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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)

Bob, our membership secretary

 
   

Howard, the club secretary

Petra, our treasurer and one of the extreme walkers

 
   

Wendy, keeps everybody in order

Arthur, our man in the Lakes

 
   

Rob, he has never classed himself as one of the extreme walkers

Tony, one of our small group of extreme walkers  
   
Ian, our latest committee member
   

 

 
Weather Forecasts

SPRING 2020 NEWSLETTER

As I write this, the sun is shining, the clocks have gone forward and we should be looking forward to spring walks in the mountains. Instead, we are living in surreal times, with the restraints of a lock down, trying to bring the outbreak of Covid 19 under control. Let’s hope we can resume our normal lives in the not too distant future.

PRESENT POSITION

All coaches, recces and club outings are cancelled until the situation improves and government advice lets us resume activities. Our dates for our Sunday walks are still booked with Travelstar and we will be reviewing the situation each month until we can safely start the program again. Destinations may need to change, as the walks will not have been recced but dates will stand - hopefully Travelstar will be able to weather the financial impact of the virus.

We will email you when we are able to resume walks and the website will be updated accordingly.

THE FUTURE –SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

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

Hopefully this is far enough into the future for the current crisis to be over and it should run as advertised. We will keep you posted if anything changes.

If you have not already done so, please pay your £30 deposit by bank transfer as soon as possible.

LAKES WEEKEND 2021

Thirty eight people have signed up for the 2021 Lakes weekend –Friday 26th February –Monday 1st March. We will be staying at the Glaramara Hotel, in Borrowdale, which is a new venue for us, with some superb walking from the door. Deposit of £50 per person is overdue. There may still be double/twin rooms available (no singles) –please contact Tony Francis now if you would like to come.

THE PAST-SEEMS LIKE A LIFETIME AGO!!!

AGM TUESDAY 25th FEBRUARY 2020

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

Thirtynine 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 Carol Gosling and Rob Maule were returned to the committee.

After serving on the committee since 1996, Colin Little decided to retire, as did John Collins – a committee member since 2000.  Ian Broughton who was co-opted on to the committee to assist with the work load, was accepted to serve as a permanent member of the committee.

It was generally agreed that splitting the B party into two walks had been successful over the past year. A question was raised from the floor asking about the possibility of making one of the B walks slightly easier than the other. This will be put forward for discussion at committee meetings.

The chair gave a tribute speech to both Colin and John, thanking them for all their efforts over the years and they were each presented with an engraved pen. Christine and Pat, their wives, were each given a bouquet in recognition of their support over the years. John became our fourth member to be awarded Life membership of the club, in recognition of his twenty year service as Treasurer. (Other Life Members are our founder, Ken Smithem,  Graham Millin, and Colin Little)

Colin and John both replied verbally to the tribute and they have since both corresponded with us, expressing their appreciation for their gifts and the kind words that were said about them.

(See below).

After a break, Tom Somervell gave us a wonderful presentation about his grandfather, Howard Somervell. Howard was an acclaimed mountaineer, a member of two expeditions to Mount Everest in the 1920’s, a surgeon, a painter and a missionary and Tom provided a most fascinating insight into his life. Thank you Tom.

COLIN LITTLE’S RETIREMENT SPEECH

Members will be aware by now that I retired from my position of secretary of the Hill Walking Club at the Club’s 45th AGM on February 25th 2020.

I have served on the committee and for most of that time as Secretary, since being elected to the committee at the AGM in the Lady Windsor Hotel in February 1996 and to the position of Secretary on the retirement of Jenny Hildick in February 2000.  The AGM of 2000 also saw the retirement of Nick White to be superseded as Treasurer by John Collins, so John and I have worked as the Secretary/Treasurer team for the last twenty years, and for that I must thank him most gratefully.  Incidentally I am only the third Secretary and John the third Treasurer.  How’s that for continuity!

I joined the Club as a 32 year old in 1978 being introduced to what had been the Lucas Rambling and Fell Walking Club by founder member and first Chairman Ken Smithem.  My first outing with the Hill Walking Club was the July 9th walk to Bleaklow.  My second was to the Brecon Beacons on August 20th after which I applied for membership of the Club, and have been walking regularly with the Club ever since.

My first Club weekend was to Lulworth Cove in September 1982 for the princely sum of £27 for 2 night’s half board and I have taken part in virtually every Autumn coastal weekend since.  I’ve also organised most of them for the last twenty years.  At this point I must mention the great deal of support I have received from Bob & Wendy who have led some of the walks having done their own recces.  They have also organised the weekend on the odd occasion when I have not been available.

In the early days the Club organised midsummer overnight walks to coincide with the shortest nights of the year which included, hopefully, a brilliant sunrise, and which concluded with breakfast at a suitable establishment.  In those days the Club also had a backpacking group which organised their own series of activities for over 20 years.

For a number of years the Club also organised New Year’s Day walks, and November 1979 also saw the first of what has become an annual event with the last walk of the year concluding with the annual dinner – there was no December walk in the early days.  The first one was held at the long since departed Border Restaurant after walks over the Breidden Hills.

I am not a meticulous keeper of statistics but I reckon to have completed around 800 Club walks during my 41½ years with the Club.  That’s exactly 500 months and would equate to about 10,000 miles and 2,000,000 feet of height gain.  This includes all Sunday walks + recces, Club weekends + recces since I have organised them (around 35 weekends in total) as well as evening walks + recces, going back to the era when we organised 5 evening walks a year from April to August.

Finally, not only do I have to thank the Hill Walking Club for a lifetime of inspirational walking and the satisfaction of having worked alongside such a diligent and hard-working committee; it has also been fundamental in shaping the rest of my life as it is where I met my wife, Christine whose first walk was to Moel Hebog in March 1988.  Christine has been a great support to me during my years on the committee and I would also like to thank her for our last 30 years together.

I have often wondered where I might be today, had it not been for the Hill Walking Club which brought Christine and I together, and to be honest I haven’t a clue.  It is a truly unique Club which has been a major part of my life for over 40 years and for that I am deeply indebted.  As Howard takes over the role of Secretary to be joined by Petra at the Treasury I wish everyone connected with the Club a bright and successful future.  Long may it continue to flourish!

JOHN’S LETTER

A heartfelt letter of appreciation, hand written with his new gift, was received from John thanking the committee and the club for the generous gifts of life membership and the engraved pen.

He expressed appreciation for the support that had always been there when it was needed and gratitude for the friendships that he and Pat had gained from the club since first joining in 1996 and also that those friendships had really removed any thoughts they might have had of leaving Sutton.

He was touched that flowers had been provided for the walking widows.

LAKES WEEKEND 28th February-2nd March 2020

 Thirty nine members and guests stayed at the Coledale Inn, Braithwaite, plus one member in a nearby B&B. Excellent food and accommodation here as always and great service from the staff.

We were hoping to complete “unfinished business” this time, as at our last visit here in February 2017, the rain and gale force winds made our planned walks impossible. Little rain this time, but very strong winds and sleet flurries, which made walking arduous and meant some routes were adjusted to take conditions into account. Despite this, a good time was had by all.

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.

 

KEEP WELL EVERYONE

 

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.

CORONAVIRUS

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ALL CLUB ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 

 

 

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