The Western Midlands Group is a branch of the nationwide GOC. The club organises a regular programme of walks in the West Midlands, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire, the Cotswolds, and occasionally further afield. There are also social activities, as well as the opportunity to participate in events organised by the national GOC and by other local GOC groups.
The Western Midlands group generally walk on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month though this usually drops to just one per month in the winter period.
To contact this group by e-mail, phone or letter please use our contact page.
What can I expect to get out of going on a Western Midland Walk?
Lots of things, in fact.
Wonderful views from places that only walkers can reach
A relaxed and friendly environment in which to meet old friends and make new ones
Good, healthy exercise in the fresh air
Enjoyment of the wildflowers, wildlife, sounds and scents of the countryside.
What kinds of walks do GOC West Midlands do?
A very wide variety, from 'discovery' walks in which we learn something about Birmingham's canals, for example, or its Jewellery Quarter, to scenic walks in the Malvern Hills, the Cotswolds, the Wyre Forest, the Shropshire Hills and many other places. Distances covered range from 5 or 6 miles - up to 12, and occasionally 15 miles. You can always check out the distance and any degree of difficulty in advance, by consulting our programme on the GOC events pages, so you shouldn't get caught out with an unexpectedly long or difficult walk.
We always walk on public footpaths where possible so, depending on the weather there may be mud / water underfoot. So whilst the longer walks do call for a degree of stamina, they don't normally present any other difficulties.
Who comes along to the walks?
All gay, lesbian and bisexual people of any age, and their friends, are welcome. The number of people taking part in our walks varies, but 15 to 20 is typical.