Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club

Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club – October Update

October 13th, 2014 by


 Dear HMC members

Here is the latest news for the club and event updates.


Calendar of Events for 2015

Some of the membership have asked about the trips planned for 2015. The committee have been putting the finishing touches to the events for next year which are being finalised and are due to be published shortly – keep an eye on the club website and apologies for the delay. We hope that the events we are planning will be something to really look forward to in 2015.


Ingleton Meet at Stackstead Farm – Friday 17 to Sunday 19 October

Coming up this weekend we have the Ingleton weekend trip set amid the rolling hills and pitted limestone landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. Got your sights set on the awesome three peaks challenge? Over 40km of walking across various terrain taking in Pen-y-Ghent, Wernside and Ingleborough. Can you take on the challenge and complete it in under 12 hours? Don’t forget to book in at the Pen-y-Ghent cafe in Horton on Ribbleside to officially check in and out. 

Does the thrill of climbing draw your attention? Does the challenge of Malham Cove, Gordale Scar or Kilnsley Crag take your fancy as the big three of the area?

Or perhaps it’s racing down the mountain bike track trails, bouncing over rocks and spattered with mud? Whatever your temptation, the Yorkshire Dales have something for everyone’s taste. 

On those wet days there are also excellent attractions like the White Scar Caves – delve into the rock caverns under the mountain and discover the natural wonders of subterranean formations, created over thousands of years.  

We are staying at Stackstead Farm Bunkhouse, 1 mile from Ingleton, on the south-western side of the Yorkshire Dales. Plenty of spaces left so why not join us for what will be a great trip. 



Monthly Pub Social – The Three Horseshoes, Smallford – Tuesday 28 October

This Tuesday is the regular HMC social at the Three Horseshoes pub in Smallford. Feel free to pop in and catch up on the latest gossip and events at the HMC. 


Bangers & Mash – Hertfordshire Snowdonia Hut – 7 November to 9 November

The club’s most popular event is back for another night of delicious fun with those ever favourite combinations of big bursting bombastic bangers and marvellous mashy goodness all wrapped up in the Herts Snowdonia Hut, cooked and served by the fair hands of the club’s committee. This is bound to be a sell out event so book your place without delay.

The Hertfordshire Snowdonia Hut is situated at the base of Snowdon’s Watkin Path (where scenes from Carry On Up the Kyber were shot) and gives access to the lesser trod areas allowing enjoyment of the mountain without too many crowds. Of course there are plenty of other mountains in the area to enjoy as long as you didn’t overdo it on the bangers!


Member’s Slidshow – November 18 – Cotswold, St Albans

Come and join us at our annual slide show and see some of the varied trips and activities club members have undertaken in the last year.

Held at the St. Albans branch of Cotswold Outdoors. Doors open at 6pm, Show starts at 7.30pm. We usually meet up in the pub opposite Cotswold afterwards so a great opportunity to talk about the upcoming events.

If anyone has access to a portable projector and a screen please contact thecommittee@thehmc.co.uk Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thats it for now. Remember winter is coming so make sure you are prepared with extra layers, hats and gloves if you plan to head out.

Best wishes

Steve Deaville

HMC Secretary