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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.


Autumn in Aultguish

31 Oct 2014 | Scotland, Adventure Out Groups

Where exactly is Aultguish? Well it’s just a pub and bunkhouse, and not much else on the road in between Inverness and Ullapool about seven miles west of Garve. It is conveniently situated to give access to the Fannichs though – a group of nine munros in a chain to the south of the main road and also the hills that rise above Ullapool and Loch Broom....

Walking West of Dorking October 2014

28 Oct 2014 | Surrey Group

What can we say, Adrian led 30 of us, including a new attendee on a delightful walk, the slight inclines definitely got some heart rates up and the steps going up the hill gave the calf muscles a workout Jane Fonda would have been proud of. However we were rewarded with magnificient views where we were able to relax....

Godmersham Circular

27 Oct 2014 | East Kent Group

Stour Valley and Kent DownsA circular walk of North Downs and Stour Valley led by Michael Yougs, originally planned to be around 9 miles - started at Godmersham church - and turned out to be nearer 15 miles in total. Good to see some of the landscapes and woodlands which we're so used to seeing covered in bluebells when we normally do the Five Churches Walk in May....


27 Oct 2014 | South Wales Group

A splendid walk led by Garry and Mark. Leaving Llanharan Railway Station and heading through Brynna Woods before heading back through the village of Brynna and up via Llanbad Fawr on to the hills above the village. We joined the old Parish Road and stopped for lunch near the ruins of St Peter’s Church, with splendid views out over the Bristol Channel....

Next Weekend Events

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...

Fri 28 to Sun 30 Nov 2014

Cairngorm Mountain Weekend

Cairngorm Mountain Weekend

Near Aviemore, Highland, Scotland

Booking required

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

Fri 05 to Sun 07 Dec 2014

Transpennine ‘Christmas’ Weekend

Members only, booking required

[Walk]   Transpennine Group   Full details...

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