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Sunday 13th January 6:30am Offa’s Dyke, Knighton

         Walk Organiser – Carol Gosling

Cost of this months walk is £14 members £16 non members

Our walks will explore the countryside around Knighton, using footpaths, bridleways and part of the Offa’s Dyke National Trail, which runs alongside part of the 8th century earthwork of Offa’s Dyke itself.

All walks start at Knucklas and finish in Knighton.

A Walk

The A party will walk under the impressive viaduct at Knucklas and make their way to Cwm Jenkin, via Pentrusco. They head north-west to Upper Hall Farm, then north to Wernygeufron Hill, continuing in a northerly direction to Stoney Pound. Here they turn south easterly to pick up the Jack Mitton Way and the Offa’s Dyke Path, which is followed back to Knighton.

Leaders:  Dave Arnot and Carol Gosling      Distance: 24 k - Height Gain: 900m              

B Walk

The B party will ascend Castle Hill, the site of the ruined Knucklas Castle, then, head north- west over Bwlch-y-Plain, and Goytre Hill to Wernygeufron Hill. They continue in a northerly direction until they reach Mellin-y-Grogue, where they turn south easterly. They turn northwards again at Llanfair Waterdine and eventually reach the Jack Mitton Way and Offa’s Dyke Path, which they follow to Knighton.

Leaders:Bob Price, Nigel Compton and Gary Price     Distance: 20km-Height Gain: 850m

C Walk

The C party climb Castle Hill, then turn eastwards to Monaughty Poeth. Here they walk in a northerly direction via Llandinshop, ascending to the Offa’s Dyke Trail. They follow this to the coach at Knighton.

Leaders: Howard Hill and Wendy Price       Distance: 14km -Height Gain 600m

Maps:       Explorer 201 Knighton and Presteigne

 


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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.


Ken

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.

 

 

 PRIVACY POLICY FOR HILL WALKING CLUB

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

Administration

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: walking@hwcsc.co.uk

Complaints

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 www.ico.org.uk

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

Advisory;

  • 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)

General;

  • 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)

Colin the club secretary

 
   

Bob our membership secretary

John our treasurer (and the owner of the fattest wallet you're ever likely to see)

 
   

Wendy, keeps everybody in order

Arthur, our man in the Lakes

 
   

Howard, not the youngest on the committee

Rob  
    Petra, one of our small group of extreme walkers
 

Tony, Our co-opted committee member and another member of the small group of extreme walkers

 
Weather Forecasts

SPRING 2019 NEWSLETTER

PLEASE READ

IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR 9THJUNE SUNDAY WALK

COACH DEPARTURE TIME NOW 6.30AM

Our normal car parking arrangements at St James are not available on Sunday June 9th.due to a major church event. For this day only, the coach pick up will be from the centre of Sutton Coldfield in the car park in South Parade, B72 1ST (opposite Plantsbrook School on Upper Holland Road) AT 6.30 AM.

This is a Pay and Display car park -current charge is £2.30 all day Sunday, free after 6.00pm. The ticket prints a twelve hour time limit. Therefore,

DO NOT PAY FOR YOUR TICKET UNTIL AFTER 6.00AM.

This will then cover you for 12 hours, includes the chargeable period and runs over into the free time,so we are OK until the coach returns. Coach departure time from Wales expected to be 5.00pm, to give us the same walking time.

AGM TUESDAY 26th FEBRUARY 2019

The minutes of the AGM have already been circulated but to summarise:

Thirtysix 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, Petra Knowles and Bob Price have been re-elected to continue on the committee. In addition, Tony Francis, who was co-opted on to the committee earlier in the year to assist with the work load, has now been officially proposed and seconded to serve as a permanent member of the committee.

We were asked about the Club membership of the BMC at the 2018 AGM and we have investigated the feasibility of joining.  Individual membership costs £33.95 or £14.25 per head for club members. This would total over £1000 for the Hill Walking Club.  BMC does give access to many facilities, some of which may involve further payments, and some which may not be entirely relevant to us as a club, so it was decided not to pursue it.

The size of the ‘B’ party was discussed (see later), the bar on the coach and the problems of the

longstanding roadworks with associated speed limits affecting our destinations for our Sunday Lakes walks. The 2019 programme is already decided but we will consider carefully for 2020.

After a break, Sue Howles gave us an interesting and informative talk on her National Trust Working Holiday when she joined the Fix the Fells organisation for some essential path management in the Lake District. Thanks Sue (and to Ken Smithem for providing the necessary technical equipment)

LAKES WEEKEND 1st – 4th MARCH 2019

Forty members and guests stayed at The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Great Langdale. This was our second visit here following popular demand and we were not disappointed. The quality of the accommodation, the excellent food and the friendliness and efficiency of the staff was superb -I’m sure we will return again in a few years.

Sadly, we missed the record February temperatures as the weather changed the day we arrived, but the worst of the rain and gale force winds were  in the late afternoon/evenings. All parties did lower level walks on the Saturday but reached greater heights on the Langdales or Lingmoor Fell on the Sunday.

Thanks to all our leaders and helpers and special thanks to Wendy Price for again organising the weekend and liaising with the hotel-everything worked like clockwork.

And following on from this………………

LAKES WEEKEND –Friday 28th February –Monday 2ndMARCH 2020

In 2020, the club will be returning to the Coledale Inn, Braithwaite for 3 nights, dinner, bed and breakfast @£ 209per person (with a supplement for single occupancy). We have reserved the whole hotel for the three nights and there are still a few spaces available, so if you are interested in coming along, please contact Wendy Price by phone or email.

To secure your place, please pay £30 deposit per person now, if you haven’t already done so, (on line please). We have details of nearby B&B’s for any overspill, (evening meals can be taken by arrangement with the group at the hotel)

EVENING WALKS

May traditionally heralds the start of our evening walks and on Thursday 23rd May, Paul Burns will be leading a walk in the countryside around Hurley, starting at 7.15 pm at the Holly Bush pub in Hurley (CV9 2HX)- and of course finishing in time for a drink at the end!

Walks on 20th June and 25thJuly will be in Sandwell Valley (Malt Shovel, Newton Road Great Barr B43 6HN) and Kingsbury Water Park (Dog and Doublet, Bodymoor Heath B76 9JD) respectively, same start time of 7.15pm. Family and friends are welcome.

BEER AND SKITTLES  -FRIDAY EVENING OCTOBER 18th 2019

We have booked Lee Marston Hotel for a fun evening of Beer and Skittles and a supper on Friday October 18th. There is a minimum party size of 30 but enough interest was shown by members to suggest this would be a viable event. We have therefore paid a non-refundable deposit to secure the evening, and hence are asking you to pay a £5 deposit per person.

There are several of you who expressed interest originally on the coach sign up board, but have not paid a deposit. We understand that plans may have changed, but at present we have not reached the 30 take up figure which would be necessary for break even.

If you would like to come along for a friendly social event, please pay a £5 deposit on line.

Spouses/partners/friends/family are all welcome. The total cost of the evening is £15.95 which includes a two- course supper. More details and menu choice later in the year.

NEW PROGRAMME 2020

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

 We need YOUR suggestions for Sunday walks, club nights and weekends so that we can compile the 2020 programme. The sheet will be passed around the coach on Sunday again; please give us your ideas, thoughts and any comments you may like to make. Alternatively, please contact us by email at walking@hwcsc.co.uk or telephone a committee member. Suggestions by middle of May please.

B PARTY SIZE

The committee are very aware of the growing numbers on the B walk making the party more difficult to manage for the leaders, with more stoppage times required for stiles, catch ups, especially on single track footpaths and making headcounts a nightmare! We have tried to have three leaders on the B’s which has helped some of the issues but it is not ideal to have a group of 30+ for the leaders, for the party members or for other people on the hills.

We have successfully divided the B party on two walks now -both circular walks, which was relatively easy to do. However, we do not intend to restrict the B walk to circulars only, in order to be able to make a split. Linear walks are a major advantage of the club so these will certainly continue where that option gives the best walk.

In May, June and July, we are hoping to offer two B walks if numbers require, all linear, and we will look for options to do this throughout the year. Four walks need 8 leaders and sometimes we have difficulties in getting enough leaders, especially during the holiday season.

Some areas we visit may not have enough options for a second B walk, either due to terrain or coach access, so it may be that only one B walk is arranged.

Please understand that we are aware of the party size and if you are in a largish party, please also be mindful of others on the hills.

TICK REMINDER

Peak tick season is upon us. Ticks tend to be most active between March and October, so be aware, check yourselves regularly and use a tick removal tool. Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Not all ticks are infected but it is important to seek early medical help should you feel unwell after a tick bite.

Lots more information available on the internet.

QUOTE OF THE QUARTER

Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot.

Diane Spicer, American author and hiker.

 

 

 

 

 

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 local evening walks in summer, 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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Link to Garry Price Photo Album www.garypricephoto.co.uk/ingleborough

 

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