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Event Reports from London Group

 

GOC London - Sunningdale to Windsor walk – Sat 12 May 2018

14 May 2018 | London Group

17 London group walkers met at Sunningdale station on a cloudy Saturday morning. After everyone had assembled, our leader Jon greeted us before leading us off promptly at 11 am. Our walk initially passed through some very 'posh' territory in the vicinity of Sunningdale, including some grounds where polo was being played which many of us had not seen before.

After a short section of road walking we entered Windsor Great Park near Virginia Water, and our route initially followed the north bank past some incredible displays of rhododendrons, camellias etc....
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Navigation Pratice in the Chilterns 29 Oct 2017

31 Oct 2017 | London Group

Eight people from London GOC met at Tring station on a fine late autumn morning for an informal navigation workshop in the Chilterns. The participants were a mixture of complete novices at navigation and those who had learned use of map and compass at some point in the past, but needed to refresh their skills.

We started with a demonstration of the use of pacing to measure distances. The nearest road junction happened to be exactly 200 metres from the station. The leader, using skills learned on a formal navigation course in Scotland, demonstrated the number of paces needed to walk 100 metres....
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Wild Camping on Dartmoor 30th June – 2nd July 2017

8 Jul 2017 | Devon, London, Western Midlands, Adventure Out Groups

The wooden footbridge over the East Okement River was the only man-made object visible from our Friday night camping spot. Although we were only an hour’s walk from the centre of Okehampton, the steep-sided valley gave a feeling of remoteness and seclusion from the outside world. As darkness settled over the moors and pastures, the sheep fell silent and the only sound was water.

This trip, which had been long in the planning, brought together GOC members from London, the West Midlands and Devon. We were a small but select group – just four people in fact – but it was definitely a case of less being more....
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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.

It may have been October but Mallorca was hot. We had some totally sunny days but with cloud on others, plus a little rain, most of which was overnight. There was always a background warmth, so the warm clothes were never used....
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