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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.


Toys Hill Walk - GOC Surrey

25 Aug 2014 | Surrey Group

Thanks to Judy and Alice for teaming up to expertly guide us on this 9 mile walk in the area which inspired Octavia Hill to co-found the National Trust

35 walkers set out at 10 :30 on the dot to be followed by 3 latecomers who were swiftly scooped up by Judy acting as back marker....

North Dock Llanelli to Burry Port--summer evening walk

25 Aug 2014 | West Wales Group

The last of our summer evening walks was a linear one from North Dock Llanelli to Burry Port led by Russ.

I had arranged with Russ to leave our two cars at Burry Port immediately before the start of the walk.One very important thing that Russ had failed to ...

Hayling Island 17 August 2014

18 Aug 2014 | Solent Group

When you choose the second smallest car park in Hampshire as a starting point what’s the chance of turning up on the Sunday and discovering it is double booked for use by stewards of the Hayling Half Marathon? Some manoeuvring and tight parking got us all in and eighteen men and one dog duly set off for a nine and a half mile Hike round Hayling Island....

40 Years - Carry On up the Khyber!

18 Aug 2014 | North Wales Group

It all started 40 years ago with a weekend camping in Snowdonia, so we felt it only appropriate that to celebrate the anniversary we take a stroll to the summit of the highest mountain in England and Wales, the mighty Snowdon.

Our route of choice was the quieter Watkin Path, the South Face of Yr Wyddfa....

Next Weekend Events

Fri 05 to Sun 07 Sep 2014

EAST KENT SUMMER CAMP: Westwell, North Downs Way

EAST KENT SUMMER CAMP: Westwell, North Downs Way

Near Ashford, Kent, England

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

Fri 05 to Mon 08 Sep 2014

Weekend away in Wales


[Social]   Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group   Full details...

Fri 12 to Sun 14 Sep 2014   Gwener 12 i Sul 14 Medi 2014

All Wales Hostel Weekend, Blaenavon
Penwythnos Cymru Gyfan, Blaenafon

All Wales Hostel Weekend, Blaenavon
   / Penwythnos Cymru Gyfan, Blaenafon

Near Blaenavon, Torfaen, Wales
Ger Blaenavon, Tor-faen, Cymru

Booking required

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

Sat 13 to Sun 14 Sep 2014

Climbing in Wales, crag to be arranged

[Climbing]   Climbing Group   Full details...

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