British Mountaineering Council Announces 2024 Membership Fee Update

Posted by Arun Patel on 27/09/2023
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The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is dedicated to its mission of supporting our community of hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers whilst campaigning to ensure access to the places we love for generations to come. In line with our commitment to transparency and financial responsibility, today we are announcing updates to our membership fees for the year 2024.

In 2021, the BMC committed to notifying members by the end of every September of any changes to our fees for the following year, and that these increases would track inflation (RPI). This practice aligns with our annual tracking of cost increases incurred in delivering our member services and activities with and on behalf of the community. We deeply appreciate the ongoing support of our members in helping to protect the places they love for generations to come, especially considering the financial challenges many individuals face today.

This year we appreciate the additional pressures people are under and relative to the overall inflation we have made every effort to minimise how much we pass on to our membership. For the year 2024, we will implement an increase of 7.5% in Individual membership fees, below the current and projected RPI, effective from January 1, 2024. Please find the full list of 2024 membership fees below, with the assurance that fees will continue to be reviewed and updated annually.

Individual membership fees



Individual Membership



Under 27 Membership



Family Membership



Upgrade from Club Membership




Club membership fees


Adult Club Membership



Student Club Membership



Discounted Club Membership



We exist to represent every hill walker, climber and mountaineer.

We have always had a clear purpose: to make the climbing and outdoor experience of the people we represent as good as it can be. And while these activities have changed and participation has grown immeasurably over the years, this purpose holds as true as ever.

We campaign for freedom of access and the right to roam, we fund footpath repairs and run campaigns to clean up our hills; and we are continually working for improved access to and the conservation of places we love.

We protect the future of hill walking, climbing, and mountaineering so people can embrace adventure, both now and for generations to come. The freedom that adventure brings should be available to all.

Our mission is to support our passionate community and inspire those curious about our activities to get out and enjoy them. As our membership grows, so does the strength of our voice on behalf of these important issues.

Your continued membership support, whether through your membership fees, travel cover, or purchases from the BMC Shop, directly contributes to our work across all areas of the BMC and help us protect and access our wild places and support our work across access, preservation and restoration.

On your behalf we proudly:

  • Work behind the scenes to negotiate improved access to crags and countryside in England and Wales
  • Influence and lobby government and decision makers, and work with sector partners on key policy issues and future legislation
  • Protect your safety through advice, training and support. Finding practical solutions and demanding the highest standard of safety for kit and equipment
  • Establish numerous projects to restore trails, protect fragile environments and help conserve endangered wildlife
  • Support people to get the most out of their activities through world-class advice, training and development
  • Produce inspirational content, keeping the spirit of climbing, hiking and mountaineering alive while motivating you to take on your next adventure

There’s also a host of benefits we are continually updating and developing, including:

Discounts with our valued partners:

  • 15% off from our Premium Partner Cotswold Outdoor, Snow+Rock and Runners Need
  • Save at least 10% on the RRP, and benefit from exclusive offers and products in the BMC online shop
  • Discounted membership with YHA
  • 20% off OS Maps annual subscription
  • Free Komoot region bundle (worth £8.99)
  • Discounts available for Retail and Accommodation

Insurance Benefits:

  • £15 million worldwide Combined Liability Insurance
  • £10,000 worldwide Personal Accident Insurance

Reciprocal Rights Card

  • Being a member of the BMC allows you to purchase this card, which gives you discounts of between 20-50% at Alpine Huts

BMC Travel Insurance Cover: Access to comprehensive cover designed for hill walking, climbing and mountaineering

Mountain Training: Access to leader and instructor qualifications is only available to members

Magazine Subscriptions:

  • Summit, the BMC members magazine – the biggest outdoor magazine in the UK. Four editions per year. (1 x copy per year for club members. U27s digital copy only.)
  • Save at least 25% on a range of outdoor magazines


  • Access to national climbing competitions
  • Be the first to hear about BMC events

If you have any questions regarding your membership or wish to learn more about BMC Membership and explore your exclusive benefits, please do not hesitate to contact our membership services team. 0161 445 6111

Thank you for your continued support of the BMC.

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Anonymous User
Why don't you say increase? Calling the rise in fees an update doesn't fool anyone. It is better to be honest.
David Bisset
why is this for Individual especially? I do not have a club nearby, I do not have a car (something that some clubs asks to have) ... I feel a bit discriminated in having my membership increased so much in difference with a club membership...
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