Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our page of frequently asked questions. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please do get in touch. We are always happy to answer your queries.

Do I need to be experienced with camping and the outdoors to go on your courses or expeditions?

Not at all. We offer courses at all levels, whether you are just starting out or looking to expand your knowledge. We can tailor your bushcraft and survival training just the way you want it, in our own fun, interesting and unique way. Many of our courses and expeditions require no experience of bushcraft or camping. They are designed to introduce you to the skills and knowledge we teach, building your experience as you go. Other courses build on the basics and challenge people to further their skills and experience.

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Are the courses and expeditions safe?

Yes, our staff are qualified and highly experienced and will provide you with support and guidance at all times.

Where are your courses held?

Our bushcraft, survival and wilderness living courses are held in some fantastic woodland throughout Dorset and Hampshire. Once you have booked a course we will send out full joining instructions and directions to the course meeting point.

Are there any age limits?

All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Please see individual course/expedition descriptions for age limits on specific courses. Provided you are in good physical health, there is no reason why you should not attend. If you are in any doubt, please consult your GP before booking.

Do I need to bring any specialist clothing or equipment for Wildway Bushcraft courses?

No. We would normally provide any specialist equipment or clothing that you may need. Look at our bushcraft kit list for the basic items that you will need. For some courses you may be asked to bring some camping equipment. Each course has its own kit-list which will be sent to you after your booking has been confirmed.

Can we bring our own equipment?

Generally, you will be able to bring your own equipment. However, if we think your equipment is unsafe, unsuitable or if standard equipment is required, it will not be permitted. It is down to the discretion of the specific course/expedition leader. If you have any queries about this, please email us at john@wildwaybushcraft.co.uk

Can I bring my axe?

An axe might be a great tool but can also be very dangerous. Axes must only be used if you have prior permission from the instructor. Please check course descriptions for details. If you have any queries please get in touch.

Are Wildway Bushcraft instructors first-aid trained?

Yes, all of our instructors are trained first-aiders.

Will food be provided on Wildway Bushcraft courses?

Our weekend courses are fully catered. However you will be invited to get involved with preparing and cooking of meals. You are welcome to bring extra food items and snacks if you want to.

Please see individual course descriptions for more details on what food will be provided.

Will I be living from the land?

Some of our bushcraft courses do include the gathering of wild foods. Some of our more advanced bushcraft courses will encourage you to rely on your hunting skills and to be able to gather and cook. The individual course descriptions will have more details of what you can expect.

Do you cater for vegetarians and pescatarians?

We can cater for vegetarians and pescatarians – Please let us know when you make your booking.

Can you cater for vegans?

Yes we can, but it would be recommended that you bring some of your own food. Please tell us that you are vegan when you make your booking, as it’s important that we know prior to the start of the course. You have the chance to tell us this during the booking process, but we would advise you also get in touch directly to make sure we understand your dietary needs. Please contact us on john@wildwaybushcraft.com

Can you cater for people with food intolerances?

If you have special dietary requirements, allergies or food intolerances, itis important that you tell us the details when you book. Please contact us on john@wildwaybushcraft.com so we can discuss how we can cater for you.

Can I take alcohol on a course?

No. You must not bring alcohol on our courses and expeditions.

What accommodation do you provide?

Our courses are based outside and you will be camping. Refer to individual course descriptions for further information or get in touch with us if you  have any queries. When you are on expedition and not camping and using your own equipment, the accommodation that is provided will generally be shared (usually a twin).

Will there be a shower?

No. However if you do need one, a very basic gravity-fed shower can be made available.

What about toilets?

We have working toilets at some of our sites, at others a camping toilet is provided.

How can I book my place?

You can book your place at any time of the day. Just click on the ‘add to cart’ link from the course page that you wish to book and then proceed to check out.

You can also make a booking by phoning us on 07557586537. Your booking has not been confirmed until you receive a booking receipt.

How can I make a payment?

You can pay by card online or if you prefer, you are welcome to book and pay with your card over the phone. Your booking is only confirmed when you have been issued with a booking receipt.

Which payment methods are available?

We can accept all major debit and credit cards.

Is it possible to book several places on a course?

Just like booking a single place, before proceeding to checkout you can add additional places – the course information will say how many places are still available on that course or expedition.

Can I have one-to-one tuition?

Yes, our instructor are happy to work with people on a one-to-one basis. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

I’m already booked on a course, can I move my place to one on a different date?

Yes, as long as there is space on the course on the date you wish to be moved to.

Can I change my booking to a different course?

Yes, as long as there is space on the course you would like to change your booking to.

How do I cancel my place?

If you want to cancel your place, please email or phone us as early as possible. It would be helpful if you could provide your booking reference to allow us to find your booking information more quickly.

Are course deposits refundable?

Please see our terms and conditions.

Where can I practice my bushcraft skills?

Read our Responsible Bushcraft blog post for advice and tips about where you can go to practice your bushcraft skills.

Will there be somewhere I can securely park the car?

Our courses are run on private land with limited access to the public. There will be parking provided within the estate,  away from the main road. Please do not leave any valuables in the car.

What should I do with my personal belongings?

We would suggest that you keep your personal belongings and anything valuable with you in your rucksack.

Will I be able to use my mobile phone on my course?

Yes, if you need to, but please do so discreetly. You are not allowed to use your phone or other mobile devices during demonstrations, lectures and talks. Some places we visit will not have any mobile reception.

Are pets allowed?

No. Pets are not allowed on any of our Wildway Bushcraft courses.

Do you sell gift vouchers?

Yes you can buy direct from our website.

Can I find out about future courses that are not yet advertised?

If you subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on Twitter and Facebook you can see our news and announcements.

While on a course or expedition can I take photos and publish them?

Please respect the privacy of other people on the course and ask us first before taking and publishing any photographs.

Will you be organising expeditions and courses for children in the future?

Yes, we are planning to run some activities specifically for children. Subscribe to our newsletter to hear about when these courses will be starting.