Outdoor Education NW Ltd was formed in 2015 as a partnership between Aled Butler and Graham Little.

Between them Aled and Graham have nearly 50 years combined experience of delivering Outdoor and Adventurous activities to a diverse range of client groups.

We are supported by a hand picked team of freelance instructors, coaches, and guides who are amongst the most experienced, passionate, and highly qualified in the UK. 

Our aim is to provide you with an unforgettable experience, surpassing your expectations, and leaving you aching for more... 

Qualifications and other assurances

All our staff hold the appropriate National Governing Body awards and qualifications for the activities they deliver. These include qualifications administered by UKCC / British Canoeing (Paddlesports), and Mountain Training (Walking and Climbing qualifications).


Our staff are members of the relevant bodies where appropriate - British CanoeingMountain Training AssociationAssociation of Mountaineering Instructors, and all complete regular and relevant CPD.

All our staff are trained in First Aid appropriate to the activities they are leading, and attend regular CPD to ensure they are always current and up to date.

OENW holds an AALA licence, (ref. R2397)

An AALA licence "indicates that the provider has been inspected by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service on behalf of the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority, with particular attention being paid to their safety management systems with young people, and has been able to demonstrate compliance with nationally accepted standards of good practice in the delivery of adventure activities to young people" 

David Snowball, Chair, Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

(Find out more about AALA here.)


Graham spent the first part of his sporting life heavily involved in several traditional team sports, which led to him spending 17 years working in PE in both primary and secondary schools, before escaping education in 2015 to set up Outdoor Education NW Ltd with Aled.


Graham is a passionate Rock Climber, Kayaker, Mountain Biker and Hill Walker, and in early 2020 he was well on his way to completing a Winter round of the Wainwright Fells in the Lake District (unfortunately C19 put a stop to his campaign…start again next year??)

Graham is also heavily involved in NICAS climbing courses. He is on the NICAS Screening Committee and Coach Development Team.

Aled has worked in Outdoor Education for the last 25 years.  

He has worked extensively across most areas of the industry, including leading overseas expeditions, and as a civilian trainer with the military.

Growing up in Snowdonia, Aled started Rock-Climbing and Mountaineering at an early age and it was this passion that dictated most of his life decisions from then on... 

Before settling up OENW, Aled was the Head of a large Local Authority run Outdoor Centre. He holds the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor award and is on the Association of Mountaineering Instructors Technical Advisers register. 

Aled is also a Winter Mountain Leader, British Canoeing Coach, and a British Caving Association L2 Cave Leader.