family friendly bushcraft course

The Woodland Wanderer

Family Friendly Guided Walk & bushcraft adventure in the Lake District

Join us for a half-day guided woodland walk in the Lake District, learning some bushcraft essentials on the way. An enjoyable morning to be had by the whole family!

Located toward the southern end of Windermere lake, High Dam Tarn is one of the most picturesque locations in the Lake District, but without the crowds of more well-known sites. Our walk will initially take us through stunning ancient woodland. This will provide us the opportunity to discuss and learn about this fantastic and complex environment. Learning points throughout the day may include tracking, plant identification, local history and wildlife observation.

Nearing the brew stop we will pause to collect kindling and tinder to boil our kettle for a much needed brew up. This will be a great time for the whole family to get hands-on with some bushcraft fundamentals. The Kelly Kettle is a fantastic invention and provides us with a small enclosed fire within a genius hollow vessel. It will all become clear when you light it! With our gathered tinder and kindling we will create fire the old fashioned way with sparks onto birch bark. This is how fire used to be lit and many of these skills are quickly being lost.

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and herbal teas will be served, marshmallows and skewers will also be provided for toasting over our fire… what s’more do you need!!

While enjoying our fire and refreshments we will keep our eyes peeled for otters, deer and various bird life. Our walk will then take us further along the shores where track and sign could be seen from the huge population of fauna. Plants and trees make the world go round, this is the perfect time to learn all about lenticels and leaves and how to identify our native species.

A short climb to the summit allows us some spectacular views across the South Lakeland fells. Here we will be able to see many iconic mountains, or, we will see the even more iconic, Lakeland clag.

Descending is always a relief on the legs. We will be provided with the opportunity of a “sit spot” experience where we can split up and within visual contact, engage in a moment of mindfulness and experience the true silence and beauty of the woods. This is where our newly learnt skills in regards to observing wildlife can be honed and our ID cards can be filled in.

We soon arrive back to civilization. With goodbyes and stories to be told we will hopefully meet again, maybe next time for another adventure.

This experience is offered on a private booking basis for you and your group, giving you flexibility to choose the date that works best for you. A minimum of two adults are required for each booking.

This half day experience runs from 09:00 – 13:00 approx.

location/meeting point

We will meet you at the High Dam car park. The parking day rate is £5.50 (correct at the time of writing, parking charges may be subject to change).
Postcode: LA12 8BJ (nearest available)
Lat/Long: 54°17’09.6″N 2°58’17.4″W
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Hot drinks (tea, coffee, hot chocolate) and snacks will be provided.

Please see the single day kit list page for necessary equipment.


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