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Welcome to the Gay Outdoor Club


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.


Last year was 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.

In 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!

Coulsdon Walk April 2016

19 May 2016 | Surrey Group

Despite the rather dull weather forecast 26 walkers plus one dog turned out for what turned out to be an invigorating walk. We did have some spells of sunshine, in particular during lunch which was very pleasant. Although we have walked in this area before Mathew led us on some unknown paths, up dale and down hill....

East of Eden, West of Bath 15 May 2016

16 May 2016 | Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group

A varied walk of byways and riverside paths followed an initial climb up the Cotswold way to Kelston round hill, with views over the wide Avon valley from Bath and Bristol to the forest of Dean.

Sunshine and a pleasant cooling breeze contributed to an overall enjoyable day in excellent company, the flagging spirits of which were revived upon arrival at a pub....

14 May 2016: Reasons to be Pelham: one, two three...

15 May 2016 | Hertfordshire Group

Event led by David W Attendance: 16 men Distance: 10.2 miles Time: start 11.16am, end 3.56pm, lunch 31 minutes Terrain: grass, track, crop field, road Elevation: start 106m, high 134m, low 85m Weather: Overcast with sunny spells Number of sewage works on the ...

Dorset Group: Melbury Beacon/Shaftesbury

11 May 2016 | Dorset Group

Sixteen GOC members, plus one dog, decided to make the most of the mini-heatwave on Sunday May 8th when we headed for the hills of North Dorset. Starting from the National Trust car park at Compton Down, our first stop was Melbury Beacon - what a viewpoint - miles in every direction....

Next Weekend Events

Fri 27 to Mon 30 May 2016

Birds Farm Camping Weekend.

Near Walsingham, Norfolk, England

[Camping]   Norfolk Group   Full details...

Fri 27 to Tue 31 May 2016



[Walk]   Cornwall, Somerset, South Midlands, South Wales, West Wales, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Groups   Full details...

Sat 28 to Mon 30 May 2016

Cycling the Liverpool to Leeds Canal

Cycling the Liverpool to Leeds Canal

Near Liverpool, Merseyside, England

[Cycling]   Scotland, Transpennine, Adventure Out Groups   Full details...

Fri 10 to Sun 12 Jun 2016

Leicestershire camping and walking weekend

Near Coalville, Leicestershire, England

[Walk]   East Midlands Group   Full details...

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