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Dates for 2022

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




The Roaches Sunday 16th January 2022

Coach leaves 7.00am


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!

All walks finish at Ye Old Rock Inn in Upper Hulme (SK013 610)

A Walk

The A party start in Upper Hulme and ascend Hen Cloud before continuing to the Roaches escarpment. They will walk the ridge past Doxey Pool and Bearstone Rock before descending to Lud’s Church. They cross Black Brook and then, in Gradbach,  the River Dane to Burntcliff Top before heading east and then north over Parks. Before reaching the A54 they swing eastwards to Three Shires Head and Reeves Quarry where they turn southwards to reach Wolf Edge and Flash. They continue southwards to Ramshaw Rocks to reach Upper Hulme.

Leaders:  Dave Arnot and Ranjit  Bindarh     Distance: 27 k -Ascent and Descent 1000m            

B1 Walk

The B1 party initially follow the A party route but in Gradbach they aim north eastwards to Panniers Pool and Three Shires Head. They then head southwards over Wolf Edge to Flash and continue south wards to Black Brook Nature reserve, Ramshaw Rocks and back to Upper Hulme.

Leaders: Bob Price   Distance: 22.5 km- Ascent and Descent 850m

B2 Walk

The B2 walk begins on the A53 (SK035 698) and initially heads north west before soon turning south west to cross Axe Edge moorland to Orchard Farm where they follow the Dane Valley Way to Reeve Edge and Danebower Quarries. They cross the A54 and head north west before turning southwards to Cumberland Cottage and Clough House. From Clough House they continue southwards to Gradbach before ascending to Lud’s Church and the Roaches Ridge. They follow the Ridge in the reverse of the A and B1 parties, ascending Hen Cloud from the north before dropping down to Upper Hulme.

Leaders Ian Broughton and Carol Gosling   Distance 21k – Ascent 750m Descent 950m

C Walk

The C party start on the A53 at Quarnford Lodge ((SK030 682) and head westwards to Knotbury and Three Shires Head. They then swing southwards to Gradbach before ascending to Lud’s Church and the Roaches Ridge. They follow the ridge past Bearstone Rock and Doxey Pool and have the option of ascending Hen Cloud, should time and conditions allow, before making their way to Upper Hulme.

Leaders: Howard Hill and Wendy Price   Dist: 14.5km –Max Ascent 500m Descent 690m

Map:     Explorer 24 White Peak Area  



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Walking Programme 2022

Settle and Attermire Scar

Coach Leaves 6.00am


Forest of Dean

Sunday 10th April 2022

Coach leaves 6.00 am


Lake District (RedScrees area)

Sunday 15th May 2022

Coach Leaves 6.00am



Sunday 12th June

Coach leaves 6am


Fforest Fawr Brecon Beacons

Sunday 10th July 2022

Coach Leaves 6.00am






Sunday 16th October 2022

Coach Leaves 6.00am



The Clywdian Hills

Sunday 13th November 2022

Coach Leaves 6.00am 




Llangollen, North Wales

Sunday 11th December 2022

Coach Leaves 7.00am

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.


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.




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


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:


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

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


  • 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)


  • 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

Ian, our treasurer


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  
Sonia, our latest committee member


Weather Forecasts


It’s Spring –a time of new beginnings, lighter evenings and the promise of some warmer weather. Our programme continues with trips to the Wye Valley in April, the Lakes in May and Snowdonia in June. Do hope most of you will be able to join us and that our injured members will soon be back with us.


In order to manage the club finances and to ensure viability of the coach since the restart after restrictions, we have been asking you to book and pay for your walk by the Thursday, ten days before the walk. This system has worked really well, we know how much money there is in the kitty for each trip before the coach is confirmed, so we are not laying ourselves open to an uncontrolled loss, either by lack of take up of seats or for last minute cancellations when commitment to Travelstar or St James’ has already been made. We have decided to make this our policy from now on which means Rule 3 of the club will be changed to the following:

 Members will have priority booking up to 2 weeks before the day of the walk. After that, any remaining seats will be made available to non-members. The fare for the day becomes due in full at the time of booking and should be paid into the Club bank account by 8pm on the Thursday 10 days before the walk. If the seat is cancelled later than 8pm on the Thursday 10 days prior to the walk, the fare will still be payable unless the seat is resold and the coach is full.

Please be assured that Howard is keeping a record of who was on the previous coach so should we ever get back to full coaches, those members will have priority for seat booking and of course, members still have priority over non members.


30 members attended the AGM in February at the Plough and Harrow on Slade Road. There was the usual round up of activities over the past year, and Howard Hill and Bob Price were re-elected to continue on the committee. Petra Knowles has decided to step down from the committee so Sonia Smalling has been nominated and seconded as our newest committee member.Ian Broughton will take over as Treasurer.

In AOB, Dave Arnot raised the use of masks on the coach. We have agreed to continue with our present arrangements of segregated seating i.e. mask wearers at the back of the coach and those who do not wish to  “mask up” to sit at the front. Please respect everyone’s views so that we can all remain comfortable.

John Collins asked if a charitable donation was made during 2021. This was discussed at committee meeting but it was decided to not make a payment during 2021 as club finances were uncertain.

John Collins asked if Ramblers Affiliation subscription was paid and I can confirm this was paid in February 2021.

There was a discussion about encouraging more existing members to come on coach trips.

A question was raised about an archived library of past walks being available on the website. This may be possible in the future but we are not going to ask our webmaster to go back over past years. Of course, individuals can always copy and paste from the website and keep their own record.

In line with requests, the website has been updated with new photos and a list based system showing the whole years walks, which replaces the old calendar

 LAKES WEEKEND   25th– 28th FEBRUARY 2022

 32 members and guests attended a most successful weekend at the Glaramara Hotel in Borrowdale –postponed from 2021 but well worth waiting for.

The weather was fine but windy especially on the Sunday but all parties enjoyed some great walks. Well done to the B party who managed the ascent of Scafell Pike but looked as though they had to hold onto each other to avoid being blown away!

The hotel was an absolute gem and many of you commented that it was the best hotel yet! The rooms were comfortable, the food was excellent and the included packed lunches were substantial –all in all a great find by walks organiser Tony Francis –so thank you Tony.

And following on from this ………..


We have rebooked the Glararmara Hotel for next years Lakes weekend. There is plenty of scope for great walking in the area, much of it straight from the hotel door, so we decided a return visit was warranted. Participants this year are spreading the word to other members, so with all these glowing reports, it is sure to be popular.

The cost is £92 per person per night for a standard room on a full board basis, inclusive of a packed lunch.  For those of you wishing to upgrade to one of the six superior rooms, the cost is £102 per person for the three nights, sharing on a double or twin basis. As usual, an additional charge will be added to your bill as a tip for the hotel staff. This will be £5.00 per person, making the total cost for three nights in a standard room £281.00 and £311.00 respectively for a superior room.

If you haven’t already done so, please contact Tony Francis if you want to go and a £50 deposit is required by Easter to secure your place.


Our weekends are very popular and this means it is becoming increasingly difficult to find suitable hotels in the right location, which are large enough to accommodate between thirty and forty people. We often need to book the whole hotel and for 30+ people, this must be done well in advance of the weekend date. Understandably, the hotel needs a sum of money to secure the booking and this is why we ask you to pay a deposit to show your commitment to your place, many months ahead of the event. However, we do understand that your circumstances can change and you may need to cancel your place, and we do our utmost to be as fair as we can in returning money if we are able to. Hotel cancellation policies do vary, -some deposits are non-refundable, some hotels are more flexible, but the more notice you can give us, then the better chance we have of helping you.

In addition, our weekend organisers spend a lot of time sorting menus, and doing a marvellous juggling act in allocating double/twin rooms and sharing arrangements etc which are further complicated by late alterations. So, please, if you have had a place confirmed for a weekend, let the organiser know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend. Thank you.


During the summer the committee will start to plan the walks programme for next year, and as usual, we ask for your input.

If you have any suggestions for Sunday walks, club nights or weekends away, please email these to Bob Price ( and he will compile all those received for discussion by the committee. Please send any ideas by the end of May so that we can begin planning from June onwards.



If you are planning your holidays for 2022 and onward, have a look at Ramblers Worldwide Holidays They offer a wide range of holidays worldwide, catering for all trekking and walking abilities and also special interests such as bird-watching, flora, cooking and walking or cruise and walk. As the holidays are taken with small guided groups they are great way for solo travellers to experience different countries and cultures and some holidays attract no single supplement. The added bonus is that as a walking partnership nominated club, we will receive funding every time you holiday with them and nominate Hill Walking Club Sutton Coldfield-a UK holiday will generate £10pp, European £20pp and Long Haul £30pp for the club.


We have recently registered the club with Easyfundraising the UK’s biggest charity shopping site.

It is simple and free to use and turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for the Hill Walking Club.

Just start your online shopping first at Easyfundraising, then shop as normal. Participating retailers will then make a small donation to say “thank you”.

So from your weekly on line grocery shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for Hill Walking Club Sutton Coldfield with Easyfundraising There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including major supermarkets, eBay, Argos, John Lewis, Screwfix, and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds.

Some of the committee have been trialling easy fundraising since the end of January and we have a fund of around £5, which doesn’t sound much but if lots of members (and their family and friends) join up, then donations will build up and we can use to help subsidise the walks.

It only works for on line shopping and terms and conditions and amounts are different for each retailer but most are simple to use. Amazon for example you must access through Easy Fundraising website but they are very good at donating, and even if it is only a few pence per item, every little bit helps!

So use the below link to have a look at Easyfundraising,  join up and lets see if we can make some money for the club.



Experience is the sum total of your near misses.

                                                      Hamish Brown –climber, walker traveller and 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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