About The Club

Frequently asked questions about the club
How active is the Club?
Meets are held over a weekend more or less every 4 weeks throughout the year including the May Day and Spring Bank holiday weekends. We also have a monthly mid-week walk (referred to within the Club as a “Rendezvous Walk”) in the Peak District.
Activities are diverse with some groups doing hard mountain walking, others more leisurely low-level rambles. There is a small number of very active climbers.
Attendance at a typical meet would be around 20 members and guests, with perhaps 6-10 on the monthly mid-week walk.
Where do you meet?
Meets are held in all the popular walking /climbing areas including the Peak District, Snowdonia, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire Moors, Northern Pennines, Northumberland, Scottish Borders and the Scottish Mountains.
Most of the meets are on campsites, although many members have now abandoned tents and retreated to the relative comforts of campervans or caravans. Some also use bed and breakfast accommodation.
In the winter we use mountaineering club huts or hostel accommodation.
If you don’t want to stay overnight and prefer to only come out for the day you will still be welcome on the Meet.
A mid-week Rendezvous Walk of up to 10 miles is held in the Peak District once a month.
How are Meets and Activities organised?
The Meets programme for the following year is determined at the AGM each December and Meets are organised by each Full Member in turn. As well as campsite details and directions, a suitable local pub is a prime requirement for Saturday night.
Walks are not formally organised with an appointed leader. Rather someone usually fancies doing a particular route and others join in depending on the weather, distance etc. Others may come part way and return by a shorter route or perhaps vary the original route to suit themselves. You’ll probably find huddles of people around maps at about 9.30 am on the Saturday morning trying to reach a consensus! A typical walk on the Saturday might be 10-12 miles with a shorter walk on the Sunday.
It is up to the individual to decide what he/she wishes to participate in although it is hoped that interest in achieving a degree of competence in map and compass work or climbing techniques will be shown.
Do you have to live in or near Barnsley to join?
No. The membership is quite widely spread on both sides of the Pennines, mainly through South and West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, with a nucleus of members in Barnsley.
The Club has approximately 65 members of whom 20 are Full Members and 45 Associate Members.
Election to Full membership is by the AGM and a commitment to the Club must be shown.
What is the Age Profile of the Club?
As the Club was founded in 1946 we have a wide age range amongst members. The bulk of active members are in the 30’s to 60’s range.
How do I receive details of Meets and Rendezvous Walks?
A monthly circular is posted or emailed to all members with details of the campsite and directions to find it, site fees and facilities plus the meeting place for the Rendezvous Walk.
If you are interested in coming on our meets the first three circulars will be posted to you free of charge. After that we would ask for a donation to cover costs of £5 for 12 months. Alternatively circulars can be emailed to you.
How do I join?
Guests, friends and potential new members are always welcome to attend the Meets or Rendezvous Walks. It is usual to attend around 3 meets or so to get to know people (and vice versa) before joining as an Associate Member.
An application form is obtainable from the Honorary Secretary.
What does it cost to join?
The annual subscription in 2014 is £20 for all members aged 18 and over.
How do I get to a Meet?
Transport to Meets is in the hands of the individual. In the winter months when in huts we often share vehicles (and petrol costs). Most of the time car sharing is impractical as people bring their spouse/ partner/family or fill their vehicle with gear!
Is the Club Affiliated to the British Mountaineering Council or other organizations?
The Club is affiliated to the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and each member is designated a Club Member by the BMC and receives their publication ‘Summit’. We are also affiliated to the Ramblers Association, the Friends of the Peak District, the Peak and Northern Footpath Society, the Yorkshire Dales Society, the Friends of the Lake District and the Snowdonia National Park Society.