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Welcome to the Gay Outdoor Club


We have about 2,000 members and for 40 years have been helping people to try new activities and make new friends.

GOC is a members club, run by the people who go on its events. Most events are free and you can just turn up without booking, but when you join GOC all of the money goes to run the club and none on salaries or profits.

Visitors to the website can get a good idea of our range of activities but only members can access full details of events.

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The Gay Outdoor Club operates throughout Great Britain and provides a wide range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational activities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender men and women.

We organise over 500 events each year including walking, cycling, mountain biking, canoeing, caving, rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, swimming and badminton. Most of our events are one day but we also organise weekend and longer events such as hostelling weekends, an arctic adventure and a white water rafting expedition.

GOC consists of over 30 local groups who organise regular walks, cycle rides, weekends away and social events so no-one is far from a GOC event.

For more specialist activities we have groups for caving, rock climbing, cycling, swimming and skiing. Some of those events are for people with experience, but we also have events for novices.

We also have an Adventure Out group for dynamic and adventurous people from across the country.


Last year was the 40th Anniversary of the Gay Outdoor Club. Our first advert for members appeared on the 6th of June 1974 and little over a month later our first ever event took place, a camping weekend in Snowdonia.

In June and July many of our local groups celebrated our forty years of being 'Out in the Hills' by visiting the highest peak in their area. Whether you are a long standing member, or new to the Club, take a look through whats happening over the next few months and join in the fun!

Peebles and Cademuir Hill - 22nd November

25 Nov 2015 | Scotland, Adventure Out Groups

With a dusting of snow on the hills and a frost, twelve of us met up at the pleasant Borders town of Peebles for our November walk. Our route in part followed the John Buchan Way – a 13 mile walk connecting Peebles to the John Buchan centre in Broughton....

Keswick Meet 6th - 8th November

25 Nov 2015 | Transpennine, Adventure Out Groups

Meets in the Lake District, especially in November can be a hit or miss affair regarding the weather. I would call the Transpennine/Adventure Out meet to the busy Lake District town of Keswick in early November a bit of a miss. Still, we managed to climb the prominent hill of Cat Bells on the Saturday, the rain easing to showers in the afternoon....

Pentland Hills Walk 25th October 2015

25 Nov 2015 | Scotland, Adventure Out Groups

The quiet and settled weather we experienced over September and October lasted just long enough for our walk over the Pentland hills in late October. This walk led by John took us over the prominant hills of East and West Kip and then climbing Scald Law (the highest peak in the Pentlands) before looping back around to the cars at Threipmuir....

Ebbor Gorge to Wells 1 November 2015

17 Nov 2015 | Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group

" We went down to the woods today and some were sure of a big surprise........

the weather was excellent for this walk from Ebbor Gorge to Wells and back. Taking in woodland around Ebbor Gorge - spotting a friendly Bear along the way - through Wookey Village and on to Wells for a lunch stop....

Next Weekend Events

Fri 04 to Sun 06 Dec 2015

'Christmas' Weekend in the western Lakes

Members only, booking required

[Walk]   Transpennine Group   Full details...

Thu 24 to Mon 28 Dec 2015

Derbyshire YHA weekend 24th - 28th December (Only 1 place left)

Near Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England

[Social]   East Midlands Group   Full details...

Tue 29 Dec 2015 to Tue 05 Jan 2016

Hogmanay in Royal Deeside

Hogmanay in Royal Deeside

Near Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Booking required

[Mountaineering]   Scotland, Adventure Out Groups   Full details...

Sun 06 to Sun 13 Mar 2016

The annual GOC skitrip to the Alps

[Skiing]   Skiing Group   Full details...

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