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Sunday 19th January 6:30am The Clee Hills

Walk Organiser Carol Gosling

  Cost of this months walk is £13 members £15 non members

GAITERS ARE RECOMMENDED

The Clee Hills are a range of hills in southern Shropshire with a varied history of iron age forts, ancient coal mining, quarrying and air traffic services. The As and Bs visit Titterstone Clee and all parties summit Brown Clee at 540m. Walks finish at the Boyne Arms in Burwarton

A Walk

The A walk starts at Clee Hill and heads east before swinging north to Random Cottage. They then turn west and skirt Titterstone Clee before ascending to the disused quarry via the inclined plane. From the summit cairn, they follow the Shropshire Way to Clee Burf, where they turn westwards and descend to Nordy Bank. They then return to the Shropshire Way via Pole Gutter Cottage and continue to the summit of Brown Clee. They descend through the woods to Burwarton.

 Leaders:   Dave Arnot and Carol Gosling     

Distance:  25km - Height Gain: 950m            

B1 Walk

The B1 walk starts at Clee Hill and they head east, then north to reach the summit cairn of Titterstone Clee. They descend the inclined plane and contour round the hill to reach Callowgate.  They then follow the Shropshire Way to Abdon Burf, the summit of Brown Clee. They descend through the woods to Burwarton.

Leaders: Mike Harris and Roger Pobjoy 

Distance: 22 km-Height Gain: 720m

B2 Walk

The B2 walk starts at Clee Hill and they head in a north westerly direction to the inclined plane to ascend Titterstone Clee. From the summit cairn, they follow the Shropshire Way to Callow Gate, where they use various footpaths to reach Newton. They then progress via the  Jack Mytton Way to visit Nordy Fort, if time permits, before ascending past Pole Gutter Cottage to rejoin the ShropshireWay and onto Abdon Burf. Descent through the woods to Burwarton.

Leaders: Rob Maule and Bob Price

Distance 22km- Height gain 730m

C Walk

The C walk starts at Cleobury North and ascends in a westerly direction to the summit of Brown Clee. They descend westwards to Abdon Liberty and then turn southwards to reach Nordy Bank. They ascend to Clee Burf and then follow the Shropshire Way to Burwarton Pole where they turn eastwards and descend through the woods to Burwarton village.

Leaders: Howard Hill and Wendy Price   

Distance: 15.km -Height Gain: 600m

 

Maps:    Explorer 217 The Long Mynd and Wenlock Edge 

               Explorer 203 Ludlow

                                  

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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

 

WINTER NEWSLETTER 2020

A very Happy New Year to you all and welcome to the start of another great year, indeed another decade, of hill walking in England and Wales. We have put together a programme of varied and challenging walks for 2020 and hope that you will be able to join us on many of them. Our January walk takes us to the Clee Hills –let’s hope we can take advantage of the superb views they can offer, rather than the thick mist we had on our last outing there!

ALL CHANGE IN THE CLUB - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

I am sorry to report that both Colin Little and John Collins will be stepping down from the positions of secretary and treasurer respectively at the AGM on February 25th 2020.

Colin was elected to the committee at the AGM in the Lady Windsor Hotel in February 1996 and became secretary on the retirement of Jenny Hildick in February 2000.  He has been the first point of contact for most of you, providing you with the details of the club, allocating coach seats, sorting the waiting lists, liaising with John regarding payments, - all done with superb efficiency to ensure the smooth running of the club. But that’s only the side that you see –he also produces an agenda each month for the committee meetings, takes, writes and distributes the minutes to the committee, contacts coach companies for quotes, liaises with St James church re our parking, books the Plough and Harrow for meetings and generally is a mine of information on the past history of the club and it’s members.

John has been treasurer since 2000, balancing the books and keeping a tight hold on the purse strings. He is responsible for introducing on line banking to the club, he sends out the payment reminders to you, he provides the committee with a monthly update on the club finances, he manages the monies for the dinner, weekends away and more recently the European Holidays, and of course, produces the annual accounts. For many years, John has organised the December walk followed by the Annual Dinner.  This has always taken a lot of time throughout the year - finding a suitable venue, negotiating cost, changing facilities and menu choices with the hotel and then collecting your meal selection, to ensure the day goes without a hitch. 

We will miss them very much on the committee and thank them for all the years of service, their enthusiasm, experience and commitment –and their company and good humour. I am pleased to say that neither of them are hanging up their boots and they will continue to come out on walks with us.

Howard Hill will be taking over from Colin as secretary.  Please make all enquiries, cancellations etc to Howard from 1st FEBRUARY 2020.  His contact details are howhill19@outlook.com      Phone number   07870 303664

Petra Knowles will be our new treasurer. Any payment enquiries to her after the AGM please.  Her contact details are petra_w40@hotmail.com   Phone number 07788 745215

We will try to ensure a smooth takeover, but please be patient with us if there are a few teething problems. Please remember if you email (or leave a phone message)  a query/cancellation/request to any of the committee, they will always answer, so if you don’t get a response, please assume they didn’t receive the email/phone call and try again, or try another committee member or via the website.

If you are on the waiting list for a walk, it is your responsibility to contact Howard (after Feb 1st) to confirm that you wish to take up your seat.

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS

Annual subscriptions of £20 for 2020 are now due.

ANNUAL DINNER – DECEMBER 2019

In December, our three walks explored the Monsal Trail and some of its tributary dales in the White Peak area of Derbyshire, before returning to the Monsal Head Hotel for our annual dinner. Although some of the paths were waterlogged and impassable due to the amount of rainfall received previously, diversions were sought and as the weather was kind to us on the day, we were able to enjoy good views and arrive at the hotel in dry, but muddy, clothes. 

The facilities and service at the hotel were excellent. Everyone seemed to enjoy the occasion and special thanks must go to John Collins, who, in addition to organising the walks, liaised with the hotel, to ensure the whole day ran smoothly.

AGM- TUESDAY 25th FEBRUARY 2020

This is the yearly opportunity for members to discuss any matters regarding the running of the club with the committee. Come along and air your views and any suggestions you may have. The AGM will be held at 7.45 pm on Tuesday 25th February at The Plough and Harrow on Slade Road.

After the formalities, you will have time to refill your glasses before Tom Somervell talks about his grandfather, Howard Somervell. This promises to be a fascinating evening as Tom has personal memories of his grandfather –an acclaimed mountaineer who, not only was a member of two expeditions to Mount Everest in the 1920’s, but was also a surgeon, a painter and a missionary. 

CLUB WEEKEND – 28th February – 2nd March 2020

This year we return to the Coledale Inn at Braithwaite in the Lakes. There is some superb walking to be had from the doorstep, and Buttermere is only a short drive away so let’s hope the weather is kinder to us than at our last visit in 2017. We have “unfinished business” from then as our planned high level walks had to be abandoned because of gale force winds!

Balances for the weekend should have been paid by January 10th, so all you have to do now, is to look forward with great anticipation. Wendy Price, the weekend organiser, will be sending out further information nearer the time………

And following on from that, dates for your diary

CLUB WEEKEND 2021 -INITIAL NOTIFICATION

We have booked Glaramara House at Seatoller, Borrowdale in the Lake District from Friday 26th February to Monday 1st March 2021. More details to follow later this year, but save the days. A sign up sheet will be circulated in the next couple of months and a deposit  per person will be required by the end of March to secure your place.

AUTUMN CLUB WEEKEND FRIDAY 2nd-MONDAY 5th OCTOBER 2020

Rob Maule will be organising this years autumn weekend, based in Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth. The sign up list has already been around the coach, but will be circulated again in January. Alternatively, please contact Rob directly if you would like to come. Spouses/partners are welcome. The total cost of the weekend, 3 nights bed, breakfast and evening meal, is expected to be between £200 and £215 depending on the type of room, and we will be requesting a deposit of £30 per person in January to secure your place.

RAMBLERS WORLDWIDE HOLIDAYS- WALKING PARTNERSHIP-AND MORE

If you are planning your holidays for 2020, have a look at Ramblers Worldwide Holidays https://www.ramblersholidays.co.uk They offer a wide range of holidays worldwide, catering for all trekking and walking abilities and also special interests such as birdwatching, flora, cooking and walking or cruise and walk. As the holidays are taken with small guided groups they are great way for solo travellers to experience different countries and cultures and some holidays attract no single supplement. The added bonus is that as a walking partnership nominated club, we will receive funding every time you holiday with them and nominate Hill Walking Club Sutton Coldfield-a UK holiday will generate £10pp, European £20pp and Long Haul £40pp for the club. As a thank you to members who nominate the club, we reimburse them 25% of the payment that we receive from Worldwide Holidays (ie £2.50 £5 or £10 pp). This applies to every holiday you take with Ramblers Worldwide so four European holidays would give you a free annual membership of the Hill Walking Club! Payment will be made in the following year.

QUOTE OF THE QUARTER

The mountains will always be there, the trick is to make sure you are too.

Hervey Voge  -American climber.

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 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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