Learn to make fire with natural materials

Two day wilderness survival training – group course Dates 2024-2025

Spending that unplanned night out in the outdoors is always daunting. Always be prepared – learn the skills to be self-sufficient in the wild and implement them in our reality-based two day bushcraft and survival training experience in the Lake District.

This is run as a group course open for mixed bookings, suitable for individuals.

2024 Course Dates:

  • Saturday 4th May 2024 to Sunday 5th May 2024 – FULLY BOOKED
  • Saturday 28th September 2024 to Sunday 29th September 2024 – just 2 places remaining!

2025 Course Dates:

  • Saturday 3rd May 2025 to Sunday 4th May 2025
  • Saturday 27th September 2025 to Sunday 28th September 2025

With hands on learning to hone your skills over this extended period, you will leave with the confidence that you now own those skills to put them to use when it really matters. Even though you will have access to a highly experienced Survival Instructor throughout, this is a real opportunity to focus your learning and make those skills become second nature. You will also be supported with the necessary items to aid in your survival including buckets of tea and mountains of biscuits! 

Over the course of our two days together in a wilderness setting, the key skills of survival will be taught and put into practice. Bushcraft fundamentals will be covered, including the following:

The first layer of shelter is actually the clothes you have on your body. Correct clothing and the importance of carrying a simple shelter kit will be discussed, providing something to sleep under, in and on top of. Camp location and dynamic assessment of risk shall be touched upon as well as the issues surrounding losing body heat through the effects of convection, conduction and radiation.
We will demonstrate how to quickly erect your tarp shelter and use the best knots to aid in its deconstruction.
Building a debris shelter is a key skill in survival. As a group we will build a “thermal A frame” shelter to house one person. With time and commitment, people have lived in comfort for many weeks in such improvised accommodation. The effects of thermal conduction and the use of raised beds to counter this heat loss will be identified and utilised.

Fire is an intrinsic human skill that unlocks the door to survival. We will go over the various methods to create initial flame, as well as the importance of ember management and the preparation of tinder bundles. We will take a short walk through our woods to gather further dry materials to aid in our success of creating fire; even in the pouring rain it is possible so by mastering these skills, the weather will never be a hindrance again. With a comprehensive demonstration of the skills needed to create fire from a spark you will be tasked to put your new skill set into practice to light your own fires. The subject is comprehensive and we will cover the following points:

  • Flint and steel
  • Ferrocerium rods
  • Char material
  • Tinder bundles
  • Stick bundles
  • Fire lays
  • Ethical and safe use, and removal of fire

Collecting water and making it safe to drink is of paramount importance. We will discuss how to find a suitable water source and assess its condition, then collect, filter and boil it to make it safe for consumption. The five contaminates will be identified and also the methods surrounding chemical treatment and mechanical filtration discussed, as well as:

  • Gypsy wells
  • Transpiration
  • Evaporation
  • UV

Plant identification and foraging is at the heart of bushcraft, and sharing of this knowledge will be a constant throughout the experience. We will also explore the finer details of procuring protein. You will have the opportunity to understand and build various traps and snares including triggers.

Using nature as a resource is at the core of the subject of bushcraft. We will learn how to identify direction from the sun, the stars and from the composition of the woods. We will also have a brief map study utilising the skills of modern navigation to prevent becoming lost and planning our travel with our resources in mind.

Audio and visual signals could be the difference between rescue and another night in the woods. Various methods will be demonstrated and practised, such as signal mirrors, whistles and signal fires.

Carrying the right tools for the job enables us to thrive outdoors. You will be shown proper and safe use of various tools including knives and saws. You will have the opportunity to make various items from scratch including pegs, pot hangers, traps and tripods to use in your camp. Cordage and knot work will also be explored while rigging your tarps, building traps and lashing tripods.

A comprehensive subject that we will briefly touch upon. We will have a look at what we are carrying in our personal first aid kits and why.

These are the same skills as delivered on our Thriver experience, but with much more time allowed to immerse yourself and refine the techniques. We will also cover more technical fire lighting methods such as feather sticks, and making tools such as bow saws and improvising traps.

Learning the skills of tracking and moving with stealth, we will have the chance to explore the woods and see who else has been living under the woodland canopy alongside us.

During the evening we can enjoy being in our shelter enjoying the fire or we can go for a night excursion and experience the forest at night. A truly awesome place to be!

Even though the skills are real, the location at times rugged, exposed and wet, with beautifully Cumbrian weather, you will be looked after, kept mostly dry and very well fed!

Bring a packed lunch for Day 1. Meals are provided from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 2.
Tea, coffee, hot chocolate will be available throughout the experience.

Bring the contents of the multi-day kit list and all will be good. Oh, and bring some mental fortitude, positive attitude and a sense of adventure because you will need it.

This two day experience runs from 09:00 on Day 1 to approx 17:00 on Day 2.

Any person under the age of 18 years wishing to partake in this group course must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Camping is available (on request only) at our site on Friday night prior to the course start, at additional cost. Email [email protected] for more details.

location/meeting point

This bushcraft & survival course is run from our fixed camp deep in the forest on the shores of Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District National Park. 

Full directions will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Google Pin: 54°17’02.3″N 2°56’48.9″W
What3words: broth.protected.twitching
Postcode: LA12 8NP (closest available)

Please see the multi-day kit list page for necessary equipment.


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