How do I know which
walk is suitable for me?
You can have a look at the walks on offer by checking out
programme. Contact the
walk leader and they’ll let you know how long and strenuous the walk will
be. If you feel unsure, a good place to
start might be the shorter evening walks held through the summer. Our Sunday walks are graded short (up to 8
miles), Medium (9-14miles) and long (15+) miles.
Do I need to book to
come on a walk?
There’s no need to pre book to come on a walk but if you’re
new to the group it’s a good idea to contact the walk leader first so they can
confirm the walk details and keep an eye out for you on the day.
What equipment will I
For all walks we’d recommend a pair of sturdy walking boots,
waterproofs and food and water to last you for the whole day. It’s also worth bringing layers and
hats/gloves to help you keep warm.
Where do the walks
start from and go to?
Nearly all of the Sunday walks meet at the Train Station car
park in Macclesfield at 9.30am. Any
changes to this should be found on the programme.
Some walks will be local walks going from the station, others may
involve a drive – usually to the Peak District but sometimes further
afield. We encourage members to share car
journeys together from the station.
How often are the
There are usually one or two walks on most Sundays. During
the summer there is also often a midweek evening walk.
What type of cycling
is on offer?
We have a mix of mountain and road bikers so you should be
able to find an event to suit you whatever your preference!
Do I need to have
For most events you do not need to have climbed before. It’s best to contact the leader of the event
to double check before turning up.
What equipment do I
When climbing we use ropes, harnesses, helmets and rock
shoes. If you’re new to climbing and
don’t have any climbing equipment – don’t worry. Just contact the event leader in advance of
the meet and we’ll aim to have some kit you can borrow.
Where do ECOG climb?
During the winter we tend to spend Wednesday evening down at
Awesome walls in Stockport. We sometimes
venture to other climbing/bouldering walls.
As soon as the daylight permits we try to get outdoors. And with a whole host of crags on our
doorstep across the Peak District we’re spoilt for choice and like to keep
variety in our climbing schedule.
How do a book onto a
Once you’ve joined ECOG you’ll be added to our email mailing
list. The weekend leader usually sends
out an email inviting people to sign up for a weekend 3months beforehand.
They’ll give you more details of the weekend including cost and how to pay.
Where do you stay?
In winter we usually seek the warmth and comfort of hostels
and in summer we like to camp. We often
travel to Wales, Scotland, the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales.
Aren’t hostels very
Hostels have certainly improved over recent years and now
offer very comfortable, affordable accommodation for a weekend. They often have dorm rooms with 4-8 bunk beds
and bathrooms and showers to share. Many are licensed so you can enjoy a beer
or a glass of wine in the evenings and have self catering kitchen
facilities. Some will offer meals
including breakfasts and evening meals that can be purchased if you don’t fancy
cooking but we’re also a sociable bunch so will often cook a communal meal for
everyone to share.
How old are your
We have a wide range of ages in our group from 20’s to
70’s. We think that gives us a great mix
of people and sets us apart from other walking groups.
Do I need to be a member
to go on a event?
We allow prospective members to “try before you buy” so it’s
ok to go on a couple of events without joining to see if you enjoy our
programme (we’re sure you will!). After
that we encourage everyone to join so they can get the full benefits of our BMC
Affiliation and get signed up to our email system so that you get all the
details of all of the events on offer. A
good place to start is our social night which is held once monthly at the
“Snowgoose” in Macclesfield – see our programme for more information.
How much is
membership and how do I join?
Membership is currently £17 per adult and you can join by
filling in the membership form and posting it off with your subs to our membership
secretary. We accept applications for
membership for children under 18 years (£8) but they must be accompanied by
their parent or guardian on any ECOG event.
How do I find out
about ECOG events?
The first port of call is our current programme
that lists all the events scheduled to happen in the coming months. Once you’ve signed up to be a member you’ll
be added to our email list so that you can receive more details of each event
as it happens.
What does BMC Affiliation
BMC Affiliation gives our members a host of benefits. It means we are covered by Civil Liability
Insurance, have access to travel and activity insurance specifically covering
outdoor activities and get discounts at over 800 outdoor retailers. It also gives us access to training courses
and talks and demonstrations held by the BMC.