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Woodland Walks - Monthly

Bushcraft Courses

Join us in our 12 acre private woodland just 20 minutes north of Sheffield in South Yorkshire. Our canopied basecamp and a wood fire ensure our clients keep dry and are supplied with tea, coffee and biscuits.

All of our sessions are run with a maximum of 8 people to ensure a high level of interaction with the instructor.

Families are just as welcome as individuals, we’ve ensured the content of our sessions is just as engaging to young people as it is to the over 18’s

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, we're very open and there's no obligations.

 

Woodland Walks - Monthly

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Woodland Walks - Monthly

8.00

A walk in the woods with Howl.

All proceeds will be donated to the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust.

Learn to see the landscape through the eyes of a woodsman during a relaxed 90 minute wander in ancient woodland.

 

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These walks are held in an ancient woodland in Grenoside in the north of sheffield, an area steeped in history and wildlife. As we talk about the living woods we're walking through you'll see the environment come into life around us. We'll look at millennia old skills that are still relevant today, to anyone looking to spend time in the Wild of our world. As well as discussing the flora and fauna we encounter on our walk, I'll demonstrate skills such as shelters, string making, basketry, snowshoe improvisation, natural navigation, tree and plant ID and use for food and medicine, water sourcing and more. If you'd like to pursue these skills for yourself, our bushcraft courses will allow you delve deeper into this rich field of knowledge.

These practical skills form part of what we call Bushcraft, and whether you're employing a common plant to fix a broken bootlace or creating a comfortable shelter for the night: you'll spend these walks finding out what's possible in the woods.

I'll meet everyone at the starting point and we'll set off on a 90 minute walk into the woods, along the way we'll stop often to look at various trees and plants to discuss how they're developing throughout the year. Each month's walk will also have a particular topic, sometimes this may be a specific bushcraft skill such as setting up a tarp shelter and sometimes we may set a more open ended goal of tracking an animal or discovering how many different tree species we can find. On occasion I'll also invite a special guest to join us on the walk and relate their particular field of study to woodland we're in, these maybe historians or entomologist, photographers or craftspeople, but always interesting and engaging. The walks will develop at the natural pace of the woodland, we'll investigate the trees and plants as they grow through the year and how this can change how we might use them, and how they interact with the animals that depend on them.

We'll walk in the evenings of typically the first Tuesday of each month, between February and November. Times will vary across the year to make the most of the light, and so in general we'll end at sunset on each walk. I'll list the exact times and date for each month as the come up at the bottom of this page. 

The walks will be set at a casual pace, though the terrain can be uneven under foot, and will be no further than 3 miles total. As we'll be walking through an ancient woodland owned by the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust we'll be observing the woods with minimal impact, we'll leave each plant in tact without taking samples or cutting so a camera would make a good companion. I'll often demonstrate skills such as simple woodcraft for example, but here I'll bring resources from our main course site so as to leave this rare and precious woodland as untouched as possible.

Children are very welcome, along with people of all ages, though under 18's must be accompanied by an adult.

UNDER 18'S CAN NOW ATTEND FOR FREE WITH A PAYING ADULT

July's Walk will be held on Sunday the 9th. The particular topic is yet to be arranged but if you'd like to suggest something, please feel free to let me know.