Out of Doors Society

 

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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.

Download our walks guide for the year here, and to receive weekly walk reminders sign up to our Mailing List and join our Facebook Group 'Out of Doors Society Exeter'. Photos from our adventures can be found on Instagram @outofdoors_exeter, and to explore the history of OODS, visit our website

Tickets for coach walks are released on the Monday before each walk, at 7pm.

During each hike, please stay with the group at all times and please don't pass in front of the walk leader to avoid confusion. 

Our weekly Saturday 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, bus or steam train. Our hikes typically range between 6 to 14 miles, with gradient information and difficulty ratings available for each walk.

For those who want even more, try our annual 30 mile TorEx challenge: a sponsored walk from Torquay to Exeter which runs in June to raise money for a charity chosen by members. 

We go further afield for our two weekends away, incuding a Magical Mystery Tour in term 1! 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. 

Our goals for 2022:

  • Helping as many of you to enjoy nature and the outdoors as possible
  • Establishing a community feel by hosting weekly socials ranging from pub to paddleboarding and lots in between.
  • Improving our inclusivity - establishing shorter, and more accessible walks to complement our existing programme for 2021 - 2022. 

Committees come and go but OODS is always open and welcoming to all!

Membership means: 

  • A £6 discount on coach walk tickets.
  • Weekends away exclusively for members 
  • Weekly news, walk updates and walk guides emailed straight to you 

Our Walks Programme 2021 - 2022: 

 

MICHAELMAS TERM

P

Freshers' Week

Budleigh Salterton to Exmouth

Tuesday 14th 

September

Jurassic Coast

A     

Freshers’ Week        

Exeter Riverside Loop via Double Locks    

Thursday 16th

September

Mid Devon

C

Week 1

Boscastle to Tintagel

Saturday 25th

September

Cornish Coast

C

Week 2

Malborough to Salcombe - Cancelled

Saturday 2nd

October

South Hams

C

Week 3

Minehead to Porlock

Saturday 9th  

October

Exmoor

C

Week 4

Burgh Island

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th 

October

South Hams

C

Week 5

Magical Mystery Tour

Weekend 22nd – 24th  

October

Top Secret!

C

Week 6

Reading Week

 

 

 

C

Week 7

South Brent to Buckfastleigh

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th 

November

Dartmoor

C

Week 8

Polperro to Looe

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th 

November

Cornish Coast

P

Week 9

Newton Poppleford to Woodbury

Saturday 20th

November

East Devon

P

Week 10

Feniton to Whimple

Saturday 27th  

November

East Devon

P & C

Week 11

Okehampton Circular Christmas Special

Saturday 4th

December

Dartmoor

LENT TERM

P

Week 0

Ivybridge Circular

Saturday 15th

January

Dartmoor

C

Week 1

Shipham to Cheddar

Saturday 22nd

January

Mendips

C

Week 2

Rame to Cremyll

Saturday 29th  

January

Cornish Coast

C

Week 3

Exford to Dulverton  

Saturday 5th

February

Exmoor

P Week 3 Exeter Green Circle Saturday 5th February  Devon

C

Week 4

Osmington to Lulworth Cove

Saturday 12th

February

Jurassic Coast

P Week 4 Topsham to Exmouth  Saturday 12th February Devon

P

Week 5

Steps Bridge to Moretonhampstead - Postponed to Term 3, 7th May

Saturday 19th

February

Dartmoor

P Week 5 Tiverton to Bickleigh Mill - Amended  Saturday 19th February Mid Devon 

P

Week 6

Axminster to Lyme Regis

Saturday 26th

February

West Dorset

PA Week 6 Stover Country Park  Saturday 26th February Mid Devon

P

Week 7

Paignton to Brixham

Saturday 5th

March

Torbay

PA Week 7 Sidbury to Sidmouth - Easy  Saturday 5th March East Devon

P

Week 8

Seaton to Sidmouth via Branscombe - Harder

Saturday 12th

March

Jurassic Coast

PA Week 8 Eggesford Forest Saturday 12th March North Devon

P

Week 9

Okehampton to Lydford

Saturday 19th

March

Dartmoor

PA Week 9 Okehampton Deer Park Circular  Saturday 19th March  Dartmoor

P

Week 10

Totnes to Kingswear

Saturday 26th

March

South Hams

P Week 10 Exeter to Ludwell Valley Park Saturday 26th March Mid Devon
C Easter Break St. Briavel's Castle Special  Sunday 3rd  - Wednesday 6th April Gloucestershire

TRINITY TERM*

P

Week 1

Crediton Circular (8 miles)

Saturday 30th 

April

Mid Devon

P

Week 2

Stoke Canon to Killerton Estate (8 miles)

Saturday 7th 

May

Mid Devon

P

Week 3

Dawlish Warren to Topsham (6.6 miles)

Saturday 14th 

May

South Devon

P

Week 4

Steps Bridge to Moretonhampstead (8.5 mi)

Saturday 21st

May

Dartmoor

P Week 5 Teignmouth Circular (8 mi)  Saturday 28th  May South Devon 

C      

Week 5

Summer Special: The Eden Project 

Wednesday 1st

June

Cornwall 

C

Week 6

Abbotsbury to Dorchester (14 miles)

Saturday 4th 

June

West Dorset

P Week 6 Tors Tour  Monday 6th June Dartmoor

P

Week 7

Torquay to Exeter Challenge (30 miles!)

Saturday 11th

June

Devon Coast

C   Coach. These are typically £11 for members and £17 for non-members.

Coach pickups/drop-offs are at St David’s Station, Lafrowda Cottage and Belgrave Road (opposite Co-Op)

*  Walks in summer exam season subject to committee availability

P   Public Transport. Total fare not usually more than £10

A: Wheelchair Accessible Throughout

For all walks please bring strong, sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing and waterproofs, money, a packed lunch and plenty to drink!

               

For more details, join our Facebook Group Out of Doors Society Exeter

*Associate Membership requires an additional one-off payment of £25 to become an Associate Member of the Students’ Guild, and is available to Alumni and friends of current students.

 

 

 

 

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