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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

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Upcoming events (5)

Mimram Valley Walk, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, 11 miles

WELWYN NORTH STATION

£22.00

Distance: 11 wonderful miles Difficulty Rating: Beginner/Intermediate Meet Point: Outside Welwyn North Station - 10am start What will I learn?: Local history, nature/outdoor clues and signs How do I get to Welwyn North?: Driving Encouraged Walk Wild Covid-19 regulations: • Strict social distance measures will be adhered to. • Driving to/from start location encouraged. • Face mask wearing encouraged. • Please bring own food and snacks. • Hand sanitiser encouraged. • Please refrain from attending if you have any known signs or symptoms. By attending a Walk Wild event you adhere to the Walk Wild Covid-19 Terms and Conditions to be found here: https://www.walkwild.co.uk/terms-and-conditions 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: 4 hours (inc break) Refreshments and toilets: Due to Covid-19 the mid way toilet stop is sadly closed. Toilets are at start only. Nature will have to suffice throughout. Cost: £22 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/

2 Day Autumn Wild Camping Adventure - Western Cotswolds

Cotswold Hills

£50.00

1 place remaining • Tent, sleeping bag & rucksack available (limited, first come first served) • Secure place now with small deposit - pay later!! • Covid Walk Wild Regs followed • Duration: 9am Saturday morning to 16:30 Sunday afternoon • Small groups: Limited to only 5 people • Learn map reading, camp craft, how to plan adventures • Attendee will be required to make their own way to the location which will be discussed upon booking. Overall Adventure (£175 per person) • I'm a beginner does that matter? - This Autumn 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. Weather could be cold windy and wet, it could also be clear, sunny and magical during this time of year. The attendee will be required to carry backpack equipment (sometimes heavy) over undulating Cotswolds for the duration of the weekend. Day hiking experience necessary. • How far will we walk and how tough will it be? The whole two day route will consist 16 miles of steady walking up and down sometimes steep gradients. 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. 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. 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.. 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. 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:

Mimram Valley Walk, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, 11 miles

WELWYN NORTH STATION

£22.00

Distance: 11 wonderful miles Difficulty Rating: Beginner/Intermediate Meet Point: Outside Welwyn North Station - 10am start What will I learn?: Local history, nature/outdoor clues and signs How do I get to Welwyn North?: Driving Encouraged Walk Wild Covid-19 regulations: • Strict social distance measures will be adhered to. • Driving to/from start location encouraged. • Face mask wearing encouraged. • Please bring own food and snacks. • Hand sanitiser encouraged. • Please refrain from attending if you have any known signs or symptoms. By attending a Walk Wild event you adhere to the Walk Wild Covid-19 Terms and Conditions to be found here: https://www.walkwild.co.uk/terms-and-conditions 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: 4 hours (inc break) Refreshments and toilets: Due to Covid-19 the mid way toilet stop is sadly closed. Toilets are at start only. Nature will have to suffice throughout. Cost: £22 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/

Walking The Great Wood in Autumn, North London - 9 miles - Walk Wild + 1

Northaw Great Wood

£22.00

• Distance: 9 miles • Difficulty Rating: Beginner/Intermediate • Meet Point: Outside Cuffley Train Station (Great Northern) • How do I get to Cuffley?: Trains run from Finsbury Park, Moorgate • Parking available at Cuffley Station - Postcode: EN6 4LA - £3.50 • Start Time: 10am • Walk duration: 4 hours (inc break) • Refreshments: Please bring own food & refreshments (toilets available half way) Walk Wild Covid-19 Lockdown Regulations: • Strict social distance measures will be adhered to. • Driving to/from start location encouraged. • Face mask wearing encouraged. • Please bring own food and snacks. • Hand sanitiser encouraged. • Please refrain from attending if you have any known signs or symptoms. By attending a Walk Wild event you adhere to the Walk Wild Covid-19 Terms and Conditions to be found here: https://www.walkwild.co.uk/terms-and-conditions "Walking with Ian is a truly immersive journey. I learnt about the history and nature of the magical woodlands 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 in London, I feel rejuvenated and inspired by my experience." - Sarah, London Walk the “Great Wood” of Northaw, a 520 acre biological Site of Special Scientific Interest protected area and one of Hertfordshire's most important Oak wood forests. Once part of a huge Norman woodland and originally used to hunt deer and wild boar, this quiet nature reserve and country park supports a wide ecosystem of natural wildlife, meandering bracken foot trails and ancient birch woodlands. Our 14km walk will take us through a peaceful Hertfordshire town and directly up into the densely packed Home Wood, adjacent to the Great Wood itself. As we go you'll learn the art of using the woodland for natural navigation and how read the forests topography. From there the winding trail follows bending streams and open meadows, along rolling paths of Hornbeam and Oak. At our halfway point, we’ll sit at the woods highest point, amongst an open glade (Norman word for opening in forest) and relax. Our return-walking route takes us into the woodlands dense interior. Using OS maps (traditional and digital) we’ll traverse the parks hilly contours and narrow paths through sometimes-tricky terrain, returning back through Home Wood and to the town where our journey home begins. I grew up walking these small footpaths and built shelters in the nearby forests as a child. For me it’s a location of distinct natural beauty and historic significance. I’d love to have you join others and me for the next Walk Wild instalment. 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. Cost: £22 per person 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/

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