Prior Experience – You do not need prior experience to attend any of our courses. On some of the more advanced craft workshops, it is advantageous to have experience with safely using sharp tools.
Solo / Group Bookings – Our courses are aimed at individuals who have a passion for the outdoors, a desire to learn and reconnect with nature. Although some people attend in pairs or small groups, the vast majority of our groups are made up of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Course Locations – We run courses from three private estates within the Lake District National Park. These are a young woodland in the Lyth Valley, a secluded valley in Witherslack woodlands and deep in the forest on Claife Heights. Please ensure that you have received and printed the correct arrival information!
Parking – Courses are conducted on private estates, with limited access to the general public. There are parking facilities provided within the estate grounds, and whilst we cannot guarantee the safety of your vehicle, there have never been any incidents of theft. We would recommend that you keep any valuable personal belongings in your day sack.
Climate & Weather – The Lake District weather is notoriously fickle, so please ensure that you have brought all of the equipment listed in the Kit List. It is always better to pack warm. It is better to have and not need, than to need and not have. Courses will run in all but the most extreme weather conditions. Bad weather makes learning the skills more challenging and harder to master, but you will be rewarded with a higher level of ability and a greater sense of achievement. The unpredictable weather in Britain makes it one of the best training grounds in which to learn bushcraft.
On Arrival – Please already be wearing outdoor clothing and footwear on arrival, and have a head-torch handy. From your cars, you will walk and your kit will be driven to our base-camp location, therefore it is not essential that you pack all your equipment into one rucksack, you will not be required to walk more than 200m with kit to the camping area.
Late Arrivals – Late arrivals will have to make their own way to the course venue. Wild Human will not be responsible for any costs incurred by late arrivals or late returns that are outside of our control.
Course 1st Aid & Medical Care – All Instructors carry valid outdoor first aid certificates. There is always a well-stocked and comprehensive first aid kit on hand. Risk analysis and management systems are in place for each course and course venue. The nearest A&E department for all locations is in Kendal.
Sanitation & Hygiene – Toilets are simple earth screened, covered latrines. Toilet paper is incinerated at the latrine. We have used this system for the past 20 years of our teaching experience and find it to be the cleanest, most environmentally friendly and hygienic system. Hand washing stations are always available, as are hand sanitation dispensers. Personal washing is in a stream or nearby lake, only biodegradable products are to be used. The biggest risk to your welfare on any outdoor UK activity is from ticks, but through good bite avoidance measures they should not present any problems – you will be well briefed at the start of each course.
Course Cancellation – If, for any reason you wish to cancel your course, please refer to our Terms & Conditions. You will not be offered a refund for any money for late cancellation, neither will you be offered a transferral of your money to another course. Please seek appropriate insurance against late cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances!
Pre & Après Course Accommodation – If you are interested in spending some time enjoying the stunning scenery of the Lake District, either before or after your course, you can contact Windermere Tourist Information via their website.
Personal Communications – All of our sites have reasonable 4G coverage. Please be discreet when using your phone so that it does not impinge on anyone else’s experience. We would encourage you to switch it off, and bring a notebook and camera to record your experience.
Power & Charging – There are no mains charging facilities available. Please bring a power bank. If you ask really nicely, you may be able to charge from the Wild Human vehicle, but you may need to supply your own cable.
Pets – Unfortunately pets are not allowed on any of our courses.
ben_nez (verified owner) –
Among all the truly exceptional courses Wild Human provide, this one sticks out. Physically demanding but very much worth every second of it.
Providing the opportunity of seeing the lake district from a completely unique perspective, whilst discovering new personal capabilities and pushing limits. This course provided a chance to learn travelling and navigation skills, leaving me seeing both maps and the landscape in a whole new light.
Drawing from a wealth of experience, as always the instructors were knowledgeable, entertaining and brilliant company and consistently went above and beyond to ensure the entire stunning trip was challenging but enjoyably memorable.
Every single day had too many highlights to mention, from the stunning summit views and secluded camping spots, to the pack rafting through rivers deltas and lakes.
cpacke (verified owner) –
This is a really excellent trip. I have been to the Lakes a zillion times but never experienced it in this way. One of the best bits was the feeling of immersion in the land, since we were able to stay away completely from all those pesky towns and villages. And since we were equipped to go anywhere we wanted, our route was usually off the beaten track. So the whole week had a very refreshing feel to it, even though I was sweating up and down a lot of hills, and wading in rivers with my walking boots on, carrying an inflatable raft (but the rafting part was a lot of fun and made an entirely different type of route possible). It gave me a lot of ideas of different ways I can enjoy the hills – my family is gonna love it. The group atmosphere and the staff team were fantastic. The week has a very special feel to it in my memory.
damien.j.corcoran (verified owner) –
This was an amazing expedition style course. I have done a number of courses with Wild Human and the levels of instruction have always been industry leading. The ability to move throughout the Lakes on both foot and Packraft was excellent and allowed all participants to see this beautiful landscape from a new perspective. Gaining a new skill (packrafting) whilst honing navigation, camp routines and reinvigorating my love of tabbing long distances was a great combination. Stunning locations to set up camp in the evening were a real highlight and solid reward for a day in the hills. I would highly recommend this course (as I would with all Wild Human courses).