Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Club meet?          There is at least one walk every Sunday.

Where does the Club meet?     We meet at the free upper car park situated off the High Street in Prestatyn behind the Parish Church.

What time does the Club meet?    The starting time is always shown in the programme. The most common time is 8-30 am but it varies. Always check the programme for the correct starting time .The programme also appears on our website.

What does “cost per car “mean?   The purpose of meeting at the car park in the town Is to organise car-sharing, so that we take as few cars as possible to the start of each walk. Each passenger is invited to make a voluntary donation to their driver, based on the “cost per car”. So if there are 4 people in the car, and the cost is £20 then each passenger should give the driver £5.

What should I bring with me?       You should be equipped to walk on any terrain in our British weather.   

Please read our “Health and Safety” statement and our “Legal Stuff “on our website. As a minimum you will need walking boots, walking socks, a waterproof top and waterproof trousers. You will need a rucksack.  You will need to bring a warm drink and a snack for our morning stop and a packed lunch for later on. You should have water or a soft drink.  If you are taking part in a hill walk (Grades 1 & 2) you will need warm clothing, a hat, gloves, and some extra layers. You won’t believe how cold a mountain summit can be, even in summer. You should bring a whistle.  For a walk in the winter you will   need to dress appropriately, even if the walk is a relatively easy one. You should bring a torch in winter. It is not advisable to wear jeans on any walk, whatever the grade.  There can be mud at any time of year, so you may want to bring Gaiters. We put our boots on when we arrive at the start of the walk, not at the Prestatyn car park.

What do Grades 1, 2 and 3 mean?    Each walk is given a grade in the programme. This is done to give you an idea of what to expect. Any walk that goes above 3000 feet is a Grade 1. So Snowdon and any other mountain above 3000 feet is always a Grade 1. 

An example of a Grade 2 walk would be to one of the lesser mountains in Snowdonia (Moel Siabod perhaps) or a walk on the Clwydian Hills.

 A Grade 3 walk will be easier, though there will be ups and downs.  A walk up the Prestatyn Hillside, or in the Vale of Clwyd, would be this Grade. Every walk is different, and the Grades are only a guide. A Grade 2 walk on a winter’s day could feel like a Grade 1 summer walk!

Who are the walk leaders?    Our leaders are all Club members and are volunteers. The Leader for each Sunday will have planned each walk themselves.  The Leader will also have done the actual walk themselves to make sure that it is practicable. It is the Leader who gives the walk its Grade in the programme.

What happens if the weather Is awful   In the event of bad weather the Leader?  Will make a decision. The safety of the walkers is the paramount consideration. They might decide to carry on with a Grade 2 or a Grade 3 walk anyway, bearing in mind that all the walkers will have their waterproofs with them. A Grade 1 walk might be re-routed to lower ground, or it might be shortened.  We very rarely fail to go for a walk on a Sunday even if we can’t do the walk as planned, due to bad weather.

 

 

What happens at the end of the walk          We are a friendly Club and one of our traditions is that we try and find somewhere on the way home each Sunday to go for a cup of tea/coffee and cake together. After that we travel back to Prestatyn.      

How do I join the Club?         We suggest you come out with us on one or two walks and then decide if you wish to join the Club.  If you do decide to join you can download the Membership form from the website and print it off. The completed form should be sent to our Treasurer Mrs Mary Roberts, with a cheque for to subscription payable to   ”Prestatyn Rambling Club”.   Mary’s address is on the form. If you can’t print documents you can ask Mary for a form. You will then receive a Membership Card.

How much is the Annual Subscription?               £12 a year for an adult, and £1 a year for a student.                                                   

How do I contact the Club?                         You can leave a message on our website. You can leave a message on our Face book page at Prestatyn Rambling Club.

You can telephone our Chairman Mr Hugh Irving on 01745 854132