What we're about

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What we're about?

A group of people dedicated and committed to making the great outdoors more accessible to everyone. With over 28,000 members, we have now organised over 700 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:

http://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/about/comments/?op=all

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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!

How did we start up

The original group Minty Trips was started in July 2008 by Eva and Jakub who came to England from the Czech Republic, they gained an awesome reputation for superb and well organised trips and Outdooraholics are delighted to continue their good work. Jakub and Eva say:
"Organizing great outdoor adventures and meeting new friends, we both enjoyed hiking in Lake District and Snowdonia and relaxing strolls in Cornwall or Dorset. Now going through all those photos and memories, we truly loved every trip and feel very fortunate to have met so many wonderful people. In 2013, leaving the UK, we were glad to transfer our group to experienced organizers of Outdooraholics. We can now be contacted via email on https://secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/3/f/b/8/event_433336312.jpeg

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 2018. 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: http://www.facebook.com/outdooraholics

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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

How did we start up

The original group Minty Trips was started in July 2008 by Eva and Jakub who came to England from the Czech Republic, they gained an awesome reputation for superb and well organised trips in smaller groups and Outdooraholics are delighted to continue their good work. Jakub and Eva say:
"Organizing great outdoor adventures and meeting new friends, we both enjoyed hiking in Lake District and Snowdonia and relaxing strolls in Cornwall or Dorset. Now going through all those photos and memories, we truly loved every trip and feel very fortunate to have met so many wonderful people. In 2013, leaving the UK, we were glad to transfer our group to experienced organizers of Outdooraholics. We can now be contacted via email on info@mintytrips.co.uk or maybe one day see you in Prague in the Czech Republic."

Upcoming events (4)

NEW Picos de Europa - the Wild Alpine Paradise of Northern Spain FOREIGN

For the full itinerary please click here: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/events/260305516/ Spain - the land of sunshine and street festivals is a colourful medley of contrasting scenery, rich culture and also amazing cuisine. Home to the legendary artists Picasso and Dali, Spain inspires with the unique character of each region and natural diversity. Trip Highlights: • Visit Spain and discover its greenest and most picturesque region • Explore Spain’s first National Park (1918) and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve - Picos de Europa • Reach the base of the iconic rust coloured Naranjo de Bulnes Peak (2519m) • Complete the most popular path through the Cares Gorge also known as ‘the Divine Gorge’ • Hike above 2000m and admire the rugged dramatic views over the park • Admire the picture-postcard Lakes of Covadonga at over 1000m above sea level • Discover a wild and untamed area, home to rich wildlife including vultures, eagles and wild goats • Experience the local tradition and sample the world renowned apple cider and strong cheese of the Asturias Holiday Description Nestled in the North we discover Green Spain - a paragon of beauty that fills the heart with its lush pastures, sharp peaks and unique wildlife. This alpine region is dramatically marked by Picos de Europa - Spain’s first National Park and one of the most recognizable and wild landmarks on the continent. Formed at the same time as the Alps and Pyrenees, it’s the largest limestone mountain in Europe, UNESCO protected for its wildlife, history and interesting geology. We hike to the base of the towering Naranjo de Bulnes Peak and the mesmerizing serene Lakes of Covadonga. We complete one of the most striking hikes in Spain - the Cares Gorge trail that is a true adventure through a winding narrow path carved into the stone just above a roaring river. We also reach spectacular beauty spots that strike us with endless lush vistas at more than 2000m above sea level. Our adventure explores two different provinces of Spain - the lush Cantabria and the vibrant Asturias which make up for an authentic rural experience. Let’s not forget the chance to sample the world-renowned local cider and the wide variety of locally made cheese. Important Notes The hikes on this trip vary and some of them involve long uphill/downhill sections which can be on steep ground. Also, be prepared for some long parts of rough and uneven ground, walking on rocks and boulders and even a bit of scrambling is possible. It's only suitable for fit and experienced hikers with an above average level of fitness due to some tough and steep sections on some hikes. With some of the trails passing along a steep dropdown, this may not be suitable for anyone who suffers from vertigo. Cost and Payment The trip is £655 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: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/FAQ/ Food Breakfast and dinner will be provided each day, you can buy packed lunches from the local shops and the hotel. The local cuisine is diverse with strong Mediterranean features and influenced by the Romans and Arabs. Every region has a distinct cuisine with the most common ingredients being olive oil and garlic. Being near the coast seafood is highly popular as well as the famous locally produced strong cheese and dishes with beans and rice. Vegetarian food can be catered for but will be a more limited choice and please email us at [masked]. Some dietary requirements such as lactose free, nut free, gluten free cannot be catered for. Anyone with any dietary requirements other than vegetarian must contact us to enquire before booking. The price includes: • 6 nights accommodation in twin-bedded hotel rooms • Breakfast and dinner each day • Spanish/English speaking mountain guide/s who are also Qualified Outdoor First Aiders • Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection • All travel for the hiking days and a complimentary airport transfers at the start and the end of the trip for everyone taking the suggested flights only The price doesn’t include: • Flights • Meals other than the above mentioned (a typical lunch can be had for approximately 5-10 EUR) • Drinks and personal expenses • Travel insurance – this is essential that you take out and you will need to provide a copy of this on the trip • Free day activities - optional and can be booked on arrival Insurance It is essential that you have valid travel insurance that covers the cost of emergency medical treatment and also specifically the activity of hiking (up to 2200m in this case). It is also recommended that this covers illness, cancellation and curtailment. You will be required to provide a copy of this on the trip and without it we cannot accept you onto the trip and no refund will be due in this case. Outdooraholics cannot verify policies or what they cover so please confirm this with your insurer and the guide accepting your policy is not an indication that we confirm it is valid or covers what we list, only your insurers can confirm this. Please note that you will also need to ensure you have all valid documents to visit this country including a passport and possibly Visa if you require one. Spain is within the EU. Suggested flights - ALL times are in local time to the town, i.e. the times listed for Spain are in Spanish local time (GMT+2) The trip starts and ends at the airport and you are welcome to choose any flights that you wish. We suggest a group flight below and for anyone arriving on this flight, we will arrange a complimentary transfer to the accommodation – if you arrive earlier, you are welcome to wait for our timed transfer at 2:30pm. However if you arrive after this you will need to make your own way to the accommodation. Please note: the below is for guidance only, it is your responsibility to pick the most suitable flight to meet your requirements and also to book your own details correctly and accordingly. You may need to pay more than the prices below if you have checked in baggage and to meet any airline requirements. Outdooraholics cannot take responsibility for any problems or cancellations with your flight. Out: 4th October 2019 British Airways: 11:35am London Gatwick (LGW) to Bilbao (BIO) 2:30pm Flight: BA2684 Return: 10th October 2019 British Airways: 10:55am Bilbao (BIO) to London Gatwick (LGW) 11:50am Flight: BA2685 Flights with British Airways as at 25th June are £141 only - book soon before they rise! Safety The hikes are led by experienced and trained guides. 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 2019 Errors and Omissions Excepted

Peak District and Edale Skyline with Mountain Rescue man Colin 17km REMOTE DAY

To see other attendees on the trip, please check the following link: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/events/259328876 Please note, this trip is outside London and you will need transport to and from the destination. For further details, please check in the description below. A challenging day hike that will lead you through the beauty of the Peak District National park! The route runs a part of the skyline around the Edale Valley and leads to beautiful view spots of the surroundings. Join us for this new day hike and enjoy a splendid day outdoors! Trip Highlights: • Small group of just 12 hikers maximum • Build your own weekend trip around this day hike • Or if you prefer, this is viable by train from Manchester as a day trip (you would need to arrange your own train ticket) • Hike a stunning section of Edale Skyline • See Kinder Downfall - the highest waterfall in Peak District • Enjoy a spectacular view from Ringing Roger • Hike guided by Colin - a qualified Mountain Leader and Mountain Rescue Man who has run this route many times with groups Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips Click here to join our Facebook community www.facebook.com/groups/Outdooraholics Hike Description Its stunning, raw beauty, dramatic and rugged landscapes and natural charm along with picture postcard stone villages have resulted in the Peak District becoming the first designated National Park in the UK AND also the second most visited National Park in the world. This area is a popular place to visit for all those literature fans. Hathersage village and the surroundings are associated with the outlaw Robin Hood and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Our walk is a part of the famous Edale Skyline route and provides a beautiful scenery of wild moorland plateaus and wonderful views. We follow a dramatic route up on to the Kinder Scout plateau to over 600m, following a stream up a narrow winding valley high onto the plateau from where we can enjoy spectacular views over the Edale valley. On a clear day we can even see Sheffield and Manchester in the distance. We will pass by Kinder Downfall which is the highest waterfall in the Peak District. The waterfall presents a spectacular view when its water is blown back by the strong wind forming a cloud of spray that could be seen from miles. The route touches the Pannine Way - the first national trail and one of the most famous long-distance footpath nowadays. We will finally get back down to Edale by hiking the Jacob’s Ladder. This last section is rocky but easy and it will once again allows us to enjoy a picturesque scenery. Transport & Meeting Point We'll meet at Penny Pot Cafe at 10am prompt (Station Approach, Edale S33 7ZA). You will need transport to get you to this location and back home afterwards. Please make sure to arrive on time as the group cannot wait for anyone who is late. Planned end time at 5pm to 6pm. Click here for a Street view of our meeting point: https://goo.gl/JrznBn Or here for a map: https://goo.gl/r2OVGQ You will need transport to and from the start of this hike (which is outside London). Outdooraholics cannot get involved with private lift share arrangements, but to help you 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 and can offer spaces. Click on this link for the Lift Share Discussion: www.meetup.com/OutdooraholicsNorthWest/messages/boards/thread/[masked] Food We'll stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the walk where we can get refreshments. Distance, Difficulty and Terrain Distance: 10.5 miles (17km) Rating: 7/10 Grading: Intermediate/Challenging - click here for details: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/Hike_Gradings Ascent: 450m Terrain: Mix of tarmac, gravel and woodland tracks, can be muddy Hiking time: About 5.5 to 6 hours of actual hiking Cost and Payment The trip is £36 per person which includes the guided hike. 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 (https://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 2 litres) • Packed lunch/picnic and snacks • Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike Safety This hike is led by a trained hike leader - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (https://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: https://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: https://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

Dark Peaks & Bleaklow Mountain - with Mountain Rescue man Colin 18km REMOTE DAY

To see other attendees on the trip, please check the following link: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/events/259328934/ Please note, this trip is outside London and you will need transport to and from the destination. For further details, please check in the description below. The magnificence of the Peak District National Park lies in its two contrasting personalities - the soft landscapes of the White Peak on South and the wild and wonderful ruggedness of the Dark Peak on North. We’re off to the magnificent desolate Northern part where we’ll explore one of the few places of true wilderness in England - Bleaklow Mountain. Dive into the true sense of remoteness of the Dark Peak and discover magnificent landscapes soaked in mystery. We'll visit 2nd World War airplane crash sites, see some spectacular hills and explore this lesser known area. Trip Highlights: • Hike up Bleaklow Mountain - Dark Peak’s second highest summit (633m) • Be guided by a very experienced and knowledgeable local guide who is a Mountain Rescue Man covering this exact area • Spectacular far reaching panoramic views from Bleaklow of several counties plus The Yorkshire 3 Peaks mountains, Manchester city, Pendle Hill and on a clear day even the Snowdonia Mountains • Explore a magnificent stretch of the Pennine Way • See 3 significant plane crash sites dating back to WW2 - Dakota, Lancaster and B-29 Superfortress • Admire the spectacular Kissing Stones of the Peak District • Explore the stunning valley of Ashton Clough with its waterfalls • Glance at impressive views down into Dowstone Clough 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: https://www.facebook.com/Outdooraholics Hike Description Starting at Glossop we go along the path marked Doctor’s Gate - an ancient Roman road across the Pennines. We reach the tranquil valley of Ashton Clough with its lovely waterfalls and after a short easy scramble we come across pieces of wreckage from the Dakota plane crash of 1945. Popping out on the plateau, our path continues towards James' Thorn and the remains of a Lancaster Bomber - one of the first post World War 2 plane crashes. From there we head towards Higher Shelf Stones to see the most famous wreck - the B29 Superfortress - USAF Boeing on a less-than-an-hour flight from Scampton to Burtonwood which crashed in 1948. There is a significant amount of this wreckage left including wing, fuselage and all 4 giant engines each with 18 cylinders! Leaving the memories of a by-gone era behind, we head to the top of Bleaklow Mountain. The top of the summit offers far-reaching views towards Snowdon, Liverpool and the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, a lot of counties and even Snowdonia. It's no exaggeration to say you can see much of central England from this hill and even the coast towards Liverpool. We descend and return to Glossop down past the Kissing Stones, Lightside and past Dog Rock with impressive views down into Dowstone Clough and back to the bright lights of Glossop. Transport & Meeting Point We'll meet outside the Glossop Train Station building, on Norfolk Street, Glossop at the small car parking area in front of it at 10:00am, from where we will start the hike - please buy a parking ticket to cover all day if travelling here by car. Please make sure to arrive on time as the group cannot wait for anyone who is late. As it's impossible to give a precise end time it's safest for train bookings to assume between 6:00pm to 7:00pm in case of delays. Click here for a Street view of our meeting point: https://goo.gl/AqrVYo Or here for a map: https://goo.gl/maps/R32oYGfDpCM2 You will need transport to and from the start of this hike (which is outside London). Outdooraholics cannot get involved with private lift share arrangements, but to help you 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 and can offer spaces. Click on this link for the Discussion forum: https://www.meetup.com/OutdooraholicsNorthWest/messages/boards/thread/52116118 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 refreshment. Distance, Difficulty and Terrain Distance: 11 miles (18km) - Approx depending on exact route Rating: 8-9/10 Grading: Intermediate/Challenging - click here for details: www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/[masked]/Hike_Gradings Ascent: Approx 800m Terrain: Mix of tarmac, gravel and moorland tracks, can be muddy Hiking time: About 4.5 to 6 hours of actual hiking Cost and Payment The trip is £36.00 per person which includes the guided hike. 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 (https://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 3 litres) • Packed lunch/picnic and snacks • Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike Safety This hike is led by a trained hike leader - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (https://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: https://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: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/TermsConditions/ Click here to follow us on Facebook: https://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

TRAIN Jane Eyre's Peak District - 2nd most visited National Park in the world

To see other attendees on the trip, please check the following link: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/events/261672106/ The trip is viable by train, see details below. Its stunning, raw beauty, dramatic and rugged landscapes and natural charm along with picture postcard stone villages have resulted in the Peak District becoming the first designated National Park in the UK AND also the second most visited National Park in the world. Come and let us show you why as we explore two of its greatest and most famous hikes in this gem of rural Britain. Trip Highlights: • Experience two of the most famous and magnificent hikes of the Peak District • Hike up Kinder Scout - The Peak District's highest peak • See the stunning Kinder Downfall - the highest waterfall in the Peak District • Pass the magnificent Manor House of North Lees Hall • Enjoy spectacular views as you hike across the gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge Weekend Description For this weekend we're staying in the stunning frozen in time village of Hathersage in a hostel secured exclusively to ourselves. Saturday is saved for a spectacular hike conquering Kinder Scout - the highest peak not only in the Peak District but the whole East Midlands. Sunday will be steeped in history as we hike past North Lees Hall - a 500 year old Elizabethan manor house which Charlotte Bronte based Thornfield Hall on after she stayed there in 1845. We’ll also experience magnificent views of the Dark Peak moorlands and the Hope Valley as we hike across the spectacular gritstone of Stanage edge. Little John from Robin Hood's time is even buried in the churchyard in Hathersage, having spent the remainder of his life here. We're going to do two of the best known and arguably the greatest hikes in the Peak District: Kinder Scout and the Edale Skyline & Stanage Edge. ITINERARY Friday 21st February Head over to our accommodation in the Peak District Hills. We will have exclusive use of our hostel located in Hathersage village. Saturday 22nd February Saturday's hike: Kinder Scout and the Edale Skyline Distance: 10.5 miles (17km) Ascent: 450m Grading: Intermediate - click here for details: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/11840782/Hike_Gradings/ We shall follow a dramatic route up on to the Kinder Scout plateau, following a stream up a narrow winding valley high onto the plateau. It's then across the plateau and past Kinder Downfall - the highest waterfall in the Peak District before following the Pennine Way along a very scenic route. At 636 metres Kinder Scout is not just the highest point in the Peak District, but the highest point in the East Midlands. It is topped with a moorland plateau that offers some wonderful views. Sunday 23rd February Sunday's hike: Stanage Edge Distance: 9 miles (15.5km) Ascent: 380m Grading: Intermediate - click here for details: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/11840782/Hike_Gradings/ Stanage Edge is an iconic hike. A popular place with climbers and hikers alike, you can see Derbyshire on one side and Yorkshire on the other. We shall pass the 16th century castellated Manor House of North Lees Hall (the inspiration for Thornfield Hall in the book Jane Eyre and actually lived in by the Eyre family in the 17th century). The Hall was recently used for filming the latest adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Stanage Edge has a dramatic and rugged drop to the side with some superb and far reaching views. Cost and Payment The trip is £121 per person. To join us please RSVP Yes and pay the £30 deposit by PayPal with the remainder due by bank transfer before Sunday 29th September 2019. We will send you payment details for this 2 weeks before the deadline. Sadly any spaces not paid for in full by this date will be lost and the deposit and 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: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/6368852/FAQ/ Transport, Accommodation Address and Start Time The trip is viable by train - the hostel is a 1/2 mile walk from Hathersage train station, there may not be taxis so it might be advisable to pre order if you require one. You are of course welcome to drive or make other plans, but if travelling by train we suggest planning to arrive at the hostel between 8pm and 10pm on Friday night. It is impossible to give a precise finish time for Sunday's hike, but we usually finish in Hathersage between 2pm and 3pm, so best to book a train back from Hathersage from 4pm to be safe. You will also need to buy a return ticket on Saturday for the hike from Hathersage to Edale, but best to do this on the day. You may find the National Rail website below useful: https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ 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: https://www.meetup.com/OutdooraholicsNorthWest/messages/boards/thread/52348320 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. You will need money for drinks on the trip and dinner on Saturday night. We have a 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. 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! The price includes: • 2 nights hostel accommodation (mainly 4 and 6-bedded single gender rooms) • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday • Tea (incl herbal) and coffee • Packed lunches on Saturday and Sunday • Hikes by trained guides • 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 • Dinner on Saturday night Safety The hikes are led by trained hike leaders - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (https://www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aiders. 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: https://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: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/3458542/TermsConditions/ © Outdooraholics Ltd 2019 Errors and Omissions Excepted

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