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Andrew Harbottle

Aberdovey, Wales, 1966

I was an apprentice with Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel Line at Odyssey Works in Birkenhead when I was selected to go to Aberdovey Outward Bound Sea School in August 1966. Seeing the web site recently prompted me to recall wonderful memories of that time. This was part of my apprentice training to teach...

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Bill Nicholls (1)

Devon on Ashburton, 1970

I wrote previously back in 2014 an my experience at Ashburton When I wrote I could only find the blazer badge I had bought and thought I had lost the photo I had. I finally managed to find one of them and I hope it...

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Ian Rousell

Ullswater, The Lake District, 1958

I attended U34 from 17th Nov. to 13 Dec 1958. At the time I attended a secondary school in Worksop Notts. Although my parents had taken me into the Peak District and I was a keen cyclist and a member of the YHA, I had never been away from home for such a long period of time. Neither had I had to...

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Trevor Heath (4)

Eskdale, The Lake District, 1961

I have previously written my story. I have a few corrections to make. I have since been to the OB Center at Eskdale in 2017 and discovered I attended in October 1961. Where i saw my records and photos the Center has changed almost beyond recognition, but all the memories came back of my time...

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Steve Hall

Ullswater, The Lake District, 1976

Hi, I attended Ullswater Outward Bound School (course U213) around November 1976 and actually had my 17th Birthday there. To celebrate I was "encouraged" to jump off the jetty into the lake 17 times at around 6am!!!!!! I was part way through my Junior Soldier Army training at the time of the course...

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Paul jones

Aberdovey, Wales, 1960

We had navy blue jumpers with OBSS we only had a Saturday off in the month then we went to towen to the caff always had trouble with the army outward bound, I though that we were brothers for life about twenty five years ago. I was doing the welsh coast with my bivy bag asked if there was a place...

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David Jackson (Banjo)

Eskdale, The Lake District, 2016

I attended with my company Rolls-Royce on January 14-18th 2019. I was unsure what I would achieve from attending as it was a company run course but I definitely achieved plenty. The set up of the whole place and course schedule is fantastic as well as the staff. We achieved loads that we would...

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William Sutton


I have been involved with supporting the Outward Bound Trust for the past 11 years as a member, Chairman, and Secretary of the Wakefield Outward Bound Association. The association was formed in 1983 and over the intervening years has supported many young people from the Wakefield and surrounding...

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Martyn Paterson

Moray Sea School, Burghead Scotland, 1970

As a sixteen year old Police cadet in the Midlands I attended the one month course in the north of Scotland in January and yes, it was cold. My group was a mixture or army recruits, cadets and industry apprentices and there were several from borstals in Dundee and Glasgow. They taught us a very...

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John Anderson (1)

Aberdovey, Wales, 1957

I am just sitting with my I pad browsing through OB alumni web pages when I came across a story posted by Ray Timms in April 2017 where he talks about the rescue of two sheep dogs who had fallen over a cliff on Cader Idris in March 1957 and how after attempts by others to rescue the dogs the farmer...

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Steve John

Ullswater, The Lake District, 1989

I spent three great weeks with an MoD apprentice group at Ullswater from 22 July until 10 August 1989. Our experiences in hill-walking, especially up Scafell, Scafell Pike, High Rise, Helvellyn, Blencathra and other peaks, still rank as some of the best things I have ever done in my life, as...

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Bruce Donnelly

Eskdale, The Lake District, 1961

Joined Wilson Patrol as an RAF pilot cadet, having left Australia to enter flying training in the UK. Ken Ledward was our inspirational leader who succeeded in melding a very disparate group into, as I remember it, a very happy one which worked well together. I developed a profound love of...

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Christopher Guy

Aberdovey, Wales, 1972

I left school in 1971 and joined the Gas Board as an office clerk. This soon became very boring and I felt I was going nowhere. Fortunately they decided to sent me on an Outward Bound Course to see if I had any leadership potential. The Course was fantastic , it opened my eyes , it made me...

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Terry law

Moray Sea School, Burghead Scotland, 1963

I worked for the Midlands Electricity Board in Birmingham who sent me on the course. Started weighing 12.5 stone, finished 14.5 stone, extra muscle. Loved the 3 ton cutters and the wonderful Prince Louis, Murder Ball in the sand dunes and the intense physical activity. Fell asleep listening to Dr...

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Barry Jones

Ullswater, The Lake District, 1969

I was a participant of Course U142 in August/September 1969. Gaining that small enamel badge gave me an immense sense of achievement, and made the privations of the previous 27 days all worthwhile! I kept in touch with one of my fellow Shackleton Patrol members (the only one who also had a...

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John Nerding

Eskdale, The Lake District, 1964

My second visit back t0 Eskdale since my 'life changing' time there and a huge thank you to Sharon Heally & Graeme Shilland for spending so much time tracking me down to Slingsby Patrol, course E138 all those years ago. Now at the age of seventy three, it turned out to be quite an emotional...

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Timothy Partridge

Aberdovey, Wales, 1978

I remember being delighted to hear my father had secured funds from the Variety Club (a bursary) so I could attend the three week course at Aberdovey as soon as I finished my O levels. I was already fascinated by the military and was keen to join the Army, so this course would be a good taster!...

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Peter Wright

Eskdale, The Lake District, 1957

I was an apprentice with Bristol Aero Engines when the Company sent me on a course at Eskdale. I thoroughly enjoyed my month at Eskdale although I could have done without the 6.00am shower in the cold mountain stream. I was initially quite apprehensive about rock climbing but I was taken solo on a...

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James N King

Moray Sea School, Burghead Scotland, 1972

OUTWARD BOUND LOG 1972 On Mondwy April 17th I Arrived at Elgin at 1.15p.m.and the lorry came at 3.20pm.and took us to Morgy Out Bound school. Then we were put in to domitorie and got the beds ready and then we had supper at 5.45pm then we went to bed 1030pm On Tuesday 18th in the morning we had...

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Martyn Cooper

Eskdale, The Lake District, 1977

This weekend my wife and I were travelling thro the lake and saw a road sign fo Eskdale Green. Memories came flooding back of what I can only describe as one of defining moments of my life, My three week Outward Bound Course. I firmly believe that this course above all my education helped me...

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