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

History of previous AOGs

The history of annual events goes back to the start of GOC, here is a list of where we have been since 1980.

2016 - Falmouth, Cornwall

Simon Hill was our lead man for the Cornwall AOG and he organised a superb variety of walks for us both inland and on the coast as well as an adventure day for those who did not mind getting wet. Cornwall did not dissapoint as we were blessed with brilliant sunshine for 6August and beyond as many of you opted to stay on after the event.

Cornwall, with its industrial heritage, rugged scenery and talent for entertaining visitors is a county we can rely on so I am sure we will be visiting again soon.

2015 - Bath

The GOC committee coordinated the Bath AOG ably assisted by event leaders who knew the area well and put on some exellent walks for members to enjoy.  The teachers amongst us were pleased to see the event take place 14-17 August, squarely in the summer holidays.

The AOG took the usual format of walks, cycle rides etc during the day and meals, disco, quizz to entertain in the evening. The University of Bath looked after us in their comfortable accommodation blocks and catering center. It is always lovely to visit Bath and even better to visit with so many lovely companions of old and new.

2014 - Comrie, Perthshire

Scotlands turn to spoil us again with their stunning scenery and generous hospitality, 23-26 May.

Mike Lewis led this AOG putting on walking, cycling, mountaineering, caving and sight-seeing events. For evening entertainment we had a meal plus ceilidh on the Saturday night and a quiz on the Sunday.

2013 - Buxton, Derbyshire

The Buxton DomeThe Transpennine group organised this event in the beautiful spa town of Buxton in the spectacular Peak District national park on the weekend of Friday 12 July to Monday 15 July.

Once again we were greeted by fabulous weather and a superb programme of events including walking, cycling (taking in some of the best limestone dales in the UK), a coach trip, the chance to try caving with the GOC caving group, a guided walking tour of Buxton and a fabulous laser illuminated dinner and knees up on the Saturday night in the spectacular Buxton Dome.

The Buxton Festival was also in full swing so some members were able to take in some indoor culture as well.

2012 - Colchester, Essex

The Essex and Suffolk groups welcomed us to ‘Historic Colchester and Constable Country’ on the weekend of Friday 17th to Monday 20th August, a little later than usual to avoid a clash with the Olympic Games being held at nearby Stratford.

A wonderfully hot weekend helped us to enjoy the lovely countryside within easy distance of our base at the University of Essex. A lively ceilidh used up any remaining energy on the Saturday night and the weekend was completed by a guided tour of the town.

2011 - Guildford, Surrey

The 2011 AOG was organised by the Surrey and Sussex groups, based at the University of Surrey at Guildford on the weekend of the 12-15 August.

A wide selection of walks and a cycle ride made full use of some of the finest landscape in southern England. The social activities included our own bar, a ceilidh (dance) on the Saturday night and a music quiz on the Sunday.

2010 - Nethy Bridge, Scotland

Nethy BridgeThe 2010 AOG took place at Nethy Bridge in the Scottish Highlands between Friday 28th May and Tuesday 1st June.

The event was a great success and I would like to thank Ian and Eric for their organisation, Robert for doing the bookings, and all of the event leaders for the efforts they put into the weekend. The gathering was a real change from recent years and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. We experienced the best of Scottish hospitality, fantastic scenery, varied weather (from snow to warm sunshine in one weekend!) and best of all, a great club spirit.

2009 - Bangor, North Wales


Bangor, lying on the Menai Straits, with its two picturesque bridges over to Anglesey and sitting just below the mighty Snowdonian mountains, was the base for the 2009 AOG.

Accommodation was based at the new University halls, only a short walk from the city centre and railway station. The social highlight of the weekend was the Annual Dinner, held under the Victorian vaulted ceiling of the University's main hall on the Saturday night and followed by a traditional Welsh twmpath band for dancing until late.

The outdoor activities covered all abilities and interests. There were walks along Anglesey's rugged coastline, hikes to the top of mountains (including Snowdon the highest peak in England and Wales), scrambling ridges, cycle rides, mini bus tours to nearby historic sites (castles!), and the chance to explore underground with a tour of ancient copper mines.

2008 - Worcester
2007 - Lancaster
2006 - Galashiels
2005 - Canterbury
2004 - Leicester
2003 - Durham
2002 - Oban
2001 - Exeter
2000 - Shrewsbury
1999 - Ambleside
1998 - Sheringham, Norfolk
1997 - Bath
1996 - Castleton, Peak District
1995 - Pen Y Pas, Snowdonia
1994 - Stirling Youth Hostel
1993 - Wareham, Dorset
1992 - Brecon Beacons
1991 - Wooler, Northumberland
1990 - Wantage, Oxfordshire
1989 - Edale, Peak District
1988 - Pitlochry, Perthshire
1987 - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
1986 - Stainforth, Yorkshire Dales
1985 - Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
1984 - Capel Curig, Snowdonia
1983 - Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway
1982 - Brockweir, Forest of Dean
1981 - Hawkshead, Lake District
1980 - Edale, Peak District

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