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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

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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  2019 Dates - Walk in the Woods with Ray Mears

- (2 places) • £395.00
- (1 place) • £395.00

Course Reviews

Walk in the Woods with Ray Mears is rated 5/5 based on 18 customer reviews.

All of our reviews are from people who have attended our courses.

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  1 of 18

  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

  2 of 18

  Thank you so much for a really successful and special day on Saturday. It was such a pleasure to spend the time with Ray, Dave and James. Both my husband and I learnt such a lot, I hope I can trust my brain and memory to keep the knowledge safe. We had a very lovely group of likeminded people which made it all the better. We look forward to joining another of the courses next year all being well.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 18

  What a fantastic day! The entire team from Ray, David, Nick and Ray's wife made this a brilliant experience. Ray's passion and approachability was reassuring and he made it easy to ask questions - suffice to say I learnt loads. This really should be on everyone's bucket list! Thank you to the Woodlore team for a great experience! I will have to decide on the next course now?  

 

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 18

  Walk in the woods - July 2018. This was a Christmas prezzie from my wonderful Mrs. and possibly the best one I've ever had. It doesn't seem to matter, whatever your outdoors background or level of wilderness experience is you'll be made to feel welcomed by Ray Mears. Even if (like I did) you give wrong answers to basic navigational questions then Ray won't make you feel daft. Ray has such a relaxed persona and he clearly really enjoys imparting his huge wilderness knowledge and wisdom in a fun way that doesn't make you feel silly. Our group seemed to be a mixed bag, some in sandals & satchels with others in full military garb and rucksacks, but there is something for everyone on this walk around the forest with Ray, he's really approachable and has a real passion that isn't too in your face or evangelical. For sure you'll see things differently the next time you are out and about walking in the woods. Really great day out and genuinely good value for your hard earned money. I can't wait for my next experience with Ray Mears. Getting to start a fire with birch bark and twigs will be my 'party piece' for years to come, Ray shows you how simple this can be and lets you get on with it - he's a great teacher. I had a superb day - thanks to the whole Woodlore team. I loved it!  

 

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 18

  My journey to the woods began on Christmas morning with a gift from my wife....and what a great gift! Thanks to Keith, Ruth and Ray for a brilliant day. The time flew by, of course, but the hours were jammed (but never in a hurried way) with so many diverse subjects including....preparing for a day out in the woods...the characteristics of deer fewmets...birch bark preparation for fire lighting....which spirit burner to choose....the signs of ancient woodland...ground appreciation and the arrow tips fired at Crécy and Agincourt! The team are not only passionate about getting out into the woods as often as we can but taking our children out there too.....(my nine year old twins are already begging me for a bow)! Thanks again Keith, Ruth and Ray for such a memorable day. As a footnote...as a paramedic I was with a patient the following day who was receiving a lecture from his neighbour ....'this house is full of bad air..you need to get out to the trees...they are full of good air '.....seems I've heard that recently somewhere else!  

 

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 18

  An absolutely fantastic experience from start to finish. The Woodlore team were excellent as expected in the purchase and administration of the course. The day itself with Ray was everything and more, a truly informative and enjoyable day. He was as interesting and personable as he appears on television. A truly great day with so much crammed in. I implore anyone who has the even the slightest interest in bushcraft and the natural world take this course and enjoy tuition and insights from the world authority on the subject. Many thanks to Ray and the Woodlore team for an excellent day all round.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 18

  From beginning to end it was an informative and educational day. I've had the privilege of attending some of Mr Mears talks at venues around the country and seen him on the TV. This does not prepare you for the quiet, genuine, well read, knowledgeable and unassuming person that he is. My thanks again for a remarkable day that will remain with me for many years to come.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 18

  A terrific day, I couldn't have enjoyed myself more. Ray is a natural teacher and a delight to be with and made the whole day a real pleasure. Highly recommended!  

 

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 18

  An incredible day in the company of Ray! A wonderful balance of bushcraft skills, nature and history. Pleasantly surprised to be involved in some practical activities too. I’ve done fieldwork in UK & abroad so have some experience of the outdoors but this day would be suitable for anyone, regardless of existing knowledge – the natural world and bushcraft skills are life-long learning. Ray is gifted in imparting his outstanding knowledge in an authoritative but accessible and relaxed way. Thank you too to Keith and Nick for coaching and advice. Too often been disappointed with meeting those one admires for their knowledge and achievements but Ray is approachable and grounded - a rare quality in those at the pinnacle of their field. An experience that will be treasured. Hopefully a skills course next.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 18

  A truly fantastic and inspirational day to see the woods through the eyes of Ray Mears! So many subjects were covered but in a clear and informal way including history, archaeology, ecology, biology, natural history and traditional bushcraft skills (navigation, tracking, firelighting etc) - all created a sense of connection with the forest. I'm a landscape ecologists by training always eager to learn new things about our countryside, its diverse landscapes, and our place in it and this day did not disappoint. Thanks so much to Ray, Dave and the other guests on the course for making it such a great day. Mud Maps forever!  

 

Rated: 5/5





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