Activities

Climbing, Mountain Biking, Walks and Scrambling, Day Activities...

Our members are active walkers, climbers, skiers and mountain-bikers, unfortunately they're so active that they're too busy to write anything authoritative for this page - so just look on it as a work in progress OK? We'll get there eventually - honest! Meanwhile have a look at what we've been up to in the past...

However I can say that we do the following, without fear of contradiction:

Climbing

During the winter we climb during the evening weekly (see Calendar.) at several of the indoor walls in the area: Usually alternating between Rock Antics at Newton Aycliffe, Sunderland Wall and Newcastle Climbing Centre, but occasionally at Durham Climbing Centre or Hebburn. In summer we visit local crags throughout the area. Venues will be confirmed on booking nights or by contacting the organiser via the DMS forum. During the winter we usually climb between 7.30pm and 9.30pm after which it's off to the a local pub to sink a pint or two.

Mountain Biking

Our Mountain Bikers are out regularly throughout the year come rain or shine! Rides are a mixture of local evening and weekend bike rides including Hamsterley and Chopwell with special full day rides thrown in for a good measure at the pick of the national trails (7stanes mountain-biking, Whinlatter Forest Park).

We have weekly Saturday Mountain Bike rides;

  • meet 7:30am at the Lodge Pub (Pot and Glass).

Other rides are arranged on an ad hoc basis, check out the forum for details

The ride(s) will be determined on the day by numbers and experience. The rides will be suitable for beginners who are keen to ride off road / on single track and the more experienced who are looking to explore the local trails with a bit of friendly banter on the way.

Non members are welcome to come along for a ride, but we do ask that you join the club there after.  All we ask is you let us know you will be coming along – please use are forum to contact us and post under ‘new to the club

What do I need to bring?

  • - Yourself
  • - A fully serviced Mountain Bike
  • - Bike helmet (sorry but no helmet = no ride)
  • - Gloves - full finger if its cold - Suitable shoes and clothing for cycling such as trainers
  • - Waterproofs - if rain is forecast that you don't mind getting muddy but not jeans.
  • - Spare jacket or fleece - you may get cold when we make stops
  • - Drink - (we mean water not alcohol!)
  • - Snack (chocolate!)
  • - Spare inner tube

What to expect?

  • - 2-3 hour bike ride
  • - Majority of route will be off road (single track if possible)
  • - Hill climbs range from 50m to 180m vertically.
  • - We ride as a group, so no one gets left behind.
  • - Finish at the Stonebridge/Cross Keys pub or the café at Hamsterley for refreshments

Walks and Scrambling

During the spring and summer we intend to organise local walks in and around Durham so that members can socialise without the need for too much organisation and expense; whereafter we'll no doubt be retiring to the Tap and Spile for about 10.00pm.

At weekends, there's more time to get to the finest walking areas of the Lakes, Northumberland & Dales etc.  When and where, its up to you…..

 

Day Activities

Each month a lucky volunteer will organise a day activity for the rest for the club members. This could be anything from the traditional walk of bike ride through to the more ambitious activities like scrambling, surfing, high rope assault course or a BBQ! Details of up and coming activities are announced at the pub night and posted on the forum.