Woodcrafter Bushcraft Course

Woodcrafter Bushcraft Course

£195.00 per person

The Woodcrafter Bushcraft Course from Original Outdoors is a weekend woodland bushcraft course held in North Wales

2019 Woodcrafter Course dates:
16-17th March 2019
24-25th August 2019

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Course Description

Woodcrafter Bushcraft Course

2- Day weekend bushcraft course held in North Wales

£195.00 per person

The one phrase that is key to wilderness skills and bushcraft is “knowledge weighs nothing”. You can carry less by learning more and gaining experience.

The Original Outdoors Woodcrafter Course is a two-day bushcraft and wilderness skills course that takes place in a forest surrounded by farmland, hedgerows and rivers. The site is just outside the North Wales town of Ruthin.
The course includes an overnight stay in a woodland shelter, cooking over an open fire, expert tuition in traditional bushcraft, wilderness skills and survival techniques and a wide range of other skills. The Woodcrafter was the original two-days wilderness skills and bushcraft course that we offered to the general public, and is still one of our most popular courses.

The first day of the Woodcrafter Course begins with firelighting using a variety of methods, then builds on this with a tutorial on different ways of cooking over an open fire. After lunch the course syllabus moves on to shelter building where students will work in groups to build shelters from natural materials. They have to be solid – they are going to be slept in that night! The second day focuses on more advanced skills such as making cordage from natural materials, camp furniture and basic first aid, as well as practicing and honing the skills learnt on the previous day. There is a lot to cover but we will revisit the basic techniques again and again throughout the two days.

There will also be workshops on foraging, purifying drinking water, using a knife and axe safely and sharpening them, tracking and making simple camp tools.

This course requires no previous experience or for you to supply any specialist equipment, other than a sleeping bag and mat and basic outdoor clothing. The only other equipment you need to bring is good, solid footwear such as walking boots and suitable outdoor clothing, a sleeping bag and sleeping mat/bedroll.

Please see below for full course content.

The course runs from 10:00am Saturday to approximately 4-5:00pm Sunday.

Course Content

  • Firelighting tuition using a variety of bushcraft methods
  • Building simple woodland shelters from natural materials
  • Use of tarps and tarpology (including bivvy bags)
  • Use of hammocks and ‘sleep systems’
  • Cooking over an open fire and making pot hangers etc
  • Some examples of wild foods and other foraged items
  • Finding safe drinking water
  • Choosing and using a bushcraft knife and axe safely (including sharpening)
  • Campcraft and camp organisation
  • Identification of useful plants
  • Making basic tools
  • Knots and useful cordage techniques

Required Equipment

There is a basic required equipment list which includes waterproof clothing, good footwear and sleeping bags and mats. We will provide all specialist equipment – but students are welcome to bring their own equipment if they already have it, or want advice on choice and further use of that equipment.

Course Timings

The Woodcrafter two day bushcraft course normally runs from a Saturday to a Sunday. The course is paced to balance learning opportunities with personal development time, and in order to make the most of our time in the forest the working days can be quite long. However, breaks and rest periods are built into each day:
Day 1 – Start at 10:00am, finish at 8:00pm
Day 2 – Start at 7:30am, finish at 4:00 – 5:00pm

Food and Accommodation

The course is conducted entirely outdoors in an expedition-style camp. We have a covered teaching, cooking and social area with campfire and cooking equipment, plus basic but clean composting toilets.

Food is provided and the instructor team will work with you to prepare and cook the meals over an open fire. We also provide tea/coffee and other hot drinks for all participants. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know so we can accommodate them.

All participant equipment must be carried into or out of the forest either in a rucksack or a kit bag that be loaded onto our 4wd to be driven up to the teaching area.

Course Location

The Woodcrafter Course is run in a private 90-acre woodland in North Wales, just outside the town of Ruthin in Denbighshire and on the edge of Clocaenog Forest. A mixture of coniferous and deciduous tree cover – plus a limestone gorge, river and access to clearings and meadows ensure that course participants feel that they get the very most out of their time with Original Outdoors. Full joining instructions, including kit list, meeting points and other information will be sent once bookings have been confirmed.

Full joining instructions and meeting points will be sent out by email after you book a place on the course.


Can I bring a dog?

Unfortunately not on this course due to the extended time and the hazards of fire, knives and other objects.

How fit do I need to be?

We will be on our feet for most of the day but pausing often. If you have any questions about fitness then please get in touch.

Additional Information

Booking Date

16-17th March 2019, 2019 Gift Voucher, 24-25th August 2019

Who are we?

Original Outdoors is an established outdoor activity and training provider in North Wales.
We are passionate about the outdoors and share this through our training courses, activity days activity days and outdoor services.

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Get in touch…

Original Outdoors
Maes Gwyn
LL15 1UL

+44(0)1824 703 121 (Office)


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