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

Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and North Somerset

Including Bristol and Bath

Clifton suspension bridge Bristol - Green city 2015

Clifton suspension bridge Bristol - Green city 2015

Where we walk

From the southern Cotswolds and the forest of Dean across the Wiltshire downs to the combes of the Mendips. Crossed by the rivers Severn, upper Thames and Bristol Avon, the area includes the cities of Bristol, Bath, Gloucester and Swindon. The Kennet & Avon, Wilts & Berks and Cotswold canals all pass through the area.

Tintern abbey - From Gloucestershire

Tintern abbey - From Gloucestershire

When we walk

Usually on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. There are sometimes joint walks with neighbouring GOC groups, occasional midweek and evening events. The Events section below and the Walk Planner gives more information.

Near Slaughterford - North Wiltshire

Near Slaughterford - North Wiltshire

What to expect on our walks, click here for more information
  • Each walk is led by a GOC member, has been planned and walked in advance.  Numbers can vary from under ten to over thirty, and although mainly men, women do join us and are always welcome. Age ranges and abilities vary from walk to walk. Leaders try to keep the group together as much as possible, and always include catch-up stops for anyone whose pace may be slightly slower.  A varied programme of shorter, accessible LGBT walks in the Bristol area is offered by Walk Out Bristol. click here for details
  • Stout footwear, such as walking boots is highly recommended, and remember to bring some waterproof protection, as mud and inclement weather can never be ruled out!
  • We usually stop for a longer break midway, for you to eat your packed lunch. Sometimes we stop at a pub for a drink, or maybe a meal.  We try to make these arrangements as clear as possible beforehand, but occasionally there may be circumstances beyond our control when pubs are not available or are too booked up to serve a large group without notice. Please check with the walk leader or bar staff before eating your own food in a pub or pub garden, and remember to take off those muddy boots before entering the pub!

 

  • Dogs are welcome, as long as they are well behaved, kept under strict control and on a lead at any point where livestock may be present, or are likely to cause problems for other walkers.
  • Car sharing and using public transport where available, can all help towards a pleasanter environment. The local co-ordinators may be able to assist in arranging car shares or lifts from central points, but you should always give us plenty of advance notice. Please park considerately at walk starting points.
  • The GOC has published some guidelines for organising and attending events: click here for details   Also, please ask permission from the walk leader and other walkers before any photography or filming takes place.  Bear in mind the Countryside Code whilst out enjoying our wonderful surroundings. Although none of this should prevent us having a great time in good company whilst maintaining excellent relationships with residents, farmers, publicans and other countryside users.
Troopers Hill chimney - South Gloucestershire

Troopers Hill chimney - South Gloucestershire

Joining a GOC walk

New to GOC or signed in as a Guest?   If you've any questions about a walk, feel free to contact the local co-ordinators. Try two or three walks, if you feel GOC is for you, join up and get full membership benefits. 

Already a GOC member?  Just turn up on the day, we do not always use attendee lists for individual events, unless the event leader requests one.

Selsey, Gloucestershire

Selsey, Gloucestershire

Leading a walk

All members are welcome to lead a walk. It's a great way to introduce others to an area they may not be familiar with.

The co-ordinators are willing to support if you have not done this before and you are welcome to contact us should you have any questions, or just want to bounce an idea off us.

Aside from the walk itself, it's worth considering proximity to public transport and car parking, especially in popular spots where a car park can be empty at 9:30 and totally stuffed by 11:00

If planning a pub lunch, spare a thought for the sandwich brigade who may need shelter. Church doorways are good.

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Further information and contacts

To contact us by e-mail please use our contact page.                                 

Local telephone contacts:

07790 759162 Kenny (Bristol)

07503 650354 Bill (West Wiltshire)

01793 770099 Nigel (North Wiltshire)

Towards the Wandsdyke on the Wiltshire downs

Towards the Wandsdyke on the Wiltshire downs

Events for Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group

5 events found    

Sun 11 Dec 2016

Gert Lush Christmas lunch  at THE AVON VALLEY RAILWAY 

Gert Lush Christmas lunch  at THE AVON VALLEY RAILWAY 

Moderate Walk, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group   Full details...

Sun 01 Jan 2017

A Virtual Walk

A Virtual Walk

Moderate Walk, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group   Full details...

Sun 05 Feb 2017

Mendip Coastal Foothills

Mendip Coastal Foothills

Near Banwell, Somerset, England

Moderate Walk, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Groups   Full details...

Sun 19 Mar 2017

Great Bedwyn......gongoozling!

Near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England

Moderate Walk, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group   Full details...

Fri 21 to Sun 23 Apr 2017

Women only walking weekend in Shrewsbury

Women only walking weekend in Shrewsbury

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