The club was founded in 1991 when a group of friends decided that there were enough like-minded people in the area to sustain a club dedicated to mountain activities.
We support a wide range of activities from coastal path walks to winter mountaineering in Scotland, the Alps and beyond; from hiking and scrambling to mountain biking and trail running. The journal archives give an idea of the events we’ve done before.
We organize trips in the UK (usually over a weekend), local walks and talks throughout the year. We also run some longer trips, often abroad. Check out the forthcoming events on the right. The club is very much self-organizing, so if there is an event you’re especially interested in, let us know. The size of the club often allows us to exclusively book hostels, bunkhouses and other accommodation.
Membership is £20, which includes BMC membership (see below) along with discounts for many outdoor shops. Joining is easy, and you’re welcome to try the club and go a weekend trip before deciding to join.
Note: If you have BMC membership elsewhere, you can get a refund claim form for the secretary as the BMC will refund you directly for any duplicate memberships you may incur.
We meet at least once a month at a venue in town (see home page for the next meet) and coming along is the best way to find out what the club is about and how things work. If you have other questions, try our FAQ , or contact us.
The club has been affiliated to the British Mountaineering Council since its inception. The BMC represents climbers, hill-walkers and mountaineers and are actively promoting and protecting these activities. BMC membership provides liability and personal accident insurance cover whilst out in the hills. Travel insurance specifically tailored to mountain activities is also available from the BMC at an additional cost.
As an affiliated member of the BMC you are entitled to discounts at various gear shops usually around 10-15% which includes many of the national retailers such as Cotswold Outdoor. Remember you’ll need to take your BMC card with you!!!
The Formal Bit
Our trip organisers have great enthusiasm for walking and mountaineering and have varying levels of experience. However, they are not qualified climbing instructors or mountain guides and you accompany them at your own risk. The club does organize some formal training courses (e.g. navigation and winter mountaineering), and often subsidizes these activities.
As an organized club, we do have a formal set of rules and a constitution:
Constitution (PDF format)
Club Rules (PDF format)
Download the new electronic membership application form (MS Word format).