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James Linford

James has been involved with the training and development of young people and adults for more than thirty years, often using the outdoors and adventurous activities as the medium for learning.  For the last 10 years he has been a Senior Instructor at Essex Outdoors, Mersea.  He now runs his own business.

James believes passionately in the importance of the natural outdoor environemnt for our health and well-being as well as creating opportunities for adventure and learning outside the classroom.

He enjoys most outdoor pursuits, but particularly bushcraft,  mountain walking, scrambling, climbing, and sea kayaking.

In 1993 James started an outdoor pursuits club for young people called "Out There", based at the Essex University Climbing Wall.  Over the years, together with the help of a team of volunteers, they have been able to give hundreds of young people an introduction to climbing, kayaking, mountaineering and bushcraft.

James is a member of the following professional organisations:

Association of Mountaineering Instructors -

British Mountaineering Council -

Mountain eadership Training Association -

British canoe Union -

Institute of Outdoor Learning -

Scottish Mountain Bike Leaders Association -


James Linford Outdoor Learning and Adventure
Courses by this Tutor
  • 10 June 2018
    10 - 4.30
    £90 including home-made lunch, bisuits & cakes

    There is no end to the variety of spoon designs that can be created, from the most simple and rustic spoon to something extremely polished and ornate.  You will start your spoon carving with a piece of freshly cut ‘green’ wood.  Green wood is easier to cut than seasoned...