Q: When do you go away?
A: We go on five weekends away each year: in October, November, February, March and June.
Q:Where do you go?
A: We travel further afield than on Sunday walks to other parts of the UK such as the Lake District, north-west England; Snowdonia, north Wales and the Yorkshire Dales, north-east England.
Q: What happens?
A: We leave Nottingham on the Friday evening and stop at a service station on the way to buy dinner. We spend the Saturday walking during the day and relax in the hostel in the evening. On the Sunday, we spend another day walking and return to Nottingham in the evening, stopping again at a service station for dinner.
Q: What are the food arrangements?
A: On the Friday and Sunday evenings, when we travel, you can either bring a packed dinner or buy food at a service station, where we stop.
For the Saturday and Sunday, you’ll need to bring breakfast as well as lunch, as on a Sunday walk.
On the Saturday evening, a team of volunteer cooks prepare meals for food groups of around five or six people, who each pay the cook a small sum of money to cover the cost of the meal.
Q: What clothing do I need to bring?
A: As for Sunday walks, proper walking gear is recommended. However, walking boots and waterproofs are essential as trainers simply do not provide the support necessary for walking on tougher ground. However, walking boots can be borrowed, subject to availability.
It’s also a good idea to bring casual clothing to change into on the Saturday evening, which will make it easier to relax!
Q: Is there a choice of walks?
A: Of course! As on Sunday walks, there is a choice of walks varying in terms of difficulty and length. In addition, we offer the opportunity to try scrambling – an activity best described as a cross between walking and climbing, requiring the use of your hands to make progress but not requiring special equipment such as harnesses or helmets.