General Information on Adult Hillwalking weekends.

Contents:

  • Transport
  • Catering / Food
  • Kit List
  • Walking Routes
  • Map
  • Health Form
  • Permit
  • Contact Us

Transport

Costs are not included in the fee paid.

Car shares are arranged where possible. This keeps costs down, allows for individuals without a vehicle, makes the journey a little more social and importantly, reduces environmental impact too.

Petrol costs are arranged between drivers and those who travel with them, so may vary depending on how many people in a vehicle and fuel used.  For example, £60 / 3 people = £20 each.

Attendees are contacted in the weeks leading up to a trip to make and confirm final arrangements.

Catering / Food

Once booked onto a weekend, we ask attendees to notify us of any specific food allergies, or dietary requirements as soon as possible, so the menu can be planned accordingly. This can be sent by email or by using the contact us form at the bottom of the page.

Catered weekends

  • On trips where we have a bunkhouse/building, food is supplied and covered by the fee paid.
    This includes Saturday Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday Breakfast and lunch, but not dinner. This does not include Friday, where we ask people to cater for themselves. This may differ slightly for camping trips.
  • On rare occasions, we may not have the facilities to self-cook so choose to use local facilities such as a pub.  Should this be the case, attendees will be expected to pay for their own meal. This will either be reflected in a reduced price for the weekend, or part of the fee will go towards subsidising the meal were financially viable from the budget.

Non-catered weekends

  • Individuals are expected to supply their own food and cooking equipment where applicable.  Anyone with equipment issues, we will do our best to support on a case by case basis.
  • More often than not, most if not all attendees will choose to use local facilities such as a pub for the Saturday evening meal.

Kit List

A standard kit list can be downloaded from here – www.glmwscouts.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Hill-Walking-Kit-List.pdf

If new to hillwalking, we recommend not to spend too much money buying new items.  As long as individuals have a pair of hike boots with ankle support, a waterproof top and bottom and a suitable sized rucksack, they can get away with most other things.  Anything attendees are unsure of, contact us and we will be more than happy to help.

Kit list guide:
Some of the clothing options on the kit list. For example, “Base Layer – Synthetic or Man‐made”, is more about comfort in hot or wet conditions.  Taking this example, a simple cotton t-shirt would do, the main difference being, if it gets wet it will hold the water, and not wic away from your body like a synthetic one.  It’s also lighter to wear/carry.  Another example would be fleece, it is light, dries far quicker if it gets wet and retains a greater heat to weight ratio than a cotton jumper.

Walking Routes

A few options will be looked at before and on the weekend, and adjusted depending on conditions, attendees needs, experience and fitness on the weekend itself.

The distance walked is difficult to say, as it depends on the area, route/s we choose and capability of the group.  Depending on the number of attendees, we may choose to split into multiple walking groups.  Each group may decide to do different distances with varying difficulties and length.  This is generally between 10 to 15km on Saturday and shorter the Sunday.

Map

If attendees do not already have a map of the area, we highly recommend either borrowing or buying an OS Explorer map. Having their own, along with a compass will make a big difference throughout the weekend.  On top of an Explorer map, if they also want to bring an OS Landranger, or other types of map, feel free to do so. But our focus will be using the OS Explorer map. (Explorer maps are 1:25,000 Scale, Landranger 1:50,000)

There are two types of OS (Ordnance Survey) maps.

  1. Active/Laminated – more durable and good for wet conditions, cost a just few pounds more than non-laminated.
    EXAMPLE… OS Explorer Active – OL1 – Dark Peak Area – https://dash4it.co.uk/act-1-the-peak-district-dark-peak-area..html
  2. Leisure/non-laminated – slightly easier to fold and get into a map case, but less durable, especially in wet conditions, but slightly cheaper than the active maps.
    EXAMPLE… OS Explorer Leisure – OL1 – Dark Peak Area – https://dash4it.co.uk/catalog/product/view/id/24786/s/ol1-the-peak-district-dark-peak-area/

The maps listed above are examples only, and may not reflect the weekend attendees have booked on.  Please refer to correspondence received from the organiser about the weekend, where the map/s being used will be noted.

Health Form

Everyone (without exception) will need to complete and bring with, a ‘Hill Walking Health Risk Form’.  No form, no walk I am afraid.

Permit

If you are looking to gain a permit, we like to see people before putting them through for assessment. We generally run assessments once a year in, or if numbers require it, twice a year.

For more information on permit assessment, visit www.glmwscouts.org.uk/activity-centres/hillwalking/assessment.  Once you have read this, any further queries email getinthehills@glmwscouts.org.uk and someone will get back to you.

Useful Links

www.facebook.com/GLMWHillWalking

Contact Us

Hill Walking Contact

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls