AN INTRODUCTION TO - GRIMSBY FELL WALKING AND CLIMBING CLUB

    The club came into existence in 1965 as the Grimsby College of Technology Climbing Club. For some years, the title of Grimsby Mountaineering Club, was used. However, the present name has been adopted since 1984 as it more clearly defines the activities of the majority of members. The club no longer has any formal connection with the College. There are currently around 160 members drawn from a wide range of occupations and age groups.

    For our regular Sunday trips to (usually) Derbyshire or Yorkshire we depart from Grimsby at 7.30 a.m. The coach trips cost £13.00 for adult members (non-members are surcharged £2). Students and escorted children have a reduced rate.  On a typical Sunday trip with 70 – 80 people (two coaches) there would be seven or eight groups doing anything from an 6 – 10 mile walk to a 12 –16 mile strenuous bog-trot. Walking generally starts between 10.00 – 10.30 a.m., depending on the time taken to reach the area, and ends around 4.30 – 5.30 p.m. On the longer days, April to October, there is a short social stop on the way home at either Brigg or Beverley, with a return to Grimsby at between 9.00 – 9.30 p.m. For the shorter winter days, November to March, we arrive back in Grimsby around 7.30 p.m.

    Six times a year we organise weekend trips to more distant hill and mountain walking areas such as North Wales and the Lake District. These are organised into private car transport and accommodation is usually in inexpensive self-catering establishments made available by other clubs. We also use the Rent a Hostel scheme through the YHA. For one of the weekends we stay in guesthouse accommodation and another is a camping weekend. On weekend trips, we usually depart from the Grimsby area sometime during Friday. Some members depart early in the day but others travel in the evening. We group up for the various projected walks on the Saturday morning, starting at around 9 a.m. The evening is usually a convivial one at a local hostelry. On Sunday a shorter walk is normally undertaken and departure for home is usually set for mid-afternoon for an early evening return to Grimsby.

    We also organise a number of social functions that include the annual display of members colour slides (digital images), the annual Dinner/Dance and a Ceilidh. There are also three local social walks one of which is a treasure hunt. In June a number of members take part in the Swaledale Marathon. Every year the club organises a one-week overseas walking holiday. In the past we have been to such places as Slovenia, Majorca, Tenerife, Sorrento, Nerja, Benalmadena, Benidorm on the Costa Blanca, Croatia, Rhodes, Portugal, Corfu, Madeira, Crete, Turkey and Austria.

    The club has a range of safety equipment (e.g. ice axes) available for loan to members free of charge. There is also a selection of tents for members use for camping trips. A discount is also available to club members at a certain equipment retail outlets. A club Newsletter is published free of charge every 2-3 months to keep members informed of Club activities. Members also gather at Wetherspoons, adjacent to Grimsby Town station, from 9.00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings to discuss past, present and future activities.

    Membership costs only £6.00 per annum and for new members joining in June or later membership is carried over into the following year. Usually prospective members come on a coach outing and join then

    All you need initially in the way of equipment is a pair of boots, warm clothing, waterproofs, a small rucksack and a packed lunch.