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.
GLAM Film Night in Truro on 30th August 7pm email firstname.lastname@example.org for info
For many years, Iain Shand was a wonderful supporter of GOC. Although not a walker himself he worked tirelessly in the background to support the Club, editing the magazine for 25 years, and working with other Committee members. He understood how the Club brought so many gay people together, particularly in the remote parts of the UK....
Whether you are looking for a tranquil family ride or a blood-pumping mountain bike trail Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, has a lot to offer cyclists of all ages and abilities.
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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.
We also have an Adventure Out group for dynamic and adventurous people from across the country.
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....
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....
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....
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....
Fri 19 to Sun 21 Sep 2014
Sorry everyone - event cancelled. (Expired)
Near Ingleton, North Yorkshire, England
[Walk] Caving Group Full details...
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
Near Llanberis, Gwynedd, Wales
Ger Llanberis, Gwynedd, Cymru
Sat 20 to Sat 27 Sep 2014
Sibillini Mountains 2014 (Expired)
[Walk] Adventure Out Group Full details...
A big rockfall has been reported at the Cheyne Weares area of Portland over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The rockfall occurred during a day when the weather was calm which just goes to show that these big collapses don’t always happen during big winter storms....
Hallways is the first ever social network for hostels. Using Hallways, backpackers can connect with fellow guests at their hostel, join events in the hostel and the surrounding area and create their own events for other guests to join.
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