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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 May 2014

Pleasant SE London walk with parks, views, history & more!

Pleasant SE London walk with parks, views, history & more!

[Walk]   London Group   Full details...


Wed 21 May 2014

A Thames Path Midweek Evening wander, West London

A Thames Path Midweek Evening wander, West London

[Walk]   London Group   Full details...


Fri 23 to Mon 26 May 2014

Annual Outdoor Gathering

Annual Outdoor Gathering

Near Crieff, Perth and Kinross, Scotland

Members only, booking required

[Social]   All Groups   Full details...


Sun 08 Jun 2014

Lee Valley and London's newest park, fit for a queen or 3!

Lee Valley and London's newest park, fit for a queen or 3!

[Walk]   London Group   Full details...


Thu 26 Jun 2014

A PRIDE FESTIVAL SOIREE PLUS OUR GOC 40th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE CLIMB!

A PRIDE FESTIVAL SOIREE PLUS OUR GOC 40th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE CLIMB!

[Walk]   London Group   Full details...


Sun 13 Jul 2014

Sandwich and surrounds for a sandwich....and cake.....Kent Coast

Sandwich and surrounds for a sandwich....and cake.....Kent Coast

Near Sandwich, Kent, England

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


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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, ...

9 Miles Through The North Downs

24 Mar 2014 | London, Surrey Groups

The 23 Mar 2014 saw the Surrey and London groups head out for a 9 mile walk together through the North Downs expertly led by Peter. There were 62 walkers made up of Surrey regulars, some Surrey walkers who had come out of their winter hibernation, an equivalent number of London totty and at least 5 new bugs came to try GOC for the very first time....

Mud, mud......and yes, more of the same!! East to North East London.

11 Mar 2014 | London Group

Steve Forde, lead for the day, had warned us there would be "extensive mud and some surface water"...........and that's what we got! March 9 was to be the warmest day for nearly 6 months at 20C, endless blue skies, and despite Steve's warnings didn't deter 30 of us to take on the Essex mud in this part of town....

"Come with a sense of adventure in your hearts"....and that we did!

11 Feb 2014 | London Group

Sunday's walk was originally a Winter wander of the waterways of Surrey, West Byfeet to Hampton Court, but our plans were dramatically hijacked by the worsening floods in the region. Not knowing how bad things were, "come with a sense of adventure in your hearts" was one of the final updates and warnings prior to the day....

A Winter Walk Across The Commons, Sarf London

14 Jan 2014 | London Group

A dry weather forecast with cloudless, sun drenched blue skies, a rare event for the best of winters, let alone our current soggy one, got us out of our warm snuggly pits in droves! 60+ attended (57 from the start, with a few more stragglers), including quite ...

Kent coast - cliff walk, castles, brothels, cake and more!

12 Aug 2013 | East Kent, London Groups

August 11 2013 Dover to Deal over the white cliffs past three castles… An 80 minute train journey to the East Kent coast, plus the threat of some rain, didn’t deter 36+ GOCs and several dogs, from joining GOC Chairman, David White’s 10 mile walk along the iconic White Cliffs coastline from Dover to Deal....

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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