• Seeing a Beach from Zone 6 (10 or 15 miles)

    West Ruislip Station

    When 'celebrity' astrologer and Harefield resident Russell Grant jumped on a bandwagon of his village team's unexpected success, they questioned acerbically whether he'd be turning up to show his support in person next time. Sometimes it takes a soothsayer to know.

    What is predicted without question is that this walk from Zone 6 will visit a sandy beach :) ancient natural woods of oak and hornbeam, lake and riverside paths, as well as open farmland. There are hospitality facilities at the beach, with options to rest a while, or pit yourself round the lake in competition with (or relax on board) a miniature train.

    Then we move on to the Colne valley where there is the option to end the walk mid-afternoon at Denham station after 9-10 miles; or if wanting the adventure to continue following the Colne Valley Trail to Harefield for a late afternoon pub/village stop followed by an evening walk onwards to Northwood underground station in Zone 6.

    St Mary's church in Harefield is a Grade 1 listed building with a corner of Australia in its churchyard. Inside the monument to the Countess of Derby dating from 1637 is said to be one of the finest in England. Whether the church door will be open only a soothsayer might know.

    Travel & Walk Details:
    West Ruislip is in Zone 6 on the Central line or there is a 09.53 train from Marylebone arrives at 10.17. Oyster and travelcards apply

    Walk start 10.30 AM from WEST RUISLIP rail station. Bring a packed lunch. The organizer will meet people at the station.

    If choosing the 10 miles walk to Denham a single ticket £2.75 with a railcard or Groupsave will get you back to West Ruislip/Zone 6. Trains depart 32 minutes past the hour.

    Walk ends at NORTHWOOD on the Metropolitan line in Zone 6.

    How to join?

    • The walk is entirely free of charge;
    • You only arrange for your own travel and pub expenses;
    • Understand our terms and conditions below (the "IMPORTANT" part);
    • Understand how to stay safe outdoors, as you will be responsible for yourself. See our quick safety tips:
      http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/
    • Please answer the RSVP question; Guests with missing or incorrect answers will be removed from the list!

    What to bring

    • Plenty of water, 1-2 litres recommended
    • Enough snacks and packed lunch to keep you energized along the walk
    • Extra snacks and an extra packed lunch just in case
    • Rainproof (ideally waterproof) clothing, sturdy shoes/boots you don't mind getting muddy
    • Spare socks
    • Walking poles and/or an umbrella :-)
    • Yourself...
    • ...and your camera!
    • Cash for train ticket
    • Cash for pub at the end of the walk?

    Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section!

    IMPORTANT
    Please bear in mind this is a free of charge, self-guided trip with a hobby group. It is not organized by a business nor any entity with commercial purposes.
    Any trip details, travel advice, route planning, instructions and other content in our group merely represent our shared personal knowledge, research and suggestions as outdoor enthusiasts. As this is no business, there is no "product", "service" or "package" and also no "tour guide", "operator" or "walk leader".
    Each participant is responsible for their own safety. Even if some of us are very experienced walking outdoors, nobody assumes responsibility for any kind of injury, damage or loss that may happen.
    By participating you acknowledge and agree with this disclaimer.

    Here are our tips on staying safe during outdoor trips:
    http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/

    TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, INSURANCE
    Although we provide detailed suggestions, each participant is expected to arrange their own travel - this gives everyone the freedom and choice. Anyone interested in travel or outdoor insurance should also arrange this on their own. As mentioned above we always take extreme precautions, but some people may still feel safer if covered.
    As most of our trips are confirmed or postponed very close to the event date - heavily depending on the weather forecasts - we advise not to buy this until the last minute. People getting tickets from the same station are encouraged to meet early on the day to benefit from discounts such as GroupSave.

  • Toys Hill & Ide hill circular walk approx 15miles

    London Bridge Station

    This is a hilly & quite strenuous walk in the Kent downs exploring the area around Toys hill and Ide hill where we will walk in the footsteps of Octavia Hill and discover why this area of natural beauty inspired her to found the National Trust over 100 years ago. Lunch will either be at a national trust cafe or we will do a pub stop.
    You will have to be able to keep up with the group at an 'average' pace of 2.5miles per hour in order to join this walk.
    Outward Travel: Take the train departing 09.33 AM from London Bridge to Sevenoaks arr 10:01 Buy a day return ticket to Sevenoaks The cost is £9.50 with a groupsave or network rail card.
    Walk start: 10:01 from Sevenoaks station.
    Walk end approx 17:00 Sevenoaks station.
    Pub stop for lunch or bring a packed lunch.

    How to join?

    • The walk is entirely free of charge;
    • You only arrange for your own travel and pub expenses;
    • Understand our terms and conditions below (the "IMPORTANT" part);
    • Understand how to stay safe outdoors, as you will be responsible for yourself. See our quick safety tips:
      http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/
    • Please answer the RSVP question; Guests with missing or incorrect answers will be removed from the list!

    What to bring

    • Plenty of water, 1-2 litres recommended
    • Enough snacks and packed lunch to keep you energized along the walk
    • Extra snacks and an extra packed lunch just in case
    • Rainproof (ideally waterproof) clothing, sturdy shoes/boots you don't mind getting muddy
    • Spare socks
    • Walking poles and/or an umbrella :-)
    • Yourself...
    • ...and your camera!
    • Cash for train ticket
    • Cash for pub at the end of the walk?

    Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section!

    IMPORTANT
    Please bear in mind this is a free of charge, self-guided trip with a hobby group. It is not organized by a business nor any entity with commercial purposes.
    Any trip details, travel advice, route planning, instructions and other content in our group merely represent our shared personal knowledge, research and suggestions as outdoor enthusiasts. As this is no business, there is no "product", "service" or "package" and also no "tour guide", "operator" or "walk leader".
    Each participant is responsible for their own safety. Even if some of us are very experienced walking outdoors, nobody assumes responsibility for any kind of injury, damage or loss that may happen.
    Despite this, we take extreme precautions and all trips we plan are very safe, fun, highly educational and popular. Our experienced members volunteer their time and effort to shape a pleasant and quality adventure for everyone :-)
    By participating you acknowledge and agree with this disclaimer.

    Here are our tips on staying safe during outdoor trips:
    http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/

    TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, INSURANCE
    Although we provide detailed suggestions, each participant is expected to arrange their own travel - this gives everyone the freedom and choice. Anyone interested in travel or outdoor insurance should also arrange this on their own. As mentioned above we always take extreme precautions, but some people may still feel safer if covered.
    As most of our trips are confirmed or postponed very close to the event date - heavily depending on the weather forecasts - we advise not to buy this until the last minute. People getting tickets from the same station are encouraged to meet early on the day to benefit from discounts such as GroupSave.

    Any questions, feel free to ask below or send a private message!

  • A walk in Hertfordshire, 13miles

    Elstree & Borehamwood Train Station - Thameslink Railway

    This is a circular walk on the countryside of London, in which you can visit the famous studios where the Star Wars was filmed back in the day.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-42267308

    Walk difficulty: Flat*

    Details

    Walk starts at 11:40am at Elstree&Borehamwood train station
    Walk ends at 5pm Elstree&Borehamwood, Pub food and drinks

    Travel:
    Buy a return to Elstree&Borehamwood(Zone6) on the day of the event.
    Take any train from St Pancras, arriving before 11:30am at Elstree&Borehamwood
    I’ll be meeting you all at Elstree&Borehamwood outside the station

    As we will be limited to 50 people, please only RSVP if you are certain to attend.

    *How to join?*
    - The walk is entirely free of charge;
    - You only arrange for your own travel and pub expenses;
    - Understand our terms and conditions below (the "IMPORTANT" part);
    - Understand how to stay safe outdoors, as you will be responsible for yourself. See our quick safety tips:
    https://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/
    - Please answer the RSVP question; Guests with missing or incorrect answers will be removed from the list!
    *What to bring*
    - Plenty of water, 1-2 litres recommended
    - Enough snacks and packed lunch to keep you energized along the walk
    - Extra snacks and an extra packed lunch just in case
    - Rainproof (ideally waterproof) clothing, sturdy shoes/boots you don't mind getting muddy
    - Spare socks
    - Walking poles and/or an umbrella :-)
    - Yourself...
    - ...and your camera!
    - Cash for train ticket
    - Cash for pub at the end of the walk?
    Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section!
    IMPORTANT
    Please bear in mind this is a free of charge, self-guided trip with a hobby group. It is not organized by a business nor any entity with commercial purposes.
    Any trip details, travel advice, route planning, instructions and other content in our group merely represent our shared personal knowledge, research and suggestions as outdoor enthusiasts. As this is no business, there is no "product", "service" or "package" and also no "tour guide", "operator" or "walk leader".
    Each participant is responsible for their own safety. Even if some of us are very experienced walking outdoors, nobody assumes responsibility for any kind of injury, damage or loss that may happen.
    Despite this, we take extreme precautions and all trips we plan are very safe, fun, highly educational and popular. Our experienced members volunteer their time and effort to shape a pleasant and quality adventure for everyone :-)
    *Walk difficulty:
    Flat: under 1000ft(300m) overall ascent
    Beginners: Between[masked]ft overall ascent
    Beginners/Intermediate: Between[masked]ft overall ascent
    Intermediate: Over 3000ft overall ascent
    Expert: N/A in the South of England
    By participating you acknowledge and agree with this disclaimer.
    Here are our tips on staying safe during outdoor trips:
    https://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/
    TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, INSURANCE
    Although we provide detailed suggestions, each participant is expected to arrange their own travel - this gives everyone the freedom and choice. Anyone interested in travel or outdoor insurance should also arrange this on their own. As mentioned above we always take extreme precautions, but some people may still feel safer if covered.
    As most of our trips are confirmed or postponed very close to the event date - heavily depending on the weather forecasts - we advise not to buy this until the last minute. People getting tickets from the same station are encouraged to meet early on the day to benefit from discounts such as GroupSave.
    Any questions, feel free to ask below or send a private message!

  • Sharpenhoe Clappers & Elstow Abbey (17 miles)

    Saint Pancras Station

    "The Hill, though high, I covet to ascend, The difficulty will not me offend"

    So said John Bunyan. Sharpenhoe Clappers is a fine chalk escarpment crowned with mighty beech trees and an Iron Age hill fort. A continuation of the Chilterns, this is Bedfordshire's reminder that there are comparable alternatives to Box Hill.
    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sharpenhoe

    This walk on the anniversary of publication of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress in 1678 will have a Bunyan theme throughout. Following the Bunyan Trail. Passing the ruins of Houghton House, believed to feature in the book. Elstow, Bunyan's place of birth, with its impressive abbey remains. And afterwards a chance to raise a glass at the suitably named Pilgrim's Progress pub.

    TRAVEL: Take the 9.51 train from London St Pancras to HARLINGTON. Walk starts 10.35 AM from Harlington station. Walk ends at Bedford with regular trains to London.

    The organizer may be standing from 9.30 am in front of the ticket office in St Pancras to act as a focal point for people to arrange Groupsave tickets.

    Buy an off peak day return to BEDFORD £11.25 with Groupsave or a Network card.

    How to join?

    • The walk is entirely free of charge;
    • You only arrange for your own travel and pub expenses;
    • Understand our terms and conditions below (the "IMPORTANT" part);
    • Understand how to stay safe outdoors, as you will be responsible for yourself. See our quick safety tips:
      http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/

    Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section!

    IMPORTANT
    Please bear in mind this is a free of charge, self-guided trip with a hobby group. It is not organized by a business nor any entity with commercial purposes.
    Any trip details, travel advice, route planning, instructions and other content in our group merely represent our shared personal knowledge, research and suggestions as outdoor enthusiasts. As this is no business, there is no "product", "service" or "package" and also no "tour guide", "operator" or "walk leader".
    Each participant is responsible for their own safety. Even if some of us are very experienced walking outdoors, nobody assumes responsibility for any kind of injury, damage or loss that may happen.
    Despite this, we take extreme precautions and all trips we plan are very safe, fun, highly educational and popular. Our experienced members volunteer their time and effort to shape a pleasant and quality adventure for everyone :-)
    By participating you acknowledge and agree with this disclaimer.

    Here are our tips on staying safe during outdoor trips:
    http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/

    TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, INSURANCE
    Although we provide detailed suggestions, each participant is expected to arrange their own travel and (if required) accommodation - this gives everyone the freedom and choice to join from wherever they want and stay wherever they want. Anyone interested in travel or outdoor insurance should also arrange this on their own. As mentioned above we always take extreme precautions, but some people may still feel safer if covered.
    We advise not to buy tickets until the day. People getting tickets from the same station are encouraged to meet early on the day to benefit from discounts such as GroupSave.

    Any questions, feel free to ask below or send a private message!

  • Map read and navigate your own walks

    Needs a location

    Would you like to plan and organise your own walks or just have some skills in map reading and navigating?

    Want to be independent of GPS, mobile App route planners and be screen free whilst walk?

    I am offering 10 members a free day of developing your practical skills. We will be walking and using your new skills throughout the day. To aid your map reading and navigation, after completing this event you are welcome to practice you new knowledge and skills during my other day walks. The more you practice the more confident and proficient you will become.

    Areas we will cover during this event:

    Understanding a map: contours, grid reference, scale, symbols, setting the map and the different range of maps (OS, Landranger and international maps)

    How to using a compass: parts of a compass, reading & setting a bearing from a compass

    Difference between: bridleway, footpath, National Trail, permitted footpath.

    How can GPS and Walking Apps compliment your walk?

    I have set a provisional date of Saturday 25th February, however I will finalise a date that would suit the majority of the members that contact me. If you are interested email me on [masked] and I will send you 3 dates to select from. I will not reply to messages on meetup and can only accept members that have emailed me. This event will be based in the Box Hill, Surrey area

    This session will be based outdoors for whole duration so if rain is forecasted an alternative date will be set.

    I will supply all maps and compasses.

    Prior to this event, I will send you YouTube videos to watch to prepare you for the theory of maps reading so we can proceed with the practical elements when we meet.

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  • Isle of Wight 3 day Weekend trip coronation bank holiday

    Waterloo

    The Isle of Wight is a true walker’s paradise. As one of the UK’s most beautiful places to enjoy the outdoors, thousands of walkers visit the Island year after year as they explore the 68-mile-long coastal path criss-crossed network of footpaths and trails.

    Day 1. Sandown to Ryde via Bembridge - 13 Miles easy to moderate

    Day 2. Tennyson trail to Alum Bay and the Needles 15 miles. Moderate/hilly

    Day3. Shanklin/Boniface down and the devil's chimney. Hilly/quite strenuous

    If you are interested in this event please message me and I will send you further details. Once you have confirmed that you have booked your hotel I will add you to a what's app group which is mandatory as we will use to coordinate over the WEEKEND and I will use this to send the meeting locations etc. I currently have 9 people confirmed on this trip with several pending. Once I have reached 20-25 I will close it and not allow any more.

    You have to have a good level of fitness to be able to manage the 3 days of hiking. This is not a beginners trip.

    NOTE: PLEASE ANSWER THE DISCLAIMER QUESTION OR YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE RSVP LIST!

    How to join? - The walk is entirely free of charge; - You only arrange for your own travel and pub expenses; - Understand our terms and conditions below (the "IMPORTANT" part); - Understand how to stay safe outdoors, as you will be responsible for yourself. See our quick safety tips: http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/ - Please answer the RSVP question; Guests with missing or incorrect answers will be removed from the list! What to bring - Plenty of water, 1-2 litres recommended - Enough snacks and packed lunch to keep you energized along the walk - Extra snacks and an extra packed lunch just in case - Rainproof (ideally waterproof) clothing, sturdy shoes/boots you don't mind getting muddy - Spare socks - Walking poles and/or an umbrella :-) - Yourself... - ...and your camera! - Cash for train ticket - Cash for pub at the end of the walk? Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section! IMPORTANT Please bear in mind this is a free of charge, self-guided trip with a hobby group. It is not organized by a business nor any entity with commercial purposes. Any trip details, travel advice, route planning, instructions and other content in our group merely represent our shared personal knowledge, research and suggestions as outdoor enthusiasts. As this is no business, there is no "product", "service" or "package" and also no "tour guide", "operator" or "walk leader". Each participant is responsible for their own safety. Even if some of us are very experienced walking outdoors, nobody assumes responsibility for any kind of injury, damage or loss that may happen. Despite this, we take extreme precautions and all trips we plan are very safe, fun, highly educational and popular. Our experienced members volunteer their time and effort to shape a pleasant and quality adventure for everyone :-) By participating you acknowledge and agree with this disclaimer. Here are our tips on staying safe during outdoor trips: http://www.meetup.com/Free-Outdoor-Trips-From-London/about/ TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, INSURANCE Although we provide detailed suggestions, each participant is expected to arrange their own travel - this gives everyone the freedom and choice. Anyone interested in travel or outdoor insurance should also arrange this on their own. As mentioned above we always take extreme precautions, but some people may still feel safer if covered. As most of our trips are confirmed or postponed very close to the event date - heavily depending on the weather forecasts - we advise not to buy this until the last minute. People getting tickets from the same station are encouraged to meet early on the day to benefit from discounts such as GroupSave. Any questions, feel free to ask below or send a private message!