• January 7/9 – Helwith Bridge Hut Dales, Tony Davies
  • February 4/6 – Rosthwaite Lakes, Peter Drake
  • March 4/6 – Edale Peak, Bob Driskell
  • April 1/3 – Rosedale N York Moors, Dave Lamb
  • April 29/ May 2 –  Duddon Valley Lakes, Mike Gilbert
  • May 27/30 – Pitlochry Scotland, David Hoar
  • June 24/26 – White Peak Peak, Chris Gibson
  • July 22/24 – Ogwen Snowdonia, Barry Lazenby
  • Aug 19/21  -Teesdale N Pennines, Steve Mawson
  • Sept 16/18 – Hayfield Peak, Pete Swift
  • Oct 14/16 – Flamborough Yorks Coast, Shelagh Waring
  • Nov 11/13 – Dinner Hope Valley, Peak Committee
  • Dec 9/11 – AGM Bowderstone Cottage, Lakes Committee



  1. Your new committee is Peter Swift (HP), Peter Drake (HVP), Tony Davies (HT), Tony Hunt (HS), Ron Darwent, Les Corfield and Chris Gibson.
  2. Pete Swift has retained the job of Hon Circular Editor and Bob Driskell Recruitment Officer (as well as Keeper of the Web).
  3. The Club Website is Bob is seeking lots of new hits.
  4. Subs are unchanged and are now due (£13).
  5. The various suggestions on the future of the Club and organisation of meets submitted to Bob were discussed in detail. Thanks to those who contributed ideas. The conclusion was that at the moment the current Full Members are fulfilling their responsibilities to organise and lead Meets and that no benefits could be seen in altering these arrangements for the time being. However the situation will be monitored and if at some time in the future the number of Full Members drop towards levels where the frequency of having to organise a meet becomes too much of a burden the activities of the Club would have to be reviewed.
  6. The CPRE Sheffield have formed a new organisation called Friends of the Peak District The Committee have been requested to investigate recommending to next years AGM resignation from the national CPRE and affiliation to this new group.
  7. The BMC group membership fee is rising again by £1 per head from! January 2003.


  • Tuesday 25 January – Ashford in the Water SK195697 – (A walk along Monsal Dale or Wye Dale perhaps)
  • Wednesday 9 February – Longshaw National Trust Car Park – SK267801 – (Apart from the scenic walks along the “edges” we are within easy striking distance of several well known watering holes such as “The Grouse” and Foxhouse Inn.)
  • Thursday 17 March – Rowsley Mill – SK257657 –
    (A chance to walk around the Haddon Hall area and the western fringes of the Chatsworth Estate.)
  • Tuesday 12 April – Car Park above Ladybower – SK20258595 – (This gives access to Win Hill, Derwent Edge and the recently accessible Bamford Edge)
  • Wednesday 18 May – Alport Bridge – SK141895 –
    (Hopefully conditions will permit a walk on Bleaklow or Kinder.)
  • Thursday 16 June – Fairholmes Car Park –  SK17248935 – (This will enable us to check up on the progress of the “Barnsley Forest”.)

Coming events – meets list 2015-16

If you would like to join us on any of these meets please contact Tony Hunt (Hon Secretary) or Bob Driskell (Recruitment Officer).… Meets 2015 ..

January 9-11  – Stair Hut (Lakes)

February 6-8 – Winster (White Peak)

March 6-8 – High Hawsker (North Yorks Moors)

April 10-12 – Crowden (Dark Peak)

May 1-4 – Kirk Yetholm (Cheviots)

May 22-25 – Glen More (Cairngorms)

June 19-21 – Hawes (Yorkshire Dales)

July 17-19 – Wincle (Dark Peak)

August 14-16 – Beddgelert (Snowdonia)

September 11-13 – Dufton (North Pennines)

October 9-11 – Blencathra (Lakes)

November 6-8 – Amber Valley (White Peak)

December 4-6 – AGM – Clapham Lowstern (Yorkshire Dales)

.. Meets 2016 ..

January 8-10 – Brotherswater (Lakes)

February 5-7 – 70th Anniversary Dinner (Barnsley)

Club History

Club history
The Barnsley Mountaineering Club was formed on 2nd February 1946.   Its main activities were in the Peak District of Derbyshire.   Every four weeks meets were held either camping or Youth Hostelling from Friday Evening to Sunday evening.   These were mainly in the vicinity of the gritstone crags.Eventually the club had the use of a barn near Hope railway station which was converted by our own members to suitable standard but was soon lost when the farmer required it.   We then got a twenty-year lease on “Wood Cottage” situated up the Snake pass which became our second High Peak base.

The rules at that time were strict and stated that members had to attend all meets or explain their absence to the committee.  We were always a responsible club having close relationships with the local community in the Snake valley.  

We held litter clean up sessions at the local gritstone crags and in the Snake Valley.   We also enjoyed annual football matches with the local young farmers.

The club was actively engaged in the consultancy process leading to the formation of the Peak District National Park putting forward the views of climbers, fell walkers and mountaineers.   When the Park was formed in 1951, the first in Britain, our members took part in the voluntary wardening, as laid down in the act.   Wood Cottage was used as the base for wardens on Bleaklow. 

As the years passed our activities spread further afield and we ran buses to Wales, the Lakes and Scotland.   These were very popular indeed but were overtaken as members acquired their own forms of transport.   Other outdoor activities came in such as skiing, caving, canoeing and sailing and the club became more tolerant of kindred pursuits.

Now, after 60 years, members have climbed in most mountain areas of the world in all continents, giving pleasure, excitement and experience to satisfy our members’ needs.

Ron Darwent