Hill Walking and Hiking is the other major activity of the club (alongside climbing), probably because its a great way to explore some of the most beautiful areas of the UK. And unlike climbing we generally do it whatever the weather. Members do all sorts of walking at all levels – from coastal paths, to full-on scrambling in the mountains, to bothy-to-bothy long distance hikes in Scotland.
On a normal club weekend we usually aim to get a full day’s activity on Saturday, followed by a late night re-living it all in the pub, or over a barbeque if the weather is suitable. On Sunday we do it all again (different summits!) although we do finish a bit earlier to allow time for the long journey back to London in time for the last tube home.
“Walking is easy in comparison to climbing...all you have to do is put one foot in front of the other.” That may be true of some of our coastal, lowland, and moorland trips, but the more mountainous areas (Snowdonia, the Lake District, and Scotland) will require rather more effort, often over quite rough ground. Do you fancy using the stairs to get to the top of the Shard? Then come back down and do it twice more in quick succession. That’s about the same height gain you will need to get from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon, or from Wasdale to the summit of Scafell Pike. And afterwards we will continue on to climb other summits.
If you are an experienced hill walker you will probably love our weekends in the mountains. However if you haven’t done any hill or mountain walking before we would encourage you to start with some of our coastal or moorland trips, because if you go on a mountain trip you may very well end up hating it (and us)! Of course you don’t have to head straight for the highest summits, but if you want to do lower may need to plan for a day by yourself.