LMC Mountaineering Club


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LMC Mountaineering Club is a small, informal walking club consisting of people with a past connection to Shell, other non-Shell members, and an extended network of 'friends of friends'.  Members are mainly based in London or the south-east, with other members spread around the UK. 

We meet roughly once a month, either for day walks around London or weekends further afield.  We stay mainly in B&Bs or pubs, and there are also a few meets based in self-catering cottages or hostels during the year. 

We aim to provide a diverse and enjoyable Programme of walks.  Weekend meets planned for 2018 include North Pennines, Isle of Wight, Gower Peninsular, the Fort William area and Eastern Black Mountains amongst others.  Day walks are planned for sections of the North Kent Way, the London Capital Ring and North Downs Way and members continue to walk 3-5 day sections of the S.W Coast Path.  A few members within the club went on self-guided walking weeks in Italy in 2016, Austria in 2017, and Portugal in 2018. 

Please refer to our Programme page for updates.

We circulate a monthly Club Newsletter by email, containing reports of meets and news about forthcoming activities.  The Club is informally run by a small Committee and we hold an AGM weekend once a year, usually in January.  In November 2015, the Club held a 40th Anniversary Reunion Dinner at Lensbury in Teddington: a memorable event attended by over 60 past and present members, including a good number of the original 1975 founders of the Club.  (You can read more about the History of the Club below.)

We are affiliated to the BMC and most of our modest annual membership fee (16) goes to the BMC in return for affiliate member benefits which include significant  discounts on outdoor suppliers like Cotswold.

New members are very welcome.


Please email us if you are interested in joining future meets of the LMC Mountaineering Club, or if you just wish to get in touch. 

Click on LMC Programme for details of the current Club programme.  

You can contact us at: LMC@hillsandvalleys.co.uk  


A brief history of LMC

The original Lensbury Mountaineering Club was established by a group of walking and climbing enthusiasts working for Shell/BP in London in 1975.  There was a monthly programme of meets, ranging from indoor climbing walls and local day walks, to weekends away when we stayed in hostels in the winter, and camped in the summer.  Some memorable occasions were: camping on Rhum in 1978; epic New Year weekends in the Blencathra Centre above Threlkeld (with Wombat Catering) and Steps Bridge YHA on Dartmoor; the Youth Hostel and Barrel Inn above Bretton in the snow; the LMC abseiling tower at the Lensbury Club summer fairs; cold showers and games in Jesse James' bunkhouse in North Wales; the successful completion of the Welsh Three Thousands on several occasions; the French Alps in 1987, Corsica in 1988 and the Dolomites in 1989, wild camping/bothies in Letterewe, Knoydart and Glen Affric in the 1990s - plus countless other cracking walks and climbs completed in all weathers; long drives up motorways after work on Friday evenings; many convivial evenings over a pie and a pint; and last but not least many lasting friendships formed.


LMC Peak District 1976
An early LMC gathering - in the Peak District 1976

We used to hold regular social meetings in the basement leisure area of Shell Centre in Waterloo, and on one occasion in 1978 we were privileged to meet Sherpa Tensing (of 1953 Everest fame), a contact setup by LMC officers Mike Westmacott and George Band (also members of the same expedition).

In the early 1990s, the previous supportive relationship between Shell and Lensbury was terminated, and the Lensbury sports and social club in Teddington, Surrey became a profit-making private club open to the general public.  All the old Lensbury clubs and committees ceased to exist ..... and so "Lensbury Mountaineering Club" gently became .... "LMC Mountaineering Club".

In November 2015, over 60 past and present members of LMC gathered at The Lensbury in Teddington (scene of many past Club dinners) for a memorable celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the first meet of the Club in 1975.  You can read about the event here..

Club membership nowadays is an extended and diverse group of friends - mainly non-Shell/BP folk nowadays, although at least eight current members were members of the original LMC in London the 1970s and 1980s.  New members are most welcome.


Please get in touch with us ....

Please email us if you are interested in joining future meets of the LMC Mountaineering Club, or you just wish to get in touch with old friends. 

Click on LMC Programme for details of the current Club programme.  

You can contact us at: LMC@hillsandvalleys.co.uk  



Updated:  12 November 2018          
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