Advanced Bushcraft & Survival Weekend

For those familiar with camping, or if you are looking to build upon skills learnt in our Bushcraft & Survival course, our Advanced Bushcraft weekend will give you the chance to go beyond the basics of fire, water and shelter, deepening knowledge and learning new skills to give you confidence in your abilities to thrive in the natural environment.

Advanced Bushcraft & Survival Weekend Overview

Building upon our Bushcraft & Survival Weekend, new skills are introduced and others are further developed. 

We will build natural shelters, which you can sleep in if you wish, make a raised bed with a self-feeding fire, and this will include sourcing the timber we need, covering Axe and Knife work/safety and felling small trees.

Firelighting will be re-visited, with a focus on the bow drill technique and cook fires.  Natural navigation will be introduced, along with wildlife track interpretation, bark work, safe axe use, working with withies. tree ID and uses, wild foods and more.

This course is aimed at people who are already proficient at fire lighting with a flame, and are looking to go beyond the basic essentials of fire, water and shelter, and hone friction fireligthing skills and more, so some familiarity with camping and fire lighting will be assumed.  

A lot of material is covered but the atmosphere is relaxed and the teaching is conducted to a tried and tested formula of practical demonstration and dedicated hands on time for you to master each skill. There is also downtime in the schedule where our friendly instructors will be on hand to assist with any particular skills you wish to work on further.

By the end of this course you will have the confidence that comes from the knowledge that you can thrive outdoors, even in adverse conditions, and have the skills that enable you to work in harmony with the natural environment.

As with all our courses, our camp is focused around a covered area and communal fire with kettle. We also have a composting toilet on-site for your comfort.

"Very informative weekend that was well delivered and responsive to the knowledge and interests of the participants."
Course content: 
Course content can vary depending on the season, and natural resources available but includes:
  • Fire by friction
  • Fire management, Fire lays and self-feeding fires
  • Tinder preparation and selection
  • Modern shelter systems
  • Shelter construction, different types of natural shelter
  • Natural cordage
  • Camp craft
  • Knife use and maintenance
  • Bushcraft saws, selection, care and safe use
  • Axe selection, care and safe use
  • Heat & cold injuries
  • Animal tracks & feeding sign
  • Natural Navigation - Using the sun, the stars, plants, trees, the weather and the land to navigate without modern aids.
  • Outdoor hygiene
  • Camp cooking
  • Clothing systems & equipment
  • Wild food
  • Plant & tree identification & their uses.
Conducted from an expedition-style teaching environment in a beautiful mixed broadleaf and coniferous woodland with an eco-friendly composting toilet.  The camp fire is under cover, and acts as a communal area with a hot kettle constantly on the fire, coffee, tea, biscuit tin and squash available all day.

Course venue

Bayford, Hertfordshire

Our Woodland camp is based in beautiful ancient broadleaf woodland of 45 acres and is the venue for our weekend courses and many of our day workshops. Part of the Broxbourne Woods complex, the Bayford location is close to rail and road connections, (only half an hour from the M25, and near the A10) but entirely secluded, uninterrupted by public footpaths and secure with no public access. 

Rich in traditional timber species such as Oak, Ash and Hornbeam, there is also a significant understorey of Birch, Hazel coppice, and plenty of wildlife who share the site including Badger and Deer.

Next dates available

Fri 23-Sun 25th November 2018


Over 18s only. £200 per person.

Arrival is 1900 on Friday evening giving you time to settle in, set up camp. On Saturday and Sunday your instruction will start at 9am learning and practicing a range of skills all day Saturday, and until 1600 on Sunday.
Booking your place

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1 Adult Place - £200
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2 Adult Places - £400
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Gift Voucher: Advanced Bushcraft Weekend
1 adult place - £200
Gift vouchers are also available to a specific value. Please contact us to order.
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