What We Do

The club organises between 30 and 40 events a year in different parts of the country. Walks are graded indicating the distance and ascent, type of terrain, level of technicality and fitness required.

  • Mountain events often in Snowdonia, the Lake District and Scotland. See our Mountain Gallery.
  • Hill and Moorland events in areas like the Peak District, Yorkshire Moors, Brecon Beacons and Dartmoor. See our Hill Walking Gallery.
  • Lowland events anywhere in the UK such as the Cotswolds, around the coast, East Anglia, the Malvern Hills, the North and South Downs. See our Lowland Walking Gallery.
  • Scrambling events in mountain areas, sometimes with a professional guide. See our Scrambling Gallery.
  • Winter hillwalking and mountaineering in Scotland with a professional guide. See our Winter Gallery.
  • Overseas events – in past years we have visited the Alps, walked the Camino trail and camped in the south of France.
  • Special interest events such as geology and bird watching.

Walk Grades

In summer conditions there are four walking grades:

Easy

8 to 12 miles (12 to 19 km), little ascent.

Moderate

9 to 14 miles (14 to 22 km), up to 2000 ft (600 m) ascent.

Hard

9 to 18 miles (14 to 29 km) with up to 4000 ft (1200 m) ascent.

Very Hard

Over 18 miles (29 km) and/or over 4000 ft (1200 m) ascent.

Special circumstances

Events with special challenges e.g. in winter walking conditions, where there is scrambling involved or when people are backpacking. The event description will indicate this and members should contact the event leader for details.

Terrain Grades

Lowland

Areas usually close to habitation or public highways, and the land managed, i.e. farmland, parkland, woodland. Public footpaths and bridleways are common. Motor vehicle access is usually possible.

Hill and Moorland

Land may be managed but the ground away from any paths may be rough and uneven, though not rocky. Paths are common, although at times may be absent.

Mountain

The ground is usually rocky and in remote areas. Paths may or may not exist so terrain may be wet, boggy and difficult to cross. Very good navigation skills are needed, especially in poor weather. People need to be fit as walks may be long and strenuous.

Note that both members and guests walk at their own risk.

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is the advisory body for Hill Walking and Mountaineering in the UK.

The BMC Participation Statement:

The BMC recognise that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.