Hikes

Cambridge, Historic University, King's College, Grantchester Meadows, 19km hike (£23 inc travel), Sat 22 Jan
£23.00Distance: 19km Difficulty: easy Ascent: mostly flat
Trip highlights:
– Hike around the beautiful greenery of Cambridge, following the River Cam down through Grantchester Meadows.
– Explore the little streets and try some food in the historic market square.
– See King’s College and its stunning Gothic chapel, the most photographed building in Cambridge.
– See the colleges where Charles Darwin, Stephen Hawking, and other notable people studied, and see Newton’s apple tree.
– Walk through the park where first official football game was played.
– See the golden Corpus Clock, worth over £1 million.
– Some free time where you can take a chauffeured punting boat ride along the river Cam and under the Bridge of Sighs, visit the beautiful university colleges, and climb up Great St Mary’s Church for panoramic views of Cambridge.

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Hike to the sea, South Downs hills & villages, Ditchling Beacon, Brighton, 24km (£22 inc travel), Sat 29 Jan
£22.00Distance: 24km Difficulty: medium Ascent: 514m
Trip highlights:
– Visit the beautiful Ditchling Village with its 11th century church and ancient buildings
– Conquer Ditchling Beacon, the highest point in East Sussex with an elevation of 248m.
– Hike through the South Downs National Park which is England’s newest national park, stretching from Winchester to Eastbourne.
– Explore the village of Stanmer, with a working farm at its centre, and a “closed village” from the 16th century until 1952, being owned by the Pelham family.
– See Stanmer House, a Palladium-style English country house built in 1722 and set in 5,000 acres of parkland.
– Follow the stunning views of the sea from Whitehawk Hill to Kemptown.
– Enjoy the vibrant culture of Brighton, which became a fashionable resort with the patronage of the Prince Regent (later King George IV) who constructed the iconic Regency palace, the Royal Pavilion.

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Canterbury, medieval pilgrim's way, Westgate Towers, Britain’s smallest town, 20km hike (£30 inc travel), Sat 5 Feb
£30.00Distance: 20km Difficulty: easy Ascent: 140m
Trip highlights:
– See the stunning Westgate Towers, the largest surviving city gate in England.
– Visit Canterbury Cathedral and see where thousands of pilgrims came to visit St Thomas Becket’s shrine.
– Stroll through the beautiful Westgate Gardens.
– Walk along the top of the magnificent city walls.
– Climb to the top of Dane John mound to see views of the surrounding area.
– Explore the little cobbled streets around the Buttermarket.

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Kent Country Houses, Knole Deer Park & Ancient Woodland, 18km hike (£20 inc travel), Sat 12 Feb
£20.00Distance: 18km Difficulty: easy/medium Ascent: 320m
Trip highlights:
– Hike through the 1,000 acre Knole Park which is Kent’s last medieval-era deer park, with over 350 deer, and is where The Beatles filmed the Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever videos.
– Follow the sandstone ridge of the Greensand Way AONB through ancient woods, fruit orchards and hop farms, with superb views over the Weald to the south.
– Look around courtyards of the stunning Knole House, one of England’s largest houses with around 400 rooms.
– Smell the aroma of lavender as we walk through the purple lavender fields.
– Have lunch at Ightham Mote, a picture-perfect 14th-century timber-framed Grade 1 listed medieval moated manor house, on its own little island surrounded by water and beautiful gardens, and which is the National Trust’s biggest conservation project.

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The Garden of England's castles, stately home, rivers, hills & villages, 16km hike (£20 inc travel), Sat 19 Feb
£20.00Distance: 16km Difficulty: Easy Ascent: 160m
Trip highlights:
– Enjoy a beautiful stroll through the Garden of England.
– Walk past 2 castles, a stately home, woods, hills and lovely villages.
– Explore Chiddingstone, one of the most beautiful and oldest villages in Kent, perfectly preserved, and the best example of a Tudor village left in England.
– Visit the unspoilt village of Penshurst, situated in beautiful Weald countryside.

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Guildford, North Downs Way, Chantries Hill, St Martha's Church, River Wey, 21km (£22 inc travel), Sat 26 Feb
£22.00Distance: 21km Difficulty: easy/medium Ascent: 320m
Trip highlights:
– Follow the tranquil River Wey with it’s lovely green views and canal boats.
– Hike along the North Downs Way National Trail.
– Climb to the hilltop church of St Martha-on-the-Hill for spectacular panoramic views.
– Have lunch in the pretty village of Albury.
– Explore the sandy heathlands and wood around the village of Blackheath.
– Walk past Great Tangley Manor, a 1000 year-old Grade 1 listed building which was described in the Domesday Book in 1086 as a royal hunting lodge.

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Arundel 21km hike, Arundel Castle, River Arun, Sussex Villages, Hills, Valleys & Ancient Buildings (£28 inc travel), Sat 12 Mar
£28.00Distance: 21km Difficulty: medium Ascent: 420m
Trip highlights:
– Visit the historic market town of Arundel with its old High Street lined with ancient buildings and cathedral.
– See the picturesque medieval Arundel Castle, home to the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for nearly 1,000 years.
– Explore the castle’s landscaped parkland with its Gothic Hiorne Tower and the stunning Swanbourne Lake.
– Follow the River Arun and hike up the South Downs chalk hills for breathtaking views.
– Hike through delightful little Sussex villages with thatched houses.
– See the only church in the UK that is part Catholic and part Protestant.

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Oxford, Dreaming Spires, University Colleges, 19km hike (£32 inc travel), Sat 19 Mar
£32.00Distance: 19km Difficulty: easy Ascent: mostly flat
Trip highlights:
– Follow the River Thames on a hike through Wolvercote and Port Meadow.
– Walk under the Bridge of Sighs, resembling the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice.
– See the spectacular Radcliffe Camera building and the Bodleian Library.
– See the birthplace of Richard the Lionheart and Bad King John, the king who was forced to sign the Magna Carta, the first human rights document.
– Some free time where you can visit the beautiful university colleges including the Harry Potter dining room at Christ Church, pop into the Alice In Wonderland shop, explore the Ashmolean Museum and its world famous collections, have a drink in the pub where CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein used to meet every week, and climb up St Mary’s Church for panoramic views of Oxford.

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Newhaven to Brighton, East Sussex cliffs, beaches & promenades, 20km coastal hike (£35 inc travel), Sat 26 Mar
£35.00Distance: 20km Difficulty: easy Ascent: 250m
Trip highlights:
– Pass Newhaven Fort, built in the mid-19th century to counter a French invasion.
– Admire the panoramic views of the 700m Newhaven Harbour Arm, Seaford Beach and the chalk cliffs at Seaford Head that lead to the Seven Sisters.
– Follow the clifftop paths past seafront houses of Peacehaven and Saltdean.
– Enjoy the quiet undercliff paths with huge white chalk cliffs towering overhead and the sounds of the waves washing onto the beach.
– Walk up to the magnificent Rottingdean Windmill which towers over the surrounding landscape.
– Take in the change of atmosphere as we reach the bustling life at Brighton Marina, and walk through the complex of apartments and boats.
– Stroll down the promenade that leads us to the Brighton Pier, the Royal Pavilion where Prince George and Queen Victoria stayed, and the colourful little shopping lanes.

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Box Hill & North Downs, 17km hike (£20 inc travel), Sat 2 Apr
£20.00Distance: 17km Difficulty: medium/hard Ascent: 540m
Trip highlights:
– A beautiful and varied hike across Box Hill and the North Downs.
– See Broadwood Folly, a circular mock gothic tower with magnificent Surrey Hills views.
– Tackle the Box Hill Stepping Stones and jump your way across the River Mole.
– Keep your eyes open for some of the 40 different types of butterflies here.
– Admire the spectacular views from Salomons Memorial over the town of Dorking.

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