Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club

HMC – Monthly Update – February 2015

February 13th, 2015 by


Dear HMC member

Our Lake District HMC members, Kevin & Yen will be in St Albans this coming Saturday (14 February) from 5pm at the Peahen. Feel free to pop along and catch up before they head back up to the Lake District, lucky people.

HMC Pub Social – Tuesday 24 February 2015 – The Three Horseshoes – 8:30pm.

Its our usual monthly gathering on Tuesday 24 February at the Three Horseshoes starting at 8.30pm. Come along to renew your membership and collect your new HMC membership cards for 2015. 

Wasdale Murt Camping Barn – The Lake District – Friday 27 February 2015

Our second event of 2015 at the Wasdale Murt Camping Barn is now fully booked. However, there are several accommodation options for any members wishing to go to Wasdale for the weekend. The Wasdale Inn provides accommodation at the head of the valley. There is also the Wasdale YHA at the south western end of Wasdale Lake which may also have accommodation available but it does get booked up early. Any members who missed out on the Murt Camping Barn and wishing to attend will need to make their own accomodation arrangements.

Annual Dinner – Snowdonia Mountain Hut – Friday 20 March 2015 – please book early

We are planning  to have our regular annual dinner at the Snowdonia Mountain Hut. Details to follow shortly.

Glen Coe – SYHA Glen Coe – Scotland – Easter Trip – Thursday 2nd April 2015

Glen Coe is perhaps Scotland’s most famous and most scenic glen. Glen Coe has hillwalking, mountaineering, rock climbing, and skiing. It could be a combination of winter and/or spring conditions at this time of year. Staying at the Glen Coe SYHA accommodation only . Also it is a short walk away from the famous climbers pub, the Clachaig Inn which is well worth one, if not several visits!

Booked to arrive Thursday and leave Tuesday; over lapping Easter weekend, so hopefully avoiding Bank Holiday traffic at each end to make a good worthwhile trip. Click here to book on the event



The HMC will holding its 2015 AGM in April. More details to follow in due course once a venue to confirmed.

Demesne Farm Campsite – Northumberland – Friday 1 May to Monday 4 May

Demesne Farm, is located in Bellingham, just to the south of Northumberland National Park and a traditional stop on the Pennine Way. The Northumberland National Park covers more than 400 square miles of awe-inspiring landscapes from Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site in the south, to Kielder Water & Forest Park in the west, then northwards to the Cheviot Hills along the Scottish Border. Being the least populated of all the National Parks, we have the clearest air and the cleanest rivers. Criss-crossed by 700 miles of footpaths and rights of way, you can walk, cycle or horse-ride with only the sounds of nature for company.

The campsite boasts 30 all grass pitches of which 13 have 10amp electricity hook-ups. There are clean & modern ladies and gents toilet and hot shower blocks imaginatively developed within one of the traditional stone buildings and surrounded by a quaint cobble yard. Dishwashing facilities and a wide range of local attraction information are situated in the blocks which are located on the outskirts of the working farm buildings.

The campsite is located around 100 metres from the village centre, although you’d never realize it as the place has a tranquility all of its own. This central location means that you are never very far from local shops, pubs, tourist information centres and tea-rooms meaning walkers and cyclists following the Pennine Way or the Reiver Coast to Coast routes have somewhere to fuel up on their doorstep. Dogs are welcome on the site but we would ask all owners to be responsible and in control of their pets at all time.

HMC Membership for 2015

The HMC membership fee from the start of 2015 will be £22. If you are renewing your membership for 2015, fees can be made by:

– e-bank transfer to the HMC account – please notify the treasurer (thetreasurer@thehmc.co.uk) and the secretary (thesecretary@thehmc.co.uk) by email
– sending a cheque made payable to the Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club (not HMC) to the treasurer or secretary.
– cash given to committee members at the pub socials.

Please note that if any of your contact or address details have changed over the last 12 months, please complete a HMC membership form providing your new details and send it to the Secretary together with your membership fee. Membership forms can be downloaded from here http://www.thehmc.co.uk/membership/ A window of three months is open to renew your membership until 31 March.

As a demonstration of support for our mountain rescue services in 2015, the HMC is offering the option to make an additional discretionary contribution of £3 as part of the membership renewal which will be given to a nominated mountain rescue charity. The contribution will be entirely optional. If you wish to make a contribution please add £3 to your membership fee.

All the best

Steve Deaville
HMC Secretary