Gloucestershire Outdoor Group is a social walking group which offers walks, weekends away, and a wide range of other outdoor activities. Our members are singles and couples and people who like to be part of and contribute to a social group. Regular members are expected to offer events on the programme for all to enjoy and we have a planning evening once every three months.
Our programme of events are organised to fit around working commitments. Events include Thursday walks, Sunday walks and weekends to Youth Hostels, cottages, bunkhouses and camping in the Summer months. We have also been known to venture off on walking trips to Europe, organised by group members.
We do not usually organise events within work hours from Monday to Friday but sometime walk on Saturdays to help those who cannot do Sundays.
If there is a weekend trip away, we try to organise an alternative walk for those who cant make it.
The group was started in 1952 and currently has over 100 members.
When walking with the group you will need suitable kit and sufficient food and drink for the type of walk and weather conditions. If in doubt the walk organiser will be able to advise.
Please note that members cannot log in to the website via the login box. This is just for website administration.
Programme highlights for 2019
- Long distance paths -
We continue to walk the Gloucestershire Way which takes a wonderful, meandering route around Gloucestershire. Be amazed by hidden pockets of the county you didn't know existed
The Beacons Way is a continuing challenge for the group, started in 2018, we are now well into Wales, with the final sections being walked on weekends away. The route crosses the Beacons from Abergavenney right the way across to the far side of the national park. The route climbs several peaks, including Pen y Fan, descends into deep valleys and heads across expansive areas of moorland
- Sunday Walks
There is a full programme of Sunday walks which are generally 8 to 12 miles but can be up to 15-20 miles. The walk leaders have chosen a wide variety of routes around Gloucestershire and further afield.
- Weekends away
These are a great opportunity to meet other people and enjoy walking in different parts of the country. This year we will also met up for Sunday walks with Newport Outdoor group and Reading Outdoor Group. Upcoming weekends away are to a wide variety of places around Britain such as here we stay in a wide range of accommodation from bunkhouses to luxury cottages.
UPCOMING WEEKENDS AWAY 2019
2018 saw a record number of weekends away for the group, and 2019 looks like it will go the same way. Up and coming weekends include a Bunkhouse weekend in Shropshire, camping on the Pembrokeshire Coast, a Bank Holiday trip to Wales walking the Beacons way, and further ahead, camping trips to Shropshire and the Cumbrian Fells.
- Thursday evening walks
Starting after work, these walks begin just after Easter. These are popular with members, being around 4-6 miles in length often finishing with a drink in a local pub.
- Social events - cinema, films, meals out, night walks, theatre trips and more!
- Outdoor events - archery, map reading and navigation, cycling, horse riding, camping and paddle boarding.