Name change for club’s oldest special interest section

The Club’s Mountain Activity Section has been renamed to reflect a shift in its membership and to better reflect the activities its members enjoy today – walking, cycling and getting out into the great outdoors. It is now known as the Walking and Cycling Section.

The Club has nine special interest sections that combine camping with members’ specific leisure interests such as photography or canoeing. Plans to rename the Mountain Activity Section, which at 87 years old is the Club’s oldest, were agreed by the Club’s National Council.

Trevor Masters, the Chairman of the section, said: “We found potential members were put off by the Mountain Activity Section name. Our origins were indeed in mountain activities but today many more of our members enjoy walking, cycling and getting out in the fresh air together, and not all of us have the good fortune to live within easy reach of challenging peaks.”

He added: “Our new name better reflects the activities our members enjoy.”

Earlier this year saw the first-ever public showing of 35 black and white photographs taken by members of the Club’s Mountaineering Section, as it was then known, in the 1930s. The photographs were displayed in an exhibition – called ‘Camping, Climbing and the Club’ – which ran at Castleton Visitor Centre in the Peak District National Park, before moving to Plas y Brenin National Outdoor Centre in the Snowdonia National Park for a popular six week summer tour.

For more information on the Walking and Cycling Section visit www.walkingandcycling.org.uk.

Details on the Club’s other Special Interest Sections can be found at www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/ukcampsites/socialcamping/special-interest-sections/.

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