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About us

Formed in 1967, Lancaster University Hiking Club is one of the largest student outdoor societies in the UK, boasting a membership of nearly 300. Membership is open to all, including those who aren't a member of the university (at the discretion of the Exec). It is this diverse membership that gives the club such a varied social mixture and wide-ranging appeal. Everyone has a different idea of what they want from the mountains and the club itself. There are walkers and climbers, beginners and the experienced, and all abilities and extremes are catered for, from the experienced alpine mountaineer to the modest Lakeland fell walker.

We are proud to have the famous mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington as the Honorary President of the club, a position he has held since invitation in 2004 by the then President Sutherland Lane. During the summer term we arrange a walk with him, open to all members of the club.

The club is full of tradition, and in your first term alone you can look forward to the legendary Glencoe weekend, Social Weekend and Christmas Dinner. We love a good sing-song (The Wild Rover is our club song), a tradition that is likely to have arisen from the lack of radio signal whilst travelling by minibus to the Lakes. Don't be alarmed if you hear someone talking about Badger's Arse or Mangelwurzels either!

How we work

We are run entirely by a member-elected Executive, although we rely heavily on the enthusiasm of members old and new to keep things running so smoothly. Every member has an input into what the club does and any suggestion is warmly welcomed. At the end of each term we hold a Planning Meeting, where all members can come along and have their say in the activities the club arrange for the following term.

Our Constitution can be found here.

What we do

Such a wealth of mountains close by means the club is able to arrange a trip every weekend of term. Usually we organise six or seven Sunday trips to the Lake District and three weekend camping or bunkhouse trips to destinations further away, such as the Scottish Highlands or Snowdonia. We use hired minibuses and rely on our own members to drive, meaning we're able to keep costs down to a minimum - Sunday trips currently cost £10, whilst weekend trips normally cost between £25 and £35.

Don't worry if you haven't got your own tent or camping stove as the club will provide such items. All you'll need is your own sleeping bag!

And in our spare time

We love a good social, and you'll find us in a different pub every Monday evening for our weekly social. As well as these we arrange a wealth of different activities throughout the year, from summer (and even winter) barbeques to our famous Ceilidh. The first term also sees our Social Weekend to the Lakes, a great opportunity to meet liked-minded people and really get involved in the club. Check out the social section of the website for further details. For more information about the club, check out the Info tab at the top of the page, or pop along to the Faraday foyer any weekday during term time, from 1-2pm.