Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club

HMC – Spring Update

March 29th, 2015 by


Dear HMC Members

Clocks went forward last night so it can mean only one thing. Longer daylight on the hills as summer approaches. Its still worth taking a headtorch if you are planning a long day out though – just in case. Our trip to the Hertfordshire Snowdonia Hut was a great success, with great weather and even better food cooked by our very own Paul and Jane providing a three course meal for the annual dinner. We are now looking forward to our next trips over the coming months including the Easter Glen Coe trip. Before that however, we have the pub social on Tuesday evening.

HMC Pub Social – Tuesday 31 March 2015 – The Three Horseshoes – 8:30pm.

Its our usual monthly gathering on Tuesday 31 March at the Three Horseshoes starting at 8.30pm. Come along to renew your membership and collect your new HMC membership cards for 2015 and hear all the latest gossip from our last club trips.

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

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.

Glencoe, UK: The Three Sisters

A view of the famous Three Sisters in Glen Coe

HMC Summer Dolomites Trip Meeting for those interested in going – Three Horseshoes – Wednesday 8 April – 8pm

Our Chairman, Paul Hearn will be hosting a meeting regarding the summer trip to the Dolomites at the Three Horseshoes on Wednesday the 8th April at 8pm. For any HMC members interested in going on the trip, this would be an ideal opportunity to get some further details about the trip and find out more about extensive amount of adventure that awaits anyone heading out to the Dolomites.

The majestic limestone pinnacles of the Dolomites make for a stunning location and excellent opportunity for adventure

AGM 2015 – Tuesday 14 April, 7:30pm – Cotswold St Albans

Cotswolds St Albans have kindly agreed to host our AGM once more. It will take place on Tuesday 14th April at 7.30pm to which every member is invited to attend. An agenda will be published in due course. I do hope that you can attend.

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.

Housesteads Crags, Cuddy's Crags, Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland

Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland

Isle of Purbeck (Swanage) – 22 May to 25 May

Come and enjoy some of the best coastal sports climbing in the UK, or if your a walker, enjoy the Jurassic coast and the sea air. Staying at Woodyhyde Campsite, with good facilities and a relaxed atmosphere and a great location for the sea cliffs.

Reserve a tent spot to guarantee your place. £8per person per night.



Isle of Purbeck, Durdle Door – beautiful coast views along the Jurassic Coast and some good coastal climbs

HMC Membership – Renewal 2015

Thank you to all members who have renewed their subscriptions for 2015. Please note that if you have not yet renewed your club membership, you will no longer have access to your online account after the start of April 2015. In order to be able to continue to book yourself on HMC trips, please ensure that your membership is up to date.

If you have yet to renew your club 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 once completed

– sending a cheque made payable to the Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club 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/

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