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about us

Formed in 1976 the SDMC has gone from a few passionate friends to over 180 active members and is ever increasing with sports such as climbing becoming more popular. Like the name suggests we are based in the South West of England, where places such as Dartmoor play host to fantastic climbing and breathtaking hikes. But this doesn't mean we exclusively explore the South West, we regularly organise trips right across the country and even abroad. 


In the South West we are lucky to have ready access to beautiful and varied coastal or inland climbing for trad, sport and bouldering alike as well as a good selection of indoor walls. Weekend and longer trips take us to the rest of the UK or overseas. We enjoy all standards or styles of climbing across the grade range, from easy to extreme. We are happy to share expertise and tips, so you just need to know how to tie in and belay safely. If you're a novice, don't worry, come along and we can point you to some great training resources. We meet regularly at Quay Climbing Exeter and The Life Centre Plymouth so check out our meets calendar and come along, or contact


With the iconic South West Coast Path, Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor, we have a great selection of stunning walks on our doorstep. Walks range from a relaxed few miles to full mountain days, invariably including a pub or cafe. We explore locally, across the UK or overseas and welcome all levels of experience or fitness. We meet regularly through the year so check out our meets calendar and contact


We have many keen mountaineers within the club, who are active within the UK, Alps and further afield. We often have club meets within UK mountain areas and trips further afield.

"The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement."  

Our Participation Statement

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