Outward Bound School, Aberdovey

Aberdovey is synonymous with Outward Bound. Its co-founders, Kurt Hahn and Laurence Holt created a school-like environment on a 50-acre site overlooking the Dovey Estuary in mid-Wales in 1941.

The idea was to create a Sea School "to provide a rigorous, adventurous, pre-sea training course for young men who might go on to help with the Battle of the Atlantic (in WW2)."

After WW2 the School conrtinued to grow and develop as its owning organisation was turned into a charitable trust - The Outward Bound Trust. The OBT was started in 1946 with Kurt Hahn at the helm and with the Patronage of HRH Duke of Edinburgh. Its mission is "to inspire young people to fulfill their potential through challenging outdoor activities".

Outward Bound type organisations exist all over the world now, allowing city kids to experience the challenges of wild countryside, mountains and the sea. Aberdovery was the first and the model all the others have copied.

In Aberdovey harbour, the OBT took over the old slate industry transhipment sheds and turned them into storage for their dinghies and safety equipment and made the old slate wharf their base, from which their boats operate.

They are a charity and when I am able, I have always supported them, they have great aspirations that they always seem to achieve.

To read more about the Outward Bound Trust, visit their website