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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!


3 May 2016 | West Wales Group

This doesn;t happen very often for our group thank goodness, but for once the weather forecast for rain all day actually turned out to be exactly that.

I'm sure that had put some people off coming, but thankfully not Mark the walk leader, although Robert ...

Five Churches Walk

3 May 2016 | East Kent Group

Bluebells, teas and cakes, ... and some walkingThe five churches walk, a popular annual event on the East Kent calendar. The weather uncharacteristically grey and overcast but, fortunately, apart from getting wet for the first section, it didn't damped the spirits and a great day nevertheless....

Women only walking weekend at Chepstow

30 Apr 2016 | Berkshire & Mid Thames, Cambridge, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, East Kent, East Midlands, Essex, Hertfordshire, Home Counties Midweek, Lake District, Lincoln, London, Milton Keynes & Buckinghamshire, Norfolk, North East, North Wales, Oxford, Scotland, Solent, Somerset, South Midlands, South Wales, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Transpennine, West Kent, West Wales, Western Midlands, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Groups

This was a GOC first--a women only walking weekend.

Women are under represented in the Club so to try and encourage more women to get involved in their local groups, the trustees had approved a limited number of women only events, to try and address this issue....

Dorset Group walk: Tyneham/Kimmeridge

29 Apr 2016 | Dorset Group

A broad range of members and guests from across Dorset, Somerset and London braved the ice cold winds at Tyneham Ghost Village on Sunday. We were rewarded with sunny skies yielding wide ranging coastal views across Worbarrow Bay to Portland Bill in one direction and across Kimmeridge Bay towards St Aldelm's Head in the other....

Next Weekend Events

Wed 11 to Wed 18 May 2016

Spring Cycling and Walking Week, Italy May 2016

Spring Cycling and Walking Week, Italy May 2016

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

Spring Cycling and Walking Week, Italy May 2016

[Walk]   Adventure Out Group   Full details...

Fri 20 to Sun 22 May 2016

Hostel weekend in Wasdale (TP # 05/16)

Hostel weekend in Wasdale (TP # 05/16)

Some options need booking

[Walk]   Transpennine, Adventure Out Groups   Full details...

Tanners Hatch Youth Hostel Weekend

Tanners Hatch Youth Hostel Weekend

Near Dorking, Surrey, England

Booking required

[Social]   Dorset, East Kent, Home Counties Midweek, London, Surrey, Sussex, West Kent Groups   Full details...

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