About the Club
North Kingston Hillwalking Club's aim is to provide our members the opportunity to experience the joys of hill walking in the beautiful British Countryside over a weekend at least once a month. In addition, we also try to do at least one nearby day walk once a month on either Saturday or Sunday. Although based in Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey we have several members from further a field.
In 1992 Adrian Waters (the club's founder) started a hill walking instruction and guiding business called 'Reach for the Peaks', at first running courses from North Kingston Adult Education Centre (hence the club's name) and later expanding to other North Surrey centres. NKHC was formed in October '92 by Adrian and the clients from the first of these courses, who were keen to continue walking as a group beyond the course. And the rest, as they say, is history.
The Club is affiliated to the British Mountaineering Council, which provides third party insurance cover, access to hut accommodation, and Summit magazine which is sent to members.
The Club holds monthly meets in the Lakes, Wales and other areas around the country, with the emphasis on walking and not climbing. Monthly day walks are also held in the Home Counties. A good pair of walking boots and a waterproof jacket and trousers are minimum requirements. Warm clothing is essential for winter, including hat and gloves. A sleeping bag is normally required for weekend trips. Longer holidays have been held in The French Alps, Scotland, The Lake District and Ireland. A weekend trip costs approximately £60 (including travel and breakfast). Regular social events are organized, with local pub meetings on the Friday preceding a weekend trip (See the future events diary).
Membership and Subscriptions
The membership year runs from 1st October to 30th September. There is an annual charge of £25 which covers BMC membership and incidental costs (e.g. postage), and provides a fund for deposits on accommodation.