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

Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and North Somerset

Including Bristol and Bath

Ashton Court Gatehouse

Ashton Court Gatehouse

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.

Owl Nesting House

Owl Nesting House

When we walk

Usually on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. There are also joint walks with neighbouring GOC groups, occasional midweek and evening 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 out 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 introduce others to your favourite area.

The co-ordinators are willing to support if you've not done this before, so feel free to contact us with any questions, or just to bounce an idea off us.

Aside from the walk itself, it's worth considering proximity to 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

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Sun 28 Jan 2018

A Winter Walk in East Somerset

A Winter Walk in East Somerset

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

Sat 17 Feb 2018

South Bristol Parks

South Bristol Parks

Near Bristol, Bristol City, England

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

Sun 18 Mar 2018

Nigels' walk

Nigels' walk

Provisional

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

Sat 31 Mar 2018

The Wysis Way Part 1

The Wysis Way Part 1

Provisional

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

Sun 15 Apr 2018

Keynsham & Charlton Queens

Keynsham & Charlton Queens

Provisional

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

Sat 05 to Sat 12 May 2018

Spring Cycling and Walking Week, Italy May 2018

Spring Cycling and Walking Week, Italy May 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...

Sun 06 May 2018

South West Wiltshire

South West Wiltshire

Provisional

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

Sun 20 May 2018

Lacock and the Wilts & Berks revisited

Lacock and the Wilts & Berks revisited

Near Melksham, Wiltshire, England

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

Sun 03 Jun 2018

Wellow

Wellow

Near Radstock, Somerset, England

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

Sun 17 Jun 2018

Tresham and Ozleworth bottom

Tresham and Ozleworth bottom

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

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Towards the Wandsdyke on the Wiltshire downs

Towards the Wandsdyke on the Wiltshire downs

 
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