Ben Fogle says he’s ‘bursting with pride’ as his children set off to explore the Inner Hebrides

Ben Fogle says he’s ‘bursting with pride’ as his children aged 10 and 11, set off on a week-long trip to explore the Inner Hebrides with their adventure group to gain ‘resilience and resourcefulness’

  • Ben Fogle, 47, waved off his children Ludovic, 11 and Iona, 10 at London station
  • Adventurer’s two children set off on week-long trip to explore Inner Hebrides
  • Added he was ‘bursting with price’ and was ‘quite teary’ when said farewell 

Ben Fogle has told how he is ‘bursting with pride’ and hopes his children will gain ‘resilience and resourcefulness’ as they set off on a week-long trip to explore the Inner Hebrides.

The New Lives in the Wild presenter, 47, waved off his two children Ludovic, 11 and Iona, 10, who he shares with his wife Marina, at Euston station in London on Monday.

Alongside a sweet snap he posted on Instagram of the siblings with their backpacks on Monday, he penned: ‘I am bursting with pride as Ludo and Iona head off on their first big island adventure together to the Inner Hebrides.

‘When I was eight years old, I went on a trip to the island of Eigg (a visit that would change my life) and now these two are off with their adventure club and some friends on their own island expedition.

‘I was quite teary as I waved my young explorers off…’

Ben Fogle has told how he is ‘bursting with pride’ and hopes his children will gain ‘resilience and resourcefulness’ as they set off on a week-long trip to explore the Inner Hebrides. Pictured, at the Cheltenham Literature Festival on 6 October, 2019

The New Lives in the Wild presenter, 47, waved off his two children Ludovic, 11 and Iona, 10 (pictured), who he shares with his wife Marina, at Euston station in London on Monday

The New Lives in the Wild presenter, 47, waved off his two children Ludovic, 11 and Iona, 10 (pictured), who he shares with his wife Marina, at Euston station in London on Monday

Alongside the sweet photograph, Ben admitted he was 'quite teary' as he waved his 'young explorers off' (pictured)

Alongside the sweet photograph, Ben admitted he was ‘quite teary’ as he waved his ‘young explorers off’ (pictured)

The duo will not be taking phones, tablets, computer games or any other form of electronic entertainment, so contact will be minimal.  

The adventurer has told how he views the expedition as an exciting chance for Ludo and Iona’s self-development.  

‘I think it’s about resilience, and resourcefulness,’ he said, speaking to Metro.co.uk. ‘They’re on their own, I can’t do their laces, I can’t ask if they’ve brushed their teeth, or ask them to change their clothes if they’re all muddy. 

‘It’s that moment of independence, and for me, independence is such an important thing.’ 

Ben, with his wife Marina, left, who founded the Parent Hood pocdcast, where she discusses parenting, and son Ludo, 11 and daughter Iona, ten, during a family holiday in 2019

Ben, with his wife Marina, left, who founded the Parent Hood pocdcast, where she discusses parenting, and son Ludo, 11 and daughter Iona, ten, during a family holiday in 2019

Ben, who is married to Marina Fogle (pictured, together), said that due to the pandemic, many of us have 'almost lost our independence'

Ben, who is married to Marina Fogle (pictured, together), said that due to the pandemic, many of us have ‘almost lost our independence’ 

He went on to say that due to the pandemic, many of us have ‘almost lost our independence’ – adding it’s great his children will have a choice to be able to ‘stand or fall by their own mistakes.’ 

Ben believes Ludovic and Iona, who are on the trip with teachers and friends, may learn experiences more valuable than anything education in the classroom would teach them.  

‘No disrespect to education but I’ve said on record before that I don’t believe traditional education in terms of learning in a classroom, taking exams to see whether you’re going to succeed or fail in life, is a good marker of success,’ he said. 

‘I personally think that someone who can get through a week on a Scottish Island without getting pneumonia, or without getting stuck waist deep in a bog is a sign of success on equal par to being able to spell.’