While London may not have the mountains, glens, cliffs and coastal scenery found in other parts of the UK, it does have a huge area of green open space varying from formal parkland to heaths and commons. These spaces often have the added benefit of fascinating history and architecture. It is also easy to get away from the metropolis by train to all the surrounding counties, including areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the South Downs, the Kentish Weald and the Chilterns.
GOC London's programme of activities includes at least one walk per month, generally on the second Sunday. Our programme varies between urban walks linking London's many green parks and open spaces and walks in the countryside in the Home Counties around London, some of which are undertaken jointly with neghbouring GOC groups. A great advantage of London is it's comprehensive public transport system, and all our walks start and finish at railway stations or other public transport stops - this makes linear walks a feasible and attractive option.
We are looking to expand our programme and ideally will offer one urban walk and one country walk per month in the summer months as well as other types of event such as cycling and orienteering. We have also held successful evening walks during the summer walks.
We like to welcome new members. As a slight change of tradition, we are now encouraging those coming by train to travel in the second carriage from the front if they wish to meet other GOC members coming on the event. There is also sometimes an optional breakfast or tea/coffee before the start of the main event and we usually stop for either a packed lunch or pub lunch. The day may finish the day with a cream tea or a beer.
To get an idea of what goes on during an event please have a look at our event reports.
We are very keen to involve new people in leading events or helping in other ways. We have a small group of people that meets twice a year to discuss and plan our programme. Anyone is welcome to join, so don't hesitate to get in touch.