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Bushcraft Courses

Lake District

What is Bushcraft?

 Long before modern luxuries bushcraft was simply a way of life - a collection of skills and knowledge that helped you survive in the natural environment. Our world is evolving so fast and sometimes it's hard to keep up with the fast pace of life. It's time to explore and reconnect with nature. Our Bushcraft courses provide a novel way to spend time with family or friends, experience the peace and tranquility of the woodland and learn about the fundamental elements of survival.

 

How to Book:

Please contact us for availability. Once dates are confirmed we'll send you a link to an online booking form with card payment facilities. During busy periods, sessions are available to book directly online (online dates coming soon for 2021). Rest assured - all our bookings come with a no quibble Covid refund policy.

Prices:

Courses are priced individually below. Discounts are available for large group bookings.

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Where our Bushcraft courses are held:

Land based Bushcraft and survival skills courses are held in our private oak woodland in the Southern Lake District, close to Grizebeck and Broughton-in-Furness. The woodland is set in a 2700 acres of private country estate in an elevated position overlooking the beautiful Duddon estuary and is surrounded by rugged Lakeland fells. Peaceful and away from the crowds, the woodland is a place to get away from it all for a day and totally immerse yourself in nature.

Our woodland facilities include a composting toilet so you can have a little luxury in nature! We also have a large parachute to keep you dry in all weathers.

What we offer:

Our sessions are bespoke and are often just you and your party. During busy periods you may be part of a larger group. If you would prefer a private session just let us know and we will accommodate you if we possibly can - please enquire for a price. We keep our ratios of instructor to client low so you can have a fabulous and safe experience.

All bookings will be run in line with current government Covid rules.

Please note: All under 18's must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Bushcraft Fundamentals Day Course

Bushcraft & foundation skills course

At a glance:

Price: £95 pp. Price includes lunch and a free Bushcraft knife!

Duration: Up to 6 Hrs 

Suitable for: Adults or families with older children.

(Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian)

Group size: 12 Maximum

Location: Woodland on a private estate near Grizebeck, Lake District.

Course details:

A comprehensive introduction to bushcraft course designed to give you skills and knowledge to be able to keep yourself alive in a survival situation. Our knowledgeable instructors will guide you through a day based on the core principles of survival: fire, food, shelter and water.

The day will involve practical hands on experience of shelter building, water collection and purification, foraging, wild cooking and fire lighting.

Upon arrival to the estate, we'll take a short walk up the fell to the private woodland where you'll find a central sheltered area with wooden seating and a communal fire pit. You'll start the day with a look around the woodland, getting used to your surroundings, identifying potential resources and also have a safety briefing for the day.

 

Following this you'll set about the task of preparing lunch as collecting and cooking food can take a surprisingly large portion of your time. You'll prepare a complete fish for lunch along with making some dough for garlic bread to accompany your fish. You'll then set about discovering different methods of fire lighting using various materials and will set about cooking your lunch.

Your instructor will give you important safety information regarding the correct use of knives and axes and how to effectively protect yourself from injury whilst using sharp tools. You'll be gifted your own knife to use for the day and take away with you after the course.

In the afternoon you'll have the opportunity to have a go at whittling your own eating utensil and carving a whistle.

Whats Included: 

  • A knowledgeable guide for the day 

  • Lunch & refreshments.

  • All safety kit and insurance.

  • Bushcraft knife.

What you'll need to bring along:

  • Warm layers, Hat, Gloves

  • Waterproof Jacket & Trousers - Good quality

  • Walking Boots or Wellies

  • Snacks if you would like

  • Water bottle/drink

 

Please feel free to bring any other kit and equipment that you would like to use.

 

Taste of Bushcraft

A half day taster of bushcraft skills

At a glance:

Price: £49 pp.  

Duration: 3 Hrs 

Suitable for: Age 5+

(Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian)

Group size: 12 Maximum

Location: Woodland on a private estate near Grizebeck, Lake District.

Course details:

An introduction to Bushcraft course designed to give you a taste of some basic skills and Bushcraft knowledge. Our knowledgeable instructors will guide you through a half day based on some of the core principles of survival: fire, food and shelter.

The day will involve practical hands on experience of wild cooking, fire lighting and foraging.

Upon arrival to the estate, we'll take a short walk up the fell to the private woodland where you'll find a central sheltered area with wooden seating and a communal fire pit. You'll start the session with an orientation and a general safety briefing.

 

Following this you'll have a go fire lighting using various materials that can be foraged in the woodland. You will have a go at making your own mini pizzas or damper bread which you can cook on the fire. We also have Ghillie Kettles which you can make a fire in to boil up some water for refreshments.

After some important safety information regarding the correct use of bushcraft knives, you'll have the opportunity to carve a whistle and a feather stick whilst you wait for your pizzas or bread to cook.

After cooking your instructor will help you identify good shelter sites in which to build and construct an emergency shelter from natural materials. 

Whats Included: 

  • A knowledgeable guide

  • Refreshments

  • All safety kit and insurance

What you'll need to bring along:

  • Warm layers, Hat, Gloves

  • Waterproof Jacket & Trousers - Good quality

  • Walking boots or Wellies

  • Snacks if you would like

  • Water bottle/drink

 

Canoe & Bushcraft Experience Half Day

A Canoe journey with Bushcraft skills along the way.

At a glance:

Price half day: £49 pp.

Duration: 3hrs 

Suitable for: All - minimum age 5yrs

(Under 18's must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian)

Group size: 12 Maximum

Location: Coniston Water, Lake District

Course & location details:

A fun journey of Canoeing and Bushcraft combined. An opportunity to learn or develop your canoe skills and stop off and have a go at some Bushcraft along the way. 

 

Your location will be Coniston Water. One of the most picturesque lakes in the Lake District, nestled amongst the mountains of Coniston with great views of the Old Man of Coniston, Dow Crag and the surrounding hills. Close by is the bustling village of Coniston with a great choice of pubs, cafes and local shops. Coniston Water is famous for the Bluebird water speed record and also for Wildcat Island which was featured in the book Swallows and Amazons. You'll visit this Island as part of the tour.

The session will involve practical hands on experience of canoeing, fire lighting and knife skills. 

Our instructors are highly experienced both in Canoeing and Bushcraft. If you have canoed previously there is the opportunity for some expert canoe coaching whilst on your journey. If you are a complete novice, no problem, your instructor will have you paddling efficiently in no time. If you have a family with young children or are very nervous, there is an option to join 2 canoes together in a raft which is super stable and easy to paddle.

 

You'll take a leisurely tour of the lake with a stop along the way to explore Wildcat Island. Here you can have a go at fire lighting with flint and steele and boil water in a Ghillie kettle for a brew or hot chocolate. We'll also toast a few marshmallows to accompany your brew!

Whats Included: 

  • A knowledgeable guide for the day 

  • Refreshments.

  • All safety kit and insurance.

  • Dry bags for spare layers etc.

What you'll need to bring along:

  • Warm layers, Hat, Gloves

  • Waterproof Jacket & Trousers - Good quality

  • Trainers you don't mind getting wet or Wellies

  • Snacks if you would like

  • Water bottle/drink

 

Canoe & Bushcraft Journey Full Day

A Canoe journey with Bushcraft skills along the way.

At a glance:

Price: £95 pp 

Price includes lunch and a free Bushcraft knife.

Duration: Up to 6hrs 

Suitable for: Adults and families with older children - Minimum 10yrs

(Under 18's must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian)

Group size: 12 Maximum

Location: Coniston Water, Lake District

Course & location details:

A fun journey of Canoeing and Bushcraft combined. Canoe the length of Coniston Water (conditions allowing) stopping off along the way to learn fire lighting using a flint and steel and also a bow drill. Once you've lit your fire you will have a go at filleting a and cooking a whole fish indigenous style over the open fire.

 

Coniston Water is one of the most picturesque lakes in the Lake District, nestled amongst the mountains of Coniston with great views of the Old Man of Coniston, Dow Crag and the surrounding hills. Close by is the bustling village of Coniston with a great choice of pubs, cafes and local shops. Coniston Water is famous for the Bluebird water speed record and also for Wildcat Island which was featured in the book Swallows and Amazons. You'll visit this Island as part of the tour.

The session will involve practical hands on experience of canoeing, fire lighting, knife skills and bushcraft cookery. 

Our instructors are highly experienced both in Canoeing and Bushcraft. If you have canoed previously there is the opportunity for some expert canoe coaching whilst on your journey. If you are a complete novice, no problem, your instructor will have you paddling efficiently in no time. If you have a family with young children or are very nervous, there is an option to join 2 canoes together in a raft which is super stable and easy to paddle.

Whats Included: 

  • A knowledgeable guide for the day 

  • Lunch and refreshments.

  • All safety kit and insurance.

  • Dry bags for spare layers etc.

What you'll need to bring along:

  • Warm layers, Hat, Gloves

  • Waterproof Jacket & Trousers - Good quality

  • Trainers you don't mind getting wet or Wellies

  • Snacks 

  • Water bottle/drink

 

Path to Adventure Ltd

Keepers Cottage, 

Ashlack 

Grizebeck

Kirkby in Furness

LA17 7XN

England