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Outward Bound

The Fifty Nine Club's Outward Bound activities originated in 1965 with a suggestion by Alan Anderson and Harold Purchase that occasional weekends in the country should be the focal point of social meetings, to include walks 'of varying severity'! Indeed their original plan was a two-day, 45 mile walk from Aviemore to Blair Atholl through the Lairig Ghru and Glen Tilt, using the overnight sleeper at each end; but, perhaps unsurprisingly, this never featured in the Club's programme. Instead the first weekend was held in the Lake District that May.

For the first nine years the weekends were annual events. The change from spring to autumn in 1968 was a direct consequence of the IAA Congress in Munich that year. The only other Congress-affected weekend was that in the autumn of 1984, earlier than usual for the benefit of those going to Sydney.

This is a comprehensive record of all Outward Bound meetings held to date. A printable copy may be downloaded by clicking the following link - Download list for printing

No. Date Place Hotel 'A' Walk Organiser Number Present
1 1965 May 15 Grasmere, Westmorland Prince of Wales Bowfell JAA 20
2 1966 May 14 Studland, Dorset Knoll House Purbeck Hills JAA nk
3 1967 May 6 Thorpe, Dovedale, Derbyshire Peveril of the Peak Dovedale JAA 36
4 1968 Oct 19 Dunster, Somerset Luttrell Arms Dunkery Beacon JAA nk
5 1969 Oct 11 Beddgelert, Caernarvon Royal Goat Snowdon JAA 43
6 1970 Oct 3 Abergavenny, Monmouth Angel Pen-y-Fan,Brecon Beacons JAA 38
7 1971 Oct 2 Lifton, Devon(near Launceston) Arundell Arms Cranmere Pool, Dartmoor JAA 32
8 1972 Oct 21 Church Stretton, Shrops Long Mynd Long Mynd JAA 45
9 1973 Oct 6 Patterdale, Westmorland Patterdale Helvellyn JAA 44
10 1974 May 18 Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire Royal Symonds Yat JAA 39
11 1974 Oct 5 Abergavenny, Gwent Angel Pen-y-Fan,Brecon Beacons JAA nk
12 1975 Jun 14 Thorpe, Dovedale, Derbyshire Peveril of the Peak Dovedale JAA & GWEA 36
13 1975 Oct 18 Chichester, West Sussex Dolphin Anchor South Downs Way GWEA 28
14 1976 May 8 Dolgellau, Gwynedd Golden Lion Royal Cader Idris GWEA 29
15 1976 Oct 9 Studland, Dorset Knoll House Purbeck Hills GWEA 28
16 1977 May 7 Helmsley, Yorks Black Swan North York Moors GWEA 39
17 1977 Oct 15 Great Malvern, Worcs Foley Arms Malvern Hills GWEA nk
18 1978 Apr 29 Taunton, Somerset County Quantock Hills PS 52
19 1978 Oct 21 Grasmere, Cumbria Prince of Wales Pavey Ark via Jack's Rake PS 52
20 1979 May 12 Newbury, Berks Chequers Watership Down PS 54
21 1979 Oct 13 Sheffield, South Yorks Hallam Tower Stanage Edge and Chatsworth PS 38
22 1980 Apr 19 Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys Abernant Lake Tywi &/or Crychan Forests PS 48
23 1980 Sep 27 Walberton, Arundel, West Sussex Avisford Park South Downs PS 43
24 1981 May 2 Sudbury, Suffolk Mill Lavenham PS 45
25 1981 Oct 3 near Newtown, Powys Gregynog Local to Gregynog PS 29
26 1982 May 1 Street, Somerset Wessex Mendip Hills PS 63
27 1982 Oct 2 Laceby, near Grimsby, Lincs Oaklands Lincolnshire Wolds PS 25
28 1983 Apr 30 Bolton Abbey, Yorks Devonshire Arms Simon's Seat PS 54
29 1983 Oct 15 Rodborough Common, Stroud, Glos The Bear of Rodborough Cotswold Way near Coaley Peak PS 57
30 1984 May 19 Lymington, Hants Passford House New Forest PS 54
31 1984 Sept 29 Broughton, Lancs Broughton Park Forest of Bowland PS 33
32 1985 May 4 Great Malvern, Worcs Abbey Malvern Hills PS 62
33 1985 Oct 12 Llanberis, Gwynedd Royal Victoria Snowdon PS 35
34 1986 May 3 Beverley, Humberside Beverley Arms Wolds Way PS 59
35 1986 Oct 18 near Newtown, Powys Gregynog Gregynog and Manafon PS 59
36 1987 May 30 Mickleton, Glos Three Ways Snowshill, and north end of Cotswold Way JM 73
37 1987 Oct 10 Glenridding, Cumbria Glenridding Helvellyn PN 47
38 1988 May 21 Moretonhampstead, Devon Manor House Abbot's Way, Dartmoor JM nk
39 1988 Oct 8 Church Stretton, Shrops Long Mynd The Long Mynd PN 58
40 1989 Apr 22 Forest, Guernsey, Channel Islands Mallard South Coast Path : Le Gouffre to Calais NSP 45
41 1989 Oct 21 Thorpe, Dovedale, Derbyshire Peveril of the Peak Dovedale and the Tissington Trail KMJ 60
42 1990 Apr 28 Isle of Portland, Dorset Portland Heights Portland Bill : Abbotsbury (2 half-day walks) NSP 74
43 1990 Oct 20 Bolton Abbey, Yorks Devonshire Arms Pen-y-ghent and Malham Cove PEBF 73
44 1991 Apr 27 Southwold, Suffolk Swan Southwold to Minsmere NSP 79
45 1991 Oct 19 Shaftesbury, Dorset Grosvenor Cranborne Chase PN 60
46 1992 Apr 4 Shanklin, Isle of Wight Shanklin Manor The Landslipand Ventnor NSP 66
47 1992 Oct 17 Old Letchworth, Herts Letchworth Hall Icknield Way and Pegsdon Hills PN 51
48 1993 Apr 24 Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire Chase Forest of Dean and Symonds Yat NSP 67
49 1993 Oct 16 Brecon, Powys Castle of Brecon Brecon Beacons PN 69
50 1994 Apr 23 Grasmere, Cumbria Red Lion Fairfield Horseshoe NSP 80
51 1994 Oct 15 near Worksop, Notts Clumber Park Clumber Park PN 57
52 1995 Apr 8 Beaumaris, Anglesey Bulkeley Carneddau NSP 54
53 1995 Oct 21 Sidmouth, Devon Belmont South Devon Coast Path PN 71
54 1996 Apr 20 St. Omer, France (south-east of Calais) Château Tilques Bois de Licques (GR 128) NSP 53
55 1996 Oct 26 Alfriston, Sussex Deans Place Firle Beacon PN 60
56 1997 Apr 19 Saunton Sands,near Braunton, Devon Saunton Sands North Devon Coast Path MJT 72
57 1997 Oct 18 near Chichester, Sussex Goodwood Park South Downs Way PN 63
58 1998 Apr 18 near Newtown, Powys Gregynog Gregynog and Bettws Cedewain PS 52
59 1998 Oct 17 Skelton, near York Jarvis Cleveland Way PN 52
60 1999 Apr 17 Failand, Somerset(near Bristol) Redwood Lodge Mendip Hills BMcB 71
61 1999 Oct 30 Hollingbourne, Kent Jarvis Great Danes North Downs Way PN 48
62 2000 Apr 15 Great Malvern, Worcs Foley Arms Malvern Hills EF and RLG 64
63 2000 Oct 21 Grasmere, Cumbria Prince of Wales Wythburn Fells PLB 67
64 2001 May 5 Reigate, Surrey Reigate Manor Box Hill, North Downs Way RLG 51
65 2001 Oct 13 Llangollen, Denbigh Wild Pheasant Berwyn ridge NJG 55
66 2002 Mar 3 La Gomera,Canary Islands Jardin Tecina Various island walks AHF 29
67 2002 Oct 26 Southam, Cheltenham, Glos de la Bere Cleeve Hill and Cotswold Way NSP 61
68 2003 Apr 12 Failand, Somerset(near Bristol) Redwood Lodge Ebbor Gorge BMcB 49
69 2003 Oct 25 Moretonhampstead, Devon Manor House Two Moors Way SLJ and PLB 50
70 2004 Apr 24 Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria Grange Coniston Old Man : Morecambe Bay (Sat & Sun walks) PLB 32
71 2004 Oct 9 Tintern, Monmouth Abbey Along and above the River Wye MJT 61
72 2005 Apr 16 Woodenbridge,Co. Wicklow, Ireland Woodenbridge Lodge Lugnaquillia AJJ 44
73 2005 Nov 12 Church Stretton, Shrops Long Mynd Stiperstones EF 42
74 2006 Apr 8 Keswick, Cumbria Keswick Blencathra PLB 40
75 2006 Oct 14 Dunkeld, Perth & Kinross Hilton Dunkeld House Schiehallion : Clas Maol (Sat & Sun Walks) BMcB 26
76 2007 Apr 28 Aldeburgh White Lion nk EF 44
77 2007 Oct 6 Chichester Crouchers South Downs Way AP 31
78 2008 Apr 12 Crudwell, Cotswolds Mayfield House Westonbirt CR 42
79 2008 Sep 20 Rockcliffe, Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway Baron's Craig Southern Upland Way RJL & CT 26
80 2009 May 2 Deak, Kent Royal Saxon Shore Way EF nk
81 2009 Oct 3 Cockermouth Trout Buttermere Circuit & Bleaberry Tarn JT 40

The information in the columns headed 'Date', 'Place' and 'Hotel' is taken from the notices to Club members except for weekends 1 - 3. Nos. 2 and 3 are recorded in the Minute Books. There is no known extant record of the first weekend but the details have been verified, inter alia, from the compiler's photographs which were taken and dated at the time. For consistency and reasonable conciseness the following conventions are used:

On occasions an overflow hotel was used; these are known to include nos. 28, 32, 41, 42, 48, 50, 62 and 71 but there were several others. Further details, even if known, are not recorded here.

The recorded location of the 'A' Walk, the longest or most strenuous of those undertaken, is usually based on recollections of those present. Space permits only a note of the region, or a key objective reached. In a few early cases there are either no recollections, or conflicting ones, and a fairly general description is used.

The organisation of the weekends has been undertaken by many members, and the Club is grateful to all of them. Organisers are identified in the list by their initials; in order of appearance they are Alan Anderson (JAA), Geoff Allaway (GWEA), Peter Stirrup (PS), Jeff Medlock (JM), Peter Norton (PN), Neil Parrack (NSP), Keith Jecks (KMJ), Peter Ford (PEBF), Michael Turner (MJT), Brendan McBride (BMcB), Elaine Fairless (EF), Ron Goldby (RLG), Peter Bennett (PLB), Nick Greenwood (NJG), Alan Fraser (AHF), Simon Jeffery (SLJ), Tony Jeffery (AJJ), Alan Pemberton (AP), Colin Redman (CR), Roger Laker (RL), Colin Taylor (CT) and John Taylor (JT). Photographic assistance was provided for many years by P L ('Bunny') Grainge. The compiler of this list has designed and led several of the more recent 'A' walks: many other members, not recorded, have assisted by planning and leading walks, including the shorter ('B' and 'C') walks each Saturday.

The 'Number present' is normally taken as the number dining on the Saturday night, but adjustments are made if these seem to give a fairer picture. Quite apart from the difficulty of defining the number present, the figure recorded is always approximate, though reliable except for early weekends. The information usually comes from the organiser's list of those attending, but sometimes (particularly for the first 10 weekends) from a note in the Minute Book. In a few cases the entry is 'nk' (not known).

Many members made comments during the original compilation of this list in 1994 (and later), and I am grateful to them all. The following contributed in a substantial way, and my thanks are especially due to Peter Norton, Neil Parrack, Ken Smith, Peter Stirrup, Simon Stoye and Graham Titford. As is traditional in such an exercise, I take full responsibility for any remaining errors: however if any member notices one I should appreciate an advice in order that the next update of the list is an improved version.

David Purchase
December 2009 version
(original version December 1994, major updates June 2005 and January 1999)

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