Woodlore — School of Wilderness Bushcraft  



Travelling Light

Once the skills of Bushcraft are embedded in your mindset, their application on any journey becomes an almost unconscious component. Liberating and empowering, this way of travelling insists that you notice and work with your environment.

Reading nature's signs to aid navigation and decision making; to predict the conditions ahead and prepare to meet them, you will begin to appreciate the true potential of your skills. Move away from the base camp and experience Bushcraft in its true light: as an enabler for those who wish to experience wild places.

Further Information

The skills that we learn during our study of bushcraft are simply the stepping stones to adventure; they enable us to visit and travel in the natural world whilst minimising burden. Put simply, they make bush life easier. Learning these skills also changes your mindset. For instance, should you need to quickly tie something together temporarily, swiftly pulling a length of bark from a willow wand becomes easier than finding a length of string in your rucksack. It ceases to be a novelty.

One of the twelve 'Woodlores' states to 'maximise efficiency whilst minimising effort.' This course promotes that mindset by us making a journey on foot together through beautiful landscape where Bushcraft is the most efficient solution.

Travelling light frees you to go further with less effort and allows you a much greater enjoyment of your journey. No-one enjoys being a beast of burden!

This course is designed for people who wish to hit the trail and apply their Bushcraft skills as they go.

Moving on from the basics to the next level, this course provides the skills and knowledge that enable you to hike safely and competently, deep into the backcountry.

Topics covered include:

  • Preparation & Planning
  • Risk management
  • Clothing & equipment
  • Lightweight shelters
  • Trail foods and nutritional requirements
  • Keeping food fresh & safe from wildlife
  • Trail cooking
  • Caring for your feet and trail first-aid
  • Weather - appraisal and forecasting
  • Navigation techniques
  • River crossings & other hazards
  • Survival equipment & emergency bivouacs
  • Communication & Signaling
  • Laws and regulation
  • Ethics & environmental protection

This course starts at 17:30 on Sunday and will finish at 14:00 on Saturday.


All food will be provided, offering each student the opportunity to practice backcountry cooking.

If you have any dietary requirements please contact the office.

Course Site

The Applied Bushcraft course will take place at an expedition style camp in Scotland. The camp is situated in beautiful private woodland with no public access with lots of wildlife including deer, owls, badgers, fox and butterflies. We do not have shower/toilet blocks at our sites, therefore all aspects of the course will have a fantastic wilderness feel.

We have a car park at the course site where you your car will be kept during the course (if you bring one).

Other Details

Joining instructions will be sent to participants of the course 9 weeks before it is due to start, giving details of where to meet, at what time, and what to bring with you.

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