Bored of Hiking II – The Solutions

Hello my beloved fellow hikers,

after my call for inspiration about exciting walks around London in my previous blog post, I got lots of feedback that I’d like to share with you. I know that many of my blog readers are living in or around London. So you’d might take advantage of the many comments I got on my blog post or via social media. I tried to roughly divided it into regions (but don’t be too meticulous).

So here we go:

Day trips (with a little longer train journey):

Walks in London
– London Wall Walk
– Thames Path

North West of London
– Cotswolds
– Shropshire
– Oxfordshire

North of London
– Lea Valley Walk
– Peak District via Sheffield

North East of London
– Epping Forest
– River Blackwater
– Northumberland coast path from Newcastle to Berwick-on-Tweed

South East
– Elham Valley
– Wye near Ashford
– Coastline in Kent
– Deal/Dover/Folkestone (edges of the South Downs)
– Walking Festival in Dover Aug 27 – Sep 2: http://www.whitecliffswalkingfestival.org.uk/
– North Foreland from Ramsgate to Margate

South of London
– Toy’s Hill
– Ide Hill
– North Downs Way
– Greensand Way
– South Downs Way
– Stretch between Brighton and Eastbourne (Seven Sisters)
– Sussex Border Path

South West of London
– Surrey Hills with stay in YHA Tanners Hatch
– Greensand Way: Hamstreet near Ashford, Kent to Hindhead
– Leith Hill (2nd highest point in South East England)
– New Forest
– Isle of Portland
– Purbeck on the Jurassic Coast (Dorset)
– Devon

West of London
– Ridgeway
– Ivinghoe Beacon in the Chilterns
– Three Peak Challenge in the Chilterns (Charity Walk) on September 13: http://www.renniegrove.org/support/our-events/chilterns-3-peaks-challenge
– Marlborough

Weekend trips:

Scotland
– Cuillin’s Ridge on Isle of Skye

Wales
– Train via Glasgow: https://www.scotrail.co.uk/
– Brecon Beacons

England
– Lake District
– Train to Penrith → cycle to Threlkeld → climb Blencathra

Rather extraordinary ideas:

– Channel Tunnel
– Trip to Iceland
– Moving North → I might think about this later in life.

Sources to look into:

– Long Distance Walker Association: https://www.ldwa.org.uk/ (Also for walks on disused railways)
– Explore Britain: http://www.explorebritain.com/
– Walking World: http://www.walkingworld.com/
– Walking for Pleasure clubs
– Meetup groups (although I must say, they are too commercial for me. Groups of 40-50 people just to make loads of money. Although there might be exceptions.)

Different approaches:

– get away from reading instructions → get lost/maps/follow signs
– become a tourist in the regions you know already
– do different things in the regions you know (I love photography for example)
– join clubs
– participate in organised events/charity walks

A big thank you to my fellow hikers who got so engaged over this request. Now is the question what to choose from. Although I have admit I’d need to do some further research on a few of these suggestions. But I’ll post about everything that I do of it. Promised!

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11 Responses to Bored of Hiking II – The Solutions

  1. Waoww… what a great post, interesting to do

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  2. 22dominique says:

    Well let’s see.. There was the time I got caught in a fox snare (sounds dangerous but it just sent me tumbling to the ground) think I was skipping at the time. Then there was the time I had to ask a tall dark stranger for direction in the middle of nowhere… Ended up exchanging numbers..

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  3. Steffi says:

    Now you made me curious: what hilarious moments??

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  4. 22dominique says:

    Definitely getting lost, throwing away the instructions! I’ve not only learned so much doing this but also created some hilarious moments I’ll never forget

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  5. Steffi says:

    Fantastic! Thank you. I’ll have a look at the map. Wild camping is still on my to do list so one argument more to do it.

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  6. hillplodder says:

    Add the Wealdway to your list. Cutting across the grain of the North Downs, High Weald and South Downs, it gives a bit more drama and variation of terrain than walking along those hills would give. I’ve been walking it this year in a series of 2-day walks, wild camping overnight. It’s doable in 3 such chunks or can be done as single day walks.

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  7. treksandtors says:

    Have to say that’s a decent list. Can recommend the Lakes, in fact can’t recommend it highly enough. Couple of websites I use for map routes and ideas are http://www.stridingedge.net and http://www.davidhalllakedistrictwalks.co.uk/ both these are fantastic sites. Nice to see Devon on the list. Dartmoor is a great place, with a bit of everything, high places, great views, bogs, grassy paths and some good pubs!! Only just over two hours by train to Exeter from London as well!!

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  8. earthoak says:

    Oh, sad news about the author. But good to know the Club is still going. I do remember doing the ‘Tring Circular’ from the book and my friends and I got a bit lost – the directions were be a bit obscure at times; we then met a nice old couple who gave us some ‘helpful’ directions, after which we got completely lost, in some forest, in the dark. One of my earlier hiking escapades back in the day…lovely Tring, I never went back there.

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  9. Steffi says:

    Ha. I’m glad you got some ideas.
    Me, too :).

    Yes, i’ve heard about the time out walks. These are the kind of walks that i usually do. The author of these books founded the Saturday Walkers Club. There are tons of these walks. Unfortunately, the guy died (i think in a car accident) but the club is kept alive and walkers extend the ‘library’ of the website.

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  10. earthoak says:

    Nice list! Given me some ideas too. Btw have you come across the Time-out walking guide for walks around London? I’m guessing you may have, but some of the walks there are good – tho’ admittedly quite a few circulars in there. There’s a vol 1 and 2. I agree with you re: meet-up groups.

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