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.

Background

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.

Activities

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.

Accomodation
Accommodation on trips is usually in bunkhouses to reduce costs,and petrol expenses are pooled, although we also use youth hostels from time to time. The weekend trips are supplemented by monthly day walks in the south-east, usually as hilly as we can make them In addition we also manage to arrange a number of social events - pub meetings, eat-and-meets, barbecues, ten pin bowling, etc.. And last but not least, a camping weekend in August.
Members
Most members of the club are reasonably fit, although one or two are definitely not! At the moment we have about thirty members, and their ages range from early thirties to early sixties. Membership is not confined to the Kingston area. Although most members do live in the locality, we have members who live in Lancashire, Hampshire, Shropshire & North Wales - who are at an advantage when it comes to weekend trips. Depending on numbers, on weekend trips there are often two walks each day offering differing challenges. The day walks are normally between ten and fifteen miles, depending on terrain and time of year.