Frequently asked questions
This page contains a list of FAQs, if you have any other queries then email the club, and we will add it to the list. Specific information about day walks and away trips can be found on the relevant pages. We've also added a few links to other organisations at the bottom of this page that we think you'll find useful :)
General: About the Club
What do we do? What is our mission?
- To promote the interests of Hillwalking amongst members of the Club.
- To provide an opportunity for members of the Club to meet and participate in walking and club activities together.
- To promote awareness of Hillwalking as a channel of health, exercise and wellbeing to members of the Club.
- To promote awareness of the need to maintain access, conservation and protection of the countryside, coastal and mountain environment.
We host day walks every Saturday, exploring Hampshire and neighbouring counties. Here in Southampton, we are sandwiched between the New Forest and South Downs National Park, and not too far from the iconic Jurassic Coast! Our weekend away trips offer our members an opportunity to explore further afield, and often within more challenging terrain.
How old is the club?
Why is the club called Hillwalking and not Hiking?
Southampton University Rambling Club (1966 until somewhere around 1993)
SU Rambling and Hillwalking (1993 - 1998/9)
Southampton University Hillwalking Club (1999 - Present)
The name refers to the "sport" of Hillwalking, in line with other university clubs and outdoor organisations. We must admit that it is quite a British term. If you're interested to know more, click here.
Membership & Costs
How much does it cost to join?
Why do I need to register for a free membership if it doesn't cost anything?
By registering for a free day walk membership with us through SUSU, the student's union, you will be receive comprehensive insurance cover when you participate in our weekly day walks. It's also ensures that you are an officially recognised club member, even if our paid membership is not for you!
Are there any additional costs?
Our away trips do incur additional costs, but are always made with student's in mind (we are all student's after all!). Our away trips are usually priced at £50, which is inclusive of your transport, main meals and accommodation.
The majority of our socials are free to attend, but the occasional social may require a small fee to yourself. This is mainly an entrance fee to the cinema, bowling, trampolining or similar activities.
If you have any further questions regarding membership or money, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our treasurer, Izzy, who will be more than happy to help. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I join your fantastic club?
Do I need to be a member to come on daywalks and socials?
How do I join your mailing list?
Can University Staff and Alumni attend your events?
Do I require any prior expertise?
Do I require the University's "Sport and Wellbeing Membership" to join your events?
Is there somewhere I can go to find out what I need to bring and what is expected of me as a member?
When and where are the daywalks and who can go?
Do I need to buy specialist kit?
"Sturdy shoes"? So what should I be wearing on my feet?
Will you be at the Bunfight?
Is the club just about walking?
Why do you have 2 Day Walk, Away Trip and Social Secs?
I love the club so much and want to help run it! How can I join the committee?
Where can I see more photos and videos of where you've been?
General website links you might find useful.
16-25 Railcard- Information on obtaining big discounts off train journeys in the UK.
The Chase Walk - Website of The Chase Walk competition, of which SUHC is a regular (and successful!)participant.
Walking Safety Guide - by Great Outdoors Superstore.
SUSU - Southampton University Student Union
BMC - British Mountaineering Council - Representative body of climbers, mountaineers and hillwalkers in England and Wales. SUHC is not an affiliated club
Gov.uk - Information on driving a minibus on a normal car licence in the UK.
Southampton University's Active Travel scheme - Encoraging sustainable transport, including walking, both for commuting to campus and for recreation.
New Forest National Park Authority - The organisation responsible for managing the New Forest, and hosts of an annual autumn walking festival within the park.
Outdoor Shops - feel free to contact the committee if you have any questions before making a big purchase!
Other societies at the University of Southampton that venture into the wilderness...
Mountaineering Club (SUMC)
Mountain Bike Club (SUMBC)
External links. SUHC cannot accept responsibility for any broken, inaccurate or offensive content on these sites.