“Don’t walk alone – walk with friends.”
That’s the mantra of Macarthur’s Mountain Devils Bushwalking and Social Club.
The club meets every Sunday for walks of various distances throughout Sydney and beyond.
Each walk is of differing terrain and difficulty.
Member Lorraine McKenzie said the club was a great chance to stay active and make strong friendships.
One of the club’s recent walks – which included an overnight stay – was to Mount Kosciuszko via Thredbo.
“It’s very beautiful there,” Ms McKenzie said.
“It was quite a different walk for us because we stayed in a farmstead instead of just camping.”
Ms McKenzie said the club was popular with people of all ages and walking abilities.
“Our oldest member is 85 and our oldest regular walker is 82 years old,” she said.
“Our youngest is about 40 – so it’s a very broad range of people.”
The club has about 65 members at the moment but is always looking to welcome new blood.
Ms McKenzie said she joined after reading about the club and deciding to take the leap.
“We offer two free walks for people considering joining, so they can get the feel for it and decide if they’d like to commit,” she said. “Then it’s just a $25 registration fee which covers our insurance.
“We carpool as well to make the journey cheaper.”
Ms McKenzie encouraged everyone “come along and give it a go”.