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Frequently Asked Questions



What do you do?


We are a primarily a walking group but we do other things too, such as:- Beer festivals, Board games, Card evenings, Cinema, Curry nights, Days out, Day walks, Evening walks, Outdoor concerts, Quizzes, Restaurant visits, Ten pin bowling, Theatre trips, Treasure hunts, Weekends away.


How do I get in touch?


You can email or ring Dave 07974 513237


How much does it cost?


There’s no pressure to join straight away. We are quite happy for you to take your time, have a look at us and then hopefully you’ll want to join. Unfortunately the cost is excessive, it’s a whole £6 per year. There are no charges for taking part in our activities other than those charged by other bodies, i.e. the Brunswick does insist that you pay for your drinks!

How much time do I need to commit?


As much or as little as you like. Some folks we only see at club nights, some only on walks, others only at meals out.  Some people are at nearly every event, it’s up to you.


How do I know which events are going on?


This new web site will be updated regularly. In addition when you first contact us we can send you our current programme (usually published with brief details looking three months ahead) and our current monthly newsletter which contains more detailed information about the forthcoming months activities. If you become a member you will receive these as a matter of course.


I don’t have my own transport, how do I get to events?


We are a friendly bunch and provided you are not too far off the beaten track we can often find someone to give you a lift.


What happens on club nights?


On a typical club night people start to arrive around 8:00pm but things don’t really get going until 20-30 minutes later. Usually we have the notices. This is typically details of future events, some events, such as meals out require the organiser to know how many places to book. We typically sign up to these events at club nights but a phone call to the organiser will also work. Following that the real entertainment begins, often this is a quiz or some game organised by one of the group.


Will I be expected to run a event?


Only if you want to, every three months at club night we send a sheet around the group and members fill this out with events they are willing to organise.


I want to do some walking, what outdoor clothing should I buy?


That depends a little on how committed you are. We would always recommend stout shoes or preferably a good pair of boots. Believe it or not there can be a lot of mud in Derbyshire but just as important a good pair of boots can prevent you from twisting an ankle. If you want to get serious about walking then some good water-proofs of the breathable type is very useful. You’ll find some links to outdoor wear shops on our Useful Links page.


How long are the walks?


On a nice summers Tuesday evening 3 to 5 miles typically starting around 7:00pm to 7:30pm. On Sundays anything from 6 to 12 miles with  most walks between 7 and 9 miles. Sunday walks usually start at 10:30am. Winter walks are usually shorter due to the daylight available. Some walks can be delayed by stops at pubs and/or tea-shops!


Do I need to be a member of the YHA?


You do not need to be a member of the YHA to be a member of D.A.S.H. We now have a group membership so you can even stay in youth hostels  even if you are not a member of the YHA.


On weekends away where do you stay?


We go away to all parts of the country on a fairly regular basis. We find that the best way to do this, given that we need to find beds for a number of people is to stop in Youth Hostels.


What are youth hostels like?


Modern hostels are inexpensive, well equipped, often sited in the most wonderful locations and they have lounges and kitchens that give us space to sit, drink tea and mull over the day’s events. Sleeping is usually in all male or all female dormitories and generally as a group we get a room to ourselves.


You will not be expected to do chores as part of the conditions of staying as was the case some years ago.