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Winter Survival Skills Weekend Course


Winter Survival Skills Weekend Course

£259.00

Course Location: Oxfordshire, Leicestershire & East Lothian

Course Time: 13:00 Friday till 12:00 noon Sunday

Course Duration: 3 days

Course size: 16 persons max

Course Age Range: 18+

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Winter Survival Skills Weekend Course

The Woodland Ways Winter Survival Skills Course is a more advanced Bushcraft & Survival Course focusing on the immediate short term priorities for winter survival - Shelter and Warmth, before building on the more advanced skills of gathering wild foods and tracking.

Friday- This course begins at 13:00 on the Friday afternoon in order for you to make headway with the warmest shelter you will have ever slept in! Following a brief on winter shelter construction you begin work on building your home for the next two nights. Our priority is to get shelter above and around you before moving on to get your fire established for the evening.
 
Your evening meal consists of roasted pheasant, which you will have prepared yourself, (vegetarian options are available) cooked in a Dutch oven, accompanied by warming roast vegetables. 

Saturday- After breakfast the morning is spent building one of a variety of raised beds and making those last minute touches to your perfect shelter. 

Once you are insulated from the ground and from the elements we then begin construction of your self-feeding fire to keep you warm throughout the evening, this takes practice and so a couple of "dry" runs in the early afternoon do not go amiss whilst preparing your evening meal.

The afternoon is spent focusing on friction fire lighting where once you have developed your technique on an individual fire bow you will build a group set to see how much easier this technique can be!
Winter often brings clearer skies and so if there is the chance during the evening you can spend a while with our instructors to learn some of the other constellation names not covered on previous courses. 

Once again game is provided for lunch and evening.

Sunday- Sunday morning is dedicated to settling in to the Winter Rhythm of the woodland with some beginners to intermediate tracking skills, followed by a wild food foray before heading back to the vehicles at midday.

We would point out that this is obviously a winter course and special attention must be paid to the kit list below, failure to arrive without adequate provision may result in the instructor removing participants from the course on safety grounds.


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  • Oxfordshire

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    Nestling on the banks of the River Thames we have sole access to a 250 Acre Private Woodlands just outside the Village of Appleton, in Oxfordshire. With 125 Acres designated as SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) there is an abundance of flora and fauna. With a mixed canopy throughout the woodlands and a mosaic of habitats this woodlands provides us with amazing resources, with Oak, Ash, Beech, Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Cherry, Blackthorn and more. We have resident populations of Muntjac, Roe and Fallow Deer. Plus a huge variety of other fauna with almost daily sightings of Stoat, Tawny Owl, Buzzard, Red Kite and so much more. 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 available my means of composting toilets and a portaloo. There are central covered teaching area's within the woodlands comprising of timber and canvas structures.

    This wonderful wonderful woodlands is situated within 45 minutes of West London and the local train station (Oxford) is less than a 15 minute cab ride away. Please ensure when travelling to the venue you use the directions and not rely on Sat Nav in order to prevent getting lost.


  • East Lothian- Scotland

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    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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