We host loads of day trips that typically cost around £10 to cover the cost of a coach.
Our residential trips include lots of weekends away hiking where we stay in bunkhouses. Every Easter we also have a week-long trip to Scotland.
Hiking Club isn't just for hiking, we have loads of fun socials, from Thursday Pub Club where we visit different pubs in Loughborough each week, to BBQs, camping and frisbee!
Additionally, the following are needed for weekend trips ;
On weekend trips all food is provided, other than on the evening that we travel, so please remember to eat before we leave Loughborough for weekend trips!
All other equipment such as maps, compasses, torches, first-aid kits, emergency whistles etc are provided by the club. However you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
Optional / Seasonal
The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list. There are many other items that may be beneficial to you on a trip depending on the conditions on the day, and depending on your personal preferences. Some examples are; Balaclava, sunglasses (we can dream, right?), thin extra pair of gloves, gaiters, dry bag for electronics, raincover for rucksack, penknife, flask of hot drink, walking pole(s)
Don't worry about it being too hard, all of our trips will offer hikes to suit all abilities whether you are new to hiking or an experienced mountaineer.
Easiest: Broadly flat terrain, with virtually no exposure. Suitable for any hiker.
Moderate: Routes involve some hills, with a little incline and exposure. Suitable for most hikers.
Intermediate: Routes involve a mix of mountainous terrain and hills. These hikes have significant incline and exposure, suitable for hikers with moderate experience.
Difficult: These hikes involve mountainous terrain, requiring climbing and scrambling. Suitable for hikers confident in their ability.
Hardcore: Hikes of this level are designed with experienced and dedicated hikers in mind. Entirely mountainous, with one hard climb, and significant climbing and scrambling. Only the most courageous of hikers should brave these hikes.
We operate a waiting list for all events if they get booked up. Let us know you want to go, and we'll try to sort something out. If we can, we'll get extra transport, or if someone else cancels you can take their place.
On day trips we usually use coaches. For weekend trips, the club has a small group of volunteer drivers to drive for the club. If you do have your own car, and could drive it for us, speak to a committee member or look at further information below.
The club is always in need of people to drive on trips, to ferry people to bunkhouses, and to and from walks; if we don't have enough drivers,
we have to cut back on where we go and we wouldn't want that to happen. Anyone who drives their car for the club can claim back their expenses, depending upon the type of event. Drivers will receive the cost of their fuel, plus a discount of £15 for a weekend trip or £5 for a day trip.
See our full policy here.
Registering as a driverStep 1: Documents To begin, please make sure you have scans of the following:
Once you have your documents, visit this page and fill out the form. You should receive an email confirming you as a registered driver with the union.
If your insurance / MOT runs out during the academic year, you must bring the new documents for verification as soon as possible.
Also, you are advised to notify your insurers that you may be taking passengers on LSU-related activities; failure to inform them in advance may negate any claim you submit as a result of an accident (whether or not it is your fault).Step 3: Contact a Trip Sec and tell them you once you are registered
To claim, you must first create an account using your lboro student email address, then make a claim. Please make sure that when you make a claim, you ask the Treasurer to confirm your claim. Otherwise, it will not be accepted.
The last thing of note is that when you make a fuel claim, can you please write an estimated number of miles that you have driven on top of the receipt. This is to help with the Union's accounting.
Most likely a standard membership. Standard membership is for current and former students. Associate membership is for people who have never studied at Loughborough, and does not allow you to vote in society elections or run for committee.
Contact the webmaster with your request.
If you drop out of a trip or advance paid social at least 28 days prior to the start of the event, you will always receive a full refund for the price of that event.
If you drop out of a trip 27-14 days prior to the start of the event, you will receive a 50% refund.
If you drop out fewer than 14 days prior to the start of an event, we will not ordinarily be able to offer any refund, unless we are able to fill your place on an otherwise full trip, in which case we will be able to offer a full refund regardless of cancellation time.
All members will always receive a full refund if LSUHC has to cancel an event for any reason.
Societies memberships are handled by LSU. You must contact them for a membership refund. We can inform them that you have not participated in the society. However, be aware that they have typically not accepted to such requests.
Yes, you can join at any time. Our final booking evening of the year is held after spring break, so if you join past this time you may not be able to go on any trips.
Likes: Videogames, Basketball, Hikes, Alexs Fiat Panda
Dislikes: Ben Gunns Fiat Panda
Favorite Beverage: Capri-Sun or J20
Favorite HC Memory: Michael ending up being trapped in a bog
Favorite Trip: Lake District
Favorite Social: Regular pub club
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate
Responsible for: Keeping the club from going into crippling debt
Likes: Driving, podcasts, not having mumps
Fav memory: Not dying in the lake District
Fav TV show: Sopranos duh
Responsible for: Remembering what happens in meetings.
Likes: Binging Netflix, Ben Garratley, long hikes, The Office (US)
Dislikes: The Office (UK)
Favorite Beverage: Anything in a pint glass
Favorite HC Memory: Everyone waiting for me in the freezing lake for some tarn bagging
Favorite Trip: Snowdonia
Favorite Social: A messy pub club
Responsible for: Creating and maintaing this site and knowing how to use Google Forms
Responsible for: Booking bunkbarns, recruiting drivers and planning routes.
Name: Frannie Stephens
Likes: Wainwright, prawn cocktail crisps, tarn bags, my rats
Dislikes: The cold, Tesco substituting ready salted crisps for prawn cocktail, ditches
Favourite beverage: Guiness
Favourite trip: Any weekend trip
Favourite HC memory: Lakes 2020
Responsible for: Looking at the map instead of the view
Name: Ollie Lee
Likes: Fresh mornings, Awkward silences
Dislikes: Burnt egg, Getting cold, Wind, sand inbetween my toes
Favourite beverage: Beer, Whisky, Red Wine
Favourite HC memory: Falling asleep in the car up to Scotland
Favourite Trip: Scotland 2019
Favourite social: Thursday Pub Club
Responsible For: Keeping myself and others alive.
Likes: Old-school heavy metal, bouldering, Formula 1, Martin Scorsese, inappropriate jokes, David Mitchell, a 20L bucket of popcorn
Dislikes: People starting the pineapple-on-pizza conversation; pineapple on pizza; people
Favourite HC memory: Snowdonia 2019, when I learnt to play baseb...ehm..cricket
Favourite Beverage: A good, bitter Americano
Responsible for: Looking after club kit; sending out hostile debt collectors for missing kit
Favourite place: Anything Lake District
Likes: Films, YHA, foreign languages, the centre of attention, karaoke
Dislikes: Hard work, cooking, crowds, navigating
Fav beverage: Diet Coke/Pepsi Max
Least fav beverage: Diet Pepsi/Coke Zero
Responsible for: (never been responsible) club promotion, stash, social media
Name: Freddie Holmes, Frederick Homes when in trouble
Likes: Hiking (duh), Formula 1 and E, Making Cider
Dislikes: Getting water in my boot
Favourite beverage: Espresso, Water
Favourite trip: Lake District 2019
Favourite HC memory: First Tarn Bag
Favourite social: Pub club, the beacon of hope in the week. (Covid may say no)
Responsible for: Organising social events
This Code of Conduct has been produced by the committee of LSU Hiking Club to let members know what the aims and objectives of the club/society are and to make everyone aware of the various operating policies we must all adhere to.
LSUHC helps you meet new people, visit new places, see amazing sights and have fun! Offering day and weekend trips throughout the year covering the UK. Also providing regular social events so members can get to know each other; recently including bowling, paintballing and nights at the Union.
LSU Hiking Club operates in accordance with all governing LSU documents; this includes Schedule 16 of the Union Constitution and the Club and Society Operating Policy. Also LSUHC specific documents; Cancellation Policy and the Refunds Policy.
As a member of an LSU club every individual is responsible for general health and safety issues and must not act in a way that involves risk of injury or harm to themselves or others. Anyone who does so will be subject to the LSU discipline policy and risk losing their membership.
LSU has insurance for all affiliated societies, which is why all members have to buy Societies insurance cover before they can join a club. Anyone who is not a member won't be covered by this insurance if they take part in a club activity/event. A one-off payment of £5 is required to obtain insurance, regardless of how many societies you subsequently join.
A limited number of non-members may attend some club trips, though they may not book a place until after the booking evening has taken place. Non-members wishing to attend will pay a premium of 25% of the trip cost or £5, whichever is greater, to reflect the fact that membership fees subsidise trip costs and pay for club kit, which is used by all trip attendees. A non-member disclaimer form must also be obtained from the club and sent to the student union office no less than 14 days prior to the commencement of any event.
Important note: Persons under 16 years of age are not covered by LSU insurance and may not attend any official club event. Persons under 18 years of age may attend single day events (subject to consent from a parent/guardian), but may not attend any trips involving an overnight stay.
LSUHC appreciate that hiking involves an element of risk, which the participant should be aware of. Whilst not pretending to be an instructional body, the club is able to offer advice and guidance to members on any aspect of safety and basic techniques. Specific risks relating to particular events will be set out in risk assessment forms, which must be signed by all attendees prior to commencing a trip.