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Specialists in DofE Expeditions, bushcraft and outdoor training.

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The Learn Outdoors Team


Philip Clegg, Managing Director

Philip has backgrounds in environmental management, sustainable development and outdoor training and has held roles including a charity chairman, a national advisor on running outdoor programmes and in consultancy. He has been involved with DofE, in a voluntary and professional capacity, for over 20 years. He has a passion for teaching navigation in the hills and just about manages to juggle the competing demands of heading up a successful company and spending enough time in the outdoors!

Philip enjoys hill and mountain walking, canoeing and riding his cyclo-cross bike.  He is also a reluctant runner, mediocre guitar player and prefers books to computers.


Sarah Davis, Planning and Accounts Manager

Sarah takes a keen interest in the outdoors and enjoys exploring the countryside by foot, bike or canoe; she has a love of plants and foraging and encourages others to value their local environment. She has backgrounds in outdoor education and conservation, environmental health and DofE, as well as also being a qualified Life Coach.  In addition to her office-based roles you may come across Sarah on some of our bushcraft courses and taking a lead in our Green Prescriptions/eco-therapy work.

Sarah masquerades as an artist, is a frustrated pianist but makes rather good Welsh cakes.


Sam Hayward, Outdoor Practitioner

Sam’s background is in outdoor education and adventurous activities; however he has also been employed in residential care with young people with challenging behaviours. Sam has worked and trained across England, Scotland and Wales including an extended period in the Lake District and leading journey based expeditions in Australia. He holds many outdoor qualifications, including the IOL Bushcraft Competency Certificate and enjoys a diverse range of activities such as canoeing, climbing, caving, mountain biking and hiking.

You'll likely meet Sam on most of our bushcraft courses but when things become overwhelming he'll retreat to his Xbox!

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Nicky Hedgecock, Outdoor Practitioner

Nicky loves being outdoors, whether it be hiking, practising bushcraft, paddling or just gardening. For the last 14 years she has been busy running DofE expeditions, leading overseas trips on 5 continents around the world and running bushcraft and forest school groups. Her career has given her the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients ranging from adults with learning difficulties to primary school special needs groups, as well as mainstream and PRU units. She has found running a youth group for the last 20 years very rewarding.

For relaxation she loves to whittle, crochet and run (jog!).



Michael Field, School Relationship Manager (south east)

Michael has built a career in account management and business development, but his passion lies in the outdoors and he enjoys most things that involve fresh air. Michael has been involved in the delivery of DofE for over 15 years and through that time has developed an unhealthy obsession with kit!

Michael spends a bit too much time in front of a computer, mostly counting down to his next hike, bike or outdoor adventure.


Business Development Co-ordinator

We are looking to hire a talented business development specialist to join our outdoorsy team.  This could be you!


At Learn Outdoors, we believe it’s important to draw on a broad range of knowledge, skills and experiences. We are therefore privileged to have a carefully selected team of instructors facilitating our courses, each of whom has excellent credentials, qualifications and prior training.

All our hill and mountain walking instructors hold the Mountain Leaders Award as a minimum qualification. Many also hold further awards such as International Mountain Leader, Winter Mountain Leader, Mountain Instructors Award etc. Most instructors are also Gold DofE Accredited Assessors.

As well as being outdoor professionals many of our instructors come with experiences from other backgrounds, including:

  • Mountain Rescue
  • Education and teaching
  • Healthcare and first-Aid
  • Military
  • Bushcraft
  • Police
  • Coaching
  • Conservation
  • Environmental Management
  • National Park Management
  • Senior Management
  • Fitness training

We also employ the services of a highly experienced outdoor professional as our Technical Advisor and a qualified doctor as our Medical Advisor.


"Learn Outdoors has excellent instructors, health and safety, flexibility, programme design and client management.  I would happily recommend them."

“The instructors were excellent. They operated professionally and exhibited confidence, knowledge and approachability throughout.”

"Fantastic team with masses of experience, knowledge and equipment."

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