Stockport Walking & Outdoor Group



SWOG
A short history lesson:
In 1935 the Cheshire & Derbyshire subregion of the YHA (Youth Hostels Association) was formed.
Then in 1955 several local YHA groups were formed from this, including Stockport YHA.
At some point it was reported that only one (Stockport) was still going although others were about to reform (and some of those are still active).


In 2007, the YHA local groups ceased to exist and most of the groups changed their name to exclude "YHA", although many including ourselves remain as an Affiliated group of the YHA. We then became Stockport Walking and Outdoor Group which has inevitably become known as SWOG.
In 2015 the group celebrated a 60th anniversary, although it has existed for 80 years in various forms.

The group today:
Stockport Walking & Outdoor Group is a multi-activity group with individual members aged 18 to 70+ as well as a number of families. We are affiliated to the YHA (England and Wales) Ltd.

Membership fees
To help defray the running costs of the Group (e.g.insurance cover,programme publishing, room hire, speaker fees, etc) the annual subscription of £5 per person is collected in January each year.
For families we include under 18's in the parents membership free of charge.


New faces are always welcome ... just come along to any of our events:






Everyone taking part in Group activities does so at their own risk.
        • The Group will not be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss occurring as a result of any Group event or in connection with travel to such event, however caused. 
        • Members attending are reminded that outdoor activities frequently need specialist equipment (boots, waterproofs, etc) and the group does not provide these. 
        • Should you attend an event and, in the opinion of the leader, pose a risk to the safety of yourself or the group, then you will be politely turned away. (For example: being ill-equipped for the terrain and weather conditions)
        • Please contact the leader in advance if you are unsure what will be appropriate for the event. 
        • Accompanied children under 18 are welcome but please check with the walk leader beforehand to ensure that the terrain and distance are suitable.
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