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

 

Offa's Dyke Path is a 285km National Trail that roughly follows the English/Welsh
border from Chepstow, on the Severn Estuary to Prestatyn on the Irish Sea. Our
walks will follow some of this trail, alongside part of the 8th century earthwork of
Offa's Dyke itself, as we explore the countryside around Knighton. Expect undulating
paths and good views over the Welsh Marches. (postponed from January 2018)

 

Map ………………………………………….…..Explorer 201 Knighton and Presteigne
Walk Details……………………………………………….…………………Carol Gosling


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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

AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2018

Our lovely summer has drawn to a close, but we are still experiencing some pleasant temperatures -perfect for walking. Let’s hope this continues for our planned walks for the rest of the year. This is a fairly lengthy newsletter, but there is some interesting information at the end that I certainly was not aware of, that is very relevant to this important centenary year of the Great War.

AUTUMN WEEKEND – NEFYN  Friday 5th –Monday 8th October 2018

The Club’s Autumn weekend took place at the Nanhoron Arms Hotel in Nefyn on the Llyn Peninsula in Wales.  The hotel gave us a warm welcome and provided excellent bedrooms, good food, with menu choices for dinner, and a bar.On Saturday, the weather was windy and dry.  Both walk parties caught the bus outside the hotel to the start of the walks at Tudweillog.  Here the parties split, for the longer walk the party led by Colin Little went down lanes and fields to the coast at Porth Ychain, from there they walked along the Coastal Path over cliff tops with views over the rugged coastline.  Taking in Porth Gwylan, Porth Ysgaden, Porth Towyn before descending to a small cove just before Aber Geirch for lunch on the beach.  Along the way we were fortunate to see seals basking on the rocks and various seabirds.  From there, still hugging the coastline, we walked alongside a golf course, where some of us left the main party to enjoy refreshments at Porth Dinlaen at the Ty Coach Inn situated virtually on the beach. The rest of the group continued on to traverse the extra kilometre around the headland past the lifeboat station before re-joining the drinkers  at the inn!  After a very pleasant hour at the inn, we walked along the beach before heading back inland for the short distance to the hotel.

The other party led by Wendy Price did exactly the same walk but started further up the coast at Porth Towyn.

On Sunday the weather was dry and we used our own vehicles to drive to the start of the walks, at a car park in the middle of nowhere by Llithtaen.  Again, the parties split with the same leaders. Apart from the one route taking in an extra hill at the start, both walks were the same. The main climb was up Bwlch yr Efll to the summit at 564m, from there we climbed up to Trer’r Coril Fort, the remains of the perimeter wall giving an insight into how well fortified the original fort would have been.   We descended down to the coast at Nant Gwrtheyrn, where we followed the Coastal Path, initially along the beach and then climbing inland over the headlands back to the hotel.

On Sunday evening at dinner, Roger Needle gave a vote of thanks to those involved in making the arrangements and leading the walks which was fully endorsed by all those present- a very enjoyable weekend indeed.

AUTUMN SOCIAL EVENT- BREIDDEN HILLS -SUNDAY 28th OCTOBER

Cars meet 9.30am at Middletown SY21 8EL

After the good attendance at the Much Wenlock social walk last October, we are again offering a similar formula this year -a circular walk from Middletown, on the A458. We will climb the three main peaks of Moel y Golfa (403 metres), Breidden Hill (365metres) and Middleton Hill (367 metres) with the added attractions of the Romany Monument and Rodney’s Pillar.

Meet at Middleton, SY21 8EL in the car park adjacent to the Briedden Hotel (GR 302 126) at 9.30 am.

To complete the day, the Breidden Hotel will provide not only a drink but also a full Chinese restaurant menu. There is no need to pre-order meals, but the hotel have asked for an indicative number of those who will be taking a meal. So, if you wish to come, please sign the list on the October coach or contact John Collins directly.

 The meal is optional. If you just wish to come along for the walk, that is fine-and spouses/friends are welcome too.

 DECEMBER MEAL AND COACH

This year, we visit the Rutland Arms, Bakewell, in the Peak District for our annual dinner. John Collins, the organiser, will need to order the meals a week before the event. The board will come around the coach in the next two months for you to make your choice.  Completion of this form does not book a coach seat. The normal booking system does that.

Travel

The meal is open to all members and non-members (at a higher price). If you do not have a seat on the coach, ie if take-up is more than 57, then you will need to arrange a car share. But with the meal and walk it is still good value. It just means that the unselfish driver of the car restricts his or her drinking. The club makes some reimbursement to the car driver for petrol.

Dress for Hotel

Remember to bring change of clothing, towel etc.

Payment & membership

The December walk price has been fixed at £22 for members, with a supplement for non-members. This includes your three course meal. The annual subscription for 2019 is £20 so we are happy to have a £42 payment to cover both.

The simplest way to make this payment is online - please contact John Collins for the bank details, if you don’t already have them. The payment must be made by Wednesday 5th December and, please, because extra monies are involved for the dinner and/or annual subscriptions, John Collins notified at jandpcollins@hotmail.com to enable him to confirm the payment prior to the Sunday.

If you pay online for yourself and somebody else, please let the treasurer know who else is covered by your payment.

THE NEW PROGRAMME

The 2019 programme is well on the way-it is ready for printing and should hopefully be distributed on the November coach. The dates for 2019 are listed at the bottom of the programme page on the website.

CONGRATULATIONS TO

…....Bob and Wendy who have finally completed all the 541  Birketts –( A hill is classified as a Birkett if it is one of the 541 Lake District fells described in Bill Birkett's book Complete Lakeland Fells).

……Dave Arnott for walking part of Offa’s Dyke Trail for charity, in some very wet weather

…..Matt, Petra, Tony and Dave L for completing the 100k Peak district challenge -see below

The MaD PaT's Brigade (Matt, Dave, Petra and Tony) managed to complete the 100k Peak District Challenge at the end of September. 

First pic at start with our additional team mate Isabella (Doc. no 3 in the team) who we acquired just before the start. Matt and Dave interviewed/filled her in with our plans before deciding she could be part of the MaD PaT's Brigade.

Luckily for us the rain stopped about 15 mins before we set off at 21.00 Friday.   At around 4.00 we acquired another trekker called Pete who stayed with us for approximately 3 hours (I think our relentless pace was his undoing, we found out later that he retired a few hours later). Dawn broke at around 6.30 and saw us 2 hrs ahead of target time. Scenery throughout the day was lovely although we had scant time to enjoy it. During the afternoon fatigue set in so the pace slowed. We had 18 checkpoints to go through. They were manned by volunteers who kept our spirits up with conversation, filled our cups with water and bellies with food. Dusk fell at around 19.30. We still hoped to finish by 21.00 but with the few extra kilometres we had plotted on our gps's and fatigue we finally finished at 21.10 and for some of us 21.16. Without Tony's impeccable route finding we would have been a lot slower.

Second picture taken at HQ about 30 mins after finishing the Challenge. We were very tired and some of us had suffered injury but kept this quiet until the end. Matt, had chaffed the back of one of his knees, Tony will lose some toe nails and had very painful soles, Isabella had 'tweeked' something and only managed to complete by using my walking poles, Dave had a blister. I got off lightly this time with just a painful shoulder.

Third & fourth pic. The next morning relaxing outside our bijou pod where we had snoozed the night away post event.

Thank you to everyone at HWC for the tremendous donations which has raised £450 for S.A.L.V.E. In all we have raised approx. £1000.

One week on. Tony, Matt & Dave are more than keen to revisit the event next year and complete in less than 24 hours. That team wouldn't be complete, so I also hope to revisit the event next year. Gold Challenge. We travelled 106K in 24 hours 10-16 mins and climbed around 3400m. Of 17 that started 11 completed. Isabella and I were the only 2 women to compete/complete.

Petra Knowles

HILL WALKING CLUB MEMBERSHIP ANNIVERSARIES

Bob Price, our membership secretary, has again been reviewing the club records to find those who have reached a significant anniversary (multiples of 5 years) in their years of membership. Still no gold watches to be had!

In 2018, the following members will have completed:

40 Years Membership

Colin Little

25 Years Membership

Bob Price

Wendy Price

15 Years Membership

Howard Hill

Christopher Moore

Dennis Wills

10 Years Membership

Natasha Atkinson

Ranjit Bindarh

Paul Burns

Peter Williams

5 years Membership

Yolande Barbe

David Benton

Anne Farmer

David Lloyd

Gareth Williams

THE GREAT GIFT FOLLOWING THE END OF THE GREAT WAR

2018 is the centenary year of the end of World War One. While Armistice Day, commemorated annually in November, was the ceasefire, it was 19th July 1919 when both sides signed the official peace treaty. A beacon was lit on Scafell Pike on Peace Day in 1919 to signal the end of the war, and shortly after, Lake District landowner Charles Henry Wyndham, the 3rd Baron Leconfield and honorary member of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club, gifted Scafell Pike to the National Trust “in perpetual memory of the men of the Lake District who fell for God and King, for freedom, peace and right in the Great War.” A few years after, a memorial made of Buttermere Slate was introduced, remembering the fallen.

Then Castle Crag was given to the National Trust as a memorial to 'the men of Borrowdale'.

In 1923, the Fell and Rock Climbing Club in memory of their fallen, bought and gifted 3000 acres of land to the National Trust -the twelve summits of   Lingmell, Broad Crag, Great End, Seathwaite Fell, Allen Crags, Glaramara, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Green Gable, Base Brown, Brandreth and Grey Knotts.

In 1924, the final dedication ceremony was held on top of Great Gable, led by author, poet and renowned British mountaineer Geoffrey Winthrop Young. (Even after being wounded and losing a leg whilst working as an ambulance driver at the Battle of San Gabriele in Italy, Young continued to tackle famous peaks). The ceremony was affectionately described at the time as a 'service in the clouds'.  Young’s tale of the difficult climb in bad weather on the day and being revived by “cups of genuinely hot coffee” is something we can all relate to today!

There is a plaque set on the summit rock commemorating those members of the Fell & Rock Climbing Club who died in World War I; an annual memorial service is held here on Remembrance Sunday. The bronze memorial, weighing 70 kg, was removed on 10 July 2013 by 13 soldiers and carried down the hill via a stretcher. A replacement, with spelling errors corrected, was installed by Royal Engineers in October 2013!

In this centenary year, the National Trust is organising a series of commemorations and exhibitions to show gratitude for these amazing gifts. The commemorations include rebuilding a summit cairn on Scafell Pike. Rangers will camp out on the peak to carry out the work and will resettle the memorial plaque within the walls of the cairn. Additionally, the work will include repairing paths on Scafell Pike and Great Gable.

 

On Armistice Day 2018, 100 years since the ceasefire, the National Trust will light a beacon on top of Scafell Pike, just as Lord Leconfield did on Peace Day – 19th July 1919 and they intend to rededicate the peaks- “By re-dedicating the peaks, not only are we remembering the past, but looking to the future to ensure this inspiring landscape can be enjoyed by generations to come."

QUOTE OF THE QUARTER

Nothing more fitting this centenary than the dedication speech from 1924 -

" Upon this mountain summit we are met today to dedicate this space of hills to freedom. Upon this rock are set the names of men – our brothers, and our comrades upon these cliffs – who held, with us, that there is no freedom of the soil where the spirit of man is in bondage, and who surrendered their part in the fellowship of hill and wind, and sunshine, that the freedom of this land, the freedom of our spirit, should endure."

- Geoffrey Winthrop Young

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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