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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 in East Sussex. 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 in East Sussex, close to Tunbridge Wells. 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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  2024 Dates - Walk in the Woods with Ray Mears

- (10 places) • £395.00
- (10 places) • £395.00

Course Reviews

Walk in the Woods with Ray Mears is rated 5/5 based on 33 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 33

  ‘They’ say, don’t meet your heroes - well, Ray Mears - is truly the exception to that rule. Words can’t really describe what I learnt, the profound experience, what a difference a day makes... Just in the simplest of terms - the natural world and our ancestors run through us so much more deeply than I previously could have ever imagined. Also, that knowledge can be imparted by just being, just being in someone’s presence. 20 years of watching his incredible shows and he is still, one of my greatest heroes! Being lead through ancient woodland - and seeing it through Ray’s eyes - is simply something otherworldly!!  


Rated: 5/5

  2 of 33

  What a fantastic day. Completely unexpected walk through private land. Ray is enthralling, his stories and background information is a joy to listen to. I particularly loved his down to earth personality and wasn’t afraid to talk, even at the end of the day. Seriously want to go again. Thank you Ray and the team, hope to see you again someday.  


Rated: 5/5

  3 of 33

  I had such a magical day. Ray has a staggering repository of knowledge spanning woodlore, history, pre history, cuisine and ecology all delivered with a master story tellers skills. The surprise was how peaceful the experience left me. I cannot recommend the experience enough: and would love to return for a week. Sublime. Thanks to Ray and his lovely team.  


Rated: 5/5

  4 of 33

  Really can’t believe just how good the Walk in the Woods with Ray was. The whole day was fantastic, the Woodlore team accompanying Ray deserve a mention for being on hand all day, thanks guys. Ray was brilliant, never talking down to anyone, always friendly and answered every question. His love of nature (especially trees) shines through and is seriously a life changer. Rather than just walking through the woods I now will spend more time enjoying my surroundings. Was it worth the money? Yes, definitely, I would love to do it all again but at a different time of year. Thanks Ray, absolutely epic day.  


Rated: 5/5

  5 of 33

  A thoroughly enjoyable and educative day out in nature with Ray along with a friendly and positive group of people!  


Rated: 5/5

  6 of 33

  What a great day out with Ray and the rest of the group. Informative and inspirational, it was a privilege to spend a day out in the woods with Ray and have the ability to listen, ask and tap into some of the knowledge, skills and perspective that he brings to nature and how we fit into it. Would love to do it again and highly recommend it!  


Rated: 5/5

  7 of 33

  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

  8 of 33

  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

  9 of 33

  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

  10 of 33

  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

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