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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 36,000 members, we have now organised over 1,700 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!

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

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The 7 Rila Lakes and the Highest Mountain Range in Bulgaria

Sofia Airport Terminal 2

We’ve lined up some spectacular hikes exploring one of Rila’s highest and most breathtaking peaks - Malyovitsa (2729m). We’ll discover the magnificent views from the peak, uncovering stunning visions towards hidden mountain lakes and majestic peaks. We’ll admire the untouched beauty of the Rila Lakes - 7 awe-inspiring glacial lakes nestled in the heart of Rila. We will also have a night in Sofia, where we will have the chance to experience the vibrant city life of Bulgaria. Trip Highlights: • Long weekend adventure with just 2 days off work including travel days • Conquer the spectacular Malyovitsa peak (2729 m) - cradle of Bulgarian alpinism • Hike the stunning glacial 7 Rila lakes • Hike through one of the most unspoiled parts of Bulgaria - the Rila National Park • 3 nights in Hotels with the final night in Sofia to explore Bulgaria’s capital • Small group with 1 English Speaking Mountain Guide per 8 people Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRVRNKRblYE Click here to join our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Outdooraholics Holiday Description Rila is not only the highest mountain range both in Bulgaria and the Balkans, but also one of the most diverse and spectacular ones. The 2 hikes we've selected make for an exciting adventure jam-packed with breathtaking landscapes, mystical glacial lakes, rugged terrain, unspoiled natural beauty and valleys and all in a high altitude mountain setting. We’ll be hiking in Rila National park which offers the most spectacular views within the mountain range. This trip perfectly unifies Rila’s best features and makes up for an exhilarating mountain experience in just a short 3 night trip - action packed with long days and late finishes so that we can fit a lot in. Our first hiking day explores Malyovitsa which at nearly 3000m gets panoramic views across a far reaching landscape and is hence a perfect introductory day to this area. It's the cradle of rock climbing, mountaineering and adventure in Bulgaria. Our trail up the mountain will be garnished with stunning unspoiled and rugged landscapes as the whole Rila region is a protected National Park. Our second day explores the famous Rila Lakes area - a set of 7 glacial lakes nestling on the side of the mountain within this dramatic and rugged landscape. After our second day of hiking, we will drive to Sofia and have time to ourselves to enjoy the culture packed city and its sights. Important Notes Although it’s a short trip, the hikes are tough mountain hikes on steep paths with loose and rocky terrain in places. Good hiking experience as well as hiking boots with ankle protection are required and an above average level of fitness. The first hike involves a very long ascent and descent. Both mornings we will have an early start of the days as we need to drive to the start of the hikes. ITINERARY Friday 14th June Pick up and transfer from Sofia airport to Panichishte a couple of hours away in the mountains where we will be accommodated in a hotel high in the mountain in twin bedded ensuite bedrooms. Nestled among ancient pine woods and spectacular landscapes, the location offers great views to Rila National Park and we'll arrive in the evening in time for dinner and some rest before our adventure. If the weather one day was too bad to hike e.g. a storm, we would likely visit a local mineral spa nearby so it's advisable to pack a swimming costume and flip-flops (if you have them) just in case Saturday 15th June Saturday's hike: Ascent of Malyovitsa peak Distance: 8 to 9 miles (13-14 km) Ascent: 1100m Grading: Challenging mountain hike with some steep rocky places - click here for more details: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/11840782/Hike_Gradings Hiking time: About 6/7 hours of actual hiking We will start our journey with a drive across the mountains to the foot of the valley of the magnificent Malyovitsa peak (2729m), which we will be conquering today. The ascent towards the peak offers staggering views towards the valley and Rila Monastery in the distance. On this hike we will not only summit one of the most spectacular of the Rila peaks, but also get views of the magnificent surroundings which include the stunning Malyovishki lakes and Elenino lake, as well as numerous sharp peaks garnished with rugged landscapes. After our hike we'll drive back to our hotel in Panichishte, where we have time to relax and spend our evening and enjoy a group meal in the hotel restaurant. Sunday 16th June Sunday's hike: Seven Rila Lakes Distance: 5 to 7 miles (8-11 km) Ascent: 500/650m Grading: Intermediate - click here for more details: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/11840782/Hike_Gradings Hiking time: About 4/5 hours of actual hiking Today’s hike is saved for the breathtaking 7 Rila Lakes - probably Rila’s most significant and memorable location. We start our exploration early and will enjoy some spectacular views which will start even before the hike as we take a peaceful ride with the chair lift to reach the start of our adventure. Each of the lakes carries the name of is most characteristic feature. They are situated one above the other, nestled between the rocky ridges and connected by small streams that form cascades and waterfalls as the clear as crystal water peacefully descends the mountain peaks. Having explored this magnificent site, we’ll get a transfer back to Sofia where we’ll spend the night in a cosy hotel. Your guide/s will check you in the hotel and this is where the guided trip ends. You will have a free evening and the following day to explore Sofia self guided at your leisure. Monday 17th June After breakfast you will have some free time to explore Sofia self guided, then take the short Metro ride to the airport for the flight home. Click here for the discussion forum: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/messages/boards/thread/51932683 Payment 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 will be provided each day as well as a packed lunch for each of the 2 hiking days. For dinner you can explore the local cuisine for approximately £8-£12 excluding drinks. Vegetarian food can be catered for, but will be a more limited choice AND we need to know at the time of booking any requirements: [masked]. Some dietary requirements such as vegan and gluten free cannot be catered for. The price includes: • 3 nights in hotel accommodation (twin rooms) • All travel for the hiking days and transfers by private minibus/4 wheel drive car • All breakfasts and 2 packed lunches for the hiking days • Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection • Bulgarian/English speaking mountain guide/s who are also Qualified Outdoor First Aiders The price doesn’t include: • Flights • Meals other than the above mentioned (A typical dinner can be had for approx £8-£12) • Drinks and personal expenses • Chair lift pass approx 18 lev (£8) • Transport from Sofia to Sofia Airport on Monday (Metro is about £1) • Travel insurance – this is essential that you take out and you will need to provide a copy of this on the trip Insurance It is a requirement of participating in all Outdooraholics trips outside the UK that you have valid travel insurance that covers the cost of emergency medical treatment and also specifically the activity of hiking (up to 3000m 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. There are lots of insurers who cover hiking, for example the BMC: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/insurance Please note you'll also need to ensure you have all valid documents to visit this country including a passport and Visa, if you require one. Bulgaria is within the EU. Suggested flights: ALL times are in local time to the town, i.e. the times listed for Bulgaria are in Bulgarian local time: GMT +3 Please note the below is for guidance only, it's 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, although if you are on the recommended flight we will wait for this flight, if delayed. If you choose another flight and are not at the airport in time, you'll need to make your own transfer to the mountains. We suggest taking hand luggage, if you do book checked in luggage please note we cannot transport large suitcases Out: 14th June 2019 British Airways 8:05am from London Heathrow (LHR) to Sofia (SOF) landing at 1:15pm at Terminal 2 Flight: BA0890 Return: 17th June 2019 British Airways 1:45pm from Sofia (SOF) to London Heathrow (LHR) landing at 3:15pm Flight: BA0891 Meeting point and Airport transfer We have arranged a single complimentary airport transfer for anyone arriving on the suggested flight. Our meeting point will be the Arrivals section of Sofia Airport Terminal 2 at 13:15. Please have lunch on the plane, on arrival we have a few hour's drive to the mountains. 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: 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 Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Outdooraholics © Outdooraholics Ltd 2019 Errors and Omissions Excepted

Transylvanian Alps - enchanting castles and Mountains of Romania FOREIGN

Henri Coandă International Airport

Step into the realms of folklore, ancient castles, curious legends and dramatic alpine landscapes - Romania. Located along the edge of the Balkans, the mystical land of Dracula is a wonderful mixture of gothic and medieval architecture, breathtaking fairytale-like scenery, rich wildlife and myths. Join us on this long weekend trip that will reveal the best of Romania and uncover the allure of the Carpathian Mountains! We’ll hike the mountain trails of the lush Transylvanian Alps which will charm us with their frozen in time never-ending pastures with flocks of grazing sheep, narrow karst gorges and sharp rocky mountain ridges. We’ll also visit the most famous royal castle in the country - the Peles Castle that will carry you back in time with its gothic heritage and jaw-dropping interiors, set within a wooded mountain valley. On our trip we will walk on the cobblestone streets of the must-see medieval town of Brasov that has best kept the spirit of the country’s turbulent past. We will also spend a night in the bustling capital of Bucharest, known also as the "Little Paris of the East", and explore its colossal buildings and buzzing nightlife with much French and Italian influence. Trip Highlights: • Visit Romania - home to almost half of the population of large carnivores in Europe such as the brown bear, wolf and lynx • Visit the legendary Peles Castle - the royal Gothic architecture masterpiece with over 160 unique rooms • Hike through the Piatra Craiului mountain - regarded as the most beautiful of the Transylvanian Alps • Pass the Zarnesti Gorge - deep and narrow limestone canyon where the movie “Cold Mountain” was filmed, starring Nicole Kidman and Jude Law • Hike to mysterious natural rock formations - the main symbol of the Romanian mountains believed to have inspired the Egyptians for the Sphinx • Spend 2 nights in Brasov - the most visited medieval town in Romania • Explore the capital Bucharest - a buzzing city home to the vast Palace of the Parliament - the world's heaviest building with over 1 million cubic metres of marble! • Long weekend adventure with just 2 days off work including travel days • Small group of like-minded hikers with 1 English speaking Mountain Guide per 8 people 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 Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoMeGlSzX1A Click here to join our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Outdooraholics Holiday Description We’ve designed this long weekend trip for you to experience it all - hike the most spectacular mountain massifs of Romania, visit a legendary castle and stay at a picture-postcard medieval town to fully feel the Transylvanian atmosphere. Romania is a country veiled in mystery and spooky vampire legends, rich folklore traditions and broad dramatic landscapes, which guarantee a thrilling adventure and memories to cherish for a lifetime. Being home to almost half of the population of large carnivores on the continent and having a large expanse of lush virgin forests, Romania is a popular choice for the hiker who wants a truly wild nature experience and Romania also has the largest virgin woodlands left in Europe. The country has had a turbulent past with the invasion of the Ottoman Empire and the resistance led by Vlad the Impaler (who was the basis of the legend of Bram Stoker's Count Dracula). We’ve planned two nights in the town of Brasov which is nestled right at the base of the Carpathian Mountains and is famous for having the narrowest street in Europe. Founded in the 12th century and layered with history, its pastel-coloured buildings, cosy buzzing square and baroque ambience are only a part of the town’s charm. On Saturday we will have a full day of hiking the Piatra Craiului Mountain, reaching a high altitude to enjoy the awe inspiring vistas over Transylvania and its rugged scenery. Often compared to a dinosaur’s back, the sharp ridge of the mountain is a fascinating sight. On our way we will pass through the towering walls of the Zarnesti Gorge and its curious karst formations. It’s no wonder the Gorge is a popular film set location with its wild and picturesque beauty. On Sunday we will visit the famous Peles Castle. Hidden in a dense forest, this spectacular building is a glorious combination of medieval architecture and world cultures having over 160 rooms lavishly furnished and decorated to the slightest intricate detail. We will also have a shorter, scenic hike reaching the most popular natural monuments in the country - the ‘Old Ladies’ and the ‘Sphinx’ rocks. The unique and curious rock formations are veiled in mystery and are believed to be naturally formed by the wind. We finish our trip with a night in the capital - Bucharest, home to the world's 2nd largest administrative building. The city’s turbulent communist past and modern day identity offer a unique peek at Romanian culture and history and its well preserved Old Town. Important Notes Although it’s a short trip, the first day’s hike is a longer technical mountain hike on steep paths with loose and rocky terrain in places which may also include the use of a cable rope and involves scrambling. Good hiking experience and hiking boots with ankle protection are essential, as well as an above average level of fitness. ITINERARY Friday 14th June Pick up and transfer from Bucharest Airport to the medieval town of Brasov, the region’s cultural and economic centre nestled in the beautiful Transylvanian Alps. We will be spending the next two nights in the most visited town in Romania, famous for its amazing views of the surrounding mountains, the fresh cool air and fascinating historical heritage. We will stay at a lovely central hotel close to the main square where we will have plenty of options to try the local cuisine and enjoy the distinctive atmosphere of the narrow cobbled streets and gothic buildings, all marked by the curious past of the country. Saturday 15th June Saturday’s hike: Piatra Craiului Mountain Distance: 9/10 miles (14/16 km) Ascent: 800/1000m Grading: Mountain - click here for details: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/11840782/Hike_Gradings Hiking time: About 7 to 8 hours of actual hiking After a short transfer to Zarnesti town we will head for a full day of hiking in the Piatra Craiului Mountain - considered the most beautiful and picturesque out of the Transylvanian Alps. We will be squeezing through the majestic 200m high stone walls of the legendary limestone Zarnesti Gorge, a popular film location chosen for its dramatic fairy tale-like scenery. We will reach a typical Romanian mountain hut before continuing for the most challenging part of the hike. Reaching an elevation of over 1,800m will award us with far-reaching vistas over mystical Transylvania. Sunday 16th June Sunday’s hike: Bucegi Mountain - Babele and Sphinx rocks Distance: 3/4 miles (6/7 km) Grading: Beginners/Intermediate - click here for details: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/11840782/Hike_Gradings Hiking time: About 3 to 4 hours of actual hiking The fascinating royal residence Peles Castle awaits us. Nestled at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains in the picturesque town of Sinaia, it is one of the most stunning castles in Europe. With over 160 rooms, the castle’s gorgeous interiors are a true wonder. Many rooms have dedicated themes from all over the world, the most famous being the Great Armoury Room with over 4000 pieces of some of the finest collections of arms and armoury. After this inspiring visit we will have a shorter and easier hike in one of the most popular parts of the Carpathian Mountains - the Bucegi mountain. We will reach the extraordinary rock formations at its top which spark the imagination of thousands of visitors each year. Located at over 2000 metres above sea level the ‘Old Ladies’ and the ‘Sphinx’, which resembles a human head and the famous Egyptian statue, amaze with their curious shapes and mysterious origin. After the hike we will be transferred back to the capital Bucharest for the night where you will have free time for sightseeing. The city is famous for its vibrant Old Town district which is a fun mixture of local culture, history and entertainment. With its charming French-Italian vibe and grand buildings, it’s a buzzing area that seems to never sleep. This is where the guided trip ends. Monday 17th June After breakfast you will have some more time to explore Bucharest self-guided, then make your way by bus or taxi to the airport for the flight back home. You may of course choose to stay an extra night to give you time to explore Bucharest fully. Click here for the discussion forum: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/messages/boards/thread/51781396 Payment 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 will be provided each day, as well as lunches for each of the 2 hiking days. For dinner you can explore the local cuisine for approximately £5-£10 excluding drinks. Vegetarian food can be catered for, but will be a more limited choice. Some dietary requirements such as gluten free, vegan and nut free cannot be catered for. Anyone with any dietary requirements other than vegetarian must contact us to inquire before making a booking and we will check if it can be catered for. The price includes: • All travel for the hiking days and transfers by private vehicles • Airport transfer upon arrival • 2 nights accommodation in Brasov and 1 night accommodation in Bucharest • Breakfast each day • Packed lunches for Saturday and Sunday • Romanian/English speaking mountain guide/s who are also Qualified Outdoor First Aiders • Compliance with the 1992 Package Travel Regulations including Financial protection • Complimentary airport transfer at the start of the trip for everyone taking the suggested flight option only The price doesn’t include: • Flights • 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 • Meals other than the above mentioned (a typical dinner can be had for approximately £5-£10) • Transport from Bucharest to Bucharest Airport on the last day (a taxi is about £10 for up to 4 people) • Castle entrance fee (approx £6) Insurance It is a requirement of participating in all Outdooraholics trips outside the UK that you have valid travel insurance that covers the cost of emergency medical treatment and also specifically the activity of hiking (up to 2300m 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. 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. There are lots of insurers who cover hiking, for example the BMC: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/insurance 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. Romania is within the EU. Suggested flights ALL times are in local time to the town, i.e. the times listed for Romania are in Romanian local time: GMT +3 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 although if you are on the recommended flight we will wait for this flight if it is delayed. Out: 14th June 2019 WizzAir 9:35am from London Luton (LTN) to Bucharest (OTP) landing at 2:50pm Flight: W6 3002 Return: 17th June 2019 WizzAir 11:35am from Bucharest (OTP) to London Luton (LTN) landing at 1:05pm Flight: W6 3003 Flights with WizzAir as at 28th May are £188 return - book soon before they rise. You are welcome to book onto any flight, please just be sure to be at the airport for our complimentary transfer at 14:50pm. We will only wait for this WizzAir flight only if delayed. Meeting point and Airport transfer We have arranged a single complimentary airport transfer for anyone arriving on the flight suggested above. Our meeting point will be the Arrivals section of Bucharest Airport at 14:50pm. Please have lunch on the plane, on arrival we have a drive of a couple of hours to the mountains. 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: 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

Cornwall 3 nights - Fishing villages, coastlines and Eden project WEEKEND

Probably the most dreamed about and romanticised part of Britain - made famous through the writing of Daphne de Maurier with such great works as Rebecca and Jamaica Inn. We’re off to explore this magical country and also to visit Fowey - where she chose to live and found inspiration for her great novels. Cornwall’s unique history, rugged beauty and deep-blue ocean vistas await to be discovered on foot. With almost a third of Cornwall designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to spectacular views and untouched nature. We’ve lined up some great hikes. Our first one is along a stunning stretch of Cornish coastline garnished with frozen in time fishing villages, high cliffs, dreamy sandy beaches and the beautiful Caerhays Castle with its lush 120-acre garden. And the second day is an exploration of Fowey and the surroundings - ride the ferry (twice) to discover brilliant views towards Fowey Harbour and the estuary and hike through the woods around the mystical Pont Pill. Join us in a truly spectacular weekend trip exploring some of Cornwall’s best features. We shall also visit the World famous Eden project which has been voted by the British Travel Awards as the "Best UK Leisure Attraction" for 5 years in a row. It is a global collection of plants inside 2 vast atmospheric biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. It contains the worlds largest indoor rainforest with waterfalls and steamy jungles with a new canopy so you can also walk above the treetops. Trip Highlights: • Hike in stunning parts of Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty • Explore a spectacular stretch of South Cornwall coastline • Follow the South West Coast Path and discover amazing coastal views and quaint fishing villages • Cross the river with a ferry to discover stunning views towards river Fowey and the exceptional Fowey area • Stay at a lovely off the beaten track hostel with several beaches in walking distance • Visit the fishing town of Fowey and discover it’s great beauty that attracted Daphne de Maurier to move here • Visiting the Eden Project (optional extra) - the world's largest indoor rain forest Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics on previous trips Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xEVQcwncJ8 Click here to join our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Outdooraholics Weekend Description Cornwall is absolutely unique. Surrounded on three sides by the wild Atlantic ocean, it is almost like a geographic island. It has its own Celtic heritage and its own language - Kernowek, which is spoken by about 2000 people. 27% of the county is proclaimed an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty made up of 12 separate geological areas and covering 958 sq km. Cornwall contains some of Britain’s finest coastal scenery and is definitely a must-see destination. For accommodation, we're exclusively renting a secluded hostel just for our group in the picturesque hamlet of Boswinger. Boswinger is in the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The cottage we’re staying in is off the beaten track, surrounded by lush-green countryside and in walking distance from several beaches. An idyllic setting. ITINERARY Friday 14th June Head over to our exclusively booked hostel surrounded by peaceful countryside with a beautiful small beach at the bottom of the winding country road and several beaches at a walking distance. Idyllic location off the beaten track. Saturday 15th June Saturday's hike: Boswinger circular Distance: 13 or 16 miles (21 to 26km - 2 options) Ascent: 860m Grading: Intermediate, tough hills - click here for details: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/11840782/Hike_Gradings Hiking time: About 5 to 6 hours of actual hiking From our hostel we take a short walk to the coast and join the South West Coast Path. Our exploration follows a path running by Hemmick Beach and its secluded sands and rocky walls. We continue to the charming Vault Beach nestled within a curve and in few miles we find ourselves at Dodman Point - one of the highest headlands in the area (360ft). On a clear day you can see back as far as the Lizard Peninsula and as far forward as Rame Head - 99 miles of spectacular coast. The dramatic stretch of coast between Gorran Haven and Maenease Point contains splendid cliff scenery. The route then continues through the rocky coastal paths to Gorran Haven. Following the South West Coastal path, we will pass the village of Portmellon to pass Colona Beach and Great Perhaver Beach. We discover miles of sandy beaches, cliffs, coves and green pastures all garnished with the deep-blue waters of the Atlantic. We follow the coast to the charming village of Mevaggisey and then head inland back to the hostel. Sunday 16th June Sunday's hike: Fowey to Polruan Distance: 6 miles (9km) Ascent: 320m Grading: Beginners/Intermediate - click here for details: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/11840782/Hike_Gradings Hiking time: About 3 to 4 hours of actual hiking including ferries The “Hall Walk” is a Cornish classic - a hike with two ferry crossings to complete a circular route from Fowey to Bodinnick and Polruan with stunning views from each side of the water. Reaching Bodinnick with ferry, our route starts with a climb through Bodinnick to the start of the original Hall Walk. Our path runs high along the northern bank of Pont Creek through shady woods to reach the tiny hamlet of Pont and the lovely Pont Pill. Crossing the river at Pont we continue past an ancient church and then onto the South West Coast path for incredible ocean views. The route offers beautiful views of Fowey and the estuary and each corner gives a fresh perspective. Our footpath ends when we reach Polruan where we ferry cross back to Fowey. Monday 17th June We shall visit the Eden project on the way back to London. The Eden project is an incredible collection of plants from around the world housed within the worlds largest green house and also has the worlds largest indoor rainforest. The figures are staggering - it cost £86 million pounds to build, houses an area the size of 30 football pitches and has 135,000 plants. There are two heat and humidity controlled biomes that grow such plants as banana trees, coffee, rubber, olives and even tea. We have made a group booking for entry which reduces it to £15 per person. This is not included in the trip price and is paid on the day directly to the Eden Project. Payment 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 buy/sell 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 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: Click on this link for the Lift Share Discussion: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/messages/boards/thread/51828603 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, Sunday and Monday (except the Monday lunch at the Eden project). Dinner on Saturday night is also provided. You will need money for drinks for the trip, lunch at the Eden project and dinner on Sunday night. 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: • 3 nights hostel accommodation (mainly 4 and 6-bedded single gender rooms) • Breakfast on Saturday, Sunday and Monday • 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 • Dinner on Sunday night • Drinks and personal expenses • The Fowey ferry journey on Sunday (about £3.80) • Lunch at the Eden Project Café • Entry to the Eden Project which we have arranged at a special group rate of £15 each (if 15 or more people attend) Safety The hikes are led by trained hike leaders (most of our guides are Mountain Leader (www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader) trained 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: 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: https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/3458542/TermsConditions 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

Guildford - River Wey Canal, North Downs Way and St Martha's church 16km DAY

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 dating back thousands of years to the Bronze Age and more recently to the castle that the Normans built 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 breathtaking 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. This hike was designed and written by one of our hike leaders who was born and lived in Guildford and we show you it's undiscovered gems! Trip Highlights: • Explore the beautiful Surrey countryside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty • Admire the far-reaching views of St Martha's hill with its historic church • Visit Guildford - Surrey's most significant ancient town with Bronze Age roots and see for yourself why it has attracted many famous residents. • Follow the tranquil River Wey as it gently flows past willow trees through rural Surrey • Visit the enchanting ruins of the 14th century St Catherine's Chapel - which attracted the artist Turner to paint it in 1807 and 1808 • 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 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. William Turner came to paint St Catherine's Church in 1707 and 1708 and his paintings now hang in the Tate Gallery. Once in Guildford we 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 then hike into Bluebell Woods where we join the ancient North Downs Way path along a ridge which has far reaching views. At the top of the hill we come to the remote and isolated St Martha’s church built in the 12th century. 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 then go onto Chilworth which was home to an extensive gunpowder factory built by the East India Company in 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 9:00am and leave the meeting point at 9:15am for the 9:30am 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 5:45pm (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: https://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 (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 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 (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 receive our monthly newsletter: http://forms.aweber.com/form/47/821286447.htm ©Outdooraholics Ltd 2019 Errors and Omissions Excepted