50 years of adventure and life-changing experiences in beautiful isolation, 1969 – 2019

Ridgway Adventure · About us
Our team

Rebecca Ridgway – Director

Rebecca (born 1967) was destined to lead a life of adventure being the daughter of John and Marie Christine Ridgway. In 1992 she became the first woman to kayak round the legendary Cape Horn.

She worked with her parents at their internationally acclaimed adventure school for 10 years. During winter months her spirit of adventure led her to explore the Peruvian Andes, the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, travel and work in New Zealand, sail to Greenland, as well as running the New York and London Marathons.

She spent 18 months sailing across the Atlantic, Pacific and icy Southern Ocean to Antarctica.

Rebecca has worked with youth development charity Raleigh International in London and as a volunteer Project Manager in Oman, after which she successfully circumnavigated the remote Musandam Peninsula in northern Oman by sea kayak.

She has written 2 books: Something Amazing, published '93 by Hodder & Stoughton, and Then We Sailed Away, published '96 by Little, Brown & Co. and been the subject of several television films. 'First Lady of Cape Horn' '93 Survival Anglia and 'Wilderness Walks' '98 Triple Echo.

Rebecca lives at Ardmore throughout the year with her two children Molly and Hughie. Its is from here that she owns and runs Ridgway Adventure.

Mark Williamson – Chief Instructor

Mark worked as a commercial Chartered Surveyor in London’s West End for five years after rowing and studying at Reading University. First tasting sea kayaking on expedition in the Chilean Archipelagos in 2001, he became hooked and trained as an instructor, moving to live and work in the Scottish Highlands.

Mark is a qualified summer and winter mountain leader, climber and a keen ski mountaineer. He is a British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak Leader and Level 3 Coach in both sea kayak and open canoe. He has led expeditions to Venezuela and Kenya and, in 2008 made a solo sea kayak circumnavigation of the Outer Hebrides.

Mark is the chief instructor at Ridgway Adventure and is personally involved in every course at the Adventure School. He lives at Ardmore with Rebecca year round.

We take on a staff team of instructors and a cook for our season, running typically from mid-April until the beginning of September

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