The club organises a May walking weekend, sometimes a summer civilised camping event, a September walking weekend, and when a venue can be obtained, a Burn's weekend iin February. Weekend invites will be issued initially to members, then to non-members if places remain.
Your weekend booking will only be confirmed when payment has been received - pay promptly to avoid being bumped off the list by someone who books later than you but pays before you!
Once all the names are confirmed, the host will be in touch regarding a food contribution for the Saturday evening buffet. Nearer the time we will organise travel arrangements so if you do not have transport or don't wish to drive up on your own we can work out car sharing plans.
Transport is usually by car. Lifts which can be arranged by contacting the host or by speaking to another participant.
Accommodation is usually in a hostel or bunkhouse. Traditionally, a Stocket week-end runs as follows:
Departures at various times with a stop for food on the road if not taken prior to departure. Once everyone has congregated, discussions and arrangements ensue as to what hills will be climbed the following day. Most people arrive with some ideas and various parties are formed to suit these plans. If anyone feels unsure about any proposed walks he/she can be assured someone will assist; you will not be left to fend for yourself unless you want to be. Following night caps, cocoa etc. people retire to bunks for a reasonably early start the following morning.
After breakfast, the various parties set off for their day. More often than not there is a semi-official walk assisted by well experienced members. If anyone feels unsure about any proposed walks he/she can be assured someone will assist; you will not be left to fend for yourself unless you want to be.The evening meal on Saturday is usually eaten in the bunk house, depending on the facilities available. Over time, it has become a communal affair with participants contributing by bringing a dish prepared either in advance or on the premises. You will be 'instructed' by the organiser which course and the number of people you are expected to provide for. The meal is followed by drinking and talking, sometimes well in to the night.
However some members choose to eat out in a hotel or visit the pub if they happen to be nearby.
Some people also walk on Sunday, either locally or taking in a hill on the way home. Others chose to have a leisurely Sunday, visiting areas of interest locally or on the way home (bring your National Trust or other membership cards), often with a lunch stop.