We're a friendly walking group based in Barnet, North London. Here is some information about us.
On most walks, between 10 and 20 people attend. The numbers are made up of those who RSVP through Meetup and some annual members. We also set a limit to numbers on Meetup to avoid having too many on a walk. We occasionally have up to about 25 people on a popular walk.
We are a non-profit-making group: all our events are run by volunteers and all membership fees contribute towards the running of the group.
Our activities - Each year we organise:
About 20 weekends away from London throughout the year. We stay mainly in YHA accommodation or similar, all over England and Wales. Places on these weekends away are limited and need to be booked well in advance with the weekend organiser.
About 25 day walks on Saturdays or Sundays throughout the year, generally within an hour’s drive of Barnet. These include some half day walks. For most walks we provide the option of sharing cars from Barnet Odeon to travel to the start of the walk (passengers pay their driver a contribution towards the transport cost).
About 15 weekday evening walks, from April until early September. These are usually in north London, south Hertfordshire or central London.
About 50 social evenings on Tuesdays at Discovery Hall in East Barnet, from 8-10pm, followed by an optional visit to a local pub.
Some of our members like to participate in all four types of activity while others only do one or two. It's entirely up to you.
We also offer:
Discounts on YHA accommodation. We’re affiliated to YHA (England & Wales) Ltd so you don't need your own YHA membership to get accommodation below YHA members' prices on Group weekends.
A Group email list where members can send an email to all other members about walks, weekends away or other events that they are organising such as cinema visits or meals out.
An 8 - 12 page monthly newsletter called 'Footprint'. Printed copies are available at our Tuesday evening meetings and it is also available online (see below).
We have an annual membership fee but Meetup members can attend any of our day walks, weekends away and Tuesday evening social meetings free of charge (apart from any transport cost or accommodation cost) for THREE MONTHS before deciding whether to join.
This gives you a chance to get to know us and decide whether we are the right group for you. After that, you need to apply for annual membership if you wish to take part in further walks or other Group activities. You can continue to come on walks and attend Tuesday evening socials while your membership application is pending.
Membership costs £36 for a whole year from 1st November to 31st October. If you join part way through the Group’s year, you pay £3 for each complete month up to 31st October. If you are under 18 or are on means-tested benefits or have no income other that the state pension, membership costs are halved. At the end of October you can decide whether to renew your membership for a full year. You can request a membership application form by speaking to any Committee member on a walk or a Tuesday evening social, or from our web site (see below).