Trip Information

General

We organise four trips in each of the Michaelmas and Lent terms (three weekend trips and a day trip) and three in the Easter term (two weekends and a day trip). Longer outings take place in each vacation. We normally go to the Lake District, Snowdonia, Peak District and Pennines, with less regular visits to other hilly areas such as the Brecon Beacons and Dartmoor. Trips will appear on the calendar well in advance, and are advertised on the mailing list a week or two before the trip. For recent trip locations see the Trip Locations page.

You will need a pair of sturdy walking boots, a rucksack, a decent set of waterproofs and warm clothing, as we walk all year round. There is more on this in our Kit Lists and Mountain Guidelines. The club does have a limited amount of equipment to lend to members, but note that you will need your own boots.

The committee can — and will — refuse to take people on walks whom they feel are inadequately equipped.

Weekend Trips

For term-time weekend trips, transport is generally by minibus and cars, leaving from outside Churchill College Porters' Lodge (marked by the black hat) on Friday afternoon at 17:30 and returning by midnight on Sunday. This allows us to have two full days of walking. On the Friday and Sunday evenings, we usually stop at a takeaway — the time and location of the stop is up to the drivers and may be quite late.

Accommodation is usually in bunkhouses or youth hostels, with members making their own arrangements for food (often cooking communally). There will typically be 20-30 people on a trip, splitting into four or five groups doing a range of walks, all with at least one experienced club member. The cost (covering transport, accommodation, and club supplies of milk, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits) is usually £35-45. Note that this is considerably cheaper than the cost of organising a weekend away on an individual basis.

Cooking

Dinner on Friday and Sunday is normally at a takeaway on the way to and from the bunkhouse. On Saturday night, people cook in groups. Before the trip, anyone can propose to cook a meal, and will put this on the club’s wiki, giving the menu and an estimated cost. Others on the trip then sign up to help cook (then eat!) one of the proposed meals. This makes Saturday evenings quite hectic and sociable, as the bunkhouse is typically small and lacking enough utensils for every group! It is a good idea for two or three people to group together when proposing a meal group, as long as you can keep yourselves organised in the kitchen. Everyone in a meal group helps out with the cooking and washing up, and pays the cook for the ingredients (this is normally £2–£5).

On the Christmas trip, the club normally organises a single huge meal group to cook Christmas dinner, with everyone contributing a dish towards that.

Day Trips

Day trips are usually arranged for Sundays in order to avoid Saturday lectures. They generally leave early in the morning (before sunrise, even!) to get the travelling over, and normally cost in the region of £17-20. Popular locations include the Peak District, Shropshire, and even (controversially!) the Norfolk coast.

Vacation Trips

Vacation trips are longer, staying in bunkhouses or camping. This means we can go further afield, most particularly to Scotland. They are organised more informally, with the option to stay for as many or as few nights as you like. In recent years, we have also run a foreign trip over the summer, which has visited destinations including the Alps, Pyrenees and Colorado. The club does not (normally) organise transport for vacation trips, but will help to coordinate lift-sharing and advise on public transport.

Cooking on vacation trips is similar to on weekend trips, except that people are cooking every night, not just Saturday. Generally, those on vacation trips are even more responsible for their own food than on weekend trips. Don’t plan to go shopping during the trip — the nearest shop often requires a car to visit, and the drivers would rather be out walking than giving people lifts to the shops.

Membership

You will need to be a member of the club to come on any of our trips (except for the Freshers' Edale Day Trip in October), but you can simply add the cost of membership onto your first trip fee. For more information about membership and how to obtain it, see the new members' page.

Refund Policy

People dropping out of trips creates both organisational and financial difficulties, and so refunds are not usually given to those who drop out after signing up. However if the Trip Leader is given enough notice it is sometimes possible to fill the place on the trip, in which case a refund will be given.

Please note that trips will go ahead whatever the weather!

Sign-up for Weekend Trips

Sign-up for weekend trips takes place on the Monday before the trip at 08:00 outside St John's College Great Gate (marked by the black hat on St John's Street). Spaces are allocated in the order you arrive, so aim to get there well before 08:00 to maximise your chance of getting a space. Money is collected at 08:00, so you have to wait until then before leaving, which is a good opportunity to get to know the people coming on the trip with you. The aim is to ensure that the keenest people get on trips — it's a tried-and-tested system, and we haven't thought of anything that works better!

Payment is by bank transfer or cheque, collected at sign up; we do not accept cash. Bank transfer details are given out at sign up, and your payment must reach our account by 08:00 on Tuesday morning, or your space may be allocated to somebody else; if you can't easily do a transfer, let us know and we can sort something out. Cheques must be payable to ‘CU Hillwalking Club’ with your name, e-mail address and the name or dates of the trip on the back. If you don’t have a cheque book, you could instead consider asking a friend to write a cheque on your behalf. Cheques will be collected at sign up.

As with all trips, please note our refund policy.

You will need to be a member to come on the trip, but you can join when your place is confirmed. See this page for details and to download a membership form.

What if I can't get to St John's at 08:00 on Monday?

Don't worry, we've thought of that! Sign-up by proxy is not allowed, but a small proportion of the total trip spaces will be allocated in advance to those who have a genuine reason for not attending sign-up.

If this applies to you, please request a pre-sign by e-mailing the president before 20:00 on the Friday before sign-up, giving your reason. If more valid requests are received than the number of pre-sign spaces, names will be drawn out of a hat, with the outcome e-mailed to all applicants by Saturday afternoon. Those not successful in gaining a place will be added to the bottom of the reserve list after sign-up. If you are given a pre-sign, you must get a cheque to the president by 08:00 on Monday morning unless otherwise agreed, or your place may be given to someone else. The president has the final say on pre-sign allocation.

Sign-up for Day Trips

Sign-up for day trips (except the Freshers' Day Trip) is normally by e-mail and bank transfer or cheque. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and your place is held for 3 days until payment is received. E-mail the president by midday on the sign-up deadline (normally a Tuesday) before the trip (at the latest) if you want to come.

Payment is by bank transfer or cheque; we do not accept cash. Bank transfer details are given out when your place is confirmed; if you can't easily do a transfer, let us know and we can sort something out. Cheques must be payable to ‘CU Hillwalking Club’ with your name, e-mail address and the name or dates of the trip on the back. If you don’t have a cheque book, you could instead consider asking a friend to write a cheque on your behalf. Cheques will be collected at socials, or can be delivered to the treasurer’s pigeon hole.

As with all trips, please note our refund policy.

You will need to be a member to come on the trip, but you can join when your place is confirmed. See this page for details and to download a membership form.

Sign-up for Vacation Trips

Sign-up for vacation trips is normally by e-mail and bank transfer or cheque. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and your place is held for 3 days until payment is received. E-mail the president by midday on the Tuesday before the trip (at the latest) if you want to come, stating the number of nights you wish to stay.

Payment is by bank transfer or cheque; we do not accept cash. Bank transfer details are given out when your place is confirmed; if you can't easily do a transfer, let us know and we can sort something out. Cheques must be payable to ‘CU Hillwalking Club’ with your name, e-mail address, the name or dates of the trip and the number of nights you wish to stay on the back. If you don’t have a cheque book, you could instead consider asking a friend to write a cheque on your behalf. Cheques will be collected at socials, or can be delivered to the treasurer’s pigeon hole.

As with all trips, please note our refund policy.

You will need to be a member to come on the trip, but you can join when your place is confirmed. See this page for details and to download a membership form.