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A Sussex Coastal Walk--Hastings to Rye

14 Aug 2018 | London Group

14 of us set off from Hastings Station in bright sunshine but with a pleasant cooling breeze. The morning was filled with the ups and downs of the hills around Hastings offering good views of the surrounding countryside stretching from Eastbourne to Dungeness. Tasty Blackberries on the bushes were consumed. Less tasty Sloberries were not although they are excellent for making Gin! The day was so clear that it was possible to make out the hills of France on the horizon. We passed by the (in)famous Fairlight Glen –above the nudist beach, some making a note for future visits....
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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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