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Find Your AdventureAbove and Below - Walk, Forage, Swim

Above and Below - Walk, Forage, Swim

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Duration:
Full Day
Intended Level:
Full Day
Walk Grade:
Full Day
Group Size:
4-8
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Summary
An adventure in stunning Knapdale at the Heart of Argyll. Discover tranquil lochs, incredible coastlines and stunning views as you journey on foot to learn about nature's bounty and immerse your senses in Argyll's stunning waters.
Suitability
The adventure is on a mixture of forestry tracks, paths and through areas of wilder terrain whilst exploring the area's 'Knaps' (ridges), coast and lochs. The ground can be wet, muddy and boggy with some steep, uneven sections through woodland. A reasonable level of fitness is required for a full day exploring on foot and swimming in open water (if you don't wish to swim you can always dip your toes!). Suitable for older children (12+) with an accompanying adult. Dogs by arrangement only please; they must not be left unattended if you wish to go in the water, so please bear this in mind!
Highlights
  • Explore the magical coasts, ancient woodlands and airy Knaps in the Heart of Argyll
  • Learn about the plants that thrive here and in similar habitats
  • Discover the principles of foraging, safe identification, sustainable harvesting and the law
  • Learn a few wild food recipe tips and about other wild plant uses whilst sampling wild nibbles
  • Immerse your senses in the cool clear waters of Knapdale's sea and freshwater lochs
  • Enjoy stunning views and the chance to see local wildlife
  • Be guided to those hidden gems by your two qualified instructors for the day
Booking Terms

Booking is essential to ensure we can send you your booking details and required event information. For late availability please contact us on 07899765240. This experience is guaranteed to run with a minimum of four people, although we do make allowances where possible.

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Price:
£ 85.00 GBP

Walk Grades

Grade 1 - Easy

Relaxed walks on mainly flat or graded paths and tracks within easy access of a road/parking with little or no steep ground. These walks are designed to take in a specific tourist site or experience - perhaps to visit a ruined Scottish castle, wildlife centre or ancient carved stones - and are suitable for a wide range of abilities, typically never more than 3 miles or 2 hours of walking.

Grade 2 - Leisurely

Leisurely walking on paths and tracks with occasional steep or uneven sections or steps. Designed to offer an immersive and relaxing experience connecting with nature and the outdoors these walks help promote wellbeing and may include walks around lochs, along beaches, through woodland and glens, to visit a specific historic or geological site, to learn about foraging for wild plants or to reach viewpoint. These are suitable for a wide range of abilities and are typically 3 to 6 miles with up to 5 hours of walking and 300m of ascent and descent.

Grade 3 - Moderate

Expect a full day of walking using a mixture of paths, tracks and over mixed terrain. There are likely to be some steep or uneven sections or steps. These walks are suited to those used to being active and may include easier hill summits, coastal walks, sections of long distance trails such as the Kintyre Way, visiting sites off the beaten track and sunset walks. Walks are typically 6 to 8 miles with 4 to 6 hours of walking and no more than 600m of ascent and descent.

Grade 4 - Hard

An active day of walking using a mixture of paths, tracks and over mixed terrain which is likely to have steep rough sections. These walks are suited to those used to being active and may include hill summits, coastal sections with a lot of ascent and descent, remoter areas, longer sections of trails such as the Kintyre Way, visiting sites off the beaten track, trig point hunters and Wainwright baggers. Walks are typically 7 to 12 miles with 5 to 8 hours of walking and up to 800m of ascent and descent.

Grade 5 - Challenging

A full day of walking over varied ground, which may incorporate a mixture of tracks and paths but is likely to include rugged steep pathless terrain, requiring advanced skills, good fitness and stamina. Walks at this level are usually either long distance, which may or may not incorporate good paths, or in remote and mountainous areas. Typical walks include the easier Munros and Corbetts, the higher Lakeland and Welsh fells, challenges such as the Yorkshire Three Peaks and long distance backpacks such as the Coast to Coast or Pennine Way. Distances vary but are typically 10-25 miles with ascents of up to 1600m. A full days walking may take anything from 6 to12 hours.

Grade 6 - Severe

A full day of walking over varied ground, which may incorporate a mixture of tracks and paths, rugged steep and rough pathless terrain, exposed ridges and non-technical scrambles requiring advanced skills, good fitness and stamina. Walks at this level are usually either long distance, which may or may not incorporate good paths, or in remote and mountainous areas. Typical walks include the harder or more remote Munros and Corbetts, routes such as Striding Edge in the Lake District, high level or remote long distance backpacks or ultra long distance events. Distances vary but are often over 15 miles with ascents often exceeding 1000m. An example is the Patterdale Round which takes in 17 Wainwrights, is 30 miles and has over 3000m of ascent. A full days walking may take anything from 8 to16 or more hours.

More Information:

Heather's Highlight

Immersing one's senses in wild places has been an important part of my life since childhood, whether exploring summits and coasts or sampling wild produce that has tantalisingly caught my eye, something I can thank my parents for, all those years ago.

Detailed Description

Your walk, forage, swim adventure is held in beautiful Knapdale. Our locations vary throughout the year to include hidden gems, stunning sea and freshwater lochs, the tranquility of Taynish National Nature Reserve, Knapdale Woods and the wilder coasts overlooking the Sound of Jura. We tailor each adventure to tie in with local weather conditions, tides, seasonal wild foods and to ensure you have an experience where you can immerse your senses, above and below, with two qualified guides. For each adventure we will ensure you have the exact meeting point at least one week before.

The area’s woodlands and coasts (many of which are protected) are rich with mosses, fungi, lichens, trees and wildflowers making this an ideal place in which to learn foraging, for which we have kind permission from NatureScot. Whilst exploring this wild space and some of the species that grow here, you will have the opportunity to learn the main principles of foraging and identification, history, harvesting, leaving no trace and how the landscape supports different species.

Our initial walk will lead you to one of our carefully chosen locations where you can enjoy the cool waters and immerse your senses under the supervision of Dan, your qualified wild swim instructor for the day. The clear waters and array of wildlife means you may see anything from kelp forests to otters and porpoise or, if on our Loch Coille-Bharr experience, even a beaver may swim by.

The adventure continues, sampling wild ingredients and either summiting the top of Knapdale's airy ridges or exploring deeper into the ancient atlantic oak woods.

There may even be the opportunity for a second swim if the weather allows....

What's Included:
All guided walks include the following:
  • Your friendly qualified guide for the duration of your walk
  • Group Safety Equipment
  • Emergency First Aid Kit
  • Walk joining information
  • Kit List
  • Friendly advice
Specific to this walk:
Guided walk, forage and swim adventure. A chance to learn more about the fascinating wild edible plants that live in these precious woodland habitats. Wild swim experience with a qualified open water instructor. Wild edibles. Kit list. Handy downloadable foraging guides at the end of your course.
Itinerary
  1. Guided walk, forage and swim adventure in Knapdale starting at 9.00 am (exact location and time will be given the week before to account for weather/tides)
  2. Explore the woodlands, coasts and ridges that give this area its fascinating Fjord like landscape
  3. En route we will discover the principles of foraging and how to safely identify edible and non-edible species
  4. Immerse your senses in the cooling and clear waters under careful guidance from a qualified wild swim instructor
  5. Enjoy a picnic lunch together where we will discuss wild recipe ideas and look at different uses of some more common wild edibles. Please bring your preferred snacks/packed lunch and a drink (we recommend a warm drink after swimming). Some wild treats may ensue...
  6. The opportunity for stunning views and perhaps even a second swim
Additional Information:
Make this a private booking

All our activities can be booked for private groups as bespoke experiences.

Prices and terms & conditions for bespoke experiences apply.

Women only option

All our activities can be booked for women only groups either as bespoke experiences or where advertised.

Packed Lunch Required

We will be out and about during lunch time, so we recommend bringing a packed lunch, and some snacks / a drink etc.

Additional information:

Directions for your meeting point in Knapdale will be given at least one week prior to your experience. Our locations are throughout North Knapdale and we choose them carefully to tie in with the weather and tides, which is particularly important for the wild swim element of this adventure. All days start at 9.00am unless otherwise indicated.

Please bring a packed lunch/snacks, plenty to drink and attire suited to a full day's walk and for a wild swim come rain or shine (we will send you our kit list). You will be sent an Emergency Contact/ Health form and swim questionnaire which needs to be completed prior to your adventure. We also sell Heathery Heights Multiwraps and bespoke refillable steel water bottles, in our bid to reduce waste, and brightly coloured swim hats suited for open water swimming.


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