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Welcome to the Gay Outdoor Club


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 are celebrating 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.


A visit to Llyn Eigiau, site of the Dolgarrog Disaster

28 Jul 2014 | North Wales Group

Llyn Eigiau is the lake above the village of Dolgarrog where, in 1925, the dam wall broke with the resultant floods killing 16 people in the village.For this walk, we were fortunately able to drive up a very narrow, twisting and steep road to park close to the lake....

Finding John-Boy Walton

28 Jul 2014 | Surrey Group

Walton On The Hill

On our July 2014 walk we did not manage to find John-Boy at Walton On The Hill but it was great fun looking. Peter led us on an 8.5 mile walk on paths caressed with dappled sunlight offering glimpses of expansive views across the valley through the hedgerows....

A summer evening riverside walk near Bristol - 24 July 2014

28 Jul 2014 | Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group

Following Stephen J's very enjoyable evening walk near Bath in late June, we held another near Bristol on Thursday 24 July. Fortunately, the spell of warm, dry weather continued, so we were able to walk in good conditions, with the shady valley of the River Frome offering some respite from the prevailing heat....

Cycle ride from Swansea to Clydach/Pontardawe and return

27 Jul 2014 | West Wales Group

Our intention was to cycle from Swansea to Pontardawe, do a circular route around Pontardawe and return.There was no pressure, we would just cycle up the valley, see how far we could get and return.It was a beautiful day, ideal for cycling.

Cycling from home to the meeting place proved a little difficult as Swansea had decided to stage their first ever half marathon....

Next Weekend Events

Sat 26 to Mon 28 Jul 2014


[Walk]   Devon Group   Full details...

Sat 02 to Sun 03 Aug 2014

Western Midlands Neolithic Weekend Away

Near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

[Walk]   Western Midlands Group   Full details...

Fri 08 to Sun 10 Aug 2014

A Saturday Walk & Camping it up on the East Sussex coast....

A Saturday Walk & Camping it up on the East Sussex coast....

[Camping]   East Kent, London, Sussex Groups   Full details...

Fri 15 to Sun 17 Aug 2014

Friday 15th August - Sunday 17th: Lincolnshire

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

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