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Greno Woods
Sheffield, England, S35 8RS
United Kingdom


At Howl we specialise in journeying skills, the Bushcraft we practice and teach is that of the traveler. There is a wonderful simplicity that comes from taking a trip in the outdoors, a pragmatism gleaned from necessity. We draw from this experience in the field to teach a set of skills and knowledge based in expedience and realism, skills that actually get used while outdoors. We provide an insight into the Natural world, opening up a vast array of natural resources and knowledge to help you travel with less reliance on the contents of your rucksack: it’s what you carry in your mind that matters.


 We teach these practical skills in a friendly and open way, our hope being to enable you to make your adventures into the Great Outdoors memorable and enjoyable. We'll help you cultivate a positive attitude, a confidence in yourself, and a connection with the natural world through which you travel.

We promote the utmost respect for the environment, the ability to pass unnoticed through the woods brings with it a deeper understanding of the wilderness, and our part in it. It is this philosophy which forms the very core of our work.

We promote the utmost respect for the environment, the ability to pass unnoticed through the woods brings with it a deeper understanding of the wilderness, and our part in it. It is this philosophy which forms the very core of our work.

Howl Expeditions - Canoe Scotland

Bushcraft Courses

Join us at either our 450 acre woodland venue in the north of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, or our 12 acre private woodland site just west of Wakefield. 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, that way we can maintain a low presence in the forest in order to experience Nature up close. The small group sizes also ensure a high level of interaction with the instructor, we'll get plenty of one to one tuition through the workshops to develop your skills at your own pace.

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

Howl Expeditions - Canoe Scotland

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Loch awe canoe trip.png

Howl Expeditions - Canoe Scotland


Join us for three nights and four days of wild camping and canoe travel in some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery.

Updated for October 2018

See the Scottish outdoors up close as we move through it by open canoe. The steady power of your paddle in the water will propel you through this journey with us. We’ll be travelling through stunning landscapes, across Loch and island camping on this adventure. You’ll be accompanying two experienced outdoors-men whose knowledge you’ll be able to draw upon to make this trip both exciting and engaging.

During the expedition we'll introduce you to the canoe as a means of wilderness travel and teach you the practical bushcraft to make journeys in this way. Ideal for anyone wanting to experience nature, whether you know how to paddle or not.

Loch Awe- Scotland

Wednesday October 17th to Saturday October 20th 2018

£399 per person

Book with just a 20% deposit: at checkout type DEPOSIT into the offer code box. (Full payment required 8 weeks prior to the trip)

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"It's physical, it's demanding, it's's a hard way of travelling. You're doing a long trip, portaging heavy loads...the days are long, the wind can be against you.

It makes something of you, it's an honest way of travelling." -Ray Mears, We Belong to It.

We start on the first morning, where we’ll spend some time looking at the journey plan. We’ll get hands on as soon as possible loading up equipment and readying the boats. We’ll then break for lunch which will be provided for you at the Lochside.

After lunch we’ll be introduced to our canoes, here we’ll spend sometime paddling and familiarising ourselves with tandem canoeing skills before making our way to the first wild camp site.

We spend a night camped beside an ancient ruined castle, enjoying a campfire cooked meal and good company.

All of the next day we’ll spend in the canoes, moving along the Loch. Whether under the sunshine or a more brumous atmosphere you’ll feel this wild part of Scotland drawing you further away from your comfort zone and hopefully fostering within a growing sense of resilience.

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With luck and a little wind we may even rig expedition style sails to our boats and enjoy the swift passage of water as we’re carried by the wind.

Our wild camp for the second night will be on a large island in the middle of the Loch, from this base we can walk around the island exploring the flora and fauna. As a well knit group we’ll again cook our evening meal over the fire, and there will be an option to take part in a nighttime paddle across to a neighbouring island in the dark. Or if you’d prefer we can look at some craft skills at the basecamp.

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Day three we spend on the island, we'll explore a range of bushcraft skills and work to establish a working field-camp where we can be comfortable for the night. We'll look at field crafts such can carving and shelter skills, as well as have time for night time paddle with Robin to a neighbouring island to explore another ruin.

We'll settle into a second night on the island, cook food and sit by the fire with the Scottish mountains as our back drop.

The final morning will be  relaxed, we’ll enjoy pancakes for breakfast. We can paddle more easily making our way toward the end of our journey, the immense scale of the Loch and it surrounding match only by the scale of your accomplishments over the last four days. We stop at midday beside the loch, and reflect on what we seen and done. From here we’ll depart from Loch Awe, we'll shuttle everyone back to the cars and you can make your way home.

Loch Awe

Loch Awe

Throughout the expedition you’ll learn about the canoe all the way, under the close and friendly guidance of Robin Heath. He’ll aid you as you develop your paddling technique and ability to read the water. If you're new to the canoe you couldn't hope for a better instructor to introduce you to this exceptional watercraft; if you've experience already in a canoe Robin is a talented tutor and will happily offer you advice on how you can build on your existing skillset. 

All the way your second guide, Jamie Dakota, will support Robin and intertwine bushcraft related knowledge and advice. Whilst in camp Jamie will work with everyone to improve your knife skills, fire lighting ability and general outdoorsmanship.

  • There is a maximum group size of 6 participants plus the 2 instructors
  • A full kit list will be provided on booking, all specialist equipment will be provided
  • The route is great for first time canoers (it was Jamie's first extended canoe trip).
  • There will be an option to spend the afternoon once the trip is over to paddle down river awe if the weather permits. Details of this are in the booking pack, but it is a completely optional extra to the trip itself. There are some more advanced sections to the river for those who are more experienced, but first timers can use those sections to practice lining the canoes down river from the bank. If you'd like some extra canoe tuition before the course we can recommend several excellent and friendly instructors, just ask.
  • The course is fully catered, starting with Lunch on the first day and ending with Breakast on the last. We'd recommend bringing along some favourite snacks to boost your energy and morale, as well as some choice hot drinks. A menu will be issued closer to the expedition date, and all dietary requirements can be happily catered for. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Bushcraft Skills we'll cover during the trip:

  • How to choose your campsite and make it work for you

  • Making yourself comfortable outdoor: the importance of organisation

  • Campfire cookery, what food to bring and how

  • Baking simple bread and excellent pancakes

  • Practical fire-lighting techniques

  • Advanced fire lighting methods for emergencies

  • Essential knife and axe skills

  • Simple rope work and knots for bushcraft

  • Expedition tarp arrangements

Canoe Skills we'll cover during the trip:

  • Sailing and rafting with canoes
  • Open water paddling
  • Tandem Paddling
  • Considerations when loading a canoe
  • Portage skills
  • Reading the water
  • Flat water skills
  • Canoes for shelter
  • How to look after the equipment in action and at base
Lock Awe; Loch Awe-some more like! What a phenomenal place and the adventure Howl have created here gives you privileged access to this breathtaking environment and the opportunity to pick up new skills and friends on the way. What a weekend!

Finally just a thank you from me to you and Robin. You created a really great spirit in the group and gave us some great new skills too. Hopefully the wife will give me another weekend off for the next one!
— Mike Craddock - Easter 2018
Definitely recommend this course. Robin and Jamie are both excellent in what they do and how they put it across. It’s also a stunning location with so much to see.
You won’t be disappointed.
— Neil McDonald - Activities Manager at YHA Edale
I’ve wet many a paddle and sparked many a fire with these lads, this will be a very inspiring trip, you will want to repeat many times.
— Jez Parr
It’ll be an Amazing trip, top guides, beautiful places and back to nature in the best fashion. Do it. I did. Top guys.
— Andy Partridge
Definitely worth a look at, we did this trip earlier on this year for staff training and was amazing. Lots of knowledge gained and a good laugh.
— Peter Egan