Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a novice hiker, what trips should I go on?
Check out the hike rating system, shown on the booking form and the website. The more boots shown for each event, the more difficult the hike and the longer the route. 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.

I'm a novice hiker, what do I need?
For every trip, even the Loughborough walk, you need to wear sturdy hiking boots with ankle support. No trainers. You can pick up a pair at GO Outdoors on Bishop Meadow Road for 30-40. They are a good investment! For a day walk, you'll also need the following kit: waterproofs, rucksack and warm clothes; additionally for weekend trips you'll need a sleeping bag.

How do I book?
Ideally, during a booking evening. We can only take cash. Alternatively you can email us at or contact us on Facebook. You'll need to pay before you are confirmed as to having a place on the trip.

The trip/social I wanted is fully booked
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.

What transport do you use?
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 and see further information here.

I am (select all that apply) a PHD student/a masters student/a graduate student/a mature student/an erasmus student/studying a ridiculous topic, can I join ?

What is the difference between standard and associate membership ? Which one should I buy ?
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.

How do I exercise my rights to my personal information under the GDPR ?
Email the webmaster with your request.

What if I have to drop out of a trip ? Do you offer refunds ?
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.

I have not participated in any club activities. Do you offer membership refunds ?
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 acceded to such requests.

Can I join later in the year ?
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.

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