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

Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and North Somerset

Including Bristol and Bath

A bridge over the abandonned Somerset coal canal

A bridge over the abandonned Somerset coal canal

Where we walk

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

South west Wiltshire looking towards the plain

South west Wiltshire looking towards the plain

When we walk

Usually on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. There are also joint walks with neighbouring GOC groups, some evening and occasional midweek events. The Events section (right) 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 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 aim to keep the group together, including 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.
  • Stout footwear, such as walking boots are highly recommended, as are waterproofs, since mud and inclement weather can rarely 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 food, or just a drink.  We try to make these arrangements clear beforehand, but circumstances beyond our control may prevent this. 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 going inside!

 

  • Dogs are welcome, as long as they are well behaved, under strict control and on a lead where livestock may be present, or they could cause problems for other walkers.
  • Car sharing and using public transport where available, can all help towards a more pleasant environment. The local co-ordinators may be able to assist in arranging car shares or lifts from central points, but please give us plenty of advance notice. Please park considerately at walk starting points.
  • The GOC has published some guidelines for organising and attending events: 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. However, 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.
Baths' Two Tunnels Path

Baths' Two Tunnels Path

Joining a GOC walk

New to GOC or signed up for a trial?   If you've any questions, feel free to contact the local co-ordinators. Try a few events and if GOC is for you, join up and get full membership benefits. 

Already a GOC member?  Just turn up on the day, using the attendee list is not compulsory - but can be helpful.

South Cotswolds

South Cotswolds

Leading a walk

All members are welcome to lead a walk. It's a great way to show-off your favourite area.

The co-ordinators are willing to support any potential leader, so feel free to contact us with any questions, or just to bounce an idea off us.

Aside from the walk itself, consider proximity to any 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.

Further information and contacts

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

Local contacts:

07790 759162 Kenny

07503 650354 Bill

 

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Events for Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset Group

6 events found    

Sat 18 Aug 2018

The Wysis Way Part 1

The Wysis Way Part 1

Near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England

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

Sun 02 Sep 2018

Corton & the Wylye Valley

Corton & the Wylye Valley

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

Sat 15 Sep 2018

Secrets of Montpelier, St. Pauls & Kingsdown - An Urban Treat

Secrets of Montpelier, St. Pauls & Kingsdown - An Urban Treat

Near Bristol, Bristol City, England

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

Sun 07 Oct 2018

Cam Long Down and the Cotswold escarpment

Cam Long Down and the Cotswold escarpment

Near Dursley, Gloucestershire, England

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

Sat 13 to Sun 21 Oct 2018

Autumn Cycling and Walking Week, Mallorca October 2018

Autumn Cycling and Walking Week, Mallorca October 2018

Cycling, Berkshire & Mid Thames, Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, East Kent, East Midlands, Essex, Hertfordshire, Home Counties Midweek, Lincolnshire, London, Milton Keynes & Buckinghamshire, Norfolk, North East, North Wales, Oxford, Scotland, Solent, Somerset, South Midlands, South Wales, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Transpennine, West Kent, West Wales, Western Midlands, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset, Adventure Out, Cycling, Events Abroad Groups   Full details...

Sat 27 Apr to Sun 05 May 2019

Spring Cycling and Walking Week, Mallorca April 2019

Spring Cycling and Walking Week, Mallorca April 2019

Cycling, Berkshire & Mid Thames, Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, East Kent, East Midlands, Essex, Hertfordshire, Home Counties Midweek, Lincolnshire, London, Milton Keynes & Buckinghamshire, Norfolk, North East, North Wales, Oxford, Scotland, Solent, Somerset, South Midlands, South Wales, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Transpennine, West Kent, West Wales, Western Midlands, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire & North Somerset, Adventure Out, Cycling, Events Abroad Groups   Full details...

Towards the Wandsdyke on the Wiltshire downs

Towards the Wandsdyke on the Wiltshire downs

 
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