Welcome to HAWOG, North-West London's best and most active outdoor group. Over 80% of our Members live in North-West London, and we have an equal proportion of male and female Members.
HAWOG is one of the oldest Youth Hostelling Association (YHA) and outdoor groups in the country with a history dating back to 1936.
We offer a range of opportunities for people of all abilities to explore the countryside within our events programme of walking days, weekends and weeks away. We organise events locally in the Chiltern Hills, the Thames Valley and the Surrey Hills, to longer trips across the UK and even international destinations.
Everyone new can try our group for free for 2 months or 3 events (whichever is the shorter), with no obligation.
Below is some key information about our group:
Joining our Events
We look forward to meeting you at an event soon!
If you have never been a member of HAWOG before and you want to try us for free, then you are a 'prospective Member'.
As a prospective Member you can participate for free in events for either 2 months, or 3 events (whichever is the shorter), with no obligation.
You will be asked to provide contact details to the event organiser at any event you attend (your full name, telephone number and email address). This is necessary to help the event organiser contact participants on the day, should anyone get lost or issues arise. The organiser will also pass these details onto the HAWOG team, so that we can get in touch with you about future events.
You can drop in and meet Members at our monthly social meetings in central Harrow, which take place at Our Lady & St Thomas Of Canterbury Church Hall, Roxborough Park, Harrow, HA1 3BE (map). The hall is 5 minutes' walk from Harrow-on-the-Hill station. There is plenty of parking at the church or on the nearby residential roads. Please check our programme for upcoming meetings.
If you would like to speak to someone prior to attending an event, then please email us and we will respond as soon as possible.
If after trying our events you wish to join then you will only be required to pay membership for the remaining months of the group year. If money is an issue then please let us know (either in person or email as above). We endeavour to take personal circumstances into account and offer reduced price membership where appropriate.
Please be aware that everyone attending our events is subject to our Code of Conduct.
We look forward to meeting you at an event soon.
Once you have tried out our events as a prospective Member, we'd like you to join as a Member.
To receive Member benefits you need to pay our membership fee. The price of annual Membership is discussed and agreed by members at our AGM each October. The following prices were agreed at our 79th AGM on October 20th 2016:
You can join us using PayPal here.
Event organiser points
Points are awarded to event organisers as follows:
|Type of Event||Points Awarded - Event not on Meetup||Points Awarded - Event on Meetup|
|Short walk or evening event - less than 6 miles||0||10|
|Day walk or event - 6 miles or more||10||20|
|Weekend break - 2 or 3 nights away||20||50|
|Extended break - 4 nights away or more, including longer breaks at one location in UK||30||50|
|Longer trip - 6 nights away or more at multiple locations or abroad||60||80|
Supplements payable for attending events are listed below. These apply to all attendees, including the organiser(s), and can be paid using a combination of cash and event organiser points (see above).
|Type of Event||Members||Meetup|
|Short walk or evening event - less than 6 hours||£0||£0|
|Day walk or event - 6 hours or more||£0||£5|
|Weekend break - 2 or 3 nights away||£5||£30|
|Extended break - 4 nights away or more, including longer breaks at one location in UK||£10||£50|
|Longer trip - 6 nights away or more at multiple locations or abroad||£15||£80|
All members of more than 12 months are required to be a YHA member (click here for details) upon rejoining. Everyone joining our group should be aware of our constitution and member benefits and obligations.
If you're a prospective member (never been a full member before) who's tried us free for 2 months or 3 events (whichever is the shorter) and who wants to join, click the Pay Now button below to get the HAWOG membership package for £10.00 using PayPal:
If you're renewing your membership, click the Pay Now button below to renew your HAWOG membership package for £10.00 using PayPal:
Anyone on low income (might be student, carers, part-time workers, unemployed etc.) may pay a reduced price for membership - this is negotiable, please speak with Chair or Treasurer, we don't want to know your income etc. but will want to be assured that your lifestyle reflects your status. If your circumstances change during the year and you are no longer on a low income then we expect you to let us know and pay the full rate pro rata. Once you've agreed a price with Chair or Treasurer, click the Pay Now button below to join or renew your HAWOG membership using PayPal (be sure to choose the correct number of units of £1):
Whilst most membership, surcharges and events can be paid for online via our PayPal account, there are a few alternatives for attendees and events where online payment via our PayPal account is not possible:
For all of the above, please ensure the Chair, Treasurer or event organiser knows how you will pay. Please email us for more information.