandy trails and woodlands and leads us to Leith Hill Place - a glorious Palladian style country mansion where the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams lived and where Charles Darwin was a frequent visitor. We then follow the Greensand Ridge to ascend Leith Hill and visit the Gothic Leith Hill Tower - the highest point in South-East England at 314 metres. Leith Hill has been a famous picnic spot for nearly 200 years and is where we will also have our picnic lunch and if you're feeling energetic you can climb the tower's 78 spiral steps to see views towards London and the English Channel. Our trail passes ancient woods with amazing displays of colour and takes us to Tilling Springs - the source of River Tillingbourne which flows through several villages powering their mills. We hike up to the North Downs Way and pass by an old WWII pillbox, this path offers frequent views of the valley below and towards Dorking. Then, hiking through woodland for a while, the path comes to Ranmore Common and the beautiful church of St Barnabas built in 1860 and we continue through Denbies Wine Estate - England’s largest vineyard with views of Boxhill. Transport & Meeting Point We'll meet at Victoria station at 8:00am and leave the meeting point at 8:15am for the 8:25am train. Please make sure to arrive on time as the group cannot wait for anyone who is late. We'll meet between WHSmith (no 34) and the stall called Nero Express (no 29) - both of which can be seen on the map here of our meeting point: http://goo.gl/4xjSAf Planned arrival time back into London of 6:32pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then) Food We will stop during the hike for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We will visit a pub after the hike where we can get refreshments. Distance, Difficulty and Terrain Distance: 15 miles (24km) Grading: Intermediate/Challenging - click here for details: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/Hike_Gradings Rating: 7/8 out of 10 Ascent: 630m Hiking time: About 5.5 to 6.5 hours of actual hiking Cost and Payment The trip is £28 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from the group departure station listed at the top of this event. To join us please RSVP Yes and you will be automatically redirected to PayPal. Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable but we have a process to release your space for resale to another member. Please follow the instructions in our FAQ page (www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/[masked]/FAQ) and email us with your PayPal “invoice ID” immediately after you change your RSVP to “NO”. If you do not email us at the time of changing your RSVP OR if your space does not sell, you will not be eligible for a refund. What to Bring • Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots). Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended • Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres) • Packed lunch/picnic • Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike • Due to the early sunsets this hike could finish around sunset, so bringing a torch if you have one is advisable or a charged mobile phone with flashlight just in case • That's it! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day :-) Safety This hike is led by a trained hike leader - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with hiking footwear and suitable hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain - for more info please click here: http://londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf Terms and Conditions By signing up to or attending this event you agree to the Terms and Conditions below: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/TermsConditions Click here to follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/outdooraholics Click here to receive our monthly newsletter http://forms.aweber.com/form/47/821286447.htm © Outdooraholics Ltd 2019 Errors and Omissions Excepted

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