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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!

Caving at the Annual Outdoor Gathering

18 Aug 2015 | Adventure Out, Caving Groups

It is a good thing nobody signed up for the Saturday caving trip during the AOG in Bath. Finding the small shop in Cheddar from which Martin had arranged to hire lamps was no trivial matter. Trailing behind us looking for a shop would not have inspired the confidence of novices in our ability to find a cave, let alone to find our way to the bottom and out again....

Lacock and the Wilts & Berks canal

10 Aug 2015 | Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group

A fine sunny July day greeted us for a 7 mile walk in the north Wiltshire countryside. Starting from the predominately National Trust owned village of Lacock, the route ascended Nocketts hill to a lunch stop with good views towards the Cotswolds. The return leg took in a section of the Wilts & Berks canal....

Sunday 9th August 2015 Durgan and Falmouth Bay.

10 Aug 2015 | Cornwall Group

It seems par for the course that as soon as the schools break up for the six week holiday the

weather turns turtle. The days leading up to our walk varied greatly; rain, wind, drizzle,

mist and sun. The day before the walk was utterly glorious but then it all changed....

8 August 2015: Hexton

9 Aug 2015 | Hertfordshire Group

Event led by Julian S. Route #2910 by Barrie Mackie, from Walking Britain.

Weather: Sunny, hot, humid, very little wind, little cloud cover.

Attendance: 15 men (including 2 new members to the Herts group)

Distance: 12 miles

Time: start 11:10, end 16:45....

Next Weekend Events

Sat 22 Aug to Sat 05 Sep 2015

Climbing trip to Austria (Expired)

[Climbing]   Climbing Group   Full details...

Fri 28 to Mon 31 Aug 2015

Far north Munros

Far north Munros

Near Durness, Highland, Scotland

Booking required

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

Fri 04 to Sun 06 Sep 2015

South East Camping weekend - - a weekend of walks and socialising

South East Camping weekend - - a weekend of walks and socialising

Near Faversham, Kent, England

[Walk]   East Kent, London, Surrey, West Kent Groups   Full details...

Fri 04 to Sun 06 Sep 2015   Gwener 04 i Sul 06 Medi 2015

All Wales Hostel Weekend--St David's, Pembrokeshire.
Penwythnos Hostel Cymru Gyfan ... Tyddewi, Sir Benfro

All Wales Hostel Weekend--St David's, Pembrokeshire.
   / Penwythnos Hostel Cymru Gyfan ... Tyddewi, Sir Benfro

Near St David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Ger Tyddewi, Sir Benfro, Cymru

Booking required

[Walk]   North Wales, South Wales, West Wales Groups   Full details...
[Taith]   Grŵpiau Gogledd Cymru, De Cymru, Gorllewin Cymru   Holl fanylion ...

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