Although the two main activities of the club are climbing and caving the club has always been very active in all forms of walking especially mountain walking. The club is an affiliated member of the Ramblers Association and has strong informal links through the membership with the LDWA.
Most of the walking activities are undertaken informally or small groups of members. These activities visit most parts of the UK and also include overseas locations
The most popular walk is the Alstonefield walk which has been run for over 30years and is always very well attended. Sixty to seventy members and friends each year turnout out on the first Saturday in December to take part in this event.
The official meets program offers meets of all types from long distance mountain walking to shorter social walking meets.
Club Members At The “George” Alstonefield sporting the 21st Anniversary Shirts
The Alstonefield Walk was introduced into the club meet programme in 1975 to give all members an opportunity to get together for a competitive/social weekend at a time of the year with low caving and climbing activity.
The walk celebrated its 21st year in 1995 with a repeat of the original Edale route with commemorative tee shirts printed for the occasion. The 30th annual event was completed in 2004. Special tee shirts are provided to those completing twenty one walks – Fifteen members have achieved this feat to date.
The walk always takes place on the first Saturday in December with most participants arriving on Friday night staying locally at the youth hostel, camping or making use of local bed and breakfast accommodation. A coach arrives at 7.15 am. outside the George and we leave for our starting point promptly at 7.30 am. All the walks are linear and approx. 20/22 miles in length. The usual time of the start is approx.8.30 am. with a pre-arranged midday stop. The walk is both competitive and social with the first back around 1.00 pm. with the last back as late as 7.00 pm.
The walks range all over Staffordshire and Derbyshire with a different route provided most years. In the past we have ranged from Edale in the north to Abbots Bromley in the south and from Rushton Spencer in the west to Matlock in the east.
On the Saturday evening a supper is enjoyed and is always well supported. After the meal ,trophies are presented to the fastest finisher in various categories.
Those members and friends who do not wish to take part in the main activity are well covered by arrangements made separately.
This meet has always been very popular and places for the coach (53) and the supper are quickly taken up.
The walk is by nature a semi competitive event making use of a coach from Alstonefield in the early morning to take everyone to a start point some 20-25 miles away. A different route is taken every year. A linear route back to Alstonefield is taken. A super and social event takes place in the evening.
All Prospective and new members are very welcome to take part in any of the activities.
Mike Varley 31/08/2008.
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