If you’re thinking about booking our weekend bushcraft course then this blog shows some of the things that you can expect. There is so much more than you will learn on this course than could ever be covered here, but hopefully, this will give you some idea of what you can expect.
As always, feel free to read the whole blog or click on the section that interests you the most.
- A word about our courses
- Shelter building
- Fin, feather and fur prep
- Campfire cooking
- Fire lighting
- Discover more
- Further reading
A word about our courses
Wildway Bushcraft courses are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors. Everything that we teach we have first-hand experience of using in a variety of situations. Our weekend bushcraft course is IOL accredited and aimed at those who want to delve into the basics of bushcraft and build upon their knowledge. If you would like to take your bushcraft skills to the next level then our intermediate course is for you, click here for more information on our intermediate bushcraft course.
A relaxed and friendly environment
We believe that bushcraft is best taught in a relaxed and friendly environment, our instructors will be on site at all times and will be able to answer any questions that you might have. It’s not a military style, ‘survival’ weekend, there are no macho attitudes it is all just about helping you to get the most out of your weekend and as much hands-on experience as possible. If you’re interested in our women’s only course then click here for more information.
While all our courses follow a syllabus (which we will look at in this blog) we are happy to tailor parts of the course to suit your interests. Just email Wildway Bushcraft or send us a message on Facebook and we can discuss how we can tailor the course to your interests with you. Check out our TripAdvisor reviews here, and see what others had to say about our courses.
Read on to learn more about what you will learn on our weekend bushcraft course.
On our weekend bushcraft course, you will have the option to sleep under a tarp on the first night and in a shelter of your own creation on Saturday night. Remember though, you don’t have to if you don’t want to – you are welcome to bring a tent if you would prefer.
Sleeping under a tarp
On the first night, we will provide you with a tarp and show you how to put it up. You will then have a chance to try it yourself and then spend the night under it. Don’t worry though, the evening is very relaxed and before you’re sleeping under a tarp you will have a chance to meet the rest of the group and enjoy some food cooked over the campfire.
Building your own shelter
Throughout the course of the weekend, we will introduce you to some knife and axe techniques that will help you to make your shelter. Towards the end of the day, you will have an opportunity to construct your own shelters from the materials that you find in our wonderful Dorset woodland. That evening you will have the opportunity to sleep in your shelter, by the side of your own fire. What a brilliant way to gain a real experience and understanding of the woods.
- Sleep under a tarp
- Learn knife and axe skills
- Sleep in a shelter that you’ve made by your own fire!
Fin, feather and fur prep
On our weekend bushcraft course, you will get the opportunity to butcher, prepare and cook fin, fish and fur. You will also get a chance to cook and eat the fish or small game that you have prepared for a fully immersive bushcraft experience. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to take part if you don’t wish to. If you’d rather sit it out then let one of our instructors know and they will help you to develop your bushcraft skills in another area while others in the group learn small game butchery.
We can also cater for vegetarians and vegans, just let us know in advance and we can sort another activity out for you!
- Prepare fin, feather and fur
- Learn the skills of small game butchery
- Cook and eat the food that you have prepared
On our weekend bushcraft course, we will introduce you to a variety of fire lighting techniques, including friction fire lighting, and the basics of campfire cookery.
Learn how to cook over a fire
Our instructors will guide you through making a variety of meals from bannock bread through to cooking fish, pigeon, and rabbit. As always, they will be on hand to answer any questions that you might have about cooking over a fire.
Learn how to light a fire
Of course, you can’t cook over a fire until you can light one! With this in mind, our instructors will introduce you to a variety of fire lighting methods, including the bow drill. Our instructors will demonstrate how to make and use a bow drill for you and then you will be free to make your own. Don’t worry though, you won’t be made to use a bow drill to light your fire in the evening.
Make your own fire and cook over it
After being introduced to the basics of fire lighting in the day you will be free to make your own fire next to your own shelter. You can cook over your fire or over the group fire in the centre of camp – the choice is yours. That night, if you choose to sleep in your shelter, you can keep your fire going late into the night to warm you as you sleep.
- Learn different methods of fire lighting
- Discover the bow drill, make your own and try and get an ember
- Cook over a campfire
- Have your own fire next to your shelter
That’s just a snippet of what awaits you on our weekend bushcraft course! There is so much more that you will learn, far more than we could ever hope to fit in one blog post. If you would like any more information about this or any of our courses then feel free to contact us today.
Here is a some of the kit that you will be using on our weekend bushcraft course. Don’t worry though, you’re not expected to bring it with you. A full kit list for our weekend bushcraft course can be found here.
- Fallkniven DC4
This diamond/ceramic whetstone is perfect for use in the field.
Wildway Bushcraft use Bear Blades.
“Constructed from superb quality D2 steel this knife is ideal for bushcraft and wood crafting. Our most popular knife due to its versatility and functionality, suited to tough daily use in the woods.”
- Gransfors Bruk Small Forest Axe
Wildway Bushcraft use a small forest axe from Gransfors Bruk. You can find out more information about Gransfors Bruk via the link below.
The DD 3×3 Tarp is a classic of the camping world. You can read our review of it here.
The tarp can be found online via DD Hammocks at the link below.