bushcraft course allows more time to practice skills and
more depth than
the one day course and includes an overnight stay in the shelter you
make. It is aimed at beginners and those with
knowledge wanting to improve their skills. During the 24 hour bushcraft course
you’ll learn the key skills
survival essentials: shelter, fire, food and water
ways of building a shelter from natural materials
knots and a range of tarp shelter set ups
fire lighting followed by how
a fire several different ways in difficult conditions
to manage a fire and cook
food foraging and wild medicines
bushcraft course you'll use your knife and other tools to
very useful items, developing your tool use skills.
to ensure you have a supply of safe
sleep in your shelter. You will then get your fire going again
in the morning and cook your breakfast on it.
You can book the 24 hour
bushcraft course privately, continue below, or
you can join one of
these publicly available 24
hour bushcraft courses at Hamsterley Forest in partnership
July 11th/12th 2020
October 17th/18th 2020
10am Day 1
for wild food and medicines
plenty of food growing wild around us. 7,000 years
ago, our ancestors started growing their own food but before that we
wild animals and picked wild plants to eat. It was really important to
what was edible and what was poisonous; it could be a matter of life or
This is an
introductory activity to a very big subject we’ll
get you off on the right foot. We’ll be out in the field looking at
identification, discussing preparation and some tasting.
protein sources (not for the squeamish and we won’t
make you try them!)
- A selection
of edible leaves, flowers, roots, berries, seeds, nuts and wild
mushrooms varying with the season
essential; it protects us from the weather, keeps
us warm and dry and is psychologically important for morale.
learn how to make a one person emergency shelter
using the materials found around you
learn how to make a lean-to cold weather shelter that
maximises the benefit you get from the warmth of your fire.
- You'll learn a range of knots and put up a
of the oldest skills known to mankind; it
is thought that our evolution as an intelligent, dominant species was
greatly by our ability to cook raw food. Firecraft is a central
it warms us, it dries us, it makes water safe to drink, it cooks our
learn several different ways to generate a flame
without using matches including with flint and steel
- You’ll find
out about collecting, preparing and using a wide
range of tinders to get the flame going
learn ways of lighting fire in wet conditions
learn how to build the flame up into a fire you can
learn how to manage the fire from start to finish to
minimise impact on the surroundings.
You'll cook your evening meal on your camp fire
- You’ll set
up a camp fire for cooking
discover how to use the different areas of the fire
for different cooking techniques
and tool use
You'll learn how to sharpen knives and axes and undertake a number of
useful projects that will develop your skills.
Day 2 finishing at 10am
your fire lighting and camp
fire cooking skills
- You’ll light the camp fire and cook your
breakfast on it
and treating water
water found in Britain is rarely
safe to drink.
Duration: 24 hours -
10am to 10am
learn a number of different ways to collect water and
process it for safe use.
Cost: £100 per person for two people, £50 per additional
group member. Individual
one-to-one training available at £200. There is an additional
fee if staying at Harehope Quarry of £6 per person.
Ring or email to book
a date that suits you; tel. 01388 529154 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
then fill in and return the booking form (by
email) and click on
below to pay online.
Download booking form
Minimum group size two; maximum 12.
Participants should be 18 or over. Bring a packed lunch. Price doesn't
include food ingredients which you will need to
The bushcraft activity
leader is qualified through the Institute for
to teach bushcrafts to groups and has been involved in bushcrafts and
woodland skills for over thirty years. He is DBS cleared.
North Pennines - Harehope or Hamsterley Forest, Weardale or Kielder
ideal present; buy a half or full day activity gift voucher
for use on any of our activities emailed direct to you.