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

2020 Woodcrafter Course dates:

9th -10th September 2020

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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

2020 Woodcrafter Course dates

20th-21st April 2020
9-10th September 2020

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

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.

The map below shows the approximate location but is NOT the exact location. A more accurate location and RV point will be sent out by email after you book a place on the course.

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Richard Prideaux

The primary instructor for this course is Richard Prideaux, the lead instructor for Original Outdoors.

Richard has spent the majority of his adult life working in the great outdoors. He specialises in wilderness skills, foraging and teaching search operations to our professional clients at our sister site outdoorprofessional.co.uk, where you can read more about him and his experience.

Amongst other things he is a qualified mountain leader, spent several years as an active member of one of the North Wales mountain rescue teams and regularly appears on screen and in print talking about foraging, bushcraft and survival and other essential outdoor skills.

Richard lives near Ruthin in North Wales.

Gift Vouchers for our Bushcraft courses

We sell gift vouchers for almost all of our public skills and experience courses. The vouchers are an e-voucher with a code, plus an A4 PDF that can be personalised with a short message for the person receiving it.

How it works

The process works like this:

  1. You can either choose a specific course date, or choose ‘Gift Voucher’ if you just want the recipient to choose a date for themselves
  2. Once you have chosen either a date or a voucher AND the number of places then click through to the checkout and fill in your payment information
  3. Your order will be processed and we will get in touch with you directly by email to ask if you want to add a message to the PDF
  4. We will send the PDF and the unique e-voucher code to you by email, along with another PDF that has instructions on how the person receiving the voucher can redeem it and claim their place
  5. You give the voucher to the person receiving it and they claim their place and pass their contact information to us so we can send them the rest of the course information

Please take a look at our Gift Voucher Terms and Conditions on this page, and please contact us if you have any questions.

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.

Is there any 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.

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.

Can I purchase a gift voucher for this course?

Yes, you can purchase a gift voucher for somebody else by selecting the relevant option from the dropdown menu above. We can also create a custom PDF voucher that you can print off and give to the course recipient.
Terms and conditions for our Gift Vouchers can be found here.

Private Bushcraft Courses

Any of our public courses can be booked as a private event, or we can create a day or event to meet your specific requirements.

Please get in touch directly, or take a look at the popular private courses below.

The Woodcrafter Course – a Level 1 EST Framework Course

The Woodcrafter course is a Level 1 Course on the EST Framework. This means that participants in this course can continue onwards in a progression of structured courses using the skills learned on this course – if they wish.

There is no requirement for any previous experience or training before attending this course however, and it can be undertaken purely as a standalone course.

The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework

The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework is a structured survival and outdoor safety training programme for individuals, groups, businesses and other organisations.

Origins of the Framework

Over the past decade Original Outdoors has worked with dozens of training partners to provide realistic subject and terrain-specific outdoor safety training. Throughout that time we had requests for the same key subjects again and again – navigation, use of outdoor PPE, emergency planning, survival techniques and logistics.
In 2017 we created the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework after consulting with other outdoor professionals, educators and experts in outdoor safety training. From 2018 onwards the Environmental Survival Training Framework is offered to the general public as well as our existing clients.

Training Progression

The EST Framework is designed to allow candidates to complete standalone training sessions, or progress through a training pathway to become an advanced instructor in that subject.

Each of the courses are held within a training stream – navigation, survival, campcraft, wild food, search operations, work and industry. Each of those streams has courses at different training levels from Level One to Level Three, and then clearly defined training and assessment courses for becoming an EST instructor within that stream.

Training Delivery

All Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework courses are delivered by experienced outdoor professionals with backgrounds from the emergency services, SAR, expedition leadership or military service. Although the training is often delivered in a friendly and approachable manner there is always the underlying ethos that our training must be:

    • Appropriate
    • Realistic
    • Honest
    • Relevant

    Our clients work in genuinely hazardous environments, and our training delivery has to match that. We choose our training venues, materials and partners carefully to ensure that we maintain a high quality of realistic, relevant and authentic survival and outdoor safety training.

EST Training Classification System

Original Outdoors created the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Training Classification System to categorise our own training courses, and provide a comparative system for other similar training schemes that sit alongside the EST Framework (Mountain Training, Rescue 3 etc).

Levels One, Two and Three are end-user awards within a particular training stream. Levels Four to Seven are instructor awards within that training stream.

EST L11Entry-level training course where no previous subject training is required.
EST L22Intermediate – level training course where previous subject training has occurred.None
EST L33Advanced-level training course where significant previous subject training has occurred.Assessment
EST L44Training for delivery of L1-L2 courses within the EST Framework.Assessment + Logbook
EST L55Training for delivery of L1 -L3 courses within the EST Framework. Assessment + Logbook
EST L5A5 (L3 Assessor)Bolt-on training for independent assessment of L3 courses. Assessment + Logbook
EST L66Training for delivery and assessment of L1-L4 courses. Assessment + Logbook + Observation
EST L6A6 (L5 Assessor)Bolt-on for assessment of L5A courses.Assessment + Logbook + Observation
EST L77Assessment of Level 6 + 6A candidates.Assessment + Logbook + Observation