Recent Meet walks

Since 2021 we record walks that have been completed on Meets. If you visit the area you may want to check out one of the walks.

Downloadable as a .gpx file for use on GPS, mobile or mapping software.

The latest walks are below.

Southern Day Meet in April
South: Combe Round
Day Meet in March
North: Castles and Caverns

2022 Meet Reports

Ravensdale, April
Combe Round, April
Castles and Caverns, March
Return to the Chilterns, March
Ladybower walk, February
Annual Dinner and AGM, January
Higger Tor walk, January
Staveley walk, January
Twixmas Meet, GSH, December/January

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Photo Archive 2001 to 2020

Meet reports 2001 to 2021

Treks 2001 to 2011

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

Journals from 1909 to 2020.

History of the Association, published in 2005 was written by member James Bogle.

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

Centenary DVD chapters are on YouTube.

Meets Programme - updated 15 May

Braemar Meet, Scotland, May 22 for a week. The meet is in the heart of the Cairngorms with plenty of opportunities to tackle Munros, Corbetts and other walks in the area.

Rhyd Ddu, North Wales, June 1 - 5 This popular meet will be running over an extended period, from the Wednesday evening to Sunday, to coincide with the Queens Jubilee. On the Saturday evening, there will be a Jubilee themed communal meal.
There are 16 places available. The cost of the meet is £30 per person or £10 for the Saturday meal only.
Please contact Ed Bramley to book a place.

Joint Alpine Camping Meet Camping du Glacier D'Argentière, July 2 - 23 - It isn't often that we have the main summer meet in the Arve Valley, but in 2015 we had a popular (and successful) meet and a return is overdue. Contact the Meet Organiser, Paul McWhinney (AC) to book a place on the Meet.

Summer Hotel based Alpine Meet - The Meet will be in Kandersteg staying at the Hotel Alfa-Soleil from 9-16 July 2022.
This Hotel is a charming, family-run 3 star hotel. The half board arrangement offers a choice of 3 different main courses from their two 4 Course menus.

George Starkey Hut Maintenance Meet
This meet has moved to August 24 - 27. This is an invitation/appeal for volunteers.
The broad objectives are to compliment the extensive professional work done to upgrade our hut, improving overall comfort, cleanliness and creating a good club ambiance.

The Committee has produced some advice to club members attending club meets during the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Worth a read before you venture out for a day on the hills.

We are using the BMC plan (updated 4 April 2022) for England and Wales for organising our meets. In addition here is the latest info for Scotland (updated 25 March 2022).

Should any meets change then the attendees will be contacted by the meet organiser and information will also be placed on the club website.

Latest News 10 May

Ten members and guests had an enjoyable weekend in the Peak district, exploring Kinderscout and the surrounding edges and hills.
On the Sunday ten more members joined the group for a day out.
Report and photos to follow soon.

The Journal has arrived and was sent out to members in early May.

Reports and photos of the April day walks are now posted.

On Brock Crags

Great weather over the weekend of the Improving Skills Meet at the George Starkey Hut in Patterdale.

The course was run by the Mammut Mountain School UK on Saturday with everyone back out on Sunday practicing what the guides had shown attendees.

Report and photos to follow.

The 100% Women Peak Challenge - Last year, the Swiss Tourist Board, in partnership with the Swiss Mountain Guide Association, Mammut and the Swiss Alpine Club, launched a campaign to encourage more women into the mountains. The “100% Women Peak Challenge” was set up to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lucy Walkers, a trailblazing Victorian female alpinist, greatest achievement – becoming the first woman to reach the summit of the mighty Matterhorn.
The aim was to get all-female teams on top of all of Switzerland’s 48 4,000m peaks in 2021. The campaign kicked off on International Women’s Day, March 8th and was completed by 8th October - a remarkable achievement during a year considering COVID-19 restrictions.
A member of one of the all lady teams in the challenge, Justine Gosling, presents her story on an ascent of the Allalinhorn from the Britannia Hut last march. An interesting story.

Setting out to Helvellyn on Friday

Over 40 members and guests attended the AGM and Annual Dinner over the last weekend in January. The event was held at the Inn on the Lake in Glenridding. Our guest was Steve Jackson.

Despite some very windy weather there were many trips out on the fells.

Report and photos for the weekend now available.

Andy with Steve Jackson

Repurposing old gear - As spring starts to appear you take a look at your outdoor kit and decide to replace some clothing and/or equipment. What do you do with your ‘old’ kit? Put at the back of the cupboard, in the attic or garage ‘just in case’ it comes in or throw it out with the rubbish. If you don’t already you can recycle or repurpose it.
A couple of members have had these thoughts and wondered how they can recycle or repurpose old kit.
With this in mind, did you see the article in the latest BMC Newsletter? The BMC have pulled together a list of retailers and organisations who can help you re-use, repair or recycle your old or unwanted clothing and outdoor kit.
As the BMC say the most sustainable product is the product you already own. This means keeping it out of landfill and using it for as long as possible before recycling it or donating it to someone who will continue to use it.
If you ask your local youth groups such as the Scouts, Guides and DofE they may be able to re-use your kit. When I ran the local Scout Troop I had donations of old kit that I passed on to young Scouts – things such as old fleeces, rucksacks and boots, which were all gratefully received. In addition, groups like Kitsquad, who assist low-income people with getting out into the great outdoors, welcome all types of old clothing and kit.
Let’s see if we can put any of our old gear to good use. Editor

Past news

Members activities

Judy Renshaw along Hadrian's Wall

Pamela Harris in Switzerland

Paul Stock on Lakes backpacking

Julie Jones off the beaten track in the Lakes.

George Starkey Hut


The hut reopened on Monday 19 July.
Please follow the instructions on the use of the hut and be aware of other people using the hut.

Advance booking is absolutely essential for members. To book go to the hut website and click on Member Bookings.

Last Updated: 15 May 2022

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