Meet photos in 2020

annual dinner
2020 Meet Reports

Autumn in Zermatt, October

Southern Day Meet, Corfe Castle, 26 September

Northern Day Meet, Derbyshire, 26 September

Day trip to Patterdale, 13 September

GSH Meet, Patterdale, 23 August

St Luc in the Time of Coranovirus, July

New Members Virtual Meet, March

Annual Dinner, Glenridding, February

Club information

New membership enquires

Current members

Committee whos who

Development and Training package
The aim is to provide financial assistance for training courses to increase members skills.
Heather Eddowes, Vice President, is coordinating the scheme.

The latest report on the training completed by members is available.

Our Data Privacy Policy is available to view.
Please take time to read the policy and make sure that you give your permission to show all or some of your details in the Journal and to send you electonic news updates.

Child Protection Policy and consent form.

The web site for the Swiss Alpine Club has links into pages for the separate Sections.

A source for all types of climbing information, access and insurance in the UK is the BMC


Photo Archive 2001 to 2019

Meet reports 2001 to 2019

We continue our pdf archive of books and Journals that give an insight into the Association in its earlier days.

One of our members, James Bogle, has written up the History of the Association and this was published in 2005.

We have a copy of the "Inauguration of the Cabane Britannia, 1912.

There are also Journals from 1909 to 1919, 1920 to 1929, 1930 to 1939, 1940 to 1949, 1950 to 1959, 1960 to 1969 and 1970 to 2020.

I hope that you enjoy dipping into the archives.

The chapters from the Centenary DVD are now loaded on YouTube.

Please let Mike Goodyer know if you change your address or e mail to ensure that you still receive Newsletters.

A mountaineering club with a strong interest in UK and alpine activities

From Wednesday 6 January England has once again gone into a National Lockdown.

The day walk on Tuesday 12 January has been cancelled. The Meets programme is now on hold. Should anything change with regards to Club meets then the attendees will be contacted by the meet organiser and information will also be placed on the club website.

The Annual General Meeting will be on the Saturday evening, 6 February, via a Zoom meeting. The Agenda and full details of how to access the meeting was sent out to all members in the December Newsletter. 

Latest News 14 January

Pamela has sent me details of a new guidebook of the Lake District from Lesley Williams, co owner of Cicerone and a guest at our annual dinner in 2019. Lesley gives an insight in preparing a guidebook for publication and a short video promotes the new book, out in April.

The next lecture in the winter lecture series is on Tuesday 2 February, given by two of our members - Don and Judy. They recall a 2013 trek in Jordan with KE, from Wadi Rum and on to Petra. They then stayed in Petra exploring independently using maps and guidebooks. Later they visited the Dead Sea, and swam in the very salty water, and the Roman town of Jerash in Northern Jordan.
Come along and support their talk.
The talks are held via Zoom and all members are given the opportunity, by email invitation, to watch the presentation.

England has once again go into a National Lockdown from Wednesday 6 January.
Here is the latest info (5 January) from the BMC on lockdown restrictions in England.
In addition here is the latest info (5 January) for Wales and Scotland.

The Committee has produced some advice to club members attending club meets during the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Please read the note.

Worth a read before you venture out for a day on the hills.


Pamela Harris has recently received an appeal from the Himalayan Trust and wanted a wider audience for the appeal.

There is a short film about the work of the Trust.

Pandemic on top of poverty means that for families in the remote mountain villages of Nepal, where you have supported our work in the past, will be an uphill struggle to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 – but the Himalayan Trust UK is committed to being there for the families and communities in Taplejung on their journey.
It hasn’t been an easy year for any of us, and for many in the UK there are still worries and challenges ahead. We hope that you and your family are safe and well at this time, and finding ways to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on your own lives.
If you can, please do consider making a donation for families in the mountain villages of Nepal this Giving Tuesday. And if you are unable to at this time, perhaps you would kindly share this film with others and help spread the word. If you follow us on social media, a ‘like’ and a ‘share’ would be hugely appreciated.

The North and South Day Meet took place on 26 September, as planned. A report and photos of the walk from Corfe Castle and a report and photos of the walk from the Peak District are now available.

Pamela Harris has written an article for Cicerone Press about her travels to the Cevennes.

Pamela Harris visited Zermatt in October and has written about the trip in Autumn in Zermatt.

The Membership Secretary has added "How to" guides for accessing the Current Members Database. Thanks Ed for these guides.

Ed has written a short account of a day visit to the George Starkey Hut in September.

Judy has written a short account of her visit to the George Starkey Hut in August.

There is a light hearted gallery of photos of members using their buffs around the world, which has been updated. If you have any photos please send them to the Editor.

Past news

George Starkey Hut

From Wednesday 6 January England has once again gone into a National Lockdown. From this date the hut is shut to all members.

Reopening details will be posted on the hut website when lockdown restrictions allow.
Once the hut is reopend advance booking is absolutely essential. The Hut will only available for weekends or long weekends only, leaving 72 hours between visitors to allow any Covid-19 risk to be absolutely minimal.

The hut is in Patterdale near Ullswater, at the heart of the Lake District’s Eastern Fells. It is ideally placed for the High Street range to the East, whilst from the front there is a splendid view of Helvellyn and its neighbouring fells: to reach them, all you have to do is put on your boots and walk from the hut.

There are rock climbing and mountain biking opportunities from the front door, canoeing and sailing on Ullswater and pony trekking locally.


Since mid 2016 we have had a new hut partner, the Alpine Club. The hut is run on behalf of both clubs by a limited company, George Starkey Hut Limited. The Chair is Tony Westcott (AC) and Marian Parsons is the Hut warden.

The hut has a Members Room with eight beds and a further 20 beds in two rooms. Under current Covid-19 restrictions clubs and groups are not allowed to book into the hut.

Members can book directly through the Hut website. Before booking for the first time please register on the system.

From 1 October the overnight rates were increased to £9 per night for members and £16 for non-members/guests.

For any questions about registering or booking please email the Hut Booking Secretaries on

Last Updated: 14 January 2021