Out of Doors Society

 

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  • Out of Doors Society Standard Membership£15.00
  • Out of Doors Society Term 1 Membership£5.00
  • Out of Doors Society Associate Membership£12.00
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About Us


 

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 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: 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 means:

  • A £6 discount on coach walk tickets (members pay £11, non-members £17)
  • Discounted tickets for our weekends away
  • You get OODS stash!
  • OODS Miles Rewards - for the member(s) who have walked the most with us each term
  • Weekly news, walk updates and walk guides emailed straight to you 

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 adventures can be found on Instagram @outofdoors_exeter, and to explore the history of OODS, visit our website.

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

Saturday 2nd

October

South Hams

C

Week 3

Minehead to Porlock

Saturday 9th  

October

Exmoor

C

Week 4

Burgh Island

Saturday 16th

October

South Hams

C

Week 5

Magical Mystery Tour

Weekend 22nd – 24th  

October

Top Secret!

C

Week 6

Polperro to Looe

Saturday 30th  

October

Cornish Coast

P

Week 7

South Brent to Buckfastleigh

Saturday 6th

November

Dartmoor

P

Week 8

Newton Poppleford to Woodbury

Saturday 13th

November

East Devon

P

Week 9

Maidencombe to Dawlish

Saturday 20th

November

Torbay

P

Week 10

Feniton to Whimple

Saturday 27th  

November

East Devon

P

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

C

Week 4

Osmington Mills to Lulworth Cove

Saturday 12th

February

Jurassic Coast

P

Week 5

Steps Bridge to Moretonhampstead

Saturday 19th

February

Dartmoor

P

Week 6

Axminster to Lyme Regis

Saturday 26th

February

West Dorset

P

Week 7

Paignton to Brixham

Saturday 5th

March

Torbay

P

Week 8

Seaton to Sidmouth via Branscombe

Saturday 12th

March

Jurassic Coast

P

Week 9

Belstone to Lydford

Saturday 19th

March

Dartmoor

P

Week 10

Totnes to Kingswear

Saturday 26th

March

South Hams

TRINITY TERM*

P

Week 1

Exeter Green Circle

Saturday 30th 

April

Mid Devon

P

Week 2

Stoke Canon to Killerton Estate

Saturday 7th 

May

East Devon

P

Week 3

Dawlish Warren to Topsham

Saturday 14th 

May

South Devon

P

Week 4

Crediton Circular

Saturday 21st

May

Mid Devon

?         

Week 5

Summer Weekend Away

Weekend 27th – 30th

May

To Be Announced

C

Week 5

Abbotsbury to Dorchester

Saturday 4th 

June

West Dorset

P

Week 6

Torquay to Exeter Challenge

Saturday 11th

June

Devon Coast

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

Coach pickups/drop-offs are at St David’s Station, Lafrowda Cottage and VUE Cinema (bus stop 39)

*  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.

 

 

 

 

Committee Members

 

Map Officer

President

Publicity Officer

Returning Officer

Secretary

Social Secretary

Treasurer

Vice-President

 

 

All Events

 
Walk 4: Malborough to Salcombe
2nd October 9:20am - 6:30pm
South Hams
Join us for this tremendous 10 mile hike across Devon's magnificent coast, beside the Kingsbridge Estuary and passing the ruins of Salcombe Castle. Please click event for full description.
Walk 5: Minehead to Porlock
9th October 9:20am - 6:30pm
Exmoor
Join us for this exciting and scenic 10 mile hike across Exmoor and the Devon Coast. Please click the event for full description.
Walk 6: Burgh Island Circular
16th October 9:20am - 6:30pm
South Hams
Join us for this enchanting 8 mile walk across the Devon coastline to Burgh Island. Please click the event for full description.
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Walk 4: Malborough to Salcombe
South Hams
Join us for this tremendous 10 mile hike across Devon's magnificent coast, beside the Kingsbridge Estuary and passing the ruins of Salcombe Castle. Please click event for full description.

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