2021 Meet Reports

Brecons Meet, Bwlch, October
Swanage Meet, GSH, September
Lake District Meet, GSH, September
Hut Maintenance Weekend, August
North/South Day Walks, August
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.
The latest walks are below:

Walks from the Lakes Meet in September:
Gowbarrow from Aira Force
Fairfield Round
Lantys Tarn

Walks from the Swanage Meet in September:
Old Harry walk
Dancing Leadge and Priests Way
Corfe Castle Kimmeridge round

Walks from the Brecons Meet in October:
Brecon Beacon Horseshoe
Llangatwg Escarpment round

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

Members activities

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?

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 2020

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:

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.
Closing date was 15 October.

Next North/South day walk is on Saturday 20 November.
Ed Bramley is organising the Northern walk which starts at Ashford in the Water and follows the River Wye to Monsal Head and returns via Thornbribge Hall and Bakewell. Meet at 10am on the Saturday.
The route is available to download.
Mike Goodyer is organising the Southern walk, which starts at 9:30 from the car park at the Uffington White Horse, follows the Lambourn Valley Way, over the Downs to Ashdown House, onto the Ridgeway, returning to the start via Wayland Smithy.
The route is available to download.

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 20 October

Eleven members enjoyed a good weekend of walking in the Brecon Beacons, based around the New Inn at Bwlch. Walks included completing the Horseshoe, going up Fan Fawr, a trek from Storey Arms to Bwlch and a trip up to Llangatwg Escarpment.
Maps of the walks are available under 'Recent Walks to follow'

Up to 10 members and friends enjoyed the summer meet in the Lakes

Maps of the walks are available under 'Recent Walks to follow'.

See report and photos.

Up to 10 members and friends enjoyed an autumn trip to the South coast at Swanage'

Maps of the walks are available under 'Recent Walks to follow'.

See report and photos.

The London Lecture Programme started on Tuesday 5th October back at the Civil Service Club in London and via Zoom. Many thanks to all those involved in setting up the event. The next Lecture is on Tuesday 2nd November (London/Zoom).
Next year lectures are booked for 11th January, 1st February and 1st March. We are looking for volunteer speakers for these dates. Please let Don Hodge know if you want to contribute.

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

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.

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: 20 October 2021