The Club was founded in 1979 by residents in the Midstocket area of Aberdeen and is loosely affiliated to the Stocket Community Council. Please see the Club's constitution here. Some of the early members still walk regularly with the Club, although over the years many members have come and gone. New members are always welcome.
The Stockets are renowned in the hillwalking fraternity of Aberdeen as being friendly and sociable and this is the Club's purpose as much as the serious hill walks. All walks end with a session of about an hour in the pub. A number of social events are also organised, including a Christmas party.
The Stocket Hillwalking Club is affiliated to the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. The MCofS provides an extensive range of support to affiliated clubs, and their members enjoy a range of benefits including access to huts and Civil & Employers' Liability Insurance. Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with the conditions of the insurance cover before going on the hills with the Club.
The Stockets go hill walking throughout the year, generally in the Grampian Mountains and other hills within a day's travel of Aberdeen. Most of the walks include hills over 3000 feet in height; often these are Munros. Typically between 15 and 25 members go on each walk. By using a coach, many "through" walks can be arranged, i.e. routes starting and finishing at different places.
The Club runs a monthly one-day walk, usually on a Sunday. This means that we operate through the winter season unlike a few of the local clubs. The winter walks usually cover 8 to 12 miles. A number of winter walks have been altered to suit conditions, but very few are canceled due to extreme weather.
Summer walks tend to be longer to make use of the daylight hours available and are generally between 15 and 20 miles.
An alternative route following a shorter lower level walk is generally available; by providing two walks the Club aims to cater for all members' requirements.
The Stockets organise up to three weekends a year further a field, providing an opportunity to visit the West Coast and the rest of the Highlands. Weekends away are a great opportunity for beginners to fulfill their desire to experience hills further afield, and for Munro baggers to add few more ticks to their list. It is also a good way to get to know fellow Club members on a more sociable basis.
As in most cases, weekend trips are organised by car and lifts. The more people share a car, the more economical it becomes for everyone. Accommodation is usually in a hostel or bunkhouse.
Details of the walks for the year and the cost of each (typically £20) are shown on the Club card. This is issued to all members and can be viewed on the Walks page.
For details of our walks and about walking with the Club please visit our Walks page.
For details about membership benefits and how to join the club please visit our Membership page.
A coach is used for transport for the day walks from Aberdeen, departing from and returning to Mile End Primary School, on Gordondale Road. The cost of each outing is £20 regardless of the driving distance. The coach departure times are stated on the Club Card but are normally either 7am or 8am depending on the time of year and expected length of the day out. For weekends away transport is generally by car.
Booking is done by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org by the Tuesday evening prior to the walk. The bus may be cancelled if there is insufficient advanced support. The e-mail account will be monitored by the walk host, who will also respond to any queries you may have. If you have no e-mail access at the time of booking, please telephone the walk host instead.
A full description of our booking policy can be read on the Booking Policy page.
A Committee of six members runs the Club. They meet several times in the year to discuss club affairs. At the February meeting the programme of walks for the next year is compiled.
The Committee, both with regard to general club matters and for future walks, always welcomes suggestions. This is your Club and the Committee's aim is to cater for your requirements.
The Club holds its Annual General Meeting usually at the end of March. All members are notified in advance and nominations for Office Bearers and Committee Members are invited at that time.
For details of the current committee please view the Contacts page.