worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and for the Peak National Park before developing Wigan Council’s two residential outdoor education centres in the English Lake District. He is a board member of the European Outdoor Educators’ Network and Fellow of the Institute for Outdoor Learning.
Pathways from childhood outdoor experiences to engagement in later life – the view from older outdoor enthusiasts
This paper is based on the life stories of 28 older outdoor enthusiasts who reflect on their engagement with a range of outdoor activities during their lives. Their stories reveal that there are particular pathways from early years through middle age that help them to keep their interest and enthusiasm for the outdoors.