The University of Exeter’s only hiking society! Established in 1956 (hence the reluctance to replace our name with something more informative!) we have been leading weekly Saturday hikes through the stunning South West for over 60 years.
Our hikes take in the very best of the countryside near to and far from Exeter. We hike across National Parks (Dartmoor and Exmoor), Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (the Quantock and Mendip Hills), along rugged coastlines (the Jurassic and Cornish Coast) with time at the end to explore whatever local village we end up in! Expect to see some charming local pubs with never a pressure to drink alcohol.
All transport is organised by the committee, be it by private coach, national rail, public bus or steam train. Our hikes typically range between 6 to 10 miles: within the capabilities of anyone who hasn’t hiked before. For those who want even more, try our annual 30 mile TorEx challenge: a sponsored walk from Torquay to Exeter to raise money for a charity chosen by members.
We go further afield for our two weekends away, one in Term 1, one in Term 3: we organise accommodation, transport and meals. All you need to bring is some sturdy footwear! In previous years we have been to the Brecon Beacons, St Austell and Land’s End.
If weekly walks aren’t enough for you, we hold frequent socials, bowling, paddle boarding and crazy golf among them. Whatever time of year you discover us, come along and see if this is the society for you. Committees come and go but OODS is always open and welcoming to all!
Membership costs £10. This gets you:
- Discounted coach tickets (including our most popular walks: Boscastle to Tintagel and Shipham to Cheddar Gorge)
- Discounted tickets for our weekends away
- OODS stash
Download our walks list for the year here, and search for "Out of Doors" on the Events List for details of each walk. To receive weekly walk reminders sign up to our Mailing List and join our Facebook Group 'Out of Doors Society Exeter'. Photos from our walks can be found on Instagram @oodsexeter and to explore the history of OODS visit our website.
So if you’d love to go a-wandering with a knapsack on your back, don your walking boots, pack your lunch and your weak lemon drink and come walking with OODS!