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Walk in the Woods with Ray Mears

Unlocking some of nature's hidden secrets

Join Ray for the day to see the forest as he sees it. This remarkable journey in his company will enlighten, enchant and change the way that you perceive the natural world forever.


Further Information

What do you see when you walk amongst the trees of our ancient forests? When you go there, are you part of its life or just passing through? Are the trees and herbs trusted allies or shadowy strangers? Can you rely upon them to show you the way home, give you food, water and fire or tell you where the deer will browse in the evening? This is the forest through the eyes of master woodsman Ray Mears and this remarkable journey in his company will enlighten, enchant and change the way that you perceive the natural world forever.

Taking a path that winds back into our ancient past and treading the same hills and valleys encountered by our hunter gatherer ancestors, Ray Mears will introduce you to the world as seen by them. Tales that span both time and geography will bring this special environment to life and help you to understand that the skills employed millennia ago are still alive, practical and essential for those who seek to travel in the wild places of our modern world.

Always a magical day, what is taught will be guided by what is encountered on the trail; the changing seasons and conditions providing different opportunities at different times. Demonstrations of some of Bushcraft's essential skills and the opportunity to put them into practice for yourself will open your eyes to the possibilities of the forest and inspire you to look further into this fascinating subject. Make no mistake, Ray Mears is a master of his environment; there is something for everyone to learn on this course and memories to be made and cherished forever.

Details of your Experience

The Walk in the Woods will take place on a private estate close to Tunbridge Wells in East Sussex. Please bring a packed lunch, wear good walking boots and bring along wet weather gear just in case!

This course will start at 10:00 and will finish at 16:00.

Joining instructions will be sent to participants of the course 9 weeks before it is due to start, giving details of where to meet, at what time, and what to bring with you.


Dates, Costs and Bookings

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  2022 Dates - Walk in the Woods with Ray Mears

- (18 places) • £395.00
- (18 places) • £395.00

Course Reviews

Walk in the Woods with Ray Mears is rated 5/5 based on 27 customer reviews.

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  1 of 27

  My wife purchased this experience for me as a present. My favorite pastime is walking, whether it be in the mountains, fells, woods or coastline, both in the UK and abroad. Knowing that I have watched and enjoyed Ray's programs for many years, she chose this as a surprise. The walk was over a few miles in the Weald near Tunbridge Wells. Ray led the group through fields and woodland stopping frequently to explain the history and geography of the Weald and point out the local flora and fauna.. Ray explained to us which flora was edible and/or suitable for medicinal uses and how much of it was in use before modern medicine. The whole day was very interesting and Ray and his two accomplices were very good at their craft. My one concern was about lighting a fire. In the New Forest and Dorset heathlands near to where I have lived for the last forty years, there have been many devastating fires . My worries however were entirely unnecessary. Before we left the area in which Ray demonstrated some of his fire-lighting skills, we were shown how not only to ensure that the fire was properly extinguished, but how to leave no trace that a fire had ever been in that area. The following day I bought one of Ray's books and intend to purchase some of the fire-lighting implements to practice the skills demonstrated and increase my knowledge of the countryside through which I regularly walk. A first class experience for anyone interested in the countryside and the environment in which we live. Paul Sherwood ( Walk in the woods 31st July 2021 )  

 

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 27

  A walk around, and through, a private woodland with Ray is everything you’d hope it is. Ray tells the attendees a bit of the history of the land, about the trees and plants that grow there and how we can use them. There’s a little bit of munching on greenery as we walk around! We made fires, well, had varying success in making fires, even with the expert tuition! and then covered all traces before moving on. The walk doesn’t go far in distance, but is uppy-downy and may be muddy, rainy and even boiling hot (we had all three!) The best is walking with Ray, listening to his stories and to how he sees the landscape. Truly a special day and one I’ll always treasure.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 27

  I so enjoyed my day. I learnt loads, including learning how much I didn’t know! Ray wore his knowledge lightly and I had a great time. He made the firelighting look much easier than I found it to be! A really recommend this as a short taster. And the sun shone!!  

 

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 27

  Ray and his team were brilliant. The whole day was fantastic, I was continuously learning and Ray’s stories were absolutely fascinating. The whole team were so knowledgable and capable. I highly recommend this day. Thank you Woodlore Team!  

 

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 27

  The perfect gift! Spending the day with Ray and a group of like-minded individuals, was an extraordinary experience that I will fondly remember for a long time. Ray was an exceptional guide, filled with knowledge of how our ancestors would have used the natural environment around us. Alongside his Woodlore colleagues Callum and James, Ray described and demonstrated how each tree and plant has a use in nutrition, medicine, or survival situations, which he paired with fascinating stories and anecdotes along the way. I found the fire-lighting tutorial particularly enjoyable as it is something I have struggled to master over the years with my fire steels. Of course, equal importance was placed on teaching us how to ensure we left no trace of fire when we had finished. What surprised me most about the experience, was seeing the forest from Ray’s perspective when tracking, he makes incredible observations about animal activity that unless highly trained, you simply would not see. We probably could have walked through the landscape for a week and not exhausted Ray’s extensive wisdom, it was easy to see his passion for the natural world and going forward it has inspired me to invest more time into developing my own knowledge and skills. The opportunity to experience such a day with a master of his craft was truly invaluable and I would encourage anyone who has an interest in either the natural world or bushcraft to attend a ‘Walk in the Woods’ with Ray.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 27

  I attended the Walk in the Woods with Ray Mears in 2020, during a terrible year for everyone. The fact Woodlore managed to arrange the day was fantastic, the team made sure all covid rules were met brilliantly. The day itself was a remarkable day in my life that I will remember forever. Having followed Ray Mears since I can remember to finally have met him was fantastic. On the course Ray really did help us to see the natural world the way he sees it. His passion was infectious. It really did ignite something inside me to keep learning and building on my limited knowledge. His knowledge is nothing short of remarkable around every tree and every turn there was a story or something to learn. Showing us how to make fire at lunch we sat around listening to his thoughts on King William 2nds ill fated hunting trip in the New Forest, before showing us the correct way to dispose of our fires and leave as if no-one ever sat under that beech tree. The whole day was fantastic and one of the best days of my life, I hope to do some more course with Woodlore and possibly Ray Mears, cannot recommend Woodlore enough.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 27

  Absolutely superb day. It has been a year unlike any other but Ray and his team were fantastic.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 27

  What a privilege it was to spend the day with Ray in the woods. A true master of the wild his passion for natural history and the outdoors is infectious. Ray was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, happy to answer any questions or talk over points with the group. Ray spoke at length about Flora and Fauna, archeology and history plus a whole host of other subjects, it was fascinating to hear his stories and hear him share his knowledge. We really got a sense of what it was like to look at the forest through his eyes. A big thanks to Ray and his team for making it an amazing day that I’ll never forget.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 27

  A brilliant day indeed. It was great meeting all the other like minded people on the course as well. To be able to follow Ray for the day through the woods was incredible, hearing about all the plants and trees etc, and the history of us as humans. Plus I really enjoyed being able to have a go at lighting a fire in the small groups at lunch time. Thanks very much Woodlore.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 27

  I was lucky enough to join the woodland walk with Ray, David and James last Sunday (June 2). I wanted to express my deepest gratitude to the team for creating an amazing experience that has had a profound impact. I consider myself an 'outdoor' person, walking for at least 3 hours each day with my dogs, and choosing to holiday annually in Northern Saskatchewan in February volunteering at mid distance dog sledding races. My own ancestry is farming stock, and I feel pretty rooted in the outside world. It was only after walking and learning from Ray and the team at the weekend that I realised just how 'disconnected' I had become from the outdoors in reality. Constrained by technology and busy working conditions it was a joy to reawaken what I had forgotten about. Ok, it took me the longest to light the fire (cack-handed is me at best!) and I didn't quite navigate correctly but my spirit was restored and I have reflected, and continue to reflect on 'reconnecting'. So... fire lighting stick, compass, tree ID book all ordered, mobile phone turned off, and a flicker of excitement returns! I have much to re-learn and to learn, but how exciting, and how unexpected. I am sure Ray is far too busy to read all these emails, but please do pass my sincere and deepest thanks on if you have a chance. I wish you and the team every success in sharing such important human messages with as many people as possible. I am an advocate, and will continue to learn, discuss and share the stories.  

 

Rated: 5/5





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