Hi there! Welcome to the Group pages for GOC London.
We are a friendly bunch and generally walk on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Our walks are usually within the M25, but sometimes venturing further into the home counties, and are planned to start and finish at a railway station readily accessible from London.
Coming along to your first event can be a daunting prospect but we try and make sure you are welcomed into the fold. For a start, if coming by train, we encourage travelling in the second last carriage where you are likely to meet fellow GOCettes (not sure why the second last carriage, think it is just traditional!) And to facilitate meeting people further, our prewalk breakfasts or coffees, held on some of our events, have been an overwhelming success! These breakfasts/coffees are at a cafe close to the start railway station and commence about an hour before the walk. Otherwise lunch is sometimes a pub lunch, sometimes a packed lunch, and the day may finish with a cream tea or a beer.
While London may not have the massive mountains, glens, cliffs, or all manner of terrains of other regions, it does have numerous parks and rivers and surprisingly, areas of wilderness of varying degrees and sizes, every one of them a delight to discover and explore. These spaces often have the added benefit of fascinating history and architecture thrown in. Find a list of our coming events here.
To get a bit of an idea of what goes on during an event have a look through the list of previous ones below, our most recent archived is here.
I am Robert Finlay and I am the Co-ordinator for the London GOC group. I am keen to hear your thoughts of how to develop our group and if you would like to help, even better. Anyone wanting to lead an event then do get back, and that includes those leading your first, I promise all the support you need! Contact me by e-mail directly from the link from my name below, or, phone or message via our contact page. Comments/discussions/ideas may also be left on the London Forum site.
So do come on an event, and soon. Look forward to meeting you.
White cliffs of Dover, done over by GOC London, August 2013
Amongst the Rhodies, Dulwich Park, June 2013
Bearing our new GOC flag, a record breaking 68 on the Surrey Docks walk, July 2012!
Lea Valley, NE London, March 2012
Beneath the massive arches of Mill Hill Viaduct, North London, January 2012
When you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise.....
Dryad hunting, Lesnes Abbey Woods, SE London, 11 September 2011
Crystal Palace April 2011
Nunhead Cemetery April 2011 (Pictures R Finlay)
This page last updated 16 Aug 2013
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