Enjoy hill walking or mountaineering?

  • Enjoy walking and want to get out on some hills?
  • Complete beginner and not sure where to start?
  • Experienced mountaineer?

We have something for you!

view from footbridge to mountains

Friendly, national club runs hill walking and mountaineering trips all over the UK and abroad. Complete beginners to experienced mountaineers welcome.

Covid 19 – while the regular programme of Club trips is reduced we are coordinating day walks, and longer trips where members organise their own accommodation.

Some of the things we do…

What happens on a trip?

On any trip there is usually a choice of groups to go with. Whatever the route, the aim is to have a sociable day on the hills and no-one gets left behind!

At the end of the day we enjoy a meal together. There’s a vegetarian and non-veg option. There’s wine and beer as well!

Where we go

We regularly visit Snowdonia, the Lake District, Brecon Beacons, the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales. We also go to Dartmoor, the Shropshire Hills, the Gower Peninsula and the Long Mynd.

Scotland is covered with a Winter week in February and a Spring week in late May. Areas visited include Glencoe, Skye, Arran, the Cairngorms and Knoydart.

There is also an annual trip abroad, e.g. Mallorca, the French Alps, Austrian Alps or the Costa Blanca.

Full details of current trips.

Where we stay

We book a very wide range of accommodation. At one end of the spectrum we use remote ‘huts’ with basic facilities. At the other end, we visit luxury lodges with twin rooms, wifi and ensuites. Most accommodation is somewhere in the middle. Full details of the accommodation are always given on the programme.

Find out more…

Some of the questions we’ve had from people checking out the Club can be found here but feel free to send any new ones.

Really though, the only way to find out if the Gentian Club is the one for you is to take a deep breath, sign up and come out with us for a day or book onto a trip (maybe with a friend?).

We’re a very friendly and welcoming club but if you decide we’re not what you’re looking for we’ll refund your membership fee in full. We want you to be happy!

You must be over 18 to join and currently the membership fee for new members is £15.

Review from a new member

“What an absolutely awesome week in the Vanoise Alps region with the Gentian Club…

The accommodation had superb mountain views and was quite luxurious and it was quite unexpected and a very nice surprise.

As a new member I was a bit apprehensive to spend an entire week with strangers, but upon arrival l was well received, and immediately felt a part of the club. The whole week was exceptionally well planned in all respects.

All the walking routes were also well planned and gave great consideration for all levels of walkers.

I was very happy to be able to get to 3000 mtrs on my final walk. That is the highest I have ever been and was a great experience.

I would not hesitate to go again on another weeks adventure with the Gentian Club.

So for any potential new prospective members, then what are you waiting for? Get your boots on and give them a try like I did. Remember nothing happens until you do something!”

CA, joined 2019

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