Forget those z-list celebrities in the jungle, it's now your turn to step into the great outdoors and learn about the art of bushcraft, survival and outdoor adventure. These experiences can be as genteel or as extreme as you like. We’ve everything from a weekend learning survival skills with nothing but what you can forage for to eat, to a nice afternoon in the hills being taught navigation skills.
On all of these outdoor and bushcraft courses the emphasis is very much on hands-on learning. That means there’s be expert instructors with you every step of the way, but it’s you who’ll be tackling the many challenges that being in the great outdoors can throw at you. Read more...
• Map reading & navigation in the Peak District • Set off on foot from Stony Middleton with the host • Learn about contours, grid reference & compass use • You will be walking & navigating for around 6hrs
There’s no celebrity getting out of here on these bushcraft courses
There’s nothing like a bushcraft expedition to sort the whiners from get-getters who just get stuck in there! As seen on the endless extreme survival shows on TV (many of which involve our very own Bear Grylls who puts his name to several of our bushcraft courses), staying alive in the great outdoors can be quite an experience. This range of bushcraft and survival courses will test you mentally and physically, but they are also great fun and you will probably surprise yourself at just resilient you can be.
Learning to survive - eating, sleeping and keeping warm
Mind you, you do have to leave all those home comforts behind. If you spend a night or two outside under the stars, the saying ‘make your bed and lie in it’ has a whole new meaning. You will literally have to make yourself somewhere safe to sleep. Or at least somewhere fairly dry where you won’t get soaked or freezing cold. But how do you do that when the only materials you’ve got are the ones Mother Nature has left around? Forget procrastinating over the thread count of your Egyptian cotton sheets, this is all about the basic need to stay dry and warm using leaves, moss, branches and maybe a tarpaulin if you’re lucky!
Then there’s the staying warm bit. No turning up the thermostat on the central heating when you feel a bit of a chill here. Of course, if you’re in the forest there’ll be loads of wood around for you to burn. But how do you get the fire started? There are no matches and no petrol to get it going, so how will you get those flames flickering around your campfire? It can be done, but to find out you’ll just have to book on to one of our bushcraft courses!
When it comes to eating, if you’re away in the wilds for a weekend, there’s no popping to the nearest cafe or drive-through fast food joint when you’re feeling a tad peckish. Once again, you’ll be relying on nature’s rich basket of edible goodies. Of course, it take expert knowledge to know you which of the those mushrooms you can eat and which berries are full of juicy goodness.
The menu of the day varies with our courses. On some you might be hunting rabbit for the campfire stewing pot. At other locations the immersion into bushcraft life might be a bit more gentle, with ingredients provided for you to cook on the open fire. So if you’re vegetarian chose your bushcraft sessions wisely!
Spy games, mud runs and more!
As well as bushcraft, we also have sessions in anything from learning how to navigate, to crazy mud run experiences that have you absolutely caked in mud as you tackle an outdoor obstacle course. And if you don’t know what we’re talking about, here’s a video taster of a typical mud run. Then there is the top secret selection of spy games and special agent events. This brings a whole new meaning to survival, when you take on a James Bond persona to learn special agent skills and use clever gadgets that’d make Q proud.