What We Do
DAG organises regular weekends away and local days out for walking, climbing, cycling, pubs and tea rooms.
Why not join us for one of our local walks to chat to members and get an idea of whether the club is for you. Check our Calendar for details of forthcoming local walks (usually around 10-12 miles). Contact us for details if you would like to come along.
We arrange weekends away every month in some of the most beautiful areas of the country. We visit centres in the Lake District, Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire, Brecon Beacons, Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Exmoor.
Weekends cost £50 for two nights’ bunkhouse style accommodation with full board.
Our walking is informal and usually agreed on the day to suit the local conditions. There are usually several groups walking varying routes of differing difficulty, so there are usually plenty of options to suit everyone. We do not organize guided or led walks. Members should aim to be self-reliant and come suitably equipped for the likely weather and mountain conditions they might encounter. We have many very experienced members who will be happy to advise newer members.
Safety on the Hills
DAG welcomes people of all ages and ability, but potential members should be aware that the mountains can be dangerous and that the weather conditions can change rapidly. It is therefore important that you are suitably equipped for the walk you are undertaking. More experienced DAG members can give advice if you wish.
As we generally walk in groups, experience of map reading is encouraged but is not essential. If you are not familiar with map and compass, please ensure that someone in your group has a map and compass, and knows how to use them.
Each individual is responsible for their own safety and DAG cannot accept any responsibility.
We try to share transport wherever possible to keep the costs down and to provide company en-route. We will try to put people in contact with other people attending a weekend but Members need to make their own arrangements based on where they live. Also parking at some centres is restricted and so car sharing is important.
Many of the centres we use are in great locations allowing us to walk straight from the door. However, they are often basic with mixed dormitories and bunks so don’t expect 5 Star luxury! That said, there are hot showers and heating.
As we hire centers from other similar clubs, we are responsible for leaving the accommodation as we find it. Everyone is expected to muck in to help with preparation at meal times, washing up and cleaning before we leave.
We provide food for the weekends which includes:
- 2 breakfasts (Sat, Sun)
- 2 packed lunches (Sat, Sun)
- Dinner at the center on Saturday evening
Members volunteer to cater for weekends and we always provide a vegetarian option – just make sure you let the Booking Secretary know well in advance of any special dietary requirements or food allergies.