Fundamental Bushcrafts week
An in depth week developing key bushcraft skills
to a good level of proficiency
This week is aimed at beginners and those with some basic knowledge
wanting to improve their skills. You’ll explore in some depth the key
skills needed to survive and you’ll get plenty of practice with expert
guidance in developing your skills. The week includes shelter building,
firecraft, wilderness cooking, foraging, water collection and
purification, knife and tool skill development, cordage from natural
materials, useful knots and camp furniture.
Shelter is 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
learn how to use a tarpaulin to construct a shelter
learn a range of useful knots and lashings
Knife and tool
safety and use
- You’ll learn the
safe use and sharpening of cutting tools such as knives and axes
practice knife and axe skills through a number of useful projects
- You’ll cover the
legislation relating to these so you don’t fall foul of the law
is one of the oldest skills known to mankind; it is thought that our
evolution as an intelligent, dominant species was helped greatly by our
ability to cook raw food. Firecraft is a central survival skill; it
warms us, it dries us, it makes water safe to drink, it cooks our food,
it lifts morale.
learn several different ways to generate a flame without using matches
find out about collecting, preparing and using a wide range of tinders
to get the flame going
learn how to build the flame up into a fire you can cook over using different fire lays for different purposes
light a fire using three different techniques and natural
tinder types and you’ll use three different cooking set ups:
fulcrum set up
Flint and steel, tripod set up
Fire by friction, multi-pot beam set up
- You’ll learn ways
of lighting fire in damp or wet conditions
- You’ll learn how to manage
the fire from start to finish to minimise impact on the surroundings
cooking and foraging
are few things more satisfying than preparing and sharing a meal round
an open fire; it takes us back to our basic social instinct as a
species and when we share food round a fire we re-enact something
humans have been doing for hundreds of thousands of years. It is an
experience that is deep inside all of us and links us closely to our
natural past and more closely to each other.
- As a
group you’ll set up your camp fire for cooking, using a method of your
choice without matches
discover how to use the different areas of the fire for different
There is plenty of
food growing wild around us. 7,000 years ago, our ancestors started
growing their own food but before that we hunted wild animals and
picked wild plants to eat. It was really important to know what was
edible and what was poisonous; it could be a matter of life or death!
bake, grill, stew and smoke your way to a tasty meal of bread,
fish, meat or veggie stew and a dessert if you fancy it. We’ll add a
few seasonal wild ingredients as available.
is an introduction to a very big subject but we’ll get you off on the
right foot. We’ll be out in the field looking at identification,
discussing preparation and some tasting. We'll
plants and the law
protein sources (not for the squeamish and we won’t make you try them!)
selection of edible leaves, flowers, roots, berries, seeds and nuts
- A word
Surface water found in Britain is rarely safe to drink.
learn how to identify possible water sources
learn a number of different ways to collect water and process it for
safe use. These will include:
Collecting rain water
Collecting transpired water
Making a solar still
Making a natural filter
Modern filtration and purification
from local plant materials
Out in the wild there are no nails or screws for constructing the
things you need but there are 101 uses for good cordage.
- you’ll learn how
to make strong useable string from plants around you
such as nettles, brambles and tree bast
Natural plant medicinesKnowing which plants you can use to heal wounds or cure disorders could save your life.
learn a range of very useful common plants that will sure a range of
illness including diarrhoea, digestive problems, fever, pain killers
and antiseptic wound treatments
furniture, simple utensils and baskets
explore a range of additions to your camp site and bushcraft existence
including making camp furniture from round wood, making simple baskets
and some useful utensils.
£250 per person for two people ; £50 per additional group member.
example a group of four will pay £150 each for the week; a group of six
will pay only £116.67 each and so on). Individual one-to-one booking
available at £500. Accommodation not included; see booking information.
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information: Minimum group size two; maximum 12.
Participants should be 16 or over. Bring a packed lunch each day.
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
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