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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

Sun 11 Sep 2016

Balcombe, Nymans Gardens and Slaugham in Sussex

Balcombe, Nymans Gardens and Slaugham in Sussex

Near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England

[Walk]   London, Sussex Groups   Full details...


Sun 09 Oct 2016

Uxbridge exploration, NW London....

[Walk]   London Group   Full details...


Sun 11 Dec 2016

A feast, a wander, and a Stag Panto......time to get silly!

A feast, a wander, and a Stag Panto......time to get silly!

[Walk]   London Group   Full details...

A day in Essex, land of the haunting Oaks.....

17 Jul 2016 | London Group

I couldn't make our club walk on July 10, however the event lead, Cyprian Crowley, has summed up the days proceedings, warts and all:

"The North Fambridge to Althorne walk, in Essex, although longer than the anticipated – some members estimated ...

New Forest Weekend away

10 Jul 2016 | Berkshire & Mid Thames, Devon, Hertfordshire, London, Milton Keynes & Buckinghamshire, Oxford, Solent, South Midlands, South Wales, Surrey, Sussex, Adventure Out Groups

The day started off with promising blue skies, as 17 of us set out on what was described as a 14 mile reasonably flat walk. It would have been flat if it wasn't for the hills that nature had put on the landscape but that just meant that we were rewarded with terrific views....

South East GOC Tanners Hatch Hostel weekend 20th to 22nd May 2016

26 May 2016 | East Kent, London, Surrey, Sussex, West Kent Groups

What a great weekend deep in the woods of Surrey near to the big house of Polesden Lacey (national Trust), near the town of Dorking.

15 of us squeezed in to this Youth Hostel - formaly a gamekeepers cottage, with out side toilets, and countles slugs and spiders....

(sing) "The (Chiltern) Hills were alive with the sight of Bluebells......."

10 May 2016 | London Group

We went in search of these wonderful wild flowers and were rewarded with carpets of them! Richard Nowells, took 38 of we GOC's, over 9 miles of some of the 5,000 acres which make up the Ashridge Estate, up there in the stunning Chiltern Hills, above Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire....

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....

Godstone Circular March 2016

28 Mar 2016 | London, Surrey Groups

Peter led 21 humans and 2 dogs through some splendid countryside covering 10 miles, we had sunshine, we had hail, we had strong winds and we had rain. Most importantly of all we had a great walk. Just as Peter promised there were a couple of tedious inclines which when combined with the mud certainly tested some of us....

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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