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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

Sat 07 May 2016

Bluebells in them there Hertfordshire Hills......???

Bluebells in them there Hertfordshire Hills......???

[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...


Sat 11 Jun 2016

South Downs at a pace, not for the faint hearted!

[Walk]   London Group   Full details...


Sat 02 to Sun 03 Jul 2016

Weekend away in the New Forest with superb walks

Weekend away in the New Forest with superb walks

Near Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England

Some options need booking

[Walk]   Berkshire & Mid Thames, Devon, Hertfordshire, London, Milton Keynes & Buckinghamshire, Oxford, Solent, South Midlands, South Wales, Surrey, Adventure Out Groups   Full details...


Sun 10 Jul 2016

Around Essex

[Walk]   London Group   Full details...


Fri 05 to Sun 07 Aug 2016

2016 AOG

2016 AOG

Near Penryn, Cornwall, England

Members only, booking required

[Social]   All Groups   Full details...


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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....

A four season's day down the Lea River, North East London

22 Mar 2016 | London Group

'Four Seasons' may be a slight exaggeration for our walk on Sunday March 20. The weather forecast had grown increasingly glum over the week. On the morning of the walk, 25% chance of precipitation was expected - fortunately the latter was limited to a few raindrops as I left (nervously) London Bridge station on my way North for the walk....

Richmond Hill Walk and Meal

1 Mar 2016 | London, Surrey Groups

Bill led 33 walkers and 5 dogs through Richmond Park past Ham House and along the River Thames, although there was a chill in the air the thought of a warm pub at the end kept everyone going. Bill had planned the walk well, especially as when he pre walked it he had to wade through some very deep water....

Blazing Winter sunshine escorted us along the Wandle River, South London!!

10 Jan 2016 | London Group

South London turned on its best for 49 GOCs, including 6 newbies, and a sweet collie, as we explored 8 miles of the 12 mile course of the hidden gem that is the Wandle River, in South London. The previous days were miserable and gloomy, interspersed with heavy rain, so we were all pleased as punch to have several hours of brilliant Winter sunshine to escort us on our way....

A dry, even sunny at times, Surrey exploration - Basingstoke Canal and Brookwood Cemetery.

13 Sep 2015 | London, Surrey Groups

After weeks of sodden rain, and a forecast indicating the same, it was expected that our venture into Surrey on Sunday, was to be a washout. However, come Sunday morning, everything was turned on its head, the forecast had greatly improved, and we came ...

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 ...

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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