Who Are Mid Kent Outdoor Pursuits Group?

We are an Outdoor Pursuits and Social group, based in Mid Kent (Maidstone/Medway) interested in Youth Hostelling, the countryside, walking and other outdoor activities. Run by and for its members, the group was formerly affiliated to the Youth Hostel Association of England (YHA).

We meet on Tuesdays and weekends for walks, cycle rides, and other activities.

We have weekend trips every so often to hostels around the country, and occasional longer trips. Most trips are centred around hill-walking. Popular destinations include The Peak District, and canal boating trips. But that's not all! In 2005 a group of 11 of us went walking in Italy for a week.

We have a local walk about once a month, usually on a Sunday and including a pub lunch. Cycling, climbing, backpacking, skiing, orienteering, sailing and trips to the seaside have all featured in our programme. Other social and outdoor events are held, such as picnics, barbecues, treasure hunts, sponsored events, skating, visits to the theatre and cinema...

Why should I join?

If you want to come to our Tuesday meetings or come away with us on weekend trips, you need to be a member of the group. We ask our members to pay a small subscription to cover the various expenses involved in running the club, plus subsidising some events.

How do I join?

We meet most Tuesdays from about 8.00pm at various locations, as per our events programme. Just come along! Or if you prefer, submit our Enquiry Form and we'll send you more details.

Just fill in your name and address on the Membership Application form and give it with your subscription to any committee member, or post with a cheque (payable to "Mid Kent Outdoor Pursuits Group") to the treasurer (address is on the form).

How much does it cost?

The cost of membership is currently free.

Does it matter how old I am?

There are no age limits and all ages are welcome however under 16s, need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Do I need to live in Mid Kent?

No. Although the Group is based in the Mid Kent (Medway/Maidstone) area, we have members all over Kent, and a few further afield. If you can't get to Tuesday meetings, we will post our quarterly Programme to you so you know what's going on.

What do you do on Weekend Trips?

For a weekend trip we usually travel on a Friday evening, staying at a hostel for Friday and Saturday nights, and return on Sunday evening, or on the Monday if it's a Bank Holiday. Transport is usually by members' cars, sharing petrol costs.

Over breakfast each day we'll discuss possible walks and other activities. It's very informal, but usually there'll be a variety of ideas so you can choose what suits you, from a stroll to the local pub, to a full day's mountain hike. And of course you're free to go off and do your own thing if you want, but please let someone know what you're doing.

How do I book?

The programme also gives the telephone number of the organiser of each event. Contact them if you need any more information.

Do I need to be fit?

We have a variety of members, from slugs to supermen. We will often split into smaller groups depending on want different people want to do. Walks can be any length, but mostly between 5 and 10 miles. And there will often be some people who don't want to walk, and will go sightseeing or visiting other attractions.

We do not have qualified instructors or leaders. It is up to you to judge what activities are appropriate for you.

Do I need to have my own transport?

No. We usually operate a lift-sharing scheme for trips. Please let the organiser know if you need a lift, or are willing to drive and offer lifts to others. A few days before the trip the organiser will try to put you in touch with someone you might be able to share a lift with.

What do you do on Tuesday Evenings?

We have something on every Tuesday evening. Sometimes we meet at a local pub, and in the summer we might have some evening walks, cycle rides or play games in the park. We've also had badminton, ten-pin bowling and swimming evenings. And new ideas are always welcome!

How much do event cost?

Tuesday evenings are usually free for members. Occasionally there will be a small charge if we have a special activity, check the programme for details

Does it matter if I can't come on Tuesdays?

No. We have lots of members who don't come on Tuesdays, either because they live too far away, or because they have other commitments. If you don't come, our quarterly programme can be posted to you so you can keep in touch with everything that's happening


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