Mark Dewhurst survived his teenage years by escaping to the moors of East Lancashire, mostly in the rain. Nowadays he likes to escape to the less populated parts of Scotland in a canoe.
Mark originally trained as a teacher but moved on to less formal aspects of education, working as a youth worker and then as an outdoor education specialist, focusing on outdoor adventures with young people and vulnerable adults. A particular current preoccupation is access to the outdoor world - physical access is clearly important but there are also attitudinal and even psychological barriers . A significant proportion of the population seem to feel that they need permission or specialist leadership to enjoy outdoor spaces. Why should this be and how can it be overcome?