History of MAS

Originally established in 1932 as the Mountaineering Section, MAS is the oldest special interest section in the Camping and Caravanning Club.

The Section has now evolved to focus its activities around camping, caravanning, walking and cycling.

"In 1987, my father Derek Wood, a Camping & Caravanning Club National Councillor, was asked to produce a report for the Club's National Council that would suggest ways in which the old Mountaineering Section could be revived.

The Section was at this time quite small and its few remaining elderly members mainly inactive.

His vision for reviving the Section was one which would attract those who enjoyed outdoor activities such as hillwalking, climbing and cycling in beautiful areas of the UK. In particular he wanted to attract families, and to do so the perception of the Section as an elitist bunch of hardened mountain men would be best overcome by renaming it. After much deliberation the name Mountain Activity Section was suggested, as he felt this truly summed up his vision, whilst still maintaining the historical mountain link to the old Section.

His report was given approval and on 8th August 1987 and an inaugural meeting was held standing in a barn at Stonefolds Farm Newbiggin near Penrith. The rest as they say is history, our Section has grown to over 600 family members."

Andrew Wood, MAS President

Torver Meet 1992

Derek Wood, third from the right in the yellow, green and blue top, about to depart from the Northern Area’s meet at Torver in 1992 for a group ride over Walna Scar Pass.