Frequently asked questions

We often get asked these on our walks or in messages, so we put all our answers together for your convenience.

How do I join the club?

Joining us is easy! Just head over to our Join us page and follow the instructions. Any difficulties, contact us at suwc@sheffield.ac.uk.

Can non-members attend walks?

Yes they can. The first walk of every month, as well as any Give it a Go sessions, are free for non-members.

Non-members are welcome to join any other walks held for £2, as well as any socials we hold.

When are your walks?

Walks are traditionally every Saturday and Sunday, although sometimes we arrange walks at different times. Keep an eye out on the Walks and events page.

Can I bring a dog on a walk?

You are very welcome to bring a dog on our walks.

Please bear in mind that dogs aren't always allowed on the public transport we use (although they are usually allowed in the pubs we visit at the end!).

Northern (the rail service we most commonly use) do allow dogs on their trains, with a few restrictions.

Be aware that we cannot be held responsible for your dog during the walk. It is solely your responsibility to keep safe and keep the dog safe around livestock.

What are the benefits of membership?

Membership of the club only costs £5 per year - this gets you free access to any of our walks that we run.

It does not cover any insurance, nor are you covered by any (the University's public liability insurance only covers you on their grounds). However, we always have a first-aider on our walks and our leaders will do their best to look after you.

Your membership fee goes directly into the running of the club, as we do subsidise various activities and training for our leaders.

It also goes towards keeping our kit up to date.

When are the weekly socials?

Our weekly socials are every Thursday. For any timings, check the Walks and events page as well as our Facebook, Instagram and mailing list.

Where can I buy walking kit in Sheffield?

There are several good places to buy kit. Decathlon, GO Outdoors and Blacks all provide high quality kit (that our leaders use) at good prices.

We have previously done a lock-in with Blacks in the past where we get discounted prices. Keep an eye on our events as this is something we would like to do again.

For detail on what kit you should buy, check out our Kit page.

How do I become a leader or join committee?

We love to get our members involved in the running of the club as much as we can. Have a look at our Join us page for more information.

How do I sign up to a walk?

Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions this year, we are having to pre-register participants for walks, and also impose a cap on the number of people who can attend. This is limited by how many leaders are available that weekend.

Each week on Tuesday, in our email and on our website, we will publish the Google Form link for the walk that upcoming weekend. Use the form to sign up for the walk.

Following this, our Covid-19 officer will send you a mandatory Track & Trace form, which you must complete before coming on the walk.

If you do not or cannot complete this, you will not be able to attend and we will offer your space to someone else.