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2014 is 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.

This 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!

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.


Exploring the waterways of Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

16 Sep 2014 | London Group

Although still within the M25, the train journey to Rickmansworth made you feel distinctly "country" as sprawling London suburbs were quite suddenly replaced by forests, rivers, farms and tiny villages. Steve Forde made 31 of us feel even more rural as we explored the lush forested waterways for which the area is famous for....

All Wales Hostel Weekend, Blaenavon - Penwythnos Cymru Gyfan, Blaenafon

15 Sep 2014 | North Wales, South Wales, West Wales Groups

Photos by HuwThe All Wales Hostel Weekend visited the Heads of the Valleys in South Wales this year, staying at a hostel created out of the former Welfare Hall of the now extinct village of Pwll Du, Blaenavon. The view towards Abergavenny and the Sugar Loaf and Skirrid beyond was spectacular; with the derelict industrial landscape of Blaenavon to the rear....

Teynham and Oare Circular

1 Sep 2014 | East Kent Group

Swale Heritage Trail and meaningful conversations with sheepStarting from the level crossing at Teynham, taking in the orchards, fields, lanes and marshes of the North Kent Coastline and including sections of both the Swale Heritage Trail and the Saxon Shore Way and visits to two churches....

Glamorgan Heritage Coast - Arfordir Treftadaeth Morgannwg

1 Sep 2014 | South Wales Group

Ian led the group on its annual jaunt along the heritage coast. We had beautiful weather and a crowd turned out to enjoy the sites of this spectacular coastline. We learnt a bit about the history of St Donat’s Castle, stopped for Welsh Cakes and tea at Nash Point and some of the group were brave enough to go for a dip in the sea....

Next Weekend Events

Fri 19 to Sun 21 Sep 2014

Sorry everyone - event cancelled. (Expired)

Near Ingleton, North Yorkshire, England

[Walk]   Caving Group   Full details...

19th - 21st September, Midlands Mini-Camp (Campette?) (Expired)

Near Uppingham, Rutland, England

[Camping]   East Midlands, Lincoln Groups   Full details...

Fri 19 to Mon 22 Sep 2014   Gwener 19 i Llun 22 Medi 2014

Snowdonia Weekend
Penwythnos yn Eryri

Snowdonia Weekend
   / Penwythnos yn Eryri

Near Llanberis, Gwynedd, Wales
Ger Llanberis, Gwynedd, Cymru

[Mountaineering]   North Wales, Adventure Out Groups   Full details...
[Mynydda]   Grŵpiau Gogledd Cymru, Adventure Out   Holl fanylion ...

Sat 20 to Sat 27 Sep 2014

Sibillini Mountains 2014 (Expired)

Sibillini Mountains 2014

Booking required

[Walk]   Adventure Out Group   Full details...

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