About us

Tunbridge Wells Mountaineering Club (TWMC) is a friendly climbing club based in (yes you’ve guessed it) Tunbridge Wells. We welcome people of all abilities and types of climbing. The club has over 60 members, mostly spread through Kent and Sussex, but with members as far away as Staffordshire, Leicestershire and Wales. One third of our members are women and our age profile covers teens through to sixty-somethings. The only requirement to become a member is that you are 18 years old or over (its an insurance thing).

We climb regularly on the South East Sandstone outcrops, and are also active supporting the Sandstone Volunteer Group. In the summer we climb outdoors on Tuesday and Thursday and members are out climbing every weekend.

We also run a trip each month to other climbing destinations across the UK, including the Peak District, North Wales, Swanage, Portland, Baggy Point, Lundy etc.

Most years we also run another foreign trip, these are usually in the Spring and Spain has been the venue for the last couple of years.

Members also organise there own trips in the last 2 years this has included trips to Scotland, Spain, Kalymnos, Sicily, Nepal, Ireland, Fontainbleau, French Alps, Thailand, New Zealand, Cayman Islands and USA.

We have members active across all the climbing disciplines including bouldering, top roping, trad, sport, indoor competitions, ice climbing, dry tooling, scrambling, winter walking, via ferrata, alpine climbing and ski mountaineering.

Members are always keen to share their knowledge with new climbers, so its a great place to expand your climbing ambitions.

In the winter we keep climbing, we climb indoors at a number of local walls, see the events page for more details. Members also enter the Blokfest and Chimera bouldering competitions. There are trips across the UK and depending on the weather we could be rock climbing, winter walking, ice climbing or mountain biking. In addition this year we are running a competition through the winter on the South East Sandstone.

We meet socially for events such as slide shows from club or members trips, barbeques to christmas curry night, see the events page for details.

TWMC is a BMC (British Mountaineering Council) affiliated club and a proportion on each members subscription is passed on, this entitles members benefit from the following benefits

  • £10m Civil Liability Insurance
  • Travel and Activity Insurance
  • 10% discount in over 600 Outdoor Shops
  • Summit magazine – Free
  • Discounts in UK and Alpine huts
  • Register for Instructor Award Schemes
  • Advice and Information
  • Discounts on Trail, Climber, CLIMB and Country Walking Magazine
  • Financial Services
  • Discounts on BMC guidebooks
  • Discounts at Plas y Brenin
  • Free members handbook
  • Member discounts

To find out more about joining come along to one of our local or indoor meets or a social or email our new member secretary newmember@thetwmc.co.uk for more details.