Meet The Team

James Anthony Hehir. Ba Hons.

He is the founder of Spirited Adventure, Head Instructor and Adventure Designer.  


An avid outdoorsman since his childhood, James has a passion and enthusiasm for adventure, bushcraft, self-reliance, foraging, camping, whittling and shooting. 



James has spent many years working in Television as a documentary editor and film maker, crafting and refining his story-telling skills. He is now putting those skills to use creating interesting, exciting and informative adventures for Spirited Adventure since 2014.



NCFE (Norther County for further Education) Level 2 Bushcraft Instructor.

Qualified to teach, instruct groups of all ages in bushcraft skills with insurance cover.

'Trained Hunter' at BASC DSC1 level.  Deer Stalker.

BASC - British Association for Shooting and Conservation. Qualified to hunt, kill prepare & sell meat professionally. 

BASC Airgun Instructor.

Qualified to set up, legal, skills and awareness to safely instruct other with an air rifle.

BASC Airgun Club Safety Officer.

Qualified to set up, legal, skills and awareness to run an airgun range safely on a green field or club site.

NSRA Diploma National Youth Proficiency Scheme.

 NSRA - National Smallbore Rifle Association. Qualified to teach air rifle marksmanship.

Wilderness First Aid - MediPro UK

Qualified for first aid, which fulfills the requirements of the National Governing bodies for the outdoor sector.

Safe use of cutting tools and axes

Qualified to instruct on knife & axe skills. Trained by Craig Fordham at Black Wolf Survival.

IOL Bushcraft Professional Practice Group

Food Safety & Hygiene for catering - level 2

Standard for local Authorities, UK & EU Legal requirements.

DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) Checked.


Anne Marie 

Business partner, Guest Bookings and Client Manager.


Anne Marie is dedicated to ensuring that our guests get the very best experience possible. She coordinates adventure dates, instructors, camp facilities and supplies to ensure everything runs smoothly throughout the season.

DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) Checked.

Peter Minns 

Course Creator, Shooting Instructor.


Peter is dedicated to all things rural and is passionate about countryside activities. Whether it's camping, shooting, felling trees or tending livestock his vast knowledge of all things outdoors is a huge attribute for Spirited Adventure.

Mark Simon an ex British soldier of 10 years service.

4x4 off-road specialist, Navigation instructor, Marksman, Range Safety Officer, Rock Climber, Mountaineer, Fisherman and Bushcrafter.


He's got tons of first hand experience and plenty of true grit. What he doesn't know definitely is not worth knowing.

Is now Teamed up with New Partners since 2021

Spirited Adventure has joined forces with a number of exceptional outdoor activity providers to provide a wider range of expertise and opportunities. 


Spirited Adventure is now working with "Northern Limits Bushcraft & Survival", "Guide My Walk" and "Sky Blue Adventures".


Together we are delivering new bushcraft and survival skills activities from our Spirited Adventure site in Shropshire.


Northern Limits instructors are a mix of serving and veteran members of the British Army.  By utilising their knowledge and skill sets we aim to educate those looking for the ultimate outdoor experiences.


We guarantee that you will learn in a safe, professional and exciting environment. We strive for your success in the outdoors so you gain the confidence and eventually become self-reliant in the wilderness.


I've spent every available opportunity over the last 35 years in the hills and mountains on offer here in the UK and where possible abroad. My passion developed from walking the hills to running them (with a bit of walking I admit) over countless endurance events spanning the Lake District, the Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountains, Snowdonia and Mont Blanc.


These experiences provided the foundation and evidence that enabled me to qualify through the MTA award scheme as a Mountain Leader (ML).


Away from the UK, the ML award enables me to lead young people on their expeditions to developing countries, and I've been privileged to have led teams to countries including Morocco, Tanzania, India, Nicaragua and Nepal.


I am passionate about providing safe, enjoyable, rewarding and memorable experiences. Adopting my values of responsibility and selflessness, I build confidence within the entire walking team to ensure we pull together in the same direction to achieve rewarding and successful outcomes.

Paul is the owner of Sky Blue Adventures, a company he started in 2012. He is an experienced mountaineer who holds the UK Summer Mountain Leader Award. At present


Paul is also an Aspirant International Mountain Leader and  began the training scheme in 2017.


He has been an active hill walker, backpacker and mountain biker for the past 30 years and has walked and led expeditions  in various parts of  the world including UK, Ireland, Norway, The Alps, Morocco, Tanzania, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Nepal, Borneo, and Japan.