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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 10 May 2015

A walk around Box Hill, Surrey.

A walk around Box Hill, Surrey.

[Walk]   London Group   Full details...


Fri 15 to Sun 17 May 2015

Hostel weekend  - South Downs National Park (Hampshire)

Hostel weekend  - South Downs National Park (Hampshire)

Near Petersfield, Hampshire, England

Booking required

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


Sat 16 May 2015

Source Of The River Meon

Source Of The River Meon

Near Horndean, Hampshire, England

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


Sun 17 May 2015

Little Switzerland & Shoulder Of Mutton Hill

Little Switzerland & Shoulder Of Mutton Hill

Near Petersfield, Hampshire, England

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


A Pop Up event! A feast, a walk and....Fanny & Stella!

A Pop Up event! A feast, a walk and....Fanny & Stella!

[Social]   London Group   Full details...


Sat 13 Jun 2015

A long daze out at the Naze - a visit to the Essex coast

A long daze out at the Naze - a visit to the Essex coast

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


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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! ...

A sunny mid Winter's watery escape

11 Jan 2015 | London Group

A wonderful sunny day saw over 50 people gather in Camden for Steve's walk along the Regents Canal to the Thames. Fortified by coffee or a full breakfast we broke free of the pub to set off along the canal.

The sunny weather showed the canal in all its beauty, ...

After the deluge of Saturday evening......Sunday lived up to its name!!

11 Nov 2014 | London Group

Saturday evening the heavens opened and I was sure next day's walk through Berkshire would be doomed! Instead the sun rose early and it remained a stunningly lovely Autumnal day. I couldn't make the walk, however I believe 35 turned up and from accounts from several, had a great day....

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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