The purpose of this page is to provide members and those expressing an interest in the Club with basic but important information to ensure they are suitably prepared and equipped when attending their first trip, as well as giving a brief overview of Club activities and other important information.


The Club Activities

* Day trips to Derbyshire area, but also walks in the Chilterns and along parts of the South Coast, usually on a Sunday, but some Saturdays as well.

* Longer breaks of 5 days duration to the Lake District, Wales or North Yorkshire etc, usually with self catering accommodation.

* Club nights usually the third Tuesday each month, with Members slide shows, social evenings or local walks in the summer.

* Canoeing during the summer months, with possible option to borrow a canoe, or bring your own.

* A Programme of events is produced and issued twice a year to cover January to June and July to December.

The Day Trips

* Transport is via a modern 15 or 17 seater minibus.  Please note that seatbelts must be worn at all times when travelling.

* Please arrive on time for departure in the morning, as we may be picking up others en-route.  We leave promptly at the stated time and therefore do not wait for those who are not present. You will find specific details regarding leaving times etc in current Club Programme.

* We usually stop for breakfast around half way and again for a meal on the way home, but both are purely optional.

* A packed lunch is recommended, along with sufficient hot/cold drinks.

* It is more comfortable to take your walking boots separately, rather than wear them on the minibus.

* Consider taking a spare change of clothing if weather is forecast to be wet, as travelling in wet clothing is not pleasant.

* We usually aim for a full day walk of around 8-14 miles, dependant on weather conditions, time of year and terrain. Although there are rest stops, some walks can at times be strenuous. 

* The Club does not have any official leaders on walks, but 2 or 3 members usually have different walks planned and will circulate details in the minibus beforehand.  The ideal is to just tag along with the one most appropriate, but don’t be afraid to ask if you are unsure on distance etc.  You are also welcome to walk on your own if you feel confident enough.

* As spaces are limited, please let the Club know as soon as possible if you have booked and cannot attend, as the place can then be offered to others

* Some areas can be particularly muddy underfoot and the use of gaiters may help to protect lower leg clothing 

* We aim to get back to Norwich around 10.00 pm, unless otherwise stated, but may on occasions be delayed by traffic etc.

* Non-members can attend a maximum of two trips as a guest member for a small additional cost per trip, although Club evenings and social functions are open to all and, except stated in the Programme, are free of charge.

* Walking poles can be a useful aid when coming down slopes or on uneven terrain etc.

* Carry something waterproof to sit on, such as a piece of foam.

* Suitable size rucksack to carry items.


Note for Club holidays - A reminder that, if after paying your deposit, full payment is not received by the date stated in the Programme, your place will be offered to other members.  If you cancel after you have made your final payment, a refund will only be made if your space can be filled.  Deposits are again only refundable if your space can be filled.  Members should also ensure that any cheques they send via post for deposits etc have been cashed by the Club.  Please note that we are unable to take Temporary members on Club holidays.