The club was first established in 1936 and the first walk was on Sunday 8th November 1936. Then there were 50 members and it was arranged that there would be walks alternating half day Saturday and a full day Sunday. The transport to the beginning was by bus or train and in the winter months there were social events such as map reading, first aid and slide shows.
These days we have expanded somewhat. There are now over a 100 members of mixed ages and ability. The walks still alternate Saturday and Sunday and also include some mid-week walking.
The Saturday walk leaves from the E.D.W. Homes on Coniscliffe Road at 09.15 a.m. or at the leaders discretion and the Sunday walk leaves the Arts centre in Vane Terrace at 9.15 a.m. A lot of members have cars so transport is not a problem for anyone and the cost of the petrol is decided by the mileage done.
The walks are categorised as the following. Mileage and Strenuous, Moderate or Easy. In the summer months we do walk every Saturday, Sunday and mid-week.
All are welcome to walk but after 3 rambles we would like them to join the club if they wish to continue coming out with us and pay the nominal membership fee.
Accompanied under 12’s free, £3 for under 18’s, £8 for over 18’s.
Walkers are advised to carry some form of identification with any necessary medical details and a name and number in case of emergency. A packed lunch and drinks are necessary. Strong walking shoes or boots and some form of waterproof clothing are also essential. We do collect money (40p per person voluntary) and donate it to HF, North Air Ambulance and local mountain rescue groups.
Apart from walking we also have a social programme. In the Spring and Autumn we have weekends away staying in HF houses which are superb value, walks are arranged for the days and there is usually some entertainment on an evening.
There are other social events throughout the year, a meal at Christmas, a barbecue in June or July and a summer day excursion.
The club’s AGM. is in February with committee meetings six times a year.
For more info ring Jan 07804667390, Marg 07986006266 or Elaine 07732718882