The Uttoxeter Walking Club was formed in 1978 with an initial membership of 12. Since that time it has enjoyed a steady growth and today we have over 60 members. Initially the club organized walks in the local area including the Derbyshire Peaks but it did not take long for a more adventurous programme to be developed, including longer day trips and weekends.
There are a variety of walks on the programme Saturdays, Sundays and weekdays. The walks vary from short 3- 6 miles over easy terrain, moderate walks of about 8 – 10 miles or more strenuous high level walks. In the summer months short evening walks are sometimes arranged often followed by a pub stop.
Shorter walks tend to be within a fifteen mile radius of Uttoxeter travelling further in to the Peak district for the longer walks. The more strenuous routes can be as far afield as the High Peak, Wales or the Pennines.
The club operates a car share policy to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and taking up valuable car park spaces. This also reduces costs to drivers and non drivers can access new areas.
Meeting points for the walks are usually Bramshall Rd. Park Uttoxeter weekdays and Saturdays, the Maltings car park Uttoxeter on Sundays. Start times are usually 9.00am or 9.30am unless travelling a longer distance.
The programme is flexible so all details of walks, meeting points, and start times are published monthly on the website, Facebook and on posters in Uttoxeter Library and Waitrose.
A coach away day is organised each year. In previous years coach trips have been to the Lake District, North Wales, Malvern, Ludlow, Ironbridge and Llangollen.
Occasionally we organise a weekend away – in May 2017 several of the group spent a lovely few days in the South Lakes.
There is usually a Winter and Summer Sunday lunch preceded by a short walk.
The club has an A.G.M. for members to put forward their suggestions for how the club should be run and what activities they would like to organise.
We are associate members of Ramblers with all the support that goes with that including guidance for safety on walks and keeping footpaths open by reporting damage or closed footpaths.
Non members are welcome to attend two walks to try us, before paying the subscription, currently £5 per year, on their third walk. This is a great way of exploring the countryside, appreciating everything in nature, sharing experiences with friends old and new, something for all age groups and walking abilities.
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