By Richard Les
Most weekends the University of Manchester Hiking Club heads out to a scenic part of the country to wander up a hill or two, with the added bonus of ending up at the pub afterwards. I spoke to Publicity and Merchandise Secretary Sam Winkler to find out more about the trips they organise.
The club caters for hikers of all abilities, from those who wish to climb as many peaks as possible, to those who prefer to take their time and have plenty of breaks: “We have a wide variety of people coming to our hikes and it’s always interesting to meet new people as well as old friends.” Each trip offers several routes of varying length and intensity to choose from. “Typically, we run four different hikes, and we make sure no one falls behind if they do find themselves struggling. Hiking is mostly about having fun.”
Recent trips have seen the Hiking Club brave snow and impromptu snowball fights as nearby as the Peak District and as far away as Scotland. They have also recently visited Grasmere and its famous gingerbread shop. Upcoming destinations include the Lake District, Scotland and Wales. Both single day trips and longer weekend trips are run during term time, so there are a variety of experiences available. In addition to their usual weekly trips, there is also a longer trip to Scotland coming up during the Easter break.
At £10 for members and £14 for non-members (membership itself is £10) the day trips are an inexpensive day out and no gear is required other than walking boots, although it is suggested you check the website to find out what kind of attire is recommended and why jeans are banned.
The Hiking Club can be found in the Activities office in the Student Union from 12:30 to 13:30 every weekday if you have any queries or would like to sign-up, or you can find out more on their website http://www.umhc.org.uk/ .