Summer is here and there is no better time for getting out in the woods in the beautiful British countryside. Not only is being outside in the summer fun it’s also good for your mental health.

In fact, studies show that regular time outdoors can reduce stress, anxiety and make you feel more relaxed. For children being outside regularly can help them to develop confidence and develop their imaginations.  Learning bushcraft as a family is a great way to encourage children to get outside, for all the family to learn new skills and for children to learn respect and deference to the natural world.

Bushcraft courses in the UK for family

Bushcraft, harmony, and nature 

Bushcraft is one of the best ways of getting out in the woods and learning new skills together as a family. More than that though it is a great way of teaching children respect, responsibilities and a greater understanding of nature. Through bushcraft, children can develop a deeper connection with nature by learning the names of the trees, plants, and animals they see around them. In turn, this understanding teaches children to respect and value the natural world.  This is the true nature of bushcraft, not the bushcraft that you see on TV! After all, bushcraft is about so much more than just survival.  

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Bushcraft and responsibility 

Not only does bushcraft teach children respect for nature and give them a deeper understanding of the natural world it also teaches them responsibility. By teaching children how to safely use tools such as knives or axes and basic bushcraft skills such as fire lighting they can learn responsibility and respect for such tools and skills. It should go without saying though that it is best not to let children use knives and axes without supervision.

How to introduce your family to bushcraft

The world of bushcraft is huge, and it can be overwhelming to try and introduce your family to all of it at the same time. The best way to introduce your family to bushcraft is to start small. Look at the basics and then break them down into easily understandable chunks.

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Introduce your family to shelter building

Shelter building is a great place to start introducing your family to bushcraft. You don’t need to start with building a shelter from scratch, why not introduce your family to sleeping outside under a tarp first? This can be a particularly good starting point if you have younger children who are not used to camping. If they enjoy sleeping outside under a tarp then you can introduce them to basic lean-to shelter building.

Introduce your family to fire lighting 

In addition to building a shelter or sleeping under a tarp, fire lighting is a great bushcraft skill for children to learn. After all, what can beat sitting around a fire out in the woods? The first place to start with teaching fire lighting is to make sure that you’re doing it in a safe place that can’t cause a wildfire. Friction fire lighting might be too much of an advanced technique for children to learn straight away but learning how to choose the correct wood and build a fire can be a great place to start. 

What to expect on our family bushcraft course

 

Family bushcraft course


At Wildway Bushcraft, we believe that introducing children to bushcraft works best in a structured, friendly and enthusiastic environment. On our family bushcraft course, you and your family will learn how to build your own shelter, how to track animals, start a fire, cook over an open fire, carve a spoon and even make a bow and arrow. It is the perfect way to enjoy spending time together in the outdoors while learning new skills. This course can be run at any time convenient to yourself, just let us know when you are free and we will do our best to accommodate you.


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The word ‘bushcraft’ is becoming more commonly used nowadays. It is becoming associated with almost any activity that takes place in the woods or out on our moors, a by-word for campfires, tarps and cooking things on sticks. Partly due to the popularisation of so-called ‘bushcraft’ by certain TV personalities, it has also taken on something of a ‘macho’ ideal; what matters is the size of the axe – not the skill with which you are using it.

In this blog, we are going to talk a little about what bushcraft means to Wildway and how we demonstrate these values to you when you take part in our bushcraft courses.

Bushcraft is about more than survival

 

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HARMONY

To Wildway, bushcraft is about harmony. It is not about ‘surviving’ or overcoming nature. Rather it is about living in harmony with the natural world around us. By understanding and respecting the role that plants and animals have in the ecosystem and understanding the properties of these plants and animals, we are able to use them most effectively.  At its most basic, this can be seen in understanding the different properties of trees. They are not all just firewood to be chopped up and posted on Instagram, rather trees are sources of water, of food, some more suitable for shelters, or traps of bows than others. By living in harmony with nature you will learn to see the woods not as some wilderness to be tamed, but as an extension of yourself; filled with useful resources.

 

“There is a power in nature that man has ignored. And the result has been heartache and pain.”

― Anasazi Foundation, The Seven Paths: Changing One’s Way of Walking in the World 

 

Basics of shelter building


RESPECT

With harmony comes respect. By respecting the natural world we help to preserve it, for its own sake (and all of ours), but also for the enjoyment of future generations. Respecting the woods also helps us to use its resources in an effective and sustainable manner – making long term living in the woods possible.

 

“Listen to the air. You can hear it, feel it, smell it, taste it. Woniya wakan—the holy air—which renews all by its breath. Woniya, woniya wakan—spirit, life, breath, renewal—it means all that. Woniya—we sit together, don’t touch,

but something is there; we feel it between us, as a presence. A good way to start thinking about nature, talk about it. Rather talk to it, talk to the rivers, to the lakes, to the winds as to our relatives.”

― John (Fire) Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions 

 

WHAT THE WOODS MEAN TO WILDWAY 

QUIET 

Our modern lives are hectic. Screens, advertising, social media – it is all noise that dominates our lives. Mastering bushcraft enables you to live in the wilderness in peace and quiet, with harmony and respect. The student of bushcraft finds peace and quiet in the woods; not fear or worry. There is no need to try to overcome nature, rather embrace it and work with it. It is increasingly being recognized that spending time in nature is beneficial for our mental health [SOURCE].

 

“Unfortunately, modern man has become so focused on harnessing nature’s resources that he has forgotten how to learn from them. If you let them, however, the elements of nature will teach you as they have taught me.”

― Anasazi Foundation, The Seven Paths: Changing One’s Way of Walking in the World

Shelter building with wildway

BUSHCRAFT WITH WILDWAY

We believe that bushcraft is about more than just survival. Don’t underestimate us because of that though, our instructors can do everything that we show you for real and their skills have been tested time and time again. What we do is use those skills, and teach you those skills, to help you on the path to true bushcraft – living in harmony with and understanding nature.

On our weekend bushcraft courses we teach you how to use the materials around you to build shelters, light fires by friction, catch food to eat, identify certain plants, make natural cordage, find and filter water and so very much more. We teach you to make the most of the materials around you to live in the woods in comfort – not to try and overcome nature. 

 

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Discover the amazing history of the Spey valley, the beautiful part of Scotland where our annual river Spey canoeing expedition takes place.

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Canoe  the spey


One of the longest rivers in Scotland

The river Spey, at 107 miles (172 km long) is the ninth longest river in the UK and the third longest in Scotland is well known for its salmon fishing and role in whisky production.  It starts at Loch Spey in the Scottish Highlands and then flows through Newton More, crossing Loch Insh – where our canoeing expedition starts – before finishing at Spey Bay.

Throughout the five days of our trip, we will be starting in Loch Insh and traveling through to Spey Bay. Each night we will be camping on the river bank, sleeping under the stars next to a crackling fire. There will also be a chance to partake in bushcraft activities each evening.  

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Salmon fishing to shipbuilding

Atlantic Salmon on the river Spey

The river Spey has traditionally supported many different industries, from salmon fishing to ship building.  At one point in the river’s history, timber from Aviemore and Aberlour was rafted down the river where it was used to make ships.

In addition to its famous salmon fishing, the river Spey is also famous for its distilleries, the area produces more whisky than any other region.  In fact, two of the world’s best selling whiskys, Glenlivet and Glenfiddich come from the Speyside region. 

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Wildlife haven


The river Spey is a wildlife haven, on our canoeing expedition you might be lucky enough to see bottlenose dolphins, Ospreys, Salmon and if you are very lucky a grey seal or a Eurasian otter. The Eurasian otter was persecuted almost to extinction in England, while Scotland has long been a haven for these amazing creatures. Otters are known for being territorial and only come together in the mating season. After cubs are born they stay with their mother until they are 13 months old by which point they will have learned the skills that they need to survive in the wild.  

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Discover our amazing river Spey expedition 

canoeing trips with Wildway Bushcraft

Our fantastic river Spey canoeing expedition runs from 8th to 14th of July 2019. It is open to everyone over the age of 15, those under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult. The trip will be a once in a lifetime chance to travel through Scotland by canoe. Each night, you will camp out on the river bank, next to the sound of the running water and the crackling fire. Click the link below to discover more about our amazing canoeing expedition. 

 

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This year, from July 8th-14th, we will be running our canoeing expedition along the river Spey. Running over five days and traveling from Loch Insh in the Scottish Highlands to Spey Bay, this trip is truly a once in a lifetime experience. You can reserve your space on this trip for only £100. Contact us on john@wildwaybushcraft to learn more. 

Here are five reasons why you should join our river Spey trip 

 

  1. Truly get away, away from it allCanoe under the spey
    Our river Spey trip is a chance to really get away from it all. On this trip, you will be transported from daily life through to the remote highlands, swap the city for the wilds of the highlands. Spend days canoeing gently through the highlands and the nights sleeping out under the stars, on the river bank.
  2. A chance to see some fantastic wildlifeOsprey canoe the river spey
    Our river Spey trip is a chance to see some of the UK’s most spectacular wildlife. From the rare Osprey through to Atlantic Salmon and Bottlenose Dolphins our river Spey trip is a chance to see some of Scotland’s most spectacular wildlife. You can find out more about the wildlife you might see on this trip in our blog here
  3. Sleep next to the fire, under the starsCanoeing along the river Spey
    Each night on this trip you will sleep under the stars, next to the river bank. Out here in the wilds of Scotland, on the beautiful river bank, next to the sound of the river and the heat of the fire this will probably be the best night’s sleep that you will ever get. Just remember to open your eyes and look up at the beautiful stars.
  4. Brush up on your bushcraftLearn friction fire lighting on our course
    Each night there will be a chance to brush up on your bushcraft skills with a land-based bushcraft session. These sessions are totally optional though, so it is up to you to choose if you take part.
  5. Experience Scotland in a different wayWhat better way can there be to explore the mighty Spey river and Scotland than by canoe? As we travel from Loch Insh to Spey Bay you will be able to observe this incredible landscape from a unique viewpoint. Sit back in your canoe and take it all in. Get a rush of excitement as we canoe through small patches of faster water, then laugh and marvel about the trip as you and your fellow adventurers bask in the glow of the fire.

 

 

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Ever dreamed of really, really getting away from it all? There’s a chance to do just that with our expedition along the river Spey.  This trip runs for five days and travels from Loch Insh to Spey Bay in the Scottish highlands. Each night, you will camp out, under the stars, on the river bank, next to the warm glow of the fire.

Read on to learn more about this amazing trip.

Canoe the river Spey


From Loch Insh to Spey Bay

This amazing trip begins in the beautiful Loch Insh.  This stunning Highland loch, seven miles south of Aviemore.  From here the river Spey flows another 60 miles (97km) to the Moray Firth at Spey Bay. We travel this route over five days, the paddling is largely relaxed and our expert guides will be on hand to help you through any sections of fast water. Most of all though, this is a fantastic opportunity to travel some of Scotland’s most beautiful countryside.

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Join our river Spey trip


Camp out under the stars 

Each night on the trip you will camp out along the riverside. Sleep under the stars, next to the crackle of the fire and the rush of the river. What better way to truly get away from it all? After a night sleeping under the stars you will wake, not to the ring of an alarm clock or the bustle of the daily commute but to the sounds and sights of the remote Scottish Highlands. If you are looking to escape the city, to break from the grind of daily work life then there is nothing better than spending time in nature. 

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Canoe under the spey


Spot some spectacular wildlife 

As you paddle down the Spey, you are in with a chance of spotting some of the UK’s most incredible wildlife. If you are very lucky, then you might see an Osprey.  These beautiful black and white birds are incredible fish-hunters, plunging talon first into the cold waters. They winter in West Africa and can cover up to 5,000 miles in their migration. In addition to the beautiful Ospreys, the river Spey is home to Atlantic Salmon, Eurasian Otters, and Grey Seals. There is even the chance to spot Bottlenose Dolphins in Spey Bay. Find out more about the wildlife that you might spot on the river Spey in our blog here

 

You don’t need to be an experienced paddler 

While some paddling experience is desired, it is not essential. Our expert canoeists will give some basic paddling tuition before you begin your journey, giving you a chance to get to grips with the techniques and principals of canoeing.  All safety equipment will be provided, but feel free to bring your own buoyancy aid, should you have one.

 

 

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Join wildway bushcraft on the river spey

On July 8th -14th we will be undertaking the trip of a lifetime, our canoeing expedition on the river Spey. Starting in Loch Insh and finishing in the magnificent Spey Bay this canoeing expedition takes in some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery.

Read on to learn more about the wildlife that you might see on the way, what the trip will involve, what experience you need, and what you can expect on this incredible trip.

Canoe the river Spey

 

Wildlife on the River Spey 

The river Spey is home to some of the most amazing wildlife that the UK has to offer. From Ospreys to Red Deer, Otters to Kingfishers, the river Spey has it all. 

Osprey canoe the river spey

 

While we can’t guarantee that you will observe some of Scotland’s most beautiful wild creatures, you might be lucky enough to see Atlantic Salmon. These remarkable fish are born in remote Highland tributaries and then make their way downstream. They spend up to four years searching for food in the cold waters around Greenland before returning home. Unlike their Pacific counterparts, Atlantic Salmon don’t die after breeding, meaning that one fish may migrate several times.

Atlantic Salmon on the river Spey

 

The magnificent Osprey can reach up to a meter and a half (150 cms) in wingspan and hunt by diving talon first towards the water and snatching their prey from the river’s icy surface. A truly spectacular bird the Osprey is on the RSPB’s Red List, holding an Amber status which means that the species is under threat in the UK.

Seals on the river Spey

 

Seals are frequently seen in Spey Bay. The Grey Seals, which are the UK’s largest carnivores are happy in both salt and brackish water and weigh up to a whopping 310 kgs. Seals are typically friendly and are known to pop up for a chat with passing canoeists. 

 

If you are really lucky, when we get to Spey bay you might see a Bottlenose Dolphin. These elusive creatures are attracted to the area by the large population of Atlantic Salmon. Friendly by nature, those living in and around Spey bay are known for showing off their acrobatic skills.

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What Experience Do I Need? 

While some canoeing experience would be an advantage it is not a requirement. Our expert paddlers will be on hand to provide tuition at the start of the trip and help you out as we travel along the beautiful river Spey.  The trip is open to everyone aged 15 years and over, but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. You will need to be reasonably fit and all participants must be able to swim.

Canoeing on the Spey


What Does it Involve?

Our river Spey expedition is a truly unique and memorable event. Starting in Loch Insh we will canoe along the river Spey until, six days later, we reach Spey Bay. Each night we will be wild camping alongside the river, sleeping out under the stars and listening to the sounds of the flowing water. If you are looking for peace, escape and adventure then this is the trip for you.  Each night there will also be the chance to take part in some land-based bushcraft, though this part of the trip is purely voluntary and you are welcome just to relax by the river if you would prefer to do so.


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River Spey

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Being able to light a fire by friction, using a bow drill is often seen as one of the key bushcraft skills. In this blog, we’re going to show you how to choose the correct wood for a bow drill and have a quick look at which types work best together.

Remember, the best way to learn how to light a fire by friction is to sign up to a bushcraft course with an experienced instructor. Click the following links to find out more about our friction fire lighting and weekend bushcraft courses.

 

Bushcraft in Dorset

 

Anatomy of a bow drill

A bow drill is composed of four main parts – the bearing block, the drill, the hearth, and the bow.  At it’s most simplistic, a bow drill works by grinding two combustible materials which are rubbed together until the material is taken beyond its auto-ignition temperature, this then creates an ember which is used to ignite timber. To find out more about how bow drills work and the anatomy of them read our blog Bow Drills a Beginners Guide.

 

 

Choosing wood for a bow drill

 

Suitable lists for your bow drill

What follows is not an exhaustive list of woods that are suitable but rather a selection of those that we consider some of the best suited to making a bow drill in the UK.


Remember, never take live wood. Look for dead wood that has not yet started to decay.
Bushcraft is about living in harmony with nature, not overcoming up.

 

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Elder (Sambucus Nigra)

Elder is native to the UK and is thought to be named after the Anglo-saxon ‘Aeld’ which means fire. This is because its hollow stems were thought to be used to blow air into embers. 

Choosing wood for a bow drill in the UK

 

Willows (Salices)

Willow (Salix or Salices) is a very varied genus. The Salix Fragilis crack willow is one of Britain’s largest native willows and grows to around 25 metres. 

Salix fragilis

 

Hazel (Corylus avellana)

Hazel is a tree that is native to the UK. Not only is it native, but it is also one of the most useful trees for bushcraft.  Throughout the ages, Hazel has been thought to protect against witchcraft, protect against evil spirits, in ancient Ireland it was considered to be the tree of knowledge.

 

Hazel trees for bow drill

 

Silver Birch (Betula Pendula)

Silver Birch is incredibly useful for bushcraft. It is also heavily bound up with Celtic mythology. In the past, it symbolized renewal and purification, love and fertility.  Silver Birch is also great for fire lighting using sparks. 

Silver Birch Bark trees

 

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5 Essential Knife Skills to Learn before Going Camping [GUEST BLOG] 

This is the first in a series of guest blogs. The author of this first guest blog is from Billy at Perkin Knives (https://perkinknives.com), custom knife makers based in the UK. Read on to see what Perkins Knives has to say.

We all love to be outdoors! But being outdoor enthusiasts or adventure lovers, we need to develop a certain set of skills. Of all the varied skills that the outdoor enthusiast needs,  knowing how to make the best use of a knife is possibly one of the most important.

A knife is an irreplaceable part of your outdoor kit, and knowing how to use it makes your time in the outdoors much easier and enjoyable. Knowing how to use a knife for bushcraft and camping though first relies on having chosen the right type of camping/bushcraft knife.  Perkin Knives are one of the best custom knife makers in all of UK. They sell a wide range of premium quality knives from Bowie to hunting to camping to bushcraft to a hatchet to axes and even choppers.


Important knife skills that you need to have before going camping 

 

You may bring home a brand-new premium quality camping knife for your upcoming camping trip. But, the story doesn’t just end there. The bottom line is that you need to learn how to use it in a smart and efficient manner. This is the only way you can ensure that the knife is useful when it’s actually needed, or else it gets reduced to just a worthless piece of sharp metal. So, on that note, let’s take a look at some of the most essential knife skills:

  1.       Fire Starting
    Knowing how to start a fire is totally crucial in every sense of the word. You need to use your knife to ignite a Ferro rod as it’s one of the most convenient ways to start a fire. Ferro rods can be used thousands of times, so you don’t want to skip this part of learning. You should practice with both dry and wet materials, maybe at your own backyard, before trying to use this skill for real.

  2.       Chopping:
    This skill can be best honed at home, before you set out camping. You just need to have a firm grip on the knife at all times. You can chop up branches and wooden sticks to collect all the firewood you need to start a fire.

  3.       Feather sticks:
    This is one of the most important knife skills to learn. By knowing this, you can light up a fire even when it’s damp, or all when other methods have failed. This skill is not rocket science, but it’s not a piece of cake either! Practice makes perfect, right?

  4.       Carving:
    Carving helps you to construct super useful tools like spoons, bowl. etc., when you are out in the wild. This process is both fun and also helps to make use of whatever’s lying around you. So, basically you could carve anything and everything starting from weapons to utensils to baskets, cooking tripods etc.

  5.       Food preparation:

    You could use a knife to prepare your food when you are out camping. From preparing vegetables to small game butchery, a knife is an essential tool for wilderness food preparation.

These are just a few of the basic knife skills that you will need for bushcraft and camping adventures. Remember, practice makes perfect and it all starts with choosing the right tool for the job.

Learn more about knife and axe skills in these blogs from Wildway Bushcraft:

How to sharpen your bushcraft knife
https://www.wildwaybushcraft.co.uk/how-to-sharpen-your-bushcraft-knife/

How to choose a bushcraft axe
https://www.wildwaybushcraft.co.uk/choose-bushcraft-axe/

How to sharpen your bushcraft axe
https://www.wildwaybushcraft.co.uk/sharpen-axe/

The best way to perfect your knife skills is to join our weekend bushcraft course.
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Sharpen your bushcraft knife

Spring is well and truly here, despite the recent weather in certain parts of the country. With it, spring brings the chance for the keen outdoors and bushcraft enthusiast to find some of the edible plants that we have here in the UK.

Read on to learn more about some of the edible plants that we have in this country and there uses.

Before we start though, remember, never eat anything that you
have not positively identified as edible.

 

Garlic Mustard 

Foraging in Spring UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garlic Mustard is also known as ‘hedge garlic’ or ‘jack-by-the-hedge’. Its Latin names are Alliaria petiolata (M. Bieb.) Cavara & Grande (A. officinalis, Erysimum alliaria, Sisymbrium alliaria). The plant is most commonly found in damp shaded areas, such as at the edge of woodlands or in hedges. Typically, it doesn’t spread onto arable land.  

It flowers from April through to May with seeds being shed in July. The plant is edible and is most commonly used as a salad green and has an odor of garlic, a characteristic which is helpful in identifying it.

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Wood Sorrel

Edible plants UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Sorrel, or to give the plant it’s proper Latin name Oxalis acetosella grows in woodland, hedgerows and river banks throughout the British Isles. It typically flowers from April through to May although, depending upon the weather it may flower for a second time in the summer.

Although the plant is edible it should only be eaten in small quantities as it does contain oxalic acid which is thought to cause kidney damage. It is recommended that children don’t eat Wood Sorrel at all. 

 

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Wild Strawberries 

Edible plants UK

 

Wild strawberries are very different, and in our opinion more delicious, than their shop bought counterparts. Their official Latin name is Fragaria vesca and they produce tiny, edible red fruits.

Wild strawberries in the UK are most typically found in open woodland and scrubland. They particularly thrive in limestone and chalk downland soils.  They are most likely to be spotted from April through to August, it can easily be identified by its tiny heart-shaped red fruits growing on the outside of the plant.

 

Pignuts

Edible plants UK  

Pignuts, properly called Conopodium majus is a small plant with edible underground tubers. It is best to forage Pignuts in the spring as once the leaves and flowering heads die back they leave no above ground presence.

They are most commonly found in open woodlands, hedgerows and dry grasslands. They are a member of the carrot family and have fine and delicate flowers on delicate branched stems when pignuts flower they have small white flowers.

The tubers are edible and are not bad tasting. They are eaten by digging down under the plant and extracting the tuber – typically found about 20 cm under the ground.

Stinging nettles

Edible plants in the UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The much-maligned stinging nettle is actually an incredibly versatile plant in the hands of the experienced bushcraft enthusiast. Found in gardens, hedgerows, woodlands and very many other places the common stinging nettle can be found throughout the UK all year round.  Also known by its Latin name of Urtica dioica the leaves of the nettle are edible and are best picked throughout spring.

For the best tasting experience, pick them when it has dried off after a recent rain shower. The stinging part is neutralized by boiling or blanching it.  After this, the leave can be used as you would do a leafy vegetable such as spinach.

Nettles have very many other uses for the keen bushcraft person. The stems can be used for cordage and the leaves can be used for making tea.

 

Join our weekend bushcraft course for an introduction to foraging
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On the 8th-14th of July, 2019, we will be running our annual canoeing expedition along the river Spey. With only four months to go until this amazing trip, we thought that we would have a look ahead at what you can expect on this incredible expedition.

About the River Spey

The river Spey is one of the most incredible rivers in Scotland. It runs from Loch Spey in the Scottish Highlands through to Moray Firth at Spey Bay. It is the third longest and fastest-flowing river in Scotland and the ninth largest river in Scotland.

 

canoeing trips with Wildway Bushcraft

 

Where we will travel

On our river Spey expedition, we will be traveling from Loch Insh all the way down to Spey Bay. It will run for five incredible bays which will transport you through some of Scotland’s wildest scenery.  The river is home to some amazing wildlife, including Atlantic Salmon, otters, seals, deer and Bottlenose Dolphins have even been spotted in Spey Bay. Who knows what you might be lucky enough to see. If you would like to learn more about the wildlife on the river Spey then read our blog here.

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Camp out under the stars

As we travel down the Spey we will be wild camping along the river each night. Setting up under the stars we will have a campfire and a chance to sit around an enjoy the remote scenery. If you would like to learn some bushcraft skills we will be running small demonstrations each evening, but these are not compulsory.

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Canoeing prep

Hazel helping out with some last minute canoeing prep.

No experience necessary

While some paddling experience is obviously an advantage no experience is required for joining our river Spey canoeing trip. The expert paddlers at Wildway Bushcraft will provide you with tuition and there will be a chance to practice a bit of paddling before getting on the Spey. We do provide you with dry bags to keep your kit safe, but it is best to pack lightly as space in the boats is limited. If you have any questions about what you need to bring then don’t hesitate to contact us on john@wildwaybushcraft.co.uk .  You do need to be over 15 in order to come on this trip and all under 18s need to be accompanied by an adult.


Truly a once in a lifetime experience

Our river Spey trip is truly a once in a lifetime trip. Imagine, five days in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, slowly making your way down the river and camping out under the stars every evening.

Watch our video below to see what you can expect on our amazing canoeing expedition.

 

WATCH: a film of our Spey canoe expedition. This film shows the highlights of 2018's week-long canoeing expedition along the Spey. Click the link below to learn more about 2019's trip and to book your space: https://www.wildwaybushcraft.co.uk/product/river-spey-bushcraft-canoe-expedition/

Posted by Wildway Bushcraft on Monday, 16 July 2018

 

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