What we're about

Using secluded trails, ancient woodlands and the UK's most beautiful landscapes, Walk Wild offers unique guided walks, camping adventures, outdoor photography workshops and map and compass skills days

Former Royal Marine Commando Ian Finch, is an expedition photographer, outdoor guide and adventure journalist who has been passionately travelling to remote environments for over 10 years.

His photography, expeditions or writing have featured in Sidetracked Magazine, Vodafone, The Guardian, Oceanographic Magazine, Outdoor Photography Mag, SUP International Mag, Canoe and Kayak Magazine, The Telegraph, The Standard, Men’s Health, The Great Outdoors Magazine and for The Adventure Travel Show. Ian also featured on ITV and Good Morning Britain as an outdoor consultant. His latest expedition, a 2000-mile canoe descent of the Yukon River, was included in the top 10 adventures of 2016 by the Guardian. Ian has also led or participated in cultural expeditions to Alaska, Mongolia, Greenland, Indonesia, Tibet, Canada, Iceland, Nepal, China and Northern Norway. His raw passion for life is driven by creative discovery and creating bookmarks in time from authentic expeditions and journeys.

To learn more about Ian, his writing and his background please go to:

Web: http://www.ianefinch.com

Web: http://www.walkwild.co.uk

Instagram at @ianefinch

Email: info@ianefinch

Upcoming events (5)

2 Day Camping Adventure - Western Cotswolds

Cotswold Hills

£50.00

• Tent, sleeping bag & rucksack provided (limited, first come first served) • Secure place now with small deposit - pay later!! • Lift to and from Cotswolds included in price from North London Tube • Duration: Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon • Small groups: Limited to only 4 people • Learn map reading, camp craft, how to plan adventures Overall Adventure (£175 per person) • I'm a beginner does that matter? - This wild camping adventure is aimed at those (new or experienced) with a thirst for getting into the greater outdoors and those looking for a new and unique camping experience. • How far will we walk and how tough will it be? The whole two day route will consist 16 miles of steady walking. We go slow, we start as a team and finish that way. • Is there a deposit and what is the total cost? Yes, secure your place with a £50 deposit. Total cost will be £175 per person. Remaining balance of £125 to be paid 7 days prior to journey. (Total fee includes all transport and fuel costs to/from the Cotswolds from Cockfosters) note: £50 is non refundable if participant does not attend.Itinerary: This two day immersive and secret journey will take you along the ancient woodlands trails and over the forested hills of the south western Cotswolds. Starting in a secluded village location, the first days walk will take in views over the Severn Estuary and Wales while hand railing Norman forts and time worn valleys. The day will conclude with tents being pitched while bubbling stoves heat water for our evening camp food. This will all take place on the apex of a secluded "hidden hill" over looking valley life below. As we go I'll discuss subjects like natural navigation, reading & understanding a map and its signs, planning solo/joint trips, weather patterns, camp craft and how to read the landscape. Day two starts with breakfast around the tents followed by a walk up onto the high ground then into the valley town for a short rest and hot drinks. We then head up into the forested hilltops to follow long ascending and descending woodland trails, walking through thick forested tree lines and densely packed natural areas. The long loop finishes as we cross beautiful lowland fields returning back to our secluded village. Who is your guide? Former Royal Marine Commando Ian Finch is an outdoor guide, expedition photographer and journalist who’s been passionately travelling to remote environments for over 4 years. His journeys and writing have featured in Sidetracked Magazine, Vodafone, Mens Health, The Guardian, The Telegraph, British Exploring and the Great Outdoors Magazine. His latest expedition, a 2000 mile canoe descent of the Yukon River, was included in the top 10 adventures of 2016 by the Guardian. He combines his passion for photography, writing and filmmaking with wild landscapes and the great outdoors. When not overseas, Ian lives in Hertfordshire, London. The finer details.. Meet will be at 10am outside Cockfosters Tube Station (Piccadilly Line) - The team will then drive to the Cotswolds together returning the following day to the same location. Sufficient food for the nature of the activities will be up to the individual members to bring. Kit Lists, clothing tips and food advice will be supplied directly to the attending intrepid explorers via email. What do I do now? Sit for a second, close your eyes and connect to that feeling in your chest that longs to be out in the wild experiencing, sleeping under the stars and learning intimately about our great outdoors. Can you feel it? If you do, theres only one thing left to do. Click attend. These two day journeys are limited to only 4 people. Thank you for reading this far and keep adventuring! Ian www.ianefinch.com (http://www.ianefinch.com/) Terms and Conditions: If you have signed up to the above Walk Wild event you acknowledge the Terms and Conditions stated here: https://www.meetup.com/walk-wild/pages/21994662/Terms_and_Conditions/ (https://www.meetup.com/walk-wild/pages/21994662/Terms_and_Conditions/)

Mimram River Trail Walk, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, 11 miles

WELWYN NORTH STATION

£20.00

Distance: 11 miles Difficulty Rating: Beginner/Intermediate Meet Point: Outside Welwyn North Station - 10am What Will I learn?: Local history, outdoor clues and signs How do I get to Welwyn North?: Trains run from Kings Cross, Finsbury Park, Moorgate, Old Street Parking: Parking available at Welwyn North Station - Postcode: AL6 0AU - OR is FREE if parked on Adele Avenue (adjacent to station) - Restrictions apply please be prepared for paid parking Start Time: 10am Walk duration: 5 hours (inc break) Refreshments: Cafe and shop available at Welwyn North Station - Please bring own food & refreshments also Cost: £20 per person Further Details: "Walking with Ian is a truly immersive journey. I learnt about the history and nature of the magical landscape that surrounded us as we explored together. I loved the pace and how he made time to pause and look up. It is amazing to discover these truly wild spaces just outside London, I feel rejuvenated and inspired by my experience." - Sarah, London The secluded Mimram Valley is one of Hertfordshire’s most diverse and beautiful landscapes. Following an countryside trail through rolling hills high above the historic Mimram Valley this walking journey of 10.5 miles follows, at times, the clear chalk course of the Mimram River. The rivers source trickles from the upper reaches of the Chilterns and flows down through this Paleolithic landscape where stone tools and artefacts have been found. This trail begins in the sleepy village of north Welwyn and follows the high chalk hills, forest trails and dense pine woodlands of the region. Its winding route passes through churches from 1100AD and alongside the incredible Marden Hill House. The Catevellauni Tribe, a group of Celts is said to have come from modern day Belgium and France settled in this area due to its Solsitic importance. After passing through the thatched roofed village of Bramfield the trail sweeps high into deep woodlands of Pine and Spruce where pheasant and roe deer roam. The journey concludes as it winds down through the open landscape into fragrant apple orchards and Tewin Wood. Join me on this trail of ancient Celtic history, beautiful rolling hills and secluded wild forests. Who is your walking guide? Former Royal Marine Commando Ian Finch is an indigenous cultural researcher, expedition guide and trainee mountain leader who’s been passionately travelling to remote environments to learn about 1st nation communities for over 4 years. His journeys and writing have featured in Sidetracked Magazine, Mens Health, British Exploring and the Great Outdoors Magazine. His latest expedition, a 2000 mile canoe descent of the Yukon River, was included in the top 10 adventures of 2016 by the Guardian. He combines his passion for photography, writing and filmmaking with wild landscapes and the great outdoors. When not overseas, Ian lives in Hertfordshire, London. Suitable clothing and kit list will be provided to all attending participants based on local weather conditions prior to event. Terms and Conditions: If you have signed up to the above Walk Wild event you acknowledge the Terms and Conditions stated here: https://www.meetup.com/walk-wild/pages/21994662/Terms_and_Conditions/

Learn to Navigate - Map & Compass Skills Workshop

Berkhamstead Railway Station

£30.00

• Map and Compass provided • Beginners welcome • Understand the map, its signs and its symbols. • Take a compass bearing • How to understand contours and what they mean. • Features of the compass. • How to orientate the map to the ground. • How to deal with obstacles and challenges. Workshop duration: 4:00 hours (inc break) Distance walked during day: 10km RV Point: Outside Back Berkhampstead Station near castle ruins. How do I get to Berkhampstead?: Trains run from central London regularly Parking: Parking available at Berkhamstead Station (Saturday/Sunday fairs) or there is free parking in selected areas (I will confirm via email) Refreshments: Food/drinks available at start. Bring own food and water. Cost: £30 per person Who is your guide? Former Royal Marine Commando Ian Finch is an outdoor guide, expedition photographer and journalist who’s been passionately travelling to remote environments for over 4 years. His journeys and writing have featured in Sidetracked Magazine, Vodafone, Mens Health, The Guardian, The Telegraph, British Exploring and the Great Outdoors Magazine. His latest expedition, a 2000 mile canoe descent of the Yukon River, was included in the top 10 adventures of 2016 by the Guardian. He combines his passion for photography, writing and filmmaking with wild landscapes and the great outdoors. When not overseas, Ian lives in Hertfordshire, London. Further Details: Whether it’s hiking, cycling or running learning to read a map will add extra excitement and scope to any adventure you undertake. Reading a map is a timeless outdoor skill and with more technology at our fingertips it seems less and less people are grasping this beautiful and ancient art. Not only is it an important skill for an outdoor enthusiast it could one day save your life. This bespoke experience will take the art of navigation and bring it back to basics, doing away with the daunting amounts of info. We’ll also be testing the skills live as we navigate together around the rolling Hertfordshire landscapes of Ashridge on a specifically planned route. Whether you want to start from the beginning or hone and refine your current skills this course will give you the start you need to grasp the timeless art of navigation. Don’t get lost on your next trip, join us today. Suitable clothing and kit list will be provided to all attending participants based on local weather conditions prior to event. Terms and Conditions: If you have signed up to the above Walk Wild event you acknowledge the Terms and Conditions stated here: https://www.meetup.com/walk-wild/pages/21994662/Terms_and_Conditions/

2 Day Camping Adventure - Western Cotswolds - Kodak Camera Special

• Tent, sleeping bag & rucksack provided (limited, first come first served) • Secure place now with small deposit - pay later!! • Lift to and from Cotswolds included in price from North London Tube • Duration: Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon • Small groups: Limited to only 4 people • Learn map reading, camp craft, how to plan adventures • Kodak throwaway camera supplied to capture your journey Overall Adventure (£175 per person) • I'm a beginner does that matter? - This wild camping adventure is aimed at those (new or experienced) with a thirst for getting into the greater outdoors and those looking for a new and unique camping experience. • How far will we walk and how tough will it be? The whole two day route will consist 16 miles of steady walking. We go slow, we start as a team and finish that way. • Is there a deposit and what is the total cost? Yes, secure your place with a £50 deposit. Total cost will be £175 per person. Remaining balance of £125 to be paid 7 days prior to journey. (Total fee includes all transport and fuel costs to/from the Cotswolds from Cockfosters) note: £50 is non refundable if participant does not attend.Itinerary: This two day immersive and secret journey will take you along the ancient woodlands trails and over the forested hills of the south western Cotswolds. Starting in a secluded village location, the first days walk will take in views over the Severn Estuary and Wales while hand railing Norman forts and time worn valleys. The day will conclude with tents being pitched while bubbling stoves heat water for our evening camp food. This will all take place on the apex of a secluded "hidden hill" over looking valley life below. As we go I'll discuss subjects like natural navigation, reading & understanding a map and its signs, planning solo/joint trips, weather patterns, camp craft and how to read the landscape. Day two starts with breakfast around the tents followed by a walk up onto the high ground then into the valley town for a short rest and hot drinks. We then head up into the forested hilltops to follow long ascending and descending woodland trails, walking through thick forested tree lines and densely packed natural areas. The long loop finishes as we cross beautiful lowland fields returning back to our secluded village. Who is your guide? Former Royal Marine Commando Ian Finch is an outdoor guide, expedition photographer and journalist who’s been passionately travelling to remote environments for over 4 years. His journeys and writing have featured in Sidetracked Magazine, Vodafone, Mens Health, The Guardian, The Telegraph, British Exploring and the Great Outdoors Magazine. His latest expedition, a 2000 mile canoe descent of the Yukon River, was included in the top 10 adventures of 2016 by the Guardian. He combines his passion for photography, writing and filmmaking with wild landscapes and the great outdoors. When not overseas, Ian lives in Hertfordshire, London. The finer details.. Meet will be at 10am outside Cockfosters Tube Station (Piccadilly Line) - The team will then drive to the Cotswolds together returning the following day to the same location. Sufficient food for the nature of the activities will be up to the individual members to bring. Kit Lists, clothing tips and food advice will be supplied directly to the attending intrepid explorers via email. What do I do now? Sit for a second, close your eyes and connect to that feeling in your chest that longs to be out in the wild experiencing, sleeping under the stars and learning intimately about our great outdoors. Can you feel it? If you do, theres only one thing left to do. Click attend. These two day journeys are limited to only 4 people. keep adventuring! Ian Terms and Conditions: If you have signed up to the above Walk Wild event you acknowledge the Terms and Conditions stated here: https://www.meetup.com/walk-wild/pages/21994662/Terms_and_Conditions/ (https://www.meetup.com/walk-wild/pages/21994662/Terms_and_Conditions/)

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