Welcome to the Derwent Mountaineering Club (DMC). We are a club based in Matlock, Derbyshire with a wide range of outdoor interests including climbing, mountaineering, scrambling and walking. We have a diverse membership from around the Matlock area including Belper, Ashbourne, Chesterfield and Derby. We have a range of experience from novice climbers, north face summiteers, alpinists and some just out for a walk and a range of ages from 20's to 70's and everything in between.

Our aim is simply to enjoy the outdoors, so why not join us and enjoy it too in a friendly and supportive club based on the edge of the Peak District in the Matlock area? We have a full programme of organised meets - weekends to North Wales and the Lake District, local day and evening meets, social events and trips further afield to the Alps and Scotland - and we regularly meet each other in between to climb or walk etc.

Find out more about our activities by following the links above. The activities section gives more details of these with examples of our recent exploits. Read our history in the magazine - Scramble - and have a look at our photo gallery.

If you would like to join the club, or just come and check us out you will find a membership form under the "Join DMC" link and some instructions as to how to do this.
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The club owns a number of climbing guide books ( some old, some new) for members to borrow.

The following events are coming up in November. Members make sure you book your place where required. If you are interested in attending one of the DMC events and are not a member, please contact the secretary Mike Dowsett for details on how you could try out one of our meets with a view to becoming a member. Also see the Diary page for a longer range list.

Sunday 2nd - Dovedale Dash - Not our event but many members take part each year. Some seriously, some not so. Link to website for start times etc.

Wednesday 5th -  Climbing indoors at 'The Face' Wirksworth. Meet from 6pm onwards. Link to wall details

Weekend 10th/11th - We have booked the Wolverhampton MC hut, Tal y Braich, Deniolen, N Wales. We have exclusive use, sleeping 16. Details, photos and location can be viewed by clicking here. The hut is above Deniolen. About 2.5 km from bus stop quarry and access to the Dinorwig slate quarries for bolted routes. Also situated at the western end of the Glyder range and it is possible to access Elidir Fawr from the hut. Road access to both Llanberis and Ogwen valleys. From the hut it will be possible to check out the weather on Anglesey should it be inclement locally.

Wednesday 19th. Climbing indoors at 'The Face' Wirksworth. Meet from 6pm onwards. Link to wall details

Sunday 23rd - Extreme Ramble - 22 mile Round Kinder walk. With Bacon Buttie stops on route! Fast and not so fast groups hopefully meeting and finishing at the Nag's Head, Edale together.

Weekend 5th/6th December - Pre xmas meet to Glan Dena, Ogwen valley

Haystacks and High Stile fells taken from near the Coach house hut, Birkness near Lake Buttermere by Pete Scott

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Have a look at the gallery for more photos from this and other events.