In the light of the current Covid19 pandemic, members of The Backpackers Club have been encouraged to operate in line with the most up-to-date Government guidance, taking responsibility for their own health, that of other members and the wider public.


For England: 'From 4th July, provided that no more than two households stay together, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation, including hotels and bed & breakfasts, as well as campsites as long as shared facilities are kept clean.' - Prime Minister 23rd June.

The devolved Parliaments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will make similar announcements at sometime in the near future.

Dear members and good friends let’s enjoy the great out doors but take care and stay well.

May I draw your attention to the forum. I have posted a set of ‘best practice’ guidelines.

Nick Miles
Backpackers Club Chairman

Founded in 1972
The Backpackers Club is for anybody who enjoys lightweight camping. The aim of the club is to promote and encourage backpacking for the benefit of its members.

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No formal definition of 'Backpacking' exists, but perhaps a good description would be the art of being self contained, carrying everything you need to survive in the outdoors such as a tent, sleeping bag and food etc. whilst walking/cycling from one location to another on a multi-day journey through a natural landscape. A good example would be backpacking along a Long Distance footpath. This club is not to be confused with 'backpacker' who may travel by train/plane staying in hostels etc. The Backpackers Club is for those who propel themselves across the countryside whether by walking cycling, canoe or even cross country skiing! 

Benefits to members have increased dramatically in recent years with many services still unique to club. For example a farm pitch directory and Long distance footpath guide, list pitches where members are welcome to pitch for the night whilst backpacking. Other benefits include weekend meetings, members meetings, quarterly magazine, club library and various retail discounts to mention just a few.
Founded in 1972 the Backpackers Club has grown from a handful of enthusiasts to a vibrant club of over 550 members, mainly from the UK but featuring some members from all over the world. During this period the club has gained a high reputation in the outdoor world, whilst still retaining a friendly club atmosphere. Members are attracted from all walks of life with just a common desire to enjoy backpacking. The club president is Paddy Dillon. A keen backpacker and one of Britain's most prolific outdoor writers and photographers. His extensive travels enable his other passions, writing and illustrating. He has written and illustrated over 90 guidebooks, covering walking areas and long-distance trails.

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