Starter Guide

This guide aims to give people new to the club a good overview of what we do, how we do it, how to join us and precisions on our refund policy. If you have more questions, speak to us at sign-up!

Whether you're a student or not, that you are a seasoned explorer of backcountry trails, or struggle to find the motivation to walk to the shops, we have something for you. Everyone is welcome on our hikes, but to make sure that we provide a safe and enjoyable experience, we require that you bring along some items of kit:

Basic Kit

Recommended Kit

If you don't have any of the items of basic kit, we will unfortunately not let you onto the coach. This isn't negotiable, and is a part of the risk assessment we have filled in with the Student's Union.

*Hiking boots MUST have sufficient ankle support; we don't allow approach shoes! If you have any doubts, either attend the information evening during Freshers Week, or ask us at Sign Up. Also, as a rule of thumbs, shoes made by fashion brand such as Dr. Martens will not be authorized!

**Walking trousers do NOT include jeans, and if you wear jeans we will not let you on the coach. Tracksuits, shorts (weather permitting), leggings, and light, fast drying trousers are all encouraged.

We run five types of trips - coach, train, weekend, vacation and summer minibus.

Coach hikes

These are our main kind of trip and the most popular! Almost every Sunday we take a coach of 50 people (sometimes less on the return) to Wales, the Lake District or Yorkshire, and they are well structured, so a good introduction if you are new to the club. Everything is explained on the coach, and you can choose from one of the planned routes ranging from easy to hard depending on ability. There are leaders on every hike to look after everybody and try to make sure you have a great day out!

During summer time, the coach leaves from Owen's Park at 8.30am, the Students' Union at 8:40am, and Weston Hall at 8:50am, don't be late! We get back around 8:30pm, and many of us then head to Owen's Park for some deserved fish and chips. The trips cost £10 for members, £15 for non-members, and you can sign up at the Students' Union during the w eek (see below).

Train hikes

These take us to the nearby Peak District. To come along, all you have to do is wait for the email announcing which time train we will catch, and turn up to the station to buy your train ticket! These trips are cheaper and smaller than coach hikes, but also give us the chance to stay out later at night if we want.

Weekend trips

These are the best, in my humble opinion! Happening once a month, they last from Friday night to Sunday evening and provide a chance to be a little more adventurous, social and even go to Scotland. We travel up by minibus and stay in bunkhouses close to the hills. The group on a trip can decide what to do on each day: usually a bigger walk on Saturday and a smaller one on Sunday. For food, everyone usually eats fish and chips on the way, and the committee cooks for everybody on Saturday night, but you will need to bring you own breakfasts and lunches. These trips usually cost around £50-60, and sell out fast so you will need to sign up quickly!

Vacation trips

Two trips run at Christmas and Easter. At Christmas is our annual Nethy House trip, which many will agree is the best thing we do! We hire out the whole of this huge bunkhouse to ourselves, which even has its own bar that we can run. The trip is a chance for many current and ex-members of the club to meet up, explore the Cairngorms, learn new winter mountaineering skills and even have a go at some skiing. At Easter we run a similar trip to a far out location in Scotland that it would be otherwise impossible to reach, such as the Isle of Skye or Torridon.

Summer hikes

During the holiday the club dies down, but those who are still left in Manchester keep things ticking over by hiring out the Union minibus whenever possible. These trips are more random and are usually not scheduled in advance, but are also very cheap!

Socials

Our social secretaries work hard to organise a different event every week to help us explore Manchester and do something other than hike a ll the time! Socials include pub crawls, meals, comedy nights, ice skating, brewery tours, BBQs and more!

How to join

Most importantly, make sure you're signed up to the mailing list to get our weekly emails telling you what's coming up. Most trips require signing up, which is easy! We can be found in the Student Activities Centre on the ground floor of the Students' Union building on Oxford Road each lunchtime from 12:30 to 1:30pm. Coach trips open the Monday before, and longer trips at least two weeks before the trip. You don't need to be a member to come, but it makes trips cheaper and you are insured by the British Mountaineering Club! Last but not least you get discounts in outdoor shops (ask to members for more precision).

To become a member, you must log in to the Students' Union website. Non-students can register as a guest. Once logged in, find our page to join the Hiking Club

Refund Policy

We understand that life sometimes throws up unexpected surprises which may prevent you from joining us on one of our hikes after you've signed up. Below we have explained the refund policy for the different trips we run.

Summary: refunds are granted if you let us know by sign-up on the Thursday (Wednesday for weekend trips) before the trip, if your absence doesn't prevent someone else from hiking and in exceptional circumstances. It should also be noted that turning up to a hike with incorrect kit will make you unable to claim a refund as no one is able to take your place, the club stipulates what is acceptable gear on this site and our Facebook page.

  1. Day Hike Cancellations: If you have signed up to a day hike but cannot attend you are entitled to a full refund of the cost of trip if you inform us by the end of sign-up on the Thursday before the trip. To receive your refund you will need to come to sign-up. If you do not let us know by this time you are still entitled to a refund on the condition that you let us know by 3pm the Saturday before the trip AND we are able to fill your place. Therefore, it's in your interest to let us know as soon as possible that you can't come. To find out if you can be refunded you will need to come to sign-up following the trip. You are not entitled to a refund if you fail to inform us in advance, unless this is due to exceptional circumstances, decided at the discretion of the committee.

  2. Weekend / Vacation Trip Cancellations: If you have signed up for a weekend or vacation trip and cannot attend you must inform us by the end of sign-up for the trip (for weekends this normally the Wednesday before the trip, but not vacation trips) to have your deposit refunded. To receive your refund you will need to come to sign-up. If you cannot make the trip but do not let us know by this time you will only receive a refund if we are able to fill your place. As with day hikes refunds may also be given in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the committee.

Sign-up takes place on weekdays from 12:30 to 1:30pm on the first floor of the Students' Union (Steve Bilko) building.