Matchstick Wood' Wild Campsite Announced

May 2014

Canoe Trail have teamed up with the Marston Vale Forest Centre Trust to create a new wild campsite situated just off the River Great Ouse.

We are truly excited by this new addition to our Canoe Trail allowing our customers and schools groups we work with to canoe or kayak, wild camp in a wilderness woodland, cook breakfast and then paddle on.

Our wild camp site can be as simple as an overnight experience linked to paddling our iconic river location or part of a multiday trip along the River Great Ouse. The wild campsite itself is similar to many of the locations that Richard has visited on his adventures in Canada and Alaska.

Facilities and activities include;

Hammock trees

Why not camp and sleep in one of our unique hammock trees. Suspended in comfort just above the woodland floor this offers a great nights sleep in a different and memorable way.

Shelter Building and Bivvying

We can provide woodland materials and guidance for you to build your own shelter to bivvy out in the wilderness campsite. What better way to enjoy wild camping than to build your own shelter. Test your survival skills and earn your great night’s sleep.

Camp Cooking and Free Range Options

We can provide free range cooking options for you and your group via our local farm shop, Brown’s located in Stagsden. They can put together a wide range of options including;

  • Free range and organic ingredients for your campfire stews, yummy cooking and treats
  • Free range hampers and locally sourced ethical foods
  • Or alternatively you can bring your own food to reward your physical activities

We can provide you with some great campfire based recipes, treats and ideas. You can either use our designated campfire area or a Trangia stove which we can also supply. We also have Kelly Kettles and solar showers which can add a twist to your micro adventure.

Camping and tents

You are can either bring your own tents to enjoy camping at the Wilderness Campsite or alternatively we can provide you with one of our Vango Tents. Canoe Trail has a wide ranger of tent options including 2 person, 3 person and 5 person tents which are simple to pitch. You will need to bring your own camp matts and sleeping bags.  Spend a night in the wilderness campsite or under the stars and escape from the stresses and strains of modern life in a peaceful woodland campsite.

Bushcraft and Woodland Skills

We can also provide instruction and guidance to larger groups to learn different Bushcraft and Woodland Skills. This could include working with wood and creating your own memorable

Woodland Games and Activities

Through our partner www.inspiredlife.org we have a wide range of activities, games and resources to create options for larger groups to complete team building activities and enjoy different challenge and games in our wilderness area. Examples include nightlines, problem solving challenges, climbing and rope based activities through to conventional team games.