2021 Meet Reports

Hut Maintenance Weekend, August

North/South Day Walks, August

Backbacking in the Lakes, July

Glaramara walking, July

North/South Day Walks, July

Cotswold Meet, June

Peak District Meet, June

North/South Day Walks, May

North/South Day Walks, April

Recent walks to follow

At the start of this year we have started to collect walks that have been completed on Meets.
If you visit the area you may want to review the walk.
To kick off the idea here is the first day meet:
Combe walk in April

Day walks in May:
Derwent Edges walk
Pepperpot Hill walk

Walks from the Derbyshire Meet in June:
Saturday walk - Chrome Hill
Sunday walk - Arbor Low

Walks from the Cotswold Meet in June:
Saturday walk - Stanton and Snowshill
Sunday walk - Seven Springs

Southern Day Walk in July:
East Meon

Day Walks in August:
West Wycombe and Hughenden

Once you have opened the walk you can download it in .gpx file format for using on your GPS, mobile or mapping software.

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 2020

Meet reports 2001 to 2019

Treks 2001 to 2011

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.

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England went into a National Lockdown on Wednesday 6 January. On Monday 22 February the government published its plan on how England would exit lockdown. On 19 July all restrictions were lifted in England. We are using the BMC plan (updated 25 August) for England and Wales for organising our meets.
In addition here is the latest info for Scotland (updated 9 August).

Advance Notice of AGM and Dinner Meet - The 2022 AGM and Annual Dinner will be on Saturday 29 January at the Inn on the Lake in Glenridding. The AGM will be at 5:45, followed by a 4 course dinner at 7:30pm. The cost of the meal will be £31 per person.
A booking form for the dinner will be sent out in the autumn.

Advance notice of Summer Hotel based Alpine Meet - The Meet will be in Kandersteg staying at the Hotel Alfa-Soleil from 9-16 July 2022. Please let Paul Stock know if you are interested in the meet.
Further details will be sent to members expressing an interest.

The forthcoming weekend meets are:

Swanage Meet, later in September, is now full.

Brecon Beacons Meet over 8 - 10 October.
This meet is now full.

Presidents Meet, George Starkey Hut, Patterdale, 22 - 24 October
The Presidents meet is an opportunity to enjoy good fellowship and a chance to put your views about the club to the President and/or committee at an informal gathering.
There will be a communal meal on the Saturday evening at £10 per person.
Please book with the President before Friday 15 October.

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

Latest News 13 September

Marian has given a summary of what was done over the Hut Maintenance weekend. A big thank you to all who helped out.

Twelve members enjoyed the August day walks.

Maps of the walks are under 'recent walks to follow' in the left column.

See the Northern report and photos.

See the Southern report and photos.

The London Lecture Programme starts in October. We hope to be back at the Civil Service Club in London.
The dates are Tuesday 5th October, Tuesday 2nd November and Tuesday 7th December.

Ed Bramley has added a video of the 2011 trek to the Freedom Trail to our digital archive.
For a more cinematic viewing you can connect to YouTube on any smart TV and type ABMSAC into the search and the treks from 2001 to 2011 will come up.
In the coming months more treks will be added to the Treks page.

Paul Stock has written an account of his Lakes backpacking trip with Mitch in late July.

Julie Jones has a written an account of day off the beaten track in the Lakes.

Any other members backpacking this year - lets have your story?

Twelve members enjoyed the July day walks.
Map of the Southern walk is under 'recent walks to follow' in the left column.

See the report and photos.

The two one day meets in the Cotswold were on 26 and 27 June.
Up to 16 attendees enjoyed a sample of Cotswold walking.
Maps of the walks are under 'recent walks to follow' in the left column.

See the report and photos.

Our first weekend meet in over a year was to Derbyshire on 4 - 6 June.
Up to 11 attendees enjoyed a camping weekend at the popular Royal Oak site. Maps of the walks are under 'recent walks to follow' in the left column.

See the report and photos.

Pamela Harris has written an article on Stevenson and Edinburgh, published by Cicerone Press. An interesting read.

If you are missing your annual trip to the Alps then you can relive some old trips by delving into the new Cicerone book on 50 best walking routes in the Zermatt and Saas Fee area. The link also has a short YouTube video. Enjoy.

Everest in the 20s - 2021 marks the centenary of the first British expedition to Everest.
To commemorate the occasion The Alpine Club is hosting an exhibition 'Everest by those who were there' at its London premises.
The exhibition uses the words of expedition members from 1921, 1922 and 1924 - the last including the fated Mallory and Irvine attempt on the summit. Irvine's ice axe, retrieved a few years later, is one of the exhibits. As well as diary entries and hand-written notes, visitors can explore the art works and photography produced on the expeditions, as well as clothing and equipment used on the mountain.
The exhibition opens to the public on the 21st June and can be visited on Tuesdays and Wednesday between the hours of 12:00 and 17:30 until October 17 (closed during August). Viewings can be made at other times and days by prior arrangement. The AC recommends that whenever you plan to attend, you contact admin@alpine-club.org.uk in advance.

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.

Past news

George Starkey Hut

The hut reopened on Monday 19 July.
Please follow the intructions 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.

The hut is in Patterdale near Ullswater, at the heart of the Lake Districtís 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 Hut warden is Marian Parsons.

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.

The overnight rates are £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 george.starkey.hut@gmail.com.

Last Updated: 15 September 2021