Visitor Information

img1One of the longest established walking clubs in the Sunderland area, we offer a varied programme of group walking in the countryside, with experienced members leading walks all year.
Improve well-being, keep fit, make new friends and be inspired by the varied and beautiful countryside in our local area and further afield.
Our photo gallery gives an idea of who we are and the places we visit. We are always delighted to welcome new members.
Individuals and groups of people join our club and quickly make new friends within the club.
Our current programme of walks can be viewed on the Calendar page.

CONTACT: Membership Secretary: Pauline Tait - tel. 0191 5364034 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Our walking programme

You can find all our upcoming walks, on our Calendar page. We aim to offer walks with a coach provided every second Sunday, and on a Saturday once a month, In addition, we offer walks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Saturdays using cars or public transport. Click our Gallery page to see photographs of recent walks.
The club also hold a supply of Ordinance Survey maps which members can borrow when leading a walk. Some of our members co-lead walks or do this individually, this may appeal to you.
We're happy to help you in map and compass work and to give you tips and advice, enabling you to lead if you so wish.

Transport Information for walks

Due to the variations of walks on numerous days and modes of transport it is too large to explain in a quick visitor overview. Please see our "About Us" page for more information

Membership Fees and Transport Costs

The current cost of becoming a member is £10 (juniors £2 and family memberships £20) which is renewable annually on 1st January. Members are encouraged to set up a standing order for payment.
Coach rambles currently cost £10.00 (juniors £5.00).
Members are responsible for their own fares on public transport and share the petrol costs for private cars.
The Committee reviews charge for coach from time to time, as required to cover the club's costs.

Grading of walks

Please select the walk that is suitable for your fitness level

We have several grades of walk (as set out below) to suit all ages and abilities. We have found new members often start on the lower grade walk until they find the one that suits and we are very happy to give advice. In a whole day's walking, typically around five hours (excluding travelling time) we have stops for a picnic lunch and afternoon snack:

  • Torridon trever 2009 093Grade A+ over 16 miles (an occasional offer for the keenest walkers)
  • Grade A 14- 16 miles
  • Grade B 12-14 miles
  • Grade C 10-12 miles
  • Grade D 8-10 miles (This is the easiest grade offered on the coach walks)
  • Grade E under 8 miles (This is a local walks grade)

Our programme also indicates the feet of climb involved in any particular walk by a number:

  • less than 500 feet 
  • 500 – 1000 feet
  • 1000-1500 feet
  • More than 1500 feet

So a walk letter and number together indicate mileage and feet of climb.
Each individual walk is graded on the programme.

What Clothing and Equipment do I require?

There are certain things that are important to always bring on any walk, for your own safety and enjoyment. Please ask if you require advice as you would be surprised at some of your everyday clothing that may be used. The initial expense would be on walking boots and waterproofs if you don't already have them. For a fuller description please go to our FAQ page.