Woodlander

£200.00£495.00

Sun PM - Fri PM
The Lakes
Easy
Bushcraft & Wilderness Survival Skills
6-14 Places

This week-long immersion into the ‘go-anywhere’ fundamental skill-sets of bushcraft and wilderness survival will furnish you with an in-depth, fully rounded and balanced understanding of living and travelling in wild places. This highly informative course eases the transformation into wilderness life as any apprehension is replaced by confidence, understanding and ability.

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Description

  • Days: Sun PM – Fri PM (5 Nights)
  • Location: Lake District, England
  • Food & Accommodation: Fully catered and includes camping fees
  • Activity: Basic Bushcraft & Survival Skills
  • Group Size: 6-14 (Av.10)
  • Physical Rating: Easy
  • 2019 Dates: 28 Apr- 4 May; 2-8 June; 11-17 Aug.
  • Venues: TBC

 

The Woodlander; Wilderness bushcraft is the original outdoor pursuits. Wilderness survival skills, tracking, wild food foraging, fungi, ancient technology, carving and greenwood crafts and ultimately going to wild places on expedition are all core disciplines of this immersive subject.

The six day Woodlander gives you fundamental bushcraft skills and a solid foundation in wilderness survival that will give you the confidence to go further for longer, with less reliance on technology. Stepping away from the cocooning bubble of technology and man made equipment we look at utilising what nature provides, from tools and shelter, to fire and food. The essence of the Woodlander is discovering the hidden secrets of the countryside, from knowing how to release the soap and sunblock locked in the leaves of plants and way-finding by the stars above, to gleaning a nutritious free meal and deciphering the mysterious stories of tracks in the mud. It is about learning to see your environment as if thought the eyes of one of your indigenous ancestors.

This course is suitable for the complete beginner and more experienced outdoors folk alike. We assume no knowledge and start from how to safely use a knife. Over the last fifteen years we’ve have had lots of elite level military personnel and seasoned expedition leaders attend this course who’ve said that they learned something new during every lesson. The course is ideal for those who want to increase their competence and knowledge in order to pass on skills to young people, or simply would like to reconnect with nature and spend time with kindred spirits around the camp fire.

 

Highlights

  • Bushcraft knife safety
  • Carving skills
  • Sharpening bushcraft knives
  • Water Disinfection
  • Friction Fire & other ignition techniques
  • Wilderness fishing skills
  • Trapping & snaring techniques
  • Natural shelters
  • Jungle shelters
  • Star-lore & astral navigation
  • Natural bindings & cordage
  • Wild food & plant Id
  • Tree identification
  • Campfire cookery

Inclusions

  • This course is fully catered throughout.
  • It includes camping fees and any specialist equipment.
  • You will get a free sheath knife to keep.
  • We offer a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service from and to the nearest railway station at set times.

General Information

We will aim to cover the following –

Please click on the + symbols opposite to read about what you will learn each day.

Accommodation:
On this course you will be wild camping, either in your own tent, under a tarp, in a hammock or in a natural shelter you have built, or if the weather permits, simply sleeping out around the campfire. This will either be on a private estate in Witherslack or Claife Heights, in the Lake District, depending on the specified course location.

Transport:
A complimentary pick-up and drop-off service is provided at the beginning and end of the course at a specified time for those arriving by train. This will either be from Windermere or Oxenholme station, depending on the specified course location.

Meals:
This course is fully catered and all meals will be provided whilst camping in the woods, from a light supper on the first night to lunch on the final day.
Pescatarian / Vegetarians are well catered for, but can Vegans and those with serious food intolerances (like celiac’s disease) please contact us to discuss your requirements, as you may be asked to bring some specialist food to supplement your diet.

Water:
Mains water is provided in clean jerry cans and are always available.

Duration:
6 day workshop (arrive 19.30 on Sunday and depart 16.00 on Saturday)

Minimum Age:
16, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Personal Insurance:
Whilst not essential, it is recommended that you have simple adventure travel insurance to cover yourself and your possessions whilst on this trip.

Clothing:

Sensible outdoor clothing is essential for all of our courses.

We recommend that you bring:

  • A hat
  • A waterproof and windproof Jacket
  • Wool jumper or fleece top
  • Several long and short-sleeved T-shirts.
  • Cargo/combat trousers are ideal; as they are strong, light and fast drying (do not bring denim jeans).
  • Sturdy hiking boots are a must, as some of the terrain is steep and rocky.
  • We also recommend that you bring a pair of old trainers for the evenings
  • And spare changes of clothes stored in a plastic bag to keep them dry.

 

Equipment checklist:

  • Small day-sack
  • Sleeping bag, preferably 3 season
  • Self-inflating or closed-cell foam sleeping mat
  • Tent, or fly-sheet & bivy-bag
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Small first aid kit, including plasters, blister kit, tweezers, foot powder and any personal medication
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Good insect repellent
  • Wash kit and towel, preferably containing biodegradable soap Knife, fork and spoon
  • Mug, bowl & plate
  • Water bottle
  • Notebook and pencils
  • Ziploc bags

 

For weeklong courses you will also require:

  • 10 meters of parachute cord Swimming costume and large towel

 

Optional extras:

  • Camera
  • Binoculars

Spending money: 

It is not unusual for students to get together for a well-earned pint at the end of a course.

Tampons:

It is not uncommon for a sudden change of environment to start an unexpected period.

Please note:

You do not need to bring your own knives or any other cutting tools, as you will be loaned a folding saw and knife when required. Students on the Woodlander course will be given a sheath knife to keep.

Course Travel & Delays:

How to get there: A link to detailed set of arrival instructions will be included within the automatic email response when you place your booking using our on-line booking system. The Virgin West Coast rail line means we can be reached by rail from London Euston in 3 hours on any day of the week. We run courses from three venues in the UK – so please ensure that you have received and printed the correct arrival information!

Very Important – Do not book any trains, transport or other accommodation until given the go-ahead by Wild Human, as the course needs a minimum number of participants in order to run.

Delays and 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.

Do I need prior experience? 

Not at all. If you enjoy being outdoors and are keen to learn – we will welcome your company. Although previous camping experience can be an advantage on the overnight courses, it is not essential. Some of our more advanced courses do have pre-requisites; please see course details.

Can I attend on my own? 

Yes! Our bushcraft courses are aimed at private individuals who have a passion to learn. 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.

What about bad weather? 

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. In addition we have a large, light and airy, wood-stove heated geodesic dome, which we use for difficult weather conditions, out of season courses and craft workshops.

Sanitation & Hygiene –

Courses are run from an expedition-style base camp, this means that our toilet facilities are screened, covered latrines. We have used this system for the past 10 years of our teaching experience and find it to be the cleanest, most environmentally friendly and hygienic system. It is an essential part of wilderness living and you will be given clear instruction about latrine construction, considerations for wilderness travel and base camp life, and a few simple protocols about hygienic use upon arrival to base camp. In addition a basic, screened expedition gravity fed shower will be available for your use.

Terms & Conditions –

Before placing a booking, please take a moment to observe our uk terms & conditions of booking, particularly for our cancellation policy. We also highly recommend that you seek insurance against the unfortunate event that you should need to cancel your place unexpectedly – missed course bookings are not transferable.

I would like to cancel my course? 

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!

Can I attend from continental Europe and beyond? 

Many people travel from outside of the UK to attend our courses; often from continental Europe, but also from further afield such as New Zealand and the USA. Providing you have a good grasp of the English language, can understand this website and feel that you will understand detailed verbal information and instruction there is no problem for you to join us for a course. Please be aware that the Lake district can be much colder and wetter during the summer than many continental countries and so please take our kit list very seriously.Many airlines fly into Manchester airport, where you can board a train to Oxenholme (Please note that some journeys to Oxenholme may require you to change trains at Preston, although many are direct to Oxenholme). At Oxenholme, you will need to change trains for one stop to Windermere. This journey usually takes between 2 hrs and 2 hrs 45min depending on connections. A standard saver return costs approximately £ 35.00, although with a bit of forward planning, you can purchase single tickets each way for as little as £8.50 each way.

Newcastle airport is also an option, and being a smaller airport is in some ways more convenient. If you decided to opt for Newcastle airport you need to take the Metro to Newcastle Central Station, cost £ 2.40. From Newcastle Central Station take the train to Carlisle, where you change for Oxenholme, change at Oxenholme for one stop to Windermere, where we will collect you. This journey usually takes about three and a half-hours and a standard saver return costs approximately £ 35.00.

Where can I stay before / after my course? 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

Course arrival / departure times? 

For almost all our courses we meet at 19:30 hrs on the evening of the course start date (19:00 hrs if you are arriving by train) and you will be back to your cars by 16:00 hrs on the last day of the course (17:00 hrs at the train station). However, specific course times, arrival details and equipment lists are contained in the email that you will receive automatically once you place your on-line booking.

What happens upon arrival? 

Our bushcraft courses usually start in the evening. Upon meeting us at the rendezvous point, your cars will be safely parked on the estate and your equipment will be transported to the base camp, by the Wild Human 4×4. From your cars you may be asked to walk the stunning 2km walk to our base camp, so please be dressed for any weather, and have your boots and head-torch to hand. Once at base camp, you will erect your tent or sleeping system and join the main fire. After a brew, some bread and soup, and safety briefings, you will be introduced to each other, the Wild Human team and to the course. You will also be shown the camp set up and simple protocols will be explained. You will spend the evening having a chat around the fire and teaching will begin the following morning.

What will I be eating? 

All meals are cooked on site. Food preparation and cooking will be a joint effort, involving both students and staff. All of our full time staff hold ‘food handling and hygiene’ certificates. All our courses and expeditions are fully catered, however you may be required to cook for yourself or in groups on occasion, forming part of the educational aspects of the course (please see individual course page for further information). A typical days food would be: Breakfast – tinned fruit and various cereal options; Lunch – bread rolls, a selection of fillings (e.g. cheese, ham, tuna), a healthy salad, fruit and snacks; Evening meal – Rice dishes with Thai, Indian & Chinese style curries; or pasta with Italian style, tomatoes based, sauces. Course participants are usually pleasantly surprised by the high standard of the food and meals we provide, however please remember that this is an expedition style base camp and therefore has inherent limitations with regards to producing meals to cater for individual tastes. Whilst we are proud of the tasty, nutritious meals we produce with basic amenities, but our focus is to educate, not to compete with restaurants.There will always be a brew pot on the go and a biscuit box available, so that students are free to make tea and coffee at any time. The food provided will be more than adequate, but feel free to bring extra provisions if you wish.

We are happy to cater for medical intolerance’s, allergies and for vegetarian diets, but please let us know when you place your booking. However, we do not cater for preferences or mild intolerance’s. If you have a dietary intolerance of any kind then you are kindly asked to bring your own snacks, gluten free bread, and any other specifics you may feel necessary. If you are in doubt then do contact us to discuss options. If you have very specific requirements or very serious allergies then you may be asked to bring your own food and cooking equipment so please inquire about this before booking on-line.

Are the courses tough? 

Our bushcraft courses should be viewed as being a wilderness education experience and not as an ordinary holiday. They are educational courses, but just as importantly, they are a ‘hands on’ experience and at times can be quite challenging. Due to the nature of the location and the course content, you will be expected to take short hikes over uneven terrain, therefore a good level of fitness is required – on occasion you will be wet, muddy, tired, too hot, too cold, frustrated and exhilarated!

Where will I park my car and will my stuff be safe? Courses are conducted on a private estate, with limited access to the general public. There are parking facilities provided within the estate, and whilst we cannot guarantee the safety of your vehicle, there have never been any incidents of theft within the grounds. We would recommend that you keep any valuable personal belongings in your day sack. From your cars, you 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 100m to the camping area. Please note, that once at base-camp you will not return to your vehicle until the end of the course.

Is it safe? 

“Adventure is a romantic name for trouble…” At Wild Human the opposite is true, as you will get the opportunity to learn wilderness living skills in a safe and controlled environment, where making mistakes will not put you in danger. However you must come in the knowledge that no outdoor activity is entirely without risk, as you may be using sharp tools or walking across uneven terrain. Accidents can happen. We advise you take out adequate adventure travel insurance for the duration of your course or expedition – here is a link to one bushcraft specific insurance company – Sports Cover Direct. The biggest risk to your welfare 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.

Alcohol? 

Alcohol is strictly forbidden on all our courses, due to the obvious health and safety risks. Alcohol and cutting tools don’t mix! On some of the foraging course we bend the rules a little. 

Axes? 

Axes must not be used at any time, unless the individual student can prove competence and has permission from the Wild Human instructor leading the course.

Dogs? 

Pets are not permitted on any of our courses – sorry!

Mobile Phones? 

Mobile phones are permitted, but please use them very quietly & discreetly! Please bare in mind that you may not get a signal at our sites. EE receives the best reception. We do not provide facilities for charging phones there are many external battery packs available.

4 reviews for Woodlander

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    LucyD (verified owner)

    What an amazing week spent in the woods with highly skilled, knowledgeable and fun instructors. I learnt so much on this week long course. The pace was perfect and the tuition was delivered in a professional manner. There was a great mix of lectures, followed by practical sessions allowing us to develop and practice newly learned skills. The food was amazing and the selection of accommodation was 5 star – choose from your own tent, one of Wild Human’s tarp and hammocks, sleep in a shelter you have made or bivvy out under the stars. The Highlighs for me was new information on tracking, foraging and an amazing night sky lecture. If you are thinking about doing this course, just do it. Instead of getting up in the morning thinking “where’s my keys, wallet and phone”, spend a week thinking “where’s my knife, saw and fire steel”!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    jaylatham1 (verified owner)

    I attended this course in May 2019. I simply cannot say enough good things about it. From the time of booking, right through the end it was just awesome. You can certainly tell you are dealing with a team with lots and lots of experience.

    I found answers to most of my questions right there on the website and the kit list was spot on. I was travelling from Ireland and Ben helped me choose the best route. He even had one of the lads collect me from the train and drop me back at the end.

    The camp itself was a very clever setup which made the stay very easy. The first evening we had a tour of the camp and got to know each a bit and then the rest of the week it was all go. We learned so much I actually struggled a bit to keep up at times. Many of the things we learned involved a practical element where we had to make or do something and very often the course moved on before we finished. We were given time later on to catch up on our “projects” and the guys were always around to help out. This worked really well as the course was not held up by slower people like me which allowed for maximum learning in the time allotted. I am home weeks now and I am still practicing and finishing my mini projects.

    I plan to do as many of these Wild Human courses as I can in the near future. I have my sights set on the Coastal Forager next. I have a lot to learn and I cannot think of a better team to teach it to me.

    See you again real soon guys and gals.
    Jay

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    adrianswenson (verified owner)

    In 2019 I have been on the Trailblazer weekend and that was closely followed by the week long Woodlander. I thoroughly enjoyed both, my first experiences of bushcraft training. The main reason for the success was the staff, knowledgeable and able to teach and demonstrate in a manner that catered for each student. They are passionate about bushcraft. The days are long and busy with a huge variety of skills being shown, be prepared for treks through the woods in the Cumbrian rain. The food is good and there is plenty of it. I recommend that you be very familiar with your own kit before you arrive, camping and clothing, so that you can arrive and get your ‘home’ set up efficiently. I’m generally the course ‘oldie’ being retired but I found the demands of these two courses well within my abilities and comfort zone. Be prepared to have your life changed if you join a course. Adrian.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    charis (verified owner)

    Attended Jun 19 having done the weekend Trailblazer a couple of years ago. Was everything I was expecting after that ‘taster’ course with a chance to consolidate some of the skills learnt plus lots of extra subjects that wouldn’t fit into a weekend. The staff were again really expert and friendly and the good ratio of instructors to students made it always feel that there was someone to ask if you hadn’t quite picked up something first time. Attendees were a great mix of ages, gender and experience which made for a lovely atmosphere as all wanted to make the most of the course but also have a fun break away from ‘normal’ life of screens, cars and houses.
    Would thoroughly recommend!

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