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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.


Kilvey Hill

22 Jul 2014 | West Wales Group

I had for some time looked for a decent path up onto Kilvey Hill from in and around Swansea City centre, instead of having to drive out to the Pentrechwyth area.So when a path was opened in May 2013 it was near the top of my list for one of our summer evening walks this year....

Isle of Wight Daytrip 20 July 2014

21 Jul 2014 | Solent Group

Our group of 6 plus one dog from the mainland were sped across the Solent on the 9.45 RedJet from Southampton to be met in West Cowes by our walk leader Phil and one more walker. Phil led us across the chain ferry to East Cowes and around the River Medina stopping for lunch at the Bargemans Rest in Newport....

Enys near Penryn, Cornwall

13 Jul 2014 | Cornwall Group

An excellent turnout of around 25 members and guests including a couple of people on thier first walk with the group met in near perfect walking conditions in the village of Mylor Bridge, near Penryn in West Cornwall.

Leaders Nik and Mike led us through the woods and paths around the Enys Estate and later we dropped down to the banks of Falmouth Bay overlooking Penryn....

Sandwich and surrounds ... and cake ... and coast

13 Jul 2014 | East Kent, London Groups

A gentle and somewhat 'moist' walk around the mediaeval town of Sandwich and, following lunch at the rebuilt quayside, onwards to the ancient Roman fort at Richborough. Led by - and informative historic talks by - David White kept spirits up whilst enduring the varying degress of shower....

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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