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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.


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Enjoying the industrial heritage of the Clywedog Valley

21 Oct 2014 | North Wales Group

One of the joys of walking with the North Wales group is the sheer variety available in a relatively small area. A far cry from the mountain tops of a few weeks ago, the group returned to the picturesque Clywedog valley on the outskirts of Wrexham for a gentle stroll with some industrial heritage thrown in....

A West London Walker's Feast of Parks, Stately Homes and canal

14 Oct 2014 | London Group

Sunday, the 12th, saw Patrick Lynchehaun and John Miller's first lead with us and what a sterling job they did! The Grand Union Canal, the main feature of our walk, had been the centre of over a month of investigations over the disappearance of 14 yo, Alice Goss, which just over a week before our walk, became a grisley crime scene....

A Tale of Hayle

12 Oct 2014 | Cornwall Group

Believe me, if Hayle could tell a tale it would be rich and varied. Gone are the days of a power station, copper smelting and the production of industrial chemicals, gone too are the furnaces melting metals and the production of mining machinery. Instead, we have a rich heritage of excellent pasties, golden sand dunes, caravans, holiday cabins and views over St....

Slad Valley & Laurie Lee Wildlife Way - Sunday 5 October 2014

12 Oct 2014 | Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group

A fine, dry October morning saw a band of GOC walkers gather at Bulls Cross, near the Cotswold village of Slad, not far from Stroud. The Laurie Lee Wildlife Way has been set up by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and other bodies, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous poet, author and scriptwriter, Laurie Lee....

Next Weekend Events

Fri 24 to Sun 26 Oct 2014

Caving in Yorkshire

Near Ingleton, North Yorkshire, England

[Caving]   Caving Group   Full details...

Sedbergh Weekend, Cumbria

Near Sedbergh, Cumbria, England

Members only, booking required

[Walk]   Transpennine Group   Full details...

Fri 21 to Sun 23 Nov 2014

Annual caving planning meet in Yorkshire

Near Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

[Walk]   Caving Group   Full details...

Sat 22 to Sun 23 Nov 2014

Annual Climbing Group Planning Meeting

Near Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

[Climbing]   Climbing Group   Full details...

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