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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 a great 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.  Check here for a list of our up and coming events.

To get a bit of an idea of what goes on during an event have a look at reports of past events.....

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 is the best way to get me, or, phone or message via our contact page.

Do come on an event, and soon.  Look forward to meeting you.

Robert

Next Events

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 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...


Sun 14 Sep 2014

A circular waterways wander around Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

A circular waterways wander around Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

[Walk]   London Group   Full details...


Sun 21 Sep 2014

A Walk, A Drink, A Bite, And Wotta Show......!!!

A Walk, A Drink, A Bite, And Wotta Show......!!!

[Social]   East Kent, London Groups   Full details...


Sun 12 Apr 2015

Parks, a Palace and a Cemetery, North London

[Walk]   London Group   Full details...


Fri 15 to Sun 17 May 2015

Hostel weekend at Privett - Surrey / Hampshire border

Near Petersfield, Hampshire, England

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

We escaped the heat to some quiet East London backwaters.....

25 Jul 2014 | London Group

Despite a sultry 28C blasting the city (for weeks if feels like!), 34 brave souls sought refuge, in what turned out to be a lovely cooling wander through parts of East London many were surprised existed. Led capably by Steve Forde, the last of our mid week, ...

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....

"The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of.........London's GOC Anniversary Ascent!"

27 Jun 2014 | London Group

The weather was a somewhat unkind, particularly given the rest of June has been so lovely, but it didn't deter 41 of us and a delightful dog, on our "Out in the Hills", 40th Anniversary tribute climb on our midweek evening walk on June 26. The evening ...

Lea Valley....or is it Lee Valley? NE London

10 Jun 2014 | London Group

A lovely day, last Sunday the 8th June! Stunning weather, a tad warm on the stone/bitumen/gravel paths, but cooled somewhat by the gentle Lea River/Lee Navigation which accompanied us the 10 miles from Tottenham Hale to the Thames. Thirty Seven GOCs, including ...

A most pleasant post Eurovision escape into SE London.......

15 May 2014 | London Group

Having walked around Chislehurst last month, on Sunday 11th May Charles Murray took us just north for a "Pleasant SE London walk with parks, views, history & more". And that's what we experienced in abundance!

The weather was dull, more akin to late Autumn, with grey skies, a chill wind, and occasional light showers....

Bears in the woods, Bluebells, a bit of Napoleon, wall to wall sunshine.......can only be SE London in April!

15 Apr 2014 | London Group

Sunday the 13th of April saw 35 of us and one dog, enjoying a warm, stunningly sunny Spring day exploring the many parks this part of SE London has tucked away. Led by Darrell Murphy on his first lead, and using parts of the Green Chain Walk of this region, ...

Some Memorable Days Out:

White cliffs of Dover, done over by GOC London, August 2013

White cliffs of Dover, done over by GOC London, August 2013

Amongst the Rhodies, Dulwich Park, June 2013

Amongst the Rhodies, Dulwich Park, June 2013

Bearing our new GOC flag, a record breaking 68 on the Surrey Docks walk, July 2012!

Bearing our new GOC flag, a record breaking 68 on the Surrey Docks walk, July 2012!

GOC London goes to the Olympics/Lea Valley, NE London, March 2012.......and gets GOLD, GOLD, GOLD!!!

GOC London goes to the Olympics/Lea Valley, NE London, March 2012.......and gets GOLD, GOLD, GOLD!!!

Lea Valley, NE London, March 2012

Lea Valley, NE London, March 2012

Beneath the massive arches of Mill Hill Viaduct, North London, January 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, 11 September 2011

When you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise… Dryad hunting, Lesnes Abbey Woods, 11 September 2011

Crystal Palace April 2011

Crystal Palace April 2011

Nunhead Cemetery April 2011

Nunhead Cemetery April 2011

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