Danny has worked extensively as an outdoor educator and has been involved in the coaching of mountaineering techniques, paddle sports and sailing for over 20 years. He is a full member of the Association of Mountain Instructors and British Canoeing as well as the Royal Yachting Association. Danny is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and his research interests include learning through adventure, experiential learning pedagogy and place-responsiveness in outdoor education.

Qualifications and memberships


Academic and research interests

Experiential Learning

Mythological Pedagogy

The Role of Adventure in Post Modern Society


Recent Publications

Towers, D. and Loynes, C. (2018) ‘Finding New Ways: Developing a Co-Constructed Approach to Excursions in Higher Education’. Journal of Experiential Education, 41(4), pp. 369–381, doi.10.1177/1053825918808329

Towers, D. and Loynes, C. (2017). ‘Finding new ways: Developing a time and place responsive approach to outdoor learning’. Horizons, (78), pp.10-13.

Towers, D. and Lynch, J. (2017) ‘What kind of outdoor educator do you want to become? Trying something different in outdoor studies in higher education’. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education, 21, pp.117-121, doi.10.1016/j.jhlste.2017.09.002

Recent Conference Presentations

Loynes, C. and Towers, D. Knowledge construction in field studies. Outdoor Learning Research & Development Symposium, University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus, 26th April 2018.

Ensoll, R., Towers, D., and Lawton, M. Paddle to the Sea.16th European Institute for Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning Seminar, Plymouth, 28 June to 2 July 2017

Towers, D and Ensoll, R (2017) An exploration of upwind canoe sailing in traditional canoes capable of transitioning between wide ranging environments and their potential for extended journeys. In: IOL Practitioners Gathering at Low Wray Campsite