Walk talk: upcoming BMC meetings to be dedicated to hill walking

Posted by Carey Davies on 08/03/2015
A still from Terry Abraham's 'Life of a Mountain: A year on Scafell Pike'

Several upcoming regional BMC meetings are going big on hill walking, including talks from ‘Scafell Pike’ filmmaker Terry Abraham, long-distance walker Chris Townsend, and BMC CEO Dave Turnbull. See what’s happening near you.

As part of the BMC’s ongoing efforts to improve its work for hill walkers, several of our upcoming Area Meetings will be dedicated to hill walking.

The Peak Area will be hosting a talk by Terry Abraham, whose ‘Life of a Mountain: A Year on Scafell Pike’ broke viewing records when it was recently shown on BBC Four, reeling in nearly a million viewers in its first screening alone.

In Yorkshire, the next two BMC meetings will both have a hill walking theme, with BMC CEO Dave Turnbull and hill walking officer Carey Davies giving a talk in April, followed in June by a talk from renowned long-distance walker and BMC ambassador Chris Townsend.

Dave Turnbull and Carey Davies will also be present at the April meeting of the Lake District Area.

Here’s a full breakdown of what’s happening where:

  • Peak Area Meeting, Wednesday April 15

7.30pm, The Maynard, Grindleford

A presentation from award-winning filmmaker Terry Abraham, plus Dave Turnbull and Carey Davies giving a talk on making the BMC the ‘natural home for hill walkers’.

See the listing on the BMC community site for more information.

  • Yorkshire Area Meeting, Monday April 20, Ben Rhydding

7.30pm, The Wheatley Arms, Ben Rhydding

Dave Turnbull and Carey Davies will give a talk on making the BMC the ‘natural home for hill walkers’, plus there will be a discussion on the impact of cuts on national park authorities, with representatives from the Yorkshire Dales National Park present. Staff from Cotswold Outdoor will also be present to display the latest hill walking gear.

See the listing on the BMC community site for more information.

  • Lake District Area Meeting, Wednesday April 22

7.30pm, Lakeland Climbing Centre, Kendal

Dave Turnbull and Carey Davies will give a talk on making the BMC the ‘natural home for hill walkers’, plus discussion of important local hill walking issues.

See the listing on the BMC community site for more information.

  • Yorkshire Area Meeting, Monday June 8

7.30pm, The Wheatley Arms, Ben Rhydding

Prolific long-distance walker, renowned writer and BMC hill walking ambassador Chris Townsend will be giving a presentation on his 700-mile hike of Scotland’s watershed, a ‘ribbon of wildness’ running through mostly mountainous terrain from the border with England to Cape Wrath.

See the listing on the BMC community site for more information.

What are BMC Area Meetings?

Area meetings are the base from which the BMC grows. It’s where local action starts and ideas get kicked about - in a friendly way, of course. One of their purposes is to inform local climbers and walkers about regional and national issues. They also act as a forum for local opinions on matters such as crag access, conservation issues, and national debates such as wind farms, land use and road building schemes.

The BMC is divided into ten areas, eight in England and two in Wales. These are: Lake District; London & South East; Midlands; North East; North West; Peak District; South West; Yorkshire; Cymru North Wales; and Cymru South Wales; a Cymru Mid Wales outreach group also holds meetings. Each BMC Area elects two representatives to sit on the BMC National Council. Area meetings take place four times a year.

Read more about what happens at area meetings here. 



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