This weekend’s trip is ideal for those looking to escape London for a sneaky summer jaunt...
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Sociable group walking in the spectacular summer scenery of the Chilterns. Think rolling wooded hills, far-reaching views out over the fields below, and strolls along the Thames Valley.
This weekend’s trip is ideal for those looking to escape London for a sneaky summer jaunt where relaxing and socalising are just as important as the great walking. The guided walks we do are easy, so although we go out for the day there are plenty of opportunities for photo stops, snack breaks, and maybe the odd pub or two!
In a nutshell:
- Discover hidden corners and quiet spots in the Chiltern hills and along the Thames Valley.
- Relax and let us do the route planning, map reading and hospitality.
- Enjoy the whole social side of being in the company of a friendly bunch of like-minded people.
For this weekend we have exclusive use of the quirky lodge that is now a comfortable YHA in the Quaker village of Jordans near Beaconsfield.
Nestled amid woodland and surrounded by an extensive lawn, the lodge is a superbly quiet spot that makes it easy to leave behind the stresses of the week as soon as you arrive.
We are on-hand to greet you and introduce you to your fellow walking companions and we are also running a free shuttle service from the nearest train station at Amersham (see note below).
As the group mingles we then busy ourselves in the kitchen to get dinner ready. This is served at 8pm.
Normally on these weekends we find that the nattering goes on late into the evening either at the dining table or, if the weather is very kind (which it will be), with the group heading outside with sundowners in-hand to watch the sunset.
After breakfast we’ll head out for the day to explore the stunning scenery right on our doorstep.
Across rolling hills, along tree-lined paths and up into the beech woods of the chalk escarpment that epitomizes the Chilterns, we follow trails until we reach a great tea room that serves as a useful spot to break up the journey.
It just so happens that the tea room serves lovely slices of cake too (you can see that food features highly in our weekends).
Afterwards we press on to the pretty village of Coleshill passing the duck pond and windmill before turning for home along a series of quiet paths and lanes.
Once back, there’s ample time to have a mooch around the village of Jordans or stretch out on the lawn and soak up the sun before the evening gets underway.
Today we venture out from the riverside town of Marlow for a leisurely walk along the Thames Path and Shakespeare’s Way, with a lunchtime pub stop at Hendon.
This section of the Thames Path is arguably the most beautiful of the Thames Valley. The route gently meanders along the side of the river with views across to the wooded slopes of Winter Hill.
At Cookham it then passes through the National Trust’s Cock Marsh, a lowland wetland site that is an important breeding ground for wading birds.
Good to know:
We will be staying at YHA Jordans, please note that accommodation is offered on a single sex shared room basis.
Travel by Train:
We will be running a free shuttle from Seer Green station which is just 30 minutes from Marylebone.
The shuttle will leave at 7pm on Friday and return you back to the station after Sunday’s walk.
Alternatively, the YHA is also just five miles from Amersham Underground Station so you could pop on a tube and take a taxi to Jordans.
If you would like to take the shuttle option, please let us know at least 7 days before the event starts, simply contact the office.
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What our members have to say...
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016