Although children often refer to us as ‘Parents Get Lost’ the Company actually takes its name from the initials of the man who started it all in the 1950s - Peter Gordon Lawrence.
After leaving engineering college Peter Lawrence went on a canoeing holiday down the River Danube in 1955. He enjoyed this so much, he wanted to share the experience, and so in 1957 he started leading similar canoe trips down the River Wye for small groups of young adults. A different stretch of the river was tackled each day, making camp on the riverbank every night, striking tents in the morning and paddling onwards. Peter called his new venture PGL Voyages and over a 50 year period it has developed into the company known today as PGL Travel Ltd.
Peter Lawrence's contribution to outdoor recreation and education has been immense. Several generations of children have benefited enormously from his achievements. Many parents are today sending their sons and daughters on PGL holidays and courses that they themselves enjoyed as children. In addition thousands of young people have entered careers in outdoor education, teaching and other professions following the essential skills learnt whilst working at PGL centres.
Sadly Peter Lawrence died in August 2004 following complications with a heart condition. However, the solid foundations that he laid leave a platform from which PGL will continue to grow and offer countless more opportunities for fun, adventure experiences and personal development.