Course Location: Oxfordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, East Lothian- Scotland
Course Time: 09.30 - 16.30
Course Duration: 1 day
Course size: 16 persons max
Course Age Range: 18+
Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)
Bushcraft Fundamentals Course
Our Foundations Skills Bushcraft & Survival Course.
Whether you are a complete novice or an outdoors expert our Woodland Ways Bushcraft Fundamentals course will introduce you to the essential skills of bushcraft and survival and teach you how to utilise these effectively in a survival situation.
This course is aimed at those who might not have the time or confidence to attend the weekend or overnight experience. It is designed to develop and introduce skills to you but also introduce you to Woodland Waysâ philosophy on Bushcraft and survival skills.
One of our most popular courses, this course covers the basic skills required to survive and is based on the four main principles of survival; fire, food, shelter and water.
Throughout the day our highly knowledgeable instructors will guide you through the process of identifying exactly what we need to survive as a species and give you the skills and knowledge to be able to keep yourself and others alive in a potential survival situation.
You will be given practical hands-on experience on; how to build an emergency shelter using only natural materials from the woodland, collect and purify contaminated water and make it safe to drink, prepare your own wild food including foraging for wild plants and being shown how they can be utilised, and taught several different means of establishing a fire including site selection, material selection and the ignition sources while out in the woods.
This one-day course takes place on the beautiful Catton Hall Estate in Derbyshire, within our 250-acre woodland in Oxfordshire, on the Belvoir Estate in Leicestershire, in our Bedfordshire woodland near Woburn Sands, or in our East Lothian Venue in Scotland. Donât forget if any of these venues are unsuitable, we can always come to you!
The course adapts to the changing seasons, but below is a typical example of the Bushcraft Fundamentals Course.
From the meeting point, the kit is slung onto our backs and we walk into the woodland. During this walk, your instructors will introduce you to some of the useful forageable materials that surround us and the absolute abundance of resources that the woodland provides and how we can utilize these to increase our chances of survival.
Upon arrival at camp and following an initial safety brief, you are issued with your own Bushcraft Knife for the day which you will use to process the various materials we will need for everyday woodland tasks. It is then time to get stuck into looking at safe shelter construction; specifically location, materials, and design. This culminates in the group building a one-man kennel shelter and an arctic lean-to shelter.
Everything in the outdoors takes longer than most people are used to and so we then get straight into preparing lunch. You do not catch your own food on this course; all is provided either still in the fur, in the feather or in the skin (vegetarian options are always available). Here our instructors will guide you through the preparation of your food which will then be cooked over the open fire as part of a delicious lunch. Just because we are in the woods it doesnât mean we donât eat well.
While we digest out delicious woodsman lunch it is time to turn our attentions to the crucial tasks of collection and purification of water. With an absolute wealth of knowledge and real-world experience, you instructors will explain why water is so crucial to us as a species, especially in a survival situation, and the added health implications of not being well hydrated. They will discuss with you practical and predictable methods of finding sources of water in a multitude of different environments from around the world and how to apply them.
Once you have found your wild water it is then time to make it safe to drink. Your instructors will take you through the many approaches of filtering and purifying your water and demonstrate a range of different equipment which will aid you in this process, from elaborate pump systems to improvised, out in the field filters.
Following on from water processing it is time to focus on the exciting and essential skill of fire lighting. The rest of the afternoon will be dedicated solely to different methods of igniting a fire, including how to use a fire steel, flint and steel, friction fire lighting and the various tinders that can be used with each method to successfully light a fire. Care will be taken to explain precisely how to site and manage a fire safely as well as the different wood types to select.
After the excitement of fire lighting, we sling our kit onto our backs and make our way to the entrance to say our farewells.
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With very kind permission of the Duke and Dutchess of Rutland, our courses here are set within the stunning private 16000 acre Belvoir Castle estate boasting truly beautiful areas of ancient woodland.
The venue is located just outside the village of Nipton in rural Leicestershire around 6 miles west of Grantham. Our main base is set within a remote 400 Acre solid block of Woodlands, with no road noise or light pollution, and with access to the wider Estate. With 31 of the 32 species of native trees the canopy is simply stunning, and the vast acreage provides us with plenty of scope for renewable resources. As you would expect, there is an abundance of wildlife and flora.
We operate all of our courses here for individuals to book on to, including our Woodland Ways Weekend, we also offer private bookings, school bookings, stag do's and corporate events. Toilet facilities are provided by means of composting toilets and there are central covered teaching area's within the woodlands comprising of timber and canvas structures.
If arriving for a course please do not head to the Castle, in order to protect the privacy of the family. Please ensure when travelling to the venue you use the directions and not rely on Sat Nav in order to prevent getting lost.
Our courses in East Lothian run from Blinkbonny Wood, a 100 acre mixed canopy woodland, nestling on the edge of the Lammermuir Hills which provides easy access to hill and moor.
Approximately 20 miles from Edinburgh and 5 miles from the historic market town of Haddington.
It is close to Longyester, and therefore public transport to the area is easily achievable with international flights coming in to Edinburgh, as well as Edinburgh Waverley Train Station.
The canopy is a mixed patchwork with birch, hazel and scots pine a plenty. Gorse throws in its usual colours in the year and at the woodland boundaries there are stunning views of the hills in one direction, the coast in another, and bordering farmland.
Within our woodlands here you are likely to see Roe Deer, and we have regular sign of badger. There is also a variety of species of owl.
We operate weekend and day courses from this woodlands and occasional longer duration courses that require access to the hill side. We also offer private courses for schools, parties, stag dos etc.
This course can be purchased as an 18 month voucher, to book online choose "18 month voucher" from the options above and we will email the details over to you. Alternatively if you are purchasing this course as a gift we can post you a full colour gift presentation pack for just £4.25, just choose posted instead of emailed delivery option. Or contact us by phone to make the arrangements.
Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)
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