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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

WINTER NEWSLETTER 2019

A very Happy New Year to you all and welcome to the start of another great year of hill walking in England and Wales. The early 2019 programme includes two trips that were postponed from last year due to weather enforced schedule changes - Offa’s Dyke, Knighton and Ystradfellte Waterfalls, South Wales and a visit to the Dursley area of the Cotswolds -a first for the club. Hope you can join us.

CLUB BUSINESS

Annual subscriptions of £20 for 2019 are now due.

The coach list is with Howard Hill  howhill19@sky.com until the end of January.

Please remember if you email any of the committee with a  query/cancellation/request 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 us (normally Colin) to confirm you wish to take up your seat.

ANNUAL DINNER – DECEMBER 2018

In December, our three walks explored the moors and dales of the White Peak area of Derbyshire, before returning to the Rutland Arms Hotel, in Bakewell, for our annual dinner. The weather was kind to us this year, and we were able to enjoy good views all day and arrive at the hotel in dry 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 26th FEBRUARY 2019

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 26th February at The Plough and Harrow on Slade Road.

After the formalities, you will have time to refill your glasses before Sue Howles shares her experiences of her National Trust Working Holidays and particularly of the week she spent in the Lake District last summer, working with the “Fix the Fells” organisation.

CLUB WEEKEND – 1st-4th March 2019

This year, by popular demand, we return to the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale in the Lakes. There is some superb walking to be had from the doorstep, so let’s hope the weather will be kind to us.

Balances for the weekend should have already been paid, 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.

AUTUMN CLUB WEEKEND FRIDAY 4th-MONDAY 7th OCTOBER 2019

Colin Little will again be organising the Autumn walking weekend, this year based at the Royal Hotel in Bideford, Devon. The weekend is very well subscribed -there are no single rooms left, but Colin may be able to squeeze in one or two more people, but they must be willing to share. Deposits of £30 per person to be paid into the club account by the end of January please.

BEER AND SKITTLES NIGHT- FRIDAY OCTOBER 18th2019

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, and confirm your place with either Carol (randc.gos@tiscali.co.uk) or John (jandpcollins@hotmail.com)

Spouses/partners/friends/family are 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.

PUBLICITY

Although we get most of our publicity from the website, we are always looking for alternative ways to increase our profile and reach potential new members. Are you a member of a gym or sports club where we could display a poster? If so, please contact a committee member -we have A5 posters available.

FREE TO A GOOD HOME

Ken Smithem (or rather Audrey) has started the spring cleaning and is having a sort out.

They have found Ken’s down sleeping bag and thermorest mattress from his backpacking days and, as he says he will never use them again, he would like to give them to any club member who can make use of them. He may have other backpacking gear later, as the decluttering continues. He will bring them to the AGM.

RAMBLERS WORLDWIDE HOLIDAYS- WALKING PARTNERSHIP-AND MORE

If you are planning your holidays for 2019, 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

Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.

Barry Finlay, author

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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