The Caledonian Hillwalking Club is a sociable walking group that
goes out by coach on the 3rd Sunday of each month
(2nd Sunday in December). In the past arranged very
occasional weekend meets and other events. We welcome guests on any meet
and hope you will enjoy your day out on the hills enough to come back again
and perhaps decide to take out membership. This currently costs £17.00
and £14.00 for over 60s but, if you come along more than half way
through the year, we would reduce this charge proportionately. Membership
is available to anyone over the age of 16. If you are younger than this, we
would expect you to be accompanied on the bus and on the walk by an adult
who would be responsible for you.
are 12 meets each year, on the 3rd Sunday of each month, except in
December, when the meet is on the 2nd Sunday. The programme for the coming
year is proposed and agreed at the AGM and is based on suggestions from
meets are to a particular area, such as Glen Clova,
Crianlarich or the Ochil Hills. We also have
“through walks”, where the starting and finishing points are miles apart, eg through Glen Tilt or the Lairig
is important to book for meets. Please contact the Meet Secretary by
telephone or text 07960029172), or email firstname.lastname@example.org preferably a
week before the meet. Bookings can be made up to the day before, however
you run the risk of the bus being full. Please cancel as soon as you
know you cannot go but don’t call off on the day of the meet if it can
meet book is passed around on return journeys, and you can put your name
down for the next meet then.
Everyone's name must be on
one of the walks
before departing the bus!
Are Run / Pick-up Points?
meets start at 8 am, but there are two each year starting at 7 am to give a
longer day out. Return times vary from about 6 pm in winter to about 9.30
pm in midsummer.
first pick-up/last drop-off point is at JP Coaches, Orchardbank
Industrial Estate, Forfar. The bus leaves here at the time given in the
programme. For details of other pick-up points and times please see the
separate sheet, visit the website or ask the Meet Secretary when you book.
It is important to get to
the pick-up points on time
– the bus will not
are collected on the outward journey by the Treasurer. The cost is
typically around £17.00. There is a small extra charge for non-members
– currently £2.00. Fares for those under 16 are normally half the
write your own name and route or add your name to an existing route in the
Log Book which is passed round the bus on the outward journey. The time for
getting back to the bus will be written on the Log Book for the main
finishing places, as will the bus driver’s mobile phone number. If
you carry a mobile phone please ensure you take a note of this number as it
is an important means of contacting us (signal permitting) if there are
unexpected issues about your return time.
people travel as far as the bus goes, but you can start/finish your walk
anywhere as long as it is on the bus route. If you want to finish somewhere
else be sure to agree a pick-up place and time with the Meet Secretary.
Finishing times vary from 3 pm to 6 pm, depending on the time of year.
Its a good idea to think about where you want
to walk before the day of the meet. Early on in the year the Club will try
to provide more detailed suggestions for possible walks on each meet (which
are graded to help those with less experience of hillwalking to be aware of
what is involved in particular routes). No one should walk alone so you
need to be aware that your first choice may not be an option, depending on
what others want to do. There may be other options put down in the Log Book
on the day which do not match anything on the information sheet.
WHEN CHOOSING A WALK,
REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING:
Everyone chooses his or her own route, and the Club does not
appoint leaders or guides for any walk. This means that you must either
have a map and compass and be competent enough at navigation to find your
way, or arrange before starting the walk to go with someone who can
If you come alone and/or are new to hillwalking, the Meet
Secretary or other committee member can introduce you to others on the bus
with whom you might like to team up. No one should walk alone.
It is important to choose a walk which is within your
capabilities and which you will be able to complete in the time allowed.
How hard a walk is depends not only on the distance and how fit you are,
but also on the amount of ascent, the terrain, whether or not there is a
path, and the weather. Snow cover, rain, mist or strong wind can slow you
down a lot. If conditions deteriorate, don’t be afraid to turn back or cut
your route short - both to ensure your own safety and to make sure you’re
back at the bus by the expected time.
You should make every effort to get back to the bus on time
but, if something has happened which might make you late, please decide in
the group who will phone the bus driver to give up to date information
about your expected arrival. Bear in mind you often obtain a better signal
the higher you are. If you decide to extend a walk while on the hills, you
should be sure it won’t make you late.
the choice of walk is entirely up to individuals on the meet, typically
there are about 3 or 4 different routes, including at least one high level
route involving considerable ascent, and at least one low level route.
Sometimes, particularly on the “through walks”, nearly everyone goes the
same way, though not at the same speed!
the way back to Dundee, the bus usually stops for about half an hour
somewhere that has a chip shop and a pub. In certain circumstances the bus
may travel straight home; every effort will be made to advise members
before they start their walks if no stop is planned on the way home.
is very important for your safety and comfort that you have suitable
clothing, equipment and food and drink with you for your walk. Remember
that higher up on the hills the weather can be very different from that
down below. If you are unsure, there are many books on hillwalking which
have lists of what you should take. We’d recommend at least walking
boots, waterproof jacket and over trousers, hat and gloves, rucksack with
liner and food/refreshments for your day on the hills, and a survival bag
and whistle. A torch especially in winter (November-February) is a must.
Its not a good idea to wear jeans. Some people
carry extra gloves, hat and socks. Some people like to leave a set of
clothes/footwear on the bus to change into after their walk just in
case they get wet during their day out.
Club rules do not permit pets on any meet (except assistance dogs).
Secretary should hold a record for each member or guest of an emergency
contact. This will usually be completed on your first outing and the
information retained for future use. If you have not done this please ask
the Secretary for a form.
AND NEW MEMBERS VERY WELCOME
All walkers must
accept that hillwalking, climbing and mountaineering are activities with a
danger of personal injury or death and must accept these
voluntarily and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.
Hillwalking Club accepts no liability for any personal injury or any loss
of or damage to personal belongings on any of its meets.