Club Rules & Guidelines

Hillwalking, Scrambling and rambling can be dangerous and have been known to result in injury and/or death.
When you partake in these activities be aware of and accept these risks.
You are responsible for your own actions and involvement.


Club Rules

All walkers must be current members.

Non-members are expected to contact the walk leader as listed on the schedule (downloadable from "Our Walks" page) to discuss and agree their fitness level.

 Then, having filled out an Application Form, may take part in a maximum of two walks before paying membership.

Non-members are not covered by Mountaineering Ireland insurance until the membership fee has been paid.

 All walkers must register with the Walk Leader before departure.

 All walkers must be over 18 years of age.

 All walkers must be properly equipped and self-sufficient in food, drink, clothing and other essentials.   --  See Equipment List.

Please note:
The Committee or any fellow-member of Westport Hillwalkers will not accept any liability for injuries or damages to person or property sustained in the activities of the Club.
Members who have paid full membership are insured for hillwalking in Ireland through Mountaineering Ireland (MI) insurance scheme.
Members are strongly advised to obtain personal insurance if participating in other activities associated with this club – i.e. trips abroad or camping, etc.
Hillwalking can be a strenuous activity.
Before you embark on a new physical activity programme, you should seek the advice of your doctor.

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Equipment List  (winter or summer)

  • Waterproof outer jacket with hood
  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Waterproof hill-walking boots (not runners and not hill-walking shoes)
  • Warm gloves (preferably waterproof)
  • Warm hat
  • For a bottom layer wear walking trousers or tracksuit bottoms (no jeans)
  • For top layers include a fleece or a warm sweater. Bringing several thinner warm layers instead of one bulky layer is better as you have more options to add or remove layers throughout the day
  • Thick socks
  • Day rucksack
  • Water to drink
  • A packed lunch for the day (plus some spare food in case of an emergency). High energy foods are recommended
  • Basic First Aid Kit (to include: 2 bandages – compression/crepe; sterile pads/dressing; knee support; ankle support; compeed or blister plasters; paracetamol tablets; plaster strip and scissors; space/foil blanket
  • Dry clothes to be left in the car for after the walk (that includes footwear!) – Very uncomfortable sitting in the pub in damp/wet/sweaty clothes.

Extra items for winter walking

  • Flask
  • Warm hat or balaclava
  • Two pairs of gloves
  • Second spare fleece
  • Other Useful Gear Items
  • Walking poles
  • Gaiters
  • For a base layer, a dri-flow top (which wicks perspiration away from your skin)
  • A windproof fleece
  • A platypus-type drinking apparatus
  • Dry-bags for inside your rucksack or acover for when it rains
  • Piece of foam to sit on during breaks (if the ground is cold, damp, or wet)
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