Gay Outdoor Club
The activity club for gay men and women and their friends

London

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.....

Robert Finlay has recently stepped down as the Co-ordinator for the  London GOC group.  A new co-ordinator will take over in January. In the meantime, Chris Loy, as GOC's national Events Officer, has agreed to act as the point of contact. His email address is: chris.loy@goc.org.uk

We're 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, we will provide as much support as we can.

Do come on an event, and soon.  Look forward to meeting you.

Chris and Robert

Next Events

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!

Social, London Group   Full details...


Stag Panto.....the alternative performance (SOLD OUT)

Stag Panto.....the alternative performance (SOLD OUT)

Social, London Group   Full details...


Sat 07 Jan 2017

Gay Sunday Walking Group Event

Gay Sunday Walking Group Event

Easy Walk, London Group   Full details...


Sun 08 Jan 2017

Epping Forest

Epping Forest

Near Chingford, Greater London, England

Easy Walk, London Group   Full details...


Sun 22 Jan 2017

Gay Sunday Walking Group Event

Gay Sunday Walking Group Event

Easy Walk, London Group   Full details...


Sun 05 Feb 2017

Gay Sunday Walking Group Event

Gay Sunday Walking Group Event

Easy Walk, London Group   Full details...


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Autumn Walking and Cycling Week in Mallorca, 8th to 16th October

26 Oct 2016 | London, Cycling, Events Abroad Groups

This was the 18th year for the Mallorca cycling week and the first to be held in the autumn. This had freed up the Spring and we went to Italy, to Riccione on the Adriatic coast, near Rimini for a joint walking and cycling week. For Mallorca this year we had also managed to tempt a number of walking members as well, please see their own report below....

A Sensationally Slick, Stupendously Sizzling, Sun Saturated, September Sunday Sussex Slog Satisfying Seventy Six......

13 Sep 2016 | London, Sussex Groups

Ok, there weren't 76, the sun must have gone to my head, but at least I have your attention! Instead, 45 humans and one very energetic labrador, Mini, took on 10 miles of totally gorgeous Sussex countryside in the most delicious weather! Could not have been ...

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....

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