What we're about

All our day walks should be easily accessible for Manchester, Sheffield, East Midlands, West Midlands, West Yorkshire and many with good rail links even from London and the South.

We now also offer many low budget weekends away which get great feedback and often fill super fast. We hope you'll join in with these as well.

In 2018, this has amounted to over 90 day walks in the Peak District and to more than 20 weekends away all over the UK. Amazing!

We are a subscription based group. Unlike some other Meetup walking groups we make no charge for attending our day walks nor do we require you join the Ramblers Association or any other bodies but charge a small annual fee for being a member of the group to cover our Meetup fees, Civil Liability Insurance which we feel is a must and other expenses. This also creates a kitty for us to book exclusive hires for our weekends away.

Payments are held by Peak Activities and Leisure Limited a non profit making company registered in the UK and funds dispensed as required ensuring complete transparency of any financial dealings. No-one is paid or takes any income for leading walks for the group and all our group funds are used for the benefit of members and for bona fide expenses.

Our various categories of membership and related fees are as follows.

Life Member

There is a one off payment of £35 required to achieve this status with the group but no further membership fees are payable throughout the life of your membership. The only requirement to retain your Life Member status is to attend a minimum of 2 walks per year with us otherwise your membership will revert to Annual Membership and fees may once again be required. Most of our more active members are Life Members.

Annual Member

Fees for this are currently £12 per annum although this is reviewed on an annual basis. A single online payment is required each year on the anniversary of your joining date for the group and since we have no automated renewal process for this it is required that members self renew or your membership of the group may be lost.

Subscribing Member

Subscribing Members pay a lower cost of £10 per annum through one of two subscribing services (Paypal or GoCardless). These services automatically manage your annual payment so no further action is required on your part. Subscribing Members costs are fixed and may be cancelled at any time directly with the service providers.

In all three cases above, we hold no financial information on members directly and payments are entirely under your own control and not initiated by us.

If you have joined today or have done so recently and haven't yet paid your first annual membership or life membership dues you can do so directly through links on the following page:-

https://www.peakmeetupgroup.com/membership

We understand that people are a little nervous about making payments for a service they haven't yet received so provide a THREE MONTH UNCONDITIONAL MONEY BACK GUARENTEE for your initial membership payment regardless of which of the above options you choose. The applicable time window for this is three calendar months from the date joined. If you are dissatisfied with membership of our group at any point in this period, just ask for your membership payment to be refunded in full.

To check your current membership or payment status you can do so by clicking the arrow next to "You're a member" on our Meetup home page and reviewing your member profile page.

If you don't want to make this small contribution to our essential operating costs and haven't paid your subscription / membership payment within 90 days of joining or becoming due for renewal then regrettably you can't continue to be a member of our group and your name will be removed from our membership list shortly after that.

There are lots of walking dates to choose from so come and join the fun very soon.

Regards

Gordon Conway

Co-Organiser & Founder

Peak District Walking, Hiking, Rambling and Leisure Group

gordon@peakmeetupgroup.com

Upcoming events (5)

PD Walking Group Zoom Chat

Online event

I expect we shall all be missing our Sunday walking "fix" in the Peak District apart from those lucky enough to live there. We can't replace that by online "walking" events but It's still good to keep in touch. Zoom is a great way to do that whilst maintaining a satisfactory social distance so I hope you'll join me for a quick 30 mins on Sunday night. You can drop in just to show your face and say hi or stop for a longer chat. Join up to zoom first as a free member at https://zoom.us/meetings and then you can check out your video and audio settings ahead of the meeting to make sure we'll be able to see and hear you. Anytime around 8pm Sunday night you can then login to the meeting and join the fun. Walking jokes especially welcome. https://zoom.us/j/158095036 Meeting ID:[masked] Keep safe everyone. Love to all. Gordon

PD Walkers Messenger Chat

Needs a location

Doesn't look like we'll be doing a lot of walking together in the next few weeks certainly not in our normal size of groups but talking and sharing experiences are still a good idea. A number of us use Whatsapp to do this on a regular basis but I know some are wary of Whatsapp as it exposes mobile numbers so I have set up a Facebook Messenger Chat Group as an alternative that does not do this. It's called "PD Walkers Messenger Chat" Here's the link:- https://www.facebook.com/messages/t/3671359919603656 Let's talk at least, even if we can't walk together for a while Note: I know some people have had trouble accessing this, if this is the case just message, email or text me with your facebook name and I will get you added on. Regards G

Walking and Social Weekend in the Gower Peninsula

YHA Borfa

£69.00

Stunning scenery and a very comfortable accommodation venue have combined in the past to make this one of our best. Negotiating the tidal island of Worms Head and the "Devils Bridge" are huge talking points throughout the weekend and beyond. Our hostel has comfortable bedroom accommodation, separate dining room and large lounge (as above) with the beach (and a lovely pub) just minutes away. Whenever you talk to anyone who has been to the the Gower Peninsula you end up in a long conversation because it's hard to find anyone who didn't just love it. We visited this location as a group for the first time in 2017 and had a fabulous time so this will now be our third trip and it will be really nice to go back in the summer when it's warm enough to dip more than your toe in the water. The UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty probably speaks volumes. We have exclusive use of the same highly recommended and very comfortable bunkhouse accommodation for Friday and Saturday night, breakfasts and packed lunches Saturday and Sunday, massive dinner spread on Saturday night and choice of walks on Saturday and Sunday with extra bonus walk on Friday for those who can get away early enough. Friday arrival at our accommodation is from anytime after 6pm but we will lay on a bonus walk for those who can arrive for 12 noon with lots of routes to choose from. We are not catering on Friday night so eat on the way, visit one of the excellent local pubs before you get to the accommodation or bring your own grub and cook it yourself. This is intended to be a sociable event all weekend so expect a bit of party music both nights and if you play a musical instrument or can provide some other entertainment for us feel free. Help yourself breakfasts and packed lunches are provided as is hot and cold party food Saturday night but please bring desserts, cakes and other goodies to share as well as your own drinks. Tea and coffee will be provided. Accommodation is single sex bunk rooms of a variety of sizes with full bedding provided but not towels. Saturday and Sunday we intend to have both short and long walks to hopefully meet everyone's requirements and we are hoping to get some help leading these if some of you regular walk leaders wouldn't mind. We shall also do our best to visit the tidal island at Worm Head and hopefully this time won't have to come back in the dark! Total cost for the weekend including all food, accommodation, walks and parties(!) is now just £69 which needs to be paid when you book. This will rise by a further £30 once the first 20 bookings have been received. If you have to cancel more than 28 clear days before the event start date you will get a full refund less 15% cancellation fee. If you cancel with less than 28 but more than 14 clear days notice the cancellation fee increases to 50%. No refunds will be provided to those cancelling with less than 14 clear days notice. ("clear" means does not include event start date or cancellation date!) If choosing to travel by public transport the nearest mainline station is Swansea and we could pick you up from there with trains from London, Birmingham or Manchester. We think it's a great venue in a brilliant location so come and join us.

Scafell Pike + 3 (or 4!)

Seathwaite

So whose up for a bit of a challenge. Only about 10 miles max and 1,500m of accumulated ascent BUT this includes FIVE of Englands tallest mountains all in one go. For some of us who think that's a bit tough we can go down to 9 miles and around 1,000m of ascent by leaving one of the peaks out and still do an amazing FOUR top 10 peaks in a day. It makes sense to set off 8:30am latest so probably overnight Friday and Saturday night required . YHA Borrowdale, YHA Honister, YHA Buttermere or the more upmarket Glaramara all reasonably convenient but plenty of camping too around this area. Please make your accommodation arrangements when you RSVP as spaces are unlikely to be available nearer the time. Possibly try booking.com before you try booking direct with the YHA and you should get free cancellation if you have to pull out later. We'll book a table at the Langstrath Country Inn for Saturday night food if we can which is an excellent eatery nearby. As is the case with all our events, there are no professional guides involved so everyone needs to self certify their competence to take part and responsibility for coming properly equipped and prepared. Guests are not possible on this event so if you have non-member friends who want to come, get them to join first.

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