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Thanks for visiting us! Brunel Walking Group is for young(ish) people in the Bristol and Bath area who love the countryside and like to get outside on a weekend.

What is Brunel Walking Group?

Brunel is a thriving group with more than 400 members. All of our walk leaders and committee members are volunteers, dedicated to sharing our fantastic countryside with others. Walking is great fun, whether it’s to get outdoors, get fit or to meet new people – you can do all of these with Brunel!

How do I get to the walk?

It’s OK if you don’t drive – we normally have enough drivers who are able to give lifts. Drivers often appreciate it when a voluntary contribution is made by passengers. As a guide, 20 pence per mile (shared by everyone in the car) is considered an amount which reasonably covers the costs incurred by the driver. Any parking fees or bridge tolls are shared by everyone in the car. In order to reduce costs and carbon emissions we strongly encourage car sharing and walk leaders will help co-ordinate this on the day.

What are the walks like?

We have a range of walks on our programme from fun Sunday strolls of 8 miles to day-long yomps of 15 miles or more in the Welsh mountains. Some weeks we have three or more different walks going out from various locations. Our favourite areas include:

  • The Cotswolds
  • The Mendip Hills
  • The Brecon Beacons & Black Mountains
  • Wiltshire

We’d be very happy to introduce you to some or all of these areas. Plus we also have several weekends away each year – with regular trips to Wales, Cornwall and Devon among other places. Check out our programme pages to see what’s on this weekend.

Oh and if you fancy leading walks yourself, please do so – we’d be happy to help you with training and tips.

Do you have social events?

There are regular pub nights – the last Friday of every month for 20s and 30s and the penultimate Friday for Brunel Plus (members aged 40+). This is a great opportunity for potential new members and existing members to meet up for a drink (or two) and we’d love to see you there.

We meet at pubs in Bristol city centre. If you have any questions about the pub night please email us or contact the host in advance. We also do lots of other social events which are very popular and give us the chance to meet up in a relaxed setting. Full details are available on our programme pages.

Do I have to join you before I go on a walk?

You’re very welcome to join us for 1 or 2 walks before you join, but we do insist that after that you join by clicking here.

How do I know what to bring? And am I fit enough?

We provide a full recommended kit list here. Please do bring water & rainproof jackets – and please, please, please don’t wear jeans on a walk, trust us, it’s in your best interests!

If you want to read some tips on choosing the right walk for your fitness level, click here.

What is Brunel Plus?

Brunel was originally set up for walkers in their 20s and 30s. When some of the early members reached their 40s it was decided to set up a separate programme to cater for them and new members in their 40s to mid fifties. Brunel Plus is another name for our 40+ age group.

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