Hamilton Ramblers Club is a friendly group of local people who meet in Hamilton, Lanarkshire on alternate Sundays to enjoy walking in the beautiful country that is Scotland. There are two different walks available on each outing.
The Long Walk is more strenuous and can involve steeper routes than the Short Walk. But on some occasions it is just as the name implies – a longer distance walk.
The Short Walk is usually shorter and taken at a slower pace that the Long Walk.
We are not a Hill Walking Club dedicated to bagging Munros although in Scotland, invariably, there are hills to ascend, rough tracks and boggy areas to cross. Some routes may be challenging, but not considered to be dangerous.
How do we organise these outings?
Our outings depart from University of West of Scotland, Barrck Street, Hamilton and usually the coach leaves at 9.00am. We almost always have a 15 minute Tea and Toilet stop en route to the starting point, at a convenient service area.
Often the walks have different start and finish points. The bus drops each group off at their respective start points and picks them up at their finishing points. During the walk we normally have two food breaks and each person is responsible for providing their own sandwiches and hot/cold drinks.
At the end of the walks there is usually a social break before the return journey.
What will I wear?
- Stout footwear or preferably walking boots should be worn.
- A light rucksack (25l) should be carried to contain your food, drink, waterproof overtrousers and jacket and a dry pair of socks.
- Waterproofs are essential !!!!!!
- Denims/jeans are not appropriate. They retain water, will never dry out during the course of the day and can chafe legs quite badly when in that condition.
- A change of clothing is optional in the event of a soaking.
- A torch, survival bag, whistle and spare pair of bootlaces can be useful.
- Please note that sunny mornings in Scotland can become wet and cold by noon.
Please do not compare walking round Strathclyde Park with a full day outing in the country. The terrain is different. Fitness and energy levels are important.
- Walk leaders may refuse to accept anyone who appears to be inappropriately dressed or not fit enough to complete the walk.
How do I join?
Make contact with the group and come out walking with us. You will meet new people and enjoy a pleasant time in the open countryside. The Secretary will be happy to explain the membership arrangements.
Annual Membership of the Club is £20.00
The cost of each outing is £10.00 for Members and £15.00 for Non-Members. Advance bookings must be paid for in advance.
First 3 walks £10 for potential new members
On each outing a Prize Draw is held. All proceeds are donated to Mountain Rescue Teams and the Club which are based in Scotland. Prizes are donated from various sources. Tickets cost 50p each and your support would be greatly appreciated.
Sorry - No dogs allowed