What We Do

DAG organises regular weekends away and local days out for walking, climbing, cycling, pubs and tea rooms.

Local Walks

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.

Weekends Away

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 £40 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 organise 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.

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.

Transport

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.

Parking at some centres is restricted. Please let the Booking Secretary know if you need or can offer a lift.

Accommodation

Many of the centres we use are in great locations allowing us to walk straight from the door. However, they are often basic with dormitories and bunks so don’t expect 5 Star luxury!

As we hire centres 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.

Catering

We provide food for the weekends which includes:

  • 2 breakfasts (Sat, Sun)
  • 2 packed lunches (Sat, Sun)
  • Dinner at the centre 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.

Costs

Costs for weekends include 2 nights’ accommodation and food:

  • Standard weekend fee £40
  • Christmas weekend fee (Dec) £45
  • Annual Dinner weekend fee (Feb) £55

Booking

Bookings for each weekend can be made by contacting the Bookings Secretary,  by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or perhaps in person at The Post Office Arms on the first Tuesday of the month. Bookings are made on a first come first served basis. If a weekend is fully booked, a reserve list is held and you may be offered a place should anyone drop out.

Cancellation

If you are booked on a weekend and drop out on or after the Saturday a week before, we will have to charge you the standard cost for the weekend unless we are able to fill the place from the reserve list. We aim to keep costs to a minimum and at this stage accommodation costs (and often food) are already paid for.