Founded 1907

Consett and Vale of Derwent Naturalist Field Club

Frequently Asked Questions

We often get asked questions about the Club or our walks and activities, here are the most common ones.

Question:
Do I have to be a member to go on the walks?
Answer:
You can go on two walks without being a member, after that you must become a member and pay your annual subscription.


Question:
How do I become a member?
Answer:
You can get a membership card from either the club secretary or treasurer at either one of the winter lectures or on a walk.



Question:
How much does membership cost?
Answer:
The cost of yearly membership is currently £5. This allows you to attend all the walks and winter lectures as well as any extra excursions, the club holiday, Christmas party, members night (including the photographic competition) and AGM.


Question:
How do I book a place on a walk?
Answer:
You can book a place on a walk by telephoning Kath Reavley (see the walks leaflet on the downloads page). You also get the chance to book a seat on the next walk whilst returning on the coach from a walk.
Please note that you must give ample warning if you want to cancel your seat otherwise you may be charged.


Question:
Am I guaranteed a place on a walk?
Answer:
Unfortunately no, the seats are booked on a 'first come - first served' basis. Popular walks such as to the lakes can fill up very rapidly.

Question:
Where can I board the coach?
Answer:
The coach always picks up at the Gillingham's coach garage, No.1 Consett and Edith St. Consett. Further pick-up points depend on the destination and are given on the walks leaflet.


Question:
How much do the walks cost?
Answer:
The cost of the coach fare depends on the distance travelled. Generally they vary between £9 - £14. The current walks leaflet is available on the downloads page which gives all the prices for each walk. The fares are subsidised by the club and unfortunately there are no discounts for pensioners or people on benefits.


Question:
I am not a very strong walker, will the walks be suitable for all levels of fitness?
Answer:
Yes, there are always two grades of walks, the 'A' walk is for more accomplished walkers and usually cover 9 - 13 miles, they can be quite challenging. The second grade is the 'B' walk which is usually 5 - 7 miles and more gentle, anyone with average fitness should be able to manage it. There may be a 'C' walk available which is generally just a couple of miles, however this is not always available and depends on a member providing it. Some members go on the coach and then go on their own walks, this is entirely up to you, it is your responsibility to ensure you are back in time for the coach.


Question:
What other activities does the club do?
Answer:
As well as the walks the club also has an itinerary of winter talks held in Consett Citizens House. The talks run every fortnight from November to February and cover a wide range of topics from travel to nature, conservation to health. There is a small charge to attend the meeting which includes refreshments. The club also organises an annual holiday for members, destinations so far have included Scotland, Wales, The Peak District and Southern Ireland. There is also an additional day excursion each year to a location chosen at the AGM. In the past we have visited Edinburgh, York and Glasgow. Each year the club holds its Christmas meal which includes entertainment. There is also the members night which is always before the start of that seasons walks, this includes a faith supper, illustrated talk and presentation of the photographic competition winners.


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