For some people one of the many attractions of walking is that you can do it alone and enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of the great outdoors without being disturbed by others. It's an opportunity to get away from it all, recharge your batteries and just enjoy the fresh air. There are many others, however, who prefer to walk within an organised walking group and there can be several benefits to be gained by joining a hiking or walking club.
Many people look upon their leisure time as an opportunity to meet new people other than their close friends to forge new friendships and to get a different perspective on life and exchange views and ideas. Walkers are no different in this regard. Additionally, some walkers feel more secure when out walking with a group especially if they're hiking in unfamiliar and sometimes challenging terrain. Usually in these situations, the group will have a trip leader and their help and support can be invaluable and often gives walkers more confidence to tackle walks which they might otherwise have been reluctant to do on their own.