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Our activities > Walking > Ridges and tops walks

Our next Ridges and Tops walk will be Lake District on Saturday 18th August, 07:00 AM. Meeting place: Colmore Row, Birmingham. Fare: £25, to be confirmed..

Leaders: Mandy Pachol. Booking essential, from July 22nd. Peter Leadbeter 0121 429 9615.

During the summer and autumn we have a programme of monthly Saturday walks exploring the ridges and tops of our hills and mountains. These are among the most demanding walks that we do and venture further afield than our normal weekly walks.

These walks are generally of about 7 hours' duration in mountain or moorland areas and typically involve between 9 and 14 miles in distance and 2,000 - 3,000 feet of ascent. They appeal to Sunday 'A' walkers who don't mind climbing hills and getting off the beaten track to explore wide open spaces and to enjoy the panoramas revealed. Come prepared for rough terrain and any kind of weather (good boots with ankle support, no jeans, wind and waterproof over-garment and over-trousers, hat and gloves) and bring enough food and drink for the whole day.

As transport to and from the walk locations is by minibus, the maximum group size for Ridges and Tops walks is 16. The minibus leaves Birmingham city centre at 7.00 am and returns to the city centre by 9.00 pm. The pickup and return point for the minibus is Colmore Row (alongside St Philip's churchyard and opposite Church Street). If you live in north Birmingham, it is also possible to be picked up from and returned to the coach company's depot in Great Barr.

All walks were £25 per person in 2017 but the cost for the 2018 programme is still to be confirmed.

Walk bookings are taken from the dates above on a first come, first served basis. For each walk, there is a guaranteed list of 16 and a wait list. If you are on the wait list, please keep the date open as there are sometimes late cancellations.

To take part in the Ridges and Tops programme, you should normally have been on several Sunday 'A' walks (or been out with a leader on a preview walk) and feel comfortable with the distance and pace of the walks. If you are interested in joining us, please phone or email Peter Leadbeter with your contact details and a brief comment on previous walks that you have done.

Since these walks are mostly held in mountainous areas it is essential that members are fully equipped for the adverse weather conditions often encountered, and the leader has authority to refuse to take members considered to be unfit or under-equipped for this type of walk.

If you would like to join one of our Ridges and Tops walks then contact us using the enquiry page.

The full Ridges and Tops Programme for 2018 is below:

Ridges and tops walks Lake District on Saturday 18th August, 07:00 AM. Meeting place: Colmore Row, Birmingham Fare: £25, to be confirmed.. Leaders: Mandy Pachol. Booking essential, from July 22nd. Peter Leadbeter 0121 429 9615.

Ridges and tops walks Cader Idris, North Wales on Saturday 15th September, 07:00 AM. Meeting place: Colmore Row, Birmingham Fare: £25, to be confirmed.. Leaders: Kate Chester. Booking essential, from August 19th. Peter Leadbeter 0121 429 9615.

Ridges and tops walks Longshaw and Stanage, Peak District on Saturday 6th October, 07:00 AM. Meeting place: Colmore Row, Birmingham Fare: £25, to be confirmed.. Leaders: Jane Hartley. Booking essential, from September 16th. Peter Leadbeter 0121 429 9615.


This page was up to date on 20/01/2018.