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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 04 to Sun 06 Sep 2015

South East Camping weekend - - a weekend of walks and socialising

South East Camping weekend - - a weekend of walks and socialising

Near Faversham, Kent, England

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


Sun 13 Sep 2015

2 delights of Surrey: Basingstoke Canal and Brookwood Cemetery

2 delights of Surrey: Basingstoke Canal and Brookwood Cemetery

Near West Byfleet, Surrey, England

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


Sun 11 Oct 2015

Balcombe Viaduct and Ardingly Reservoir, Sussex

Balcombe Viaduct and Ardingly Reservoir, Sussex

Near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England

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


Sun 15 Nov 2015

Contempory and historic Central London excursion.... 

[Walk]   London Group   Full details...


Sun 10 Apr 2016

Parks, woods and paths of South East London

Parks, woods and paths of South East London

[Walk]   London Group   Full details...


Fri 20 to Sun 22 May 2016

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...

Hampstead to Highgate (joint event with Suit and Tie Society)

25 Jul 2015 | London, West Wales Groups

A group of some thirty GOC ramblers assembled outside Hampstead Station. Originally to be called Heath Street, sentiment had changed on opening and the name changed to Hampstead. ‘Heath Street’ sill endures on the tiled platform walls. Having admired ...

Privett hostel weekend

23 May 2015 | East Kent, London, Solent, Surrey, West Kent Groups

~~The jolly GOCers gathered at Privett hostel during the afternoon and evening hours of 15 May, many of whom were welcomed at Petersfield station by Bill who fairyied us in his camper van to our weekend retreat.

On our arrival Peter was heading up the activity ...

Brilliant Warm Sunshine Got Us OUT In The Parks Of North London!

18 Apr 2015 | London Group

Last Sunday's (April 10) walk was blessed with wall to wall sunshine, perfect for setting off Desmond Winchester's walk for us, in fact Des's first lead with us having only joined GOC 11 months ago! 32 GOCs turned up, including one woman, Zoe Smith who ...

Otford Circular Walk March 2015

26 Mar 2015 | London, Surrey Groups

Peter led 45 walkers and 8 dogs on a superb walk from Otford station. The weather was

kind to us and remained dry throughout the walk. Peter chose this area as we seldom walk

it and starting at Otford meant that walkers from London GOC could meet us at the train

station....

A Siberian blast couldn't keep us off the Heath!

15 Mar 2015 | London Group

Despite a fierce finger of Siberian Winter hitting the UK over the weekend, 22 of we GOCs, of the more hardened variety, and a very sweet Jack Russell called Charlie, took on Hampstead Heath and all it possessed (well almost)! Under the excellent guidance ...

Hooray for a gloriously sunny, Spring like day for our Thames Riverside Walk!

10 Feb 2015 | London Group

After what seemed like weeks of incessant, icy cold, Siberian wind, with grey gloom to match, our mostly Thames riverside wander from Westminster to Putney, on Sunday the 8th of February, was blessed with almost wall to wall sunshine and a gentle breeze! ...

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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