Win a Trip to Ontario with Ray Mears

Ontario Tourism is offering one lucky winner and their travelling companion the trip of a lifetime; the opportunity to explore the great wonder of Wabakimi Provincial Park in Canada by canoe, with the ultimate guide by your side – Ray Mears himself.

Taking place on 6 – 13th August 2015, the adventure begins with a float-plane ride into the Wabakimi wilderness and, under Ray’s expert guidance, your paddling adventure will commence. Traversing through the park, you’ll have the chance to observe beavers, playful otters, the elusive woodland caribou, or even a majestic wolf. Continue reading

Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears – Episode 6 – Isle of Skye

Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears Episode 6

Ray on location on the Isle of Skye

Ray’s latest series comes to a close this week, with the sixth and final episode of Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears hitting our screens at 7:30 PM on Tuesday 30th December, on ITV1.

In this episode, Ray journeys to the magnificent Isle of Skye in search of Britain’s rarest bird of prey, the spectacular sea eagle. Yet, it is a golden eagle he spots overhead which truly inspires him. He says: “I could watch that bird all day. It’s so majestic, and it makes our puny efforts at moving through this landscape seem completely ridiculous. It’s wonderful. You know, native people all over the world considered eagles to have a special affinity with the creator because they flew so high – I think they’re right.”

If you missed episode five, in which Ray explored Borrowdale in the Lake District, you can still catch up on the ITV Player here.

Guaranteed Delivery for Christmas

Guaranteed Delivery for Christmas

As a special gift from us to you, all UK orders over £40.00 will now be sent via a guaranteed next day delivery service at no extra cost, to ensure that you receive your goods in time for Christmas. Plus, if you place your order by 2PM GMT, we’ll dispatch it for you the same working day.

Why not take a look at our Christmas gift ideas below, or browse the entire shop:

Offer ends at 2PM on Tuesday 23rd December 2014

In Ontario with Ray Mears

Ray Mears in Ontario (photo by Goh Iromoto)

Ray Mears in Ontario (photo by Goh Iromoto)

The latest issue of The Great Outdoors magazine includes a feature on Ray’s recent canoeing trip in Ontario, Canada. Ray gave his own first-hand account in a previous blog post of ours, but it’s interesting to see the trip from another point of view. Peter Coombs joined Ray and Becky Mason for a portion of their adventure, and his article can be seen in the January issue of The Great Outdoors, which went on sale today. To whet your appetite, here’s an excerpt: Continue reading

Read Ray Mears’ Foreword to ‘My Year with Hares’

Ray with the book's author, Martin Hayward Smith

Ray with the book’s author, Martin Hayward Smith

A new book has been released this autumn, chronicling the captivating lives of one of Britain’s most recognisable native species. My Year with Hares records one man’s amazing year-long obsession with this fascinating animal, from his addiction to finding and photographing them through the seasons, to rearing a rescued leveret.

The book’s author is one Martin Hayward Smith, a professional wildlife cameraman and photographer, who has travelled the world extensively for the BBC and Discovery, among many other companies. Ray and Martin first worked together during the filming for Ray’s Wild Britain series, and it was this chance meeting that ultimately led to Ray writing the foreword to Martin’s beautiful book.

Read on for Ray’s foreword in its entirety, along with a selection of Martin’s images, taken from My Year with Hares:

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If you want to see wildlife you need to dress warmly and in colours that blend in with your surroundings. Then go outdoors when others are indoors and sit perfectly still. Remain perfectly still even if it involves suffering. Continue reading