Bushcraft and survival skills blog

Welcome to our blog. Here we thought that it would be helpful to share with you information on bushcraft, survival and wilderness living. We hope that you find it useful but remember, nothing replaces practical, hands-on experience. If you’d like to learn more or to improve your bushcraft abilities why not visit our courses page and see what we offer.

Sleep anywhere bushcraft bivvy

Bushcraft and Bivvying

Summer is well and truly here and with it comes an increase in…
July 10, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Preparing hide for making hide glue

Making Primitive Glues

Glue making has a long and rich history, possibly dating back…
June 26, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Long-term shelter building intermediate course from Wildway Bushcraft

Long-Term Shelter Building and Bushcraft

One of the key differences between bushcraft and survival is…
June 19, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Intermediate bushcraft course

Intermediate Bushcraft Course

This year, we’ve introduced our Intermediate Bushcraft Course.…
June 11, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Learn to live in the woods on our intermediate bushcraft course

What the Woods Mean to Wildway Bushcraft

In this blog, we share the following video from Flint and Pine in…
June 4, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Sharpen your bushcraft axe

How to Sharpen Your Bushcraft Axe

A bushcraft axe can be one of the most important tools that you…
May 22, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Intermediate bushcraft course

How to Choose a Bushcraft Axe

A bushcraft axe is one of the most useful tools that you can…
May 20, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Sharpen your bushcraft knife

How to Sharpen Your Bushcraft Knife

“You’re only as sharp as your bushcraft knife” might not…
May 20, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Stunning views from our bushcraft camp

Canoeing the river Spey in 2018

We’ve just got back from another fantastic canoeing expedition…
May 14, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Bushcraft course from Wildway Bushcraft

Light a Fire, Leave No Trace

When choosing a spot on which to have your campfire it is best…
May 8, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Alder trees for bushcraft

Five Trees for UK Bushcraft

Spring is in the air and nature is blooming. In this blog we’re…
May 1, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Make stinging nettle tea (Urtica dioica) wild bushcraft food in the UK

Making Stinging Nettle Tea

Stinging nettle tea is a staple of wilderness living. The tea…
April 24, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Trees for bushcraft Silver Birch

How to Tap a Silver Birch

In this blog, we’re going to be looking at how to tap a silver…
April 17, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Cooking a fish in the wild

How to Prepare and Cook a Fish in the Wild

Preparing and cooking a fish in the wild is not only a great…
April 10, 2018/by Tom Bowen

Seashore Foraging in The South West

In our book, there’s not much that sounds better than bivvying…
April 3, 2018/by Tom Bowen

Start Your Spring Foraging

Spring is on the way, plants and trees all around us are starting…
March 27, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Long-term shelter building intermediate course from Wildway Bushcraft

Refresh Your Bushcraft Skills

Spring is a great time to refresh your bushcraft skills and despite…
March 20, 2018/by Tom Bowen
family foraging

Foraging for All the Family

Foraging for All the Family Bushcraft is something that is…
March 13, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Sleep anywhere in a bivvy bag

How to Catch and Cook Fish in the Wild

How to Catch and Cook Fish in the Wild How to catch a fish in…
March 6, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Bushcraft trapping and snares from Wildway Bushcraft

Trapping and Snaring

Trapping and Snaring a Beginners Guide   This blog looks…
February 27, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Trees for bushcraft

Foraging in the UK

Foraging in the UK An Introduction and Tips on Getting Started   Foraging…
February 20, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Navigating at night in the UK

Navigating at Night

Walking at night is a wonderful experience, particularly if there’s…
February 13, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Navigating on a river in the UK

How to Navigate Accurately on a River in the UK

River navigation can be difficult. It’s often hard to see what…
February 5, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Natural navigation in the UK

Navigate Without a Map

The abilities to find north, navigate short distances and tell…
January 30, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Natural Navigation in the UK

Natural Navigation in the UK

The natural world has been helping people find their way since…
January 23, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Learn how to read the river

Foraging Along Scotland’s Rivers

Foraging is a fantastic way to either support yourself or to…
January 16, 2018/by Tom Bowen
Learn how to read the river in this blog post from Wildway Bushcraft

Reading the River

Canoeing is one of the best ways of exploring the wilds. More…
January 9, 2018/by Tom Bowen
purify water in the UK

How to Source and Purify Water

Sourcing and purifying water when on a long canoe trip or out…
December 13, 2017/by Tom Bowen
Canoe the river Spey bivvy on its banks on our bushcraft course

Packing for a Long Canoe Trip

There is little better than getting away from it all and paddling…
December 5, 2017/by Tom Bowen
Learn how to prevent hypothermia this winter

Hypothermia – Signs and Prevention

Hypothermia can be a killer out on the trail. It arises when…
November 28, 2017/by Tom Bowen
Responsible bushcraft

Tree ID in Winter

In this week’s blog post we will be looking at plant and tree…
November 21, 2017/by Tom Bowen
Winter fire lighting

Lighting a Fire in the Winter

In this week’s blog post we will look at fire lighting in winter.…
November 13, 2017/by Tom Bowen
Predicting the weather in the UK Cumulus and cirrostratus

Suntan Lotion or Raincoats

In this week’s blog post we’re going to show you how to predict…
November 7, 2017/by Tom Bowen
char cloth, fire, Steel striker and flint

Char Cloth, Vaseline and Other Alternative Fire lighting Means

In our mind there is little better than sitting around a campfire;…
October 31, 2017/by Tom Bowen
bow drill a beginners guide

Bow Drills: A Beginners Guide to Making and Using One in the UK

Welcome to this week’s blog post. This week we’re taking…
October 24, 2017/by Tom Bowen
Friction fire lighting UK

Friction Fire Lighting in the UK – an Introduction

Friction fire lighting might be one of the most important bushcraft…
October 17, 2017/by Tom Bowen
foraging on Scotland's rivers

Lighting a Fire in Wind and Rain: Tips, Tricks and Cotton Wool

Over the next four weeks, we will be looking at fires, fire lighting…
October 10, 2017/by Tom Bowen
UK Bushcraft campfire cooking from Wildway Bushcraft

How to Cook for the Camp: An Intro to Eating Well Outdoors

Cooking for several people while at camp can be difficult task…
October 3, 2017/by Tom Bowen
Tarp and Hammock set up from Wildway Bushcraft Bushcraft in the UK

Tarp Set Ups for Solo Campers and Couples: What You Need to Know

Tarps are a lightweight and extremely versatile alternative to…
September 26, 2017/by Tom Bowen
Weekend Bushcraft Course

Organisation in Bushcraft and Camping: Fire, Food and Hygiene

Organising your camp, whether you’re practising bushcraft,…
September 19, 2017/by Tom Bowen
Should you attempt to light a fire in winter

Where to Camp? Tips for Tents and Shelters in the UK

How to choose the best place to build a shelter? What makes a…
September 12, 2017/by Tom Bowen
Mix ash with your pine resin glue to make sure that it sticks.

Making Charcoal

Making Charcoal Charcoal has a huge variety of uses, from purifying…
June 25, 2017/by John

River Spey Wildlife

Our next big expedition of 2017 will be the River Spey Bushcraft…
March 28, 2017/by John

Bushcraft Kit – 10 Items to always take with you.

Bushcraft Kit Now, I have been guilty of a never ending collection…
November 23, 2016/by John
bushcraft axe

Looking after your axe

It isn’t just enough to have the right tools for bushcraft,…
July 26, 2016/by John
natural navigation

Natural navigation

These days we tend to rely on using maps and technology to help…
June 17, 2016/by John
Toilet roll

Pooing in the woods

When you are out in the woods, you cannot rely on there being…
June 6, 2016/by John
Gadgets GPS

Surviving without gadgets

Could you survive out in the woods without any gadgets? What…
June 1, 2016/by John
Knife safety for children

Knife safety for children

As a rule knives and children don't mix. But a knife is an important…
May 30, 2016/by John
Half-term bushcraft fun

Half-term bushcraft fun

It’s half-term coming up and there are lots of fantastic bushcraft…
May 27, 2016/by John
Knife safety

Knife safety tips

Being able to safely use a knife for bushcraft and survival tasks…
May 23, 2016/by John
Animal tracking

Animal tracking

Animal tracking is a fascinating way to study wildlife and a…
May 8, 2016/by John
bushcraft in spring - nettles

Bushcraft in spring

After the harshness of winter, spring provides a welcome change.…
March 1, 2016/by John
Leave no trace after camp fire is finished

Leave without a trace

One of the most important skills of bushcraft, is to leave no…
January 20, 2016/by John
Bushcraft and survival school

Tips for choosing a bushcraft and survival school

There are many bushcraft and survival schools offering a variety…
January 5, 2016/by John
Deciduous trees

Ten deciduous trees to look out for

Without their leaves, deciduous trees can be tricky to identify…
December 25, 2015/by John
Deciduous trees in winter

Guide to identifying deciduous trees

As some trees shed their leaves during the autumn and winter…
December 23, 2015/by John
Winter bushcraft

Winter bushcraft

Here at Wildway Bushcraft we are always keen to encourage everyone…
December 3, 2015/by John
Bushcraft stag do

Getting to grips with the longbow

If you have ever fancied unleashing your inner Robin Hood, why…
November 28, 2015/by John
Bow drill ember

Bow drill troubleshooting

The bow drill method of friction fire lighting is one of the…
November 15, 2015/by John
bushcraft axe

What to look for in a bushcraft axe

An axe is a popular and useful tool for bushcraft and is generally…
October 19, 2015/by John
Autumn foraging Hawthorn

Plants to forage this Autumn

At Wildway Bushcraft we enjoy the changing of seasons, especially…
September 3, 2015/by John
bushcraft a family guide

Bushcraft: A family guide

If you want to learn more about what outdoor adventures you can…
July 8, 2015/by John
Responsible bushcraft

Responsible Bushcraft

If you have caught the bushcraft bug and keen to get outside and set…
May 27, 2015/by John
Bushcraft items

Top 10 Bushcraft Items

When you are going on a bushcraft trip, whether it’s a short…
May 12, 2015/by John

Autumn Foraging

We all have the capacity to feed ourselves from our natural environment…
May 3, 2015/by John
Seashore Foraging

Seashore Foraging

Seashore foraging is the art of finding food on the beach. As…
January 29, 2015/by John
Winter fire lighting

Bushcraft Canoe Expedition

Week-long canoeing trips - the next step in your bushcraft adventures Most…
January 19, 2015/by John
Sharpen your bushcraft knife

UK Knife Law

It is important to know and understand the current laws on buying…
September 4, 2014/by John
Bushcraft fire

Bushcraft Vs Survival

What’s the difference? Many places offer bushcraft and survival…
July 15, 2014/by John

Natural Cordage

Natural cordage is both vital to survival skills and a satisfying…
July 1, 2014/by John

How to skin and butcher a rabbit

On our Bushcraft courses we teach game preparation and get students…
May 19, 2014/by John


Who doesn’t want to believe they could survive in the wild?…
May 14, 2014/by John

Friction Fire Lighting

An essential survival skill and a great learning experience Four…
May 1, 2014/by John

Feather Sticks

In the bushcraft world, fire is one of the main things people…
April 24, 2014/by John

Bushcraft Bannock Bread

Coming from the Gaelic bannach, bonnach or bhannag meaning 'morsel',…
April 17, 2014/by John
fire skills

Bushcraft Fire Skills

To poke a wood fire is more solid enjoyment than almost anything…
March 6, 2014/by John