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Sunday 16th January 2022

Coach leaves 7am

Walk will go ahead subject to numbers

The Roaches, with its craggy rocks and impressive edges, is a gritstone escarpment, marking the south-western limit of the Peak District. Our walks will explore the valleys and heather clad uplands of the Staffordshire Moorlands lying to the north of the escarpment, but all parties will experience the ridge over the Roaches, with its spectacular weathered rock formations, the magical Lud’s Church and the mysterious Doxey Pool –where legend has it a mermaid may try to entice you to a watery grave!

Map ………………….…………………………..…Explorer 24   White Peak Area                                                    

Walk details from………………………………………………….…Carol Gosling

 

 

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All Those Years Ago!
The seed was sown in the Autumn of 1973 when Ken Smithem was asked to arrange walks for a few interested colleagues in the Lucas electronics factory at Mere Green. Having thought he had discouraged them with the scramble up Tryfan they came back for more, so the idea of a club was formed. At an inaugural meeting, which was so well attended that it filled the whole canteen area, the Lucas Fellwalking and Rambling Club was born. Representatives from the nine main midlands factory areas were elected to produce a programme of walks.

The cold, 20 - seater coach for the first club walk, left the Great King Street factory on 17th February 1974, bound for Lathkill Dale. In this first year. members' subs were deducted from their monthly wages. Finding this arrangement less than satisfactory, the club was dissolved at its first AGM in February 1975, and reopened to all-comers as the Hill Walking Club - a double entendre reflecting the Hill Village area of its origin as well as our intention of being much more than a rambling club.

>Ray Siddell was the first chairman, and Stan Patchett designed the first club badge which is still seen on a few rucksacks, and now on the website. Little remains in the club archive from that very early period, but an entry from May 1975 details two walks interestingly described as a 'Ramble' and a 'Fell Walk'. The Ramble led by Joy and Ken Madeley took walkers from Patterdale, along Grisedale to finish at Grasmere. The Fell Walk led by Stan Bellaby and (of course!) Ken Smithem, was over St Sunday Crag, offering walkers a chance to watch fell runners on the Fairfield Horseshoe.

Many friendships, marriages, subgroups for weekly walks and backpacking have been generated from the contacts through the Club – we all have that common interest at heart.

May it long continue.


Ken

How do I contact the club for more information? Use the contact email link at the top of this page, and we will get back to you. It would be useful if you leave a phone number.

Can I come on the next walk?

 

Use the email link at the top of this page and we will get back to you about coach availability, please leave a phone number
Where do you meet? The coach picks us up from the car park in Mere Green.
How do I become a member? The Club Rules require that a prospective member would normally have to complete 2 "B" walks succesfully to be eligible for club membership.

What fitness level is required?

 

A good level of fitness is required as all walks are in mountainous and sometimes remote areas.An average "B" walk is 18 kilometres in length and 900 metres of ascent, depending on the terrain,to be completed in about 6 hrs

What equipment is needed?

 

Please refer to the "Safety & Kit" link

What do I wear?

 

Please refer to the "Safety & Kit" link
How much does it cost?

The annual membership at present is £20. The coach costs vary, depending on the distance travelled, but is generally between £12 and £17.

Is there an age limit? We don't have an upper age limit, -as long as you are fit enough to do the walks, thats fine. We do have a lower age limit of 18.
Can I take my dog on the walks? No, we don't have dogs on our Sunday walks.

 

 

 PRIVACY POLICY FOR HILL WALKING CLUB

Hill Walking Club  takes your privacy seriously and is committed to ensuring that all personal information handled by the club is processed according to the legally compliant standards of the General Data Protection Regulations which came into force on 25thMay 2018. As a “controller” of the personal information that you provide to us, this privacy notice sets out how, why and for how long we will use your personal data, as well as whom it is shared with. It also explains your legal rights as a data subject and how to exercise them.

What we need from you

When you join as a member of Hill Walking Club or renew your membership, we may ask you the following personal information:

Contact details – name, address, email address, phone number and emergency contact details.

If you do not provide us with the personal information that we need this may affect our ability to offer you our membership services.

When we collect your data, we will ask your consent to use it in different ways e.g. preferred means of contact.  We will only use your personal data in ways you have given us permission to do so.

Why we need your personal information

Administration

We collect and use personal data solely for administrative purposes in order to help us carry out our services to members.

This includes:

  • Receiving membership subscriptions.
  • Issuing membership renewal reminders
  • Maintaining a contact database of our committee, leaders and members and their contact permissions.
  • Fulfilling coach bookings placed on-line, over the phone or in person.
  • AGM and Committee notices
  • Organising club activities including recces.
  • Reasons of safety on the hills in the event of difficulties or emergency
  • Banking officers will have access to bank details when required.

Legitimate purposes

We may also share personal information with professional and legal advisors for the purpose of obtaining advice.

We respect your privacy and will not sell or disclose your personal information to any third party, including other walking groups locally or nationally.

How we protect your personal information

Your personal information is accessed by our committee, only for the purposes set out above. It is stored by our club in a password protected computer database and paper based filing systems which are securely stored.

How long we keep your personal information

We only keep your personal information for as long as necessary to provide you with membership services. Unless you ask us not to, we will review and delete your personal information where you have not renewed your membership with us for one year.

You have a right to:

  • Change your communication preferences or restrict the processing of your personal data for specific purposes.
  • Request that we correct your personal data if you believe it is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • Request that we delete your personal information.
  • Access the personal data that we hold about you through a “subject access request”.

You can contact us by e-mail at: walking@hwcsc.co.uk

Complaints

If you are unhappy about how we have used your data, you can complain to the Honorary Secretary of the club

If you are not happy with our response, or you believe that your data protection or privacy rights have been infringed, you can complain to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office which regulates and enforces data protection law in the UK. Details of how to do this can be found at www.ico.org.uk

Notification of change of Privacy Policy

Hill Walking Club reserves the right to amend this Privacy Policy at any time. Notice of any change will be posted on our website and will be deemed effective on publication.

Honorary Secretary

Hill Walking Club

August 2018

The following list of clothing and equipment is agreed by the Club Committee, and links directly with the club rules.If committee members are unhappy about your clothing you may be restricted in the walks you can do, or even excluded from the days walk.

Considered to be essential;

  • Walking Boots with a good ankle support and well cleated soles.(Trainers or Approach Shoes are not acceptable)
  • Good quality waterproofs, jacket and over trousers.
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Rucksack(do not share)
  • Hot Flasks are needed in winter.
  • Plenty of water in the summer will stop you getting dehydrated.
  • Enough food for the day

Advisory;

  • Extra warm top.
  • Gaiters
  • Spare Socks
  • A change of dry clothing left on the coach is useful.
  • Sun protection cream (all seasons)
  • Map, compass and torch
  • Survival bag
  • Personal First Aid Kit (comprehensive kit carried by walk leaders)

General;

  • Clothes must be able to adapt to changeable mountain weather. Tops and trousers will be more comfortable made from lightweight fabrics designed to keep you warm in winter or cool in summer. These fabrics often draw moisture away from your body keeping you more comfortable. Thick cotton garments should be avoided as they are likely to get very wet, taking a long time to dry. Jeans are not allowed.
  • You will be out for a whole day, with no scheduled visits to food shops.You need sufficient calories to get you up the hills!
  • Please let the walk leaders know if you have a medical condition which could affect you on the walk

 

 

   

Carol the "Chair" (Likes to be addressed as Sir)

Bob, our membership secretary

 
   

Howard, the club secretary

Petra, our treasurer and one of the extreme walkers

 
   

Wendy, keeps everybody in order

Arthur, our man in the Lakes

 
   

Rob, he has never classed himself as one of the extreme walkers

Tony, one of our small group of extreme walkers  
   
Ian, our latest committee member
   

 

 
Weather Forecasts

AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2021

We are really pleased to have regained some sense of normality after the disruptions of the last eighteen months. The club have run successful coaches to Cadair Idris in August, the Howgills in September and to the Carnedds in October. Thank you for your continued support and for respecting our requests re mask wearing so that all members can feel comfortable on the coach.

Our programme for the rest of 2021 continues on a month by month basis depending on coach take up. Rest assured your Christmas meal looks secure!

EXMOUTH  WEEKEND  OCTOBER 2021

After last years aborted attempt to arrange an Autumn Coastal weekend due to our chosen Hotel going bankrupt, we at last embarked on our adventure, our venue for this year the Cavendish Hotel in Exmouth. Twenty eight of us arrived on Friday 22nd October. The programme for the weekend was to have 2 walks on the Saturday and 2 walks on the Sunday and participants were free to choose whether they wanted to walk or not.

The walks on Saturday both started from the Hotel and headed out along the Coastal Path, walk 1 with the destination of Sidmouth at about 20 kilometres in length and walk 2 destination Otterton, walk distance around 17 kilometres. Both walks enjoyed a clear bright day and were successfully completed. Sunday did not have the best of weather but again we had 2 walks both completed even though they may have been slightly shortened or altered.

Hopefully  everyone had a good weekend and were able to get together and enjoy themselves and increase the profit to many of the local hostelries.

Rob Maule was the weekend organiser. It was not easy for him in the early stages, with Covid restrictions making communication nigh on impossible at times, so thank you Rob for all your efforts and perseverance.

DECEMBER WALK AND MEAL

The annual dinner will follow the December walk and will be held at The Wild Pheasant Hotel, in Llangollen. Wendy will be sending out an email in early November to those that have paid their deposit with details of the day including the menu. Please make your choices as soon as possible so that we can inform the hotel. We will also be requesting the final balance of £30 for the December walk/meal by November 14th, which is the date of the November Sunday walk.

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION AND PLEA FROM TREASURER

Membership fees for 2022 become due on 1st January and will be £20 for 2022.

You are welcome to pay these earlier if you wish but it would be really helpful to our treasurer if you clearly indicate with any bank payment what you are paying eg subs, Dec, Lakes weekend etc as well as your name to help identify exactly what is being paid for and to aid tracing any payments in the account. Thank you.

LAKES WEEKEND –FEBRUARY 25th-28th 2022

Postponed from 2021, it’s fingers crossed that this will go ahead at The Glaramara Hotel in Borrowdale in 2022. Balances will be required in January so Tony Francis, weekend organiser, will be in touch by email with the amounts to pay nearer the time.

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR.

The dates for 2022 are below. Destinations are yet to be finalised and we are hoping the Sunday walks will all involve coach travel as long as we continue to get your support to make this viable.

January         16th                 Sunday Walk 

February        13th                 Sunday Walk             

February        22nd                 Tuesday AGM

Feb 25th to Feb 28th           Winter weekend, Glaramara Hotel, Borrowdale 

March           13th                   Sunday Walk 

April                10th                 Sunday Walk 

May                 15th                 Sunday Walk 

June               12th                Sunday Walk 

July                 10th                Sunday Walk 

August           14th                Sunday Walk 

September     11th                Sunday Walk 

TBA                                       Autumn Weekend

October          16th                 Sunday Walk 

November      13th                 Sunday Walk 

December      11th                 Sunday Walk & Dinner

 

HILL WALKING CLUB MEMBERSHIP ANNIVERSARIES

Bob Price, our membership secretary, has again been reviewing the club records to find those who have reached a significant anniversary (multiples of 5 years) in their years of membership.

In 2021, the following members will have completed:

5 Years

Caroline Bentley

Martin Bowerman

Tom Somervell

10 Years

Ann Fennell

Mike Harris

20 Years

Roger Needle

25 Years

John Collins

Arthur Drinkwater

QUOTE OF THE QUARTER

Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot — Diane Spicer Author

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hill Walking Club, based in Royal Sutton Coldfield, offers a warm welcome to people who enjoy challenging and adventurous walks in the hills and mountains of England and Wales. We are a convivial group and look forward to welcoming new enthusiasts to our club.
Once a month on a Sunday, our walking programme takes us to the best high places in England and Wales. Starting from Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, we travel there and back by coach, replacing the stress of driving with a comfortable journey, -and maybe even a nap and a drink!
We usually offer three walks of varying length and difficulty, and because we take the safety of our members seriously all routes are thoroughly researched and led by the Club’s most experienced walkers. We also have occasional club nights in winter, and weekends away at least twice a year.
The Hill Walking Club has been visiting Britains hills and mountains for over 40 years and many life-long frienships have started on our outings. Our walks are a wonderful way to stay fit and active and a chance to experience the joys of hill walking in the British countryside.
So, explore our website further. If you like what you see and would like to join us, then please use the contact at the top of this page.

 

 

 

 

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