Our Club

The Gwydyr Mountain Club is for people who like outside activities, principally in the mountains. These activities include mountain walking, scrambling, rock climbing and snow and ice climbing when available. Members also go mountain biking and coast walking.

We are a Wirral based club, despite the Welsh name, and our formal Club meetings are held in Birkenhead at the STORK Hotel (see map). The Club owns a hut in Capel Curig (close to the Gwydyr forest) and also a self-catering cottage. Members pay an annual membership fee, which includes use of the club hut and discounts on bookings for our cottage as well as discounts for local mountaineering shops.

A meets program is compiled annually from members’ suggestions and covers the main hill and mountain areas of the UK and Ireland. The program is a mixture of day, weekend and longer visits, usually using shared private transport and based on either self-catering (often other club's huts) accommodation or camping. There are the regular meets at Capel Curig based on the Club hut and there are sometimes trips to the Alps and further afield.

In addition to our mountain activities, there is a strong social element to the Club. The Club meets socially at the Stork Hotel from 9.30 pm every Tuesday evening, which is an excellent way for those interested in our activities to meet us. Our monthly club weekends at our hut in Capel Curig are also a good way to meet people with similar interests, and there is always a great atmosphere if you do not object to a bit of banter with your friends. Prospective female members are very welcome, as we have a good number of women members, who would be happy to reassure you that this is a good club for both sexes.

If you would like further information about our Club, or are interested in joining us on one of our meets to see if this would be for you, please contact our Membership Secretary (Kevin McEvoy), giving some idea of your interests, and Kevin will be in touch with you. Alternatively just come down to the Stork any Tuesday and introduce yourself.

For more information about the Gwydyr Mountain Club and how to join our Wirral\Liverpool based mountaineering club we have put together a Frequently Asked Questions section (in .pdf format).

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How exactly do I become a member ?

You would need to attend a few meets over a period of a couple of months (or longer if needed) so that people get to know you.

Coming down to the Stork is a good way to get to know the members in a relaxed atmosphere. For those of you that like their beer, the Stork is listed by CAMRA as a Real Heritage pub (see link), so it is worth a visit anyway

Once you have handed in your membership application form to our Membership Secretary he or she will present it at the next committee meeting and we will then put you forward for membership. Election is by a simple majority vote of the members who are down on a particular Tuesday evening (called Quarter End Meetings !).

It may all sound very formal but it’s very straightforward and easy.