Family bushcraft activities

Wild North Discovery

Bushcrafts, wild food foraging, birdwatching, wildlife, nature and ancient craft skills in North East England and the North West Highlands of Scotland


Learn to make a willow fish trapWillow fish trap

Make a willow fish trap using an ancient design

Willow has been used for thousands of years to make all manner of everyday essentials. The oldest willow item ever found is a net discovered in Finland; it is 10,300 years old! This will have been made using the underbark to make cord - we'll use willow withies to weave a trap that allows the fish to enter by a narrow funnel but prevents them from leaving. We'll also make a simple fishing spear if time permits.

Duration: 7-8 hours

Cost: 63 per person for first two people plus 28 per additional group member. Individual one-to-one booking available at 123. Price includes materials.

Booking: Ring or email to book a day and time that suits you; tel. 01388 529154 or email enquiries@natureholiday.co.uk then fill in and return the booking form (by email or post) and click on the button below to pay online.

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Further information: Minimum group size two; maximum 10. Participants should be 16 or over. Bring a packed lunch.

The activity leader is qualified through the Institute for Outdoor Learning to teach bushcrafts to groups and has been involved in bushcrafts and woodland skills for over thirty years. He is DBS cleared.

Location: North Pennines - Harehope, Weardale

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