The Achille Ratti Climbing Club was founded by Bishop Thomas Bernard Pearson of Cumbria in 1942. Membership is open to all who enjoy and appreciate the mountain environments of England and Wales.
The club has a total membership of about 800. Members are active in a wide variety of outdoor activities including climbing, fell walking, fell running, mountain biking, road cycling and kayaking.
The ARCC has 3 ’huts’. There are 2 in the English Lake District and one in North Wales. They provide comfortable, ideally located accommodation to members and their guests.
The club holds meets throughout the year based at the Club Huts or other mountain locations. The organised meets cater for all tastes and levels of ability and are centered on a number of activities including rock climbing, fell walking, fell running, mountain biking, road cycling, sea kayaking, barbecuing (very popular!) and an annual dinner.