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
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
Friday March 30th to Monday April 2nd 2018 - SOLD OUT
Wednesday October 17th to Saturday October 20th 2018
£400 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)
"It's physical, it's demanding, it's tough...it'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.
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.
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.
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
Extra Training Day: Sunday 15th July 2018
Along with booking the expedition you're invited to join us for an additional day of skills training on our Bushcraft and Canoe Day. Normally this course is £100, but is £80 with the expedition. It's an optional extra, so there's no obligation to book both, but we highly recommend it if you've not done any canoeing or wild camping before. You will learn a core set of skills which will prove invaluable on the expedition itself. If you've never done any canoeing before you'll get a great deal from spend this day in the canoe prior to the expedition. The training day will be held in our private woodland in the Peak District.