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 £25, which includes BMC membership (see below), and discounts in local outdoor shops. Joining is easy, and you’re welcome to try the club and go a weekend trip before deciding to join.
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.
As an affiliated member of the BMC you are entitled to discounts at various gear shops – usually 10% (take your NMC membership card with you!). The club also has a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor.
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).