Membership

Although you don’t have to be a member of the Walking Club to come on Local Walks, you must be a member to go on weekend trips and minibus day trips.


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There are two types of membership: annual or just for one term. Annual memberships all expire at the end of the summer vacation.

  • Annual membership: £20
  • Single-term membership: £13


Joining / Renewal

Join or renew your membership here

Contact the Membership Secretary (membership@ouwc.org) if you have any questions regarding membership. Please note: any membership forms and payments sent during the vacation may not be processed until the start of the following term.


Member Benefits

As a member, you get a lot of service and benefits:

  • Entrance to all of the club’s socials. Regular events include a Céilidh in Michaelmas Term and a Punt Party in Trinity Term.
  • Free loan of the club’s extensive range of equipment (subject to availability).
  • A 15% discount at Abingdon Outdoor Traders (in store).
  • A 12% discount at Above and Beyond (online).
  • A 20% discount at Craigdon Mountain Sports (online).
  • A 10% discount at Outdoor World Direct (online).
  • A 10% discount at Berghaus (online).
  • A 10% discount at Simply Hike UK (online).
    • To obtain a discount code to use on the websites for the above stores, please email the membership secretary (membership@ouwc.org).
    • Subsidy from the club towards the cost of walking group leader (WGL) or mountain leader (ML) training if you want to lead on club trips. The club also pays for drivers to attend the University’s minibus driving course.
  • The right to vote and stand for committee positions in the club’s Termly General Meeting.
  • Because the Walking Club is affiliated to the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), members have other benefits, including:
    • The Clubs edition of Summit Magazine (in April).
    • A BMC membership card, giving a variety of member discounts.
    • Access (or cheaper access) to 64 mountain huts (list) in the UK.
    • Third party liability insurance, applicable worldwide. (For example this covers you if you injure a third party by dislodging a rock.)
    • Access to reciprocal rights for Alpine Huts.
    • A portion of your membership fee will go to help the BMC campaign on access and conservation issues.

Get in touch with the Membership Secretary (membership@ouwc.org) if you have any questions about membership.

The elected committee oversees the Club’s budget, and ensures that the membership revenue is spent sensibly as to benefit the Club’s membership as a whole.


Cancellation

In most cases, membership is non-refundable, particularly as we have to pay subscriptions to the BMC for each member. We recognise that you may wish to join solely to go on a Club trip, so under these conditions you may cancel membership:

  • Memberships taken out during 1st or 2nd Week of any term may be cancelled with full refund if requested by the end of 2nd Week of the same term, provided that the member has not got places on any trips nor made any other use of the membership meanwhile. On cancellation of membership, any places on reserve lists for trips, as well as any place on the priority list for trip allocation in future terms, will be forfeited.

Please note, however, that the Priority List system gives anyone who is unsuccessful in getting onto trips an excellent chance of getting onto one the following term — see allocation procedure.


 


Alumni

Look at the Alumni page for information on our alumni scheme.


 

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