Woodlore — School of Wilderness Bushcraft


Fundamental Bushcraft

The Initiation

Our Fundamental Bushcraft course provides a broad and solid foundation of bushcraft knowledge upon which you can build and develop. It is an ideal place to begin your journey with Woodlore and is a challenging and immensely rewarding week regardless of previous experience.

Every skill has been fastidiously selected for our syllabus based on its appropriateness for wilderness application. Highly experienced instructors will expertly demonstrate and carefully explain each technique before providing focused guidance as you emulate your observations.

Further Information

Open your eyes and step into the incredible possibilities of the natural world through the art of Bushcraft: your key to experiencing your time in the outdoors in a more fulfilling and practical way. The Fundamental Bushcraft course will change the way that you look at the world forever and equip you with a firm foundation of practical skills to use in the farthest corners of the world or on your own front doorstep.

Our syllabus has been honed over many years to introduce the widest range of skills and your days will be filled with hard work, discovery and the satisfaction of achievement and learning. Each skill is carefully explained and expertly demonstrated before you practice the technique for yourself. As new skills are acquired, you will be encouraged to apply them as we build upon what you have learned, increasing both the pace and level of challenge. The end result is self- reliance, closeness to nature and improved self-confidence in the outdoors. If you are interested in attending a shorter 2-day course please take a look at the Introduction to Bushcraft courses.

By the end of the week, a tight knit group will have been formed and lasting friendships forged by the warmth of the campfire. The final day provides a buzz of excitement as you are all given the opportunity to demonstrate your new skills and understanding in a test that is the gateway to the Journeyman course.

Challenging, thrilling and satisfying in equal measure, the Woodlore Fundamental Bushcraft course is conducted entirely outdoors in a friendly campfire atmosphere and will go ahead in all weather. No previous experience is necessary, but a reasonable level of fitness is required.

The skills that will be taught during this course include:

  • Firelighting, including by friction
  • Shelter Construction
  • Water Collection & Purification
  • Plants for food & medicine
  • Natural Cordage
  • Hunting & Trapping
  • Wilderness Fishing Techniques
  • Safe use of Cutting Tools
  • Looking after the land and leaving no trace
  • Backcountry Hygiene
  • Outdoor Safety
  • Natural Navigation

Please note this course is also being run in Scotland and Worcestershire.

This course starts at 17:30 on Sunday and will finish at 16:00 on Saturday.


All meals for this course will be provided. You will not live from the land during this course although one meal will be of wild food. For the rest of the time normal meals will be provided, allowing each student the opportunity to do some backcountry cooking, therefore if you have special dietary requirements please let us know on your consent form or contact the office.

We provide a kettle, tea, coffee, squash and biscuits in a brew box at the main camp fire of the course, under a large parachute. We also have fresh drinking water and a fruit bowl available.

Course Site

The Fundamental Bushcraft course will take place at an expedition style camp in East Sussex, close to Tunbridge Wells. 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, using a screened camp shower and a screened latrine in the woods.

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.

Once you have passed the Fundamental Bushcraft course you are able to attend the Journeyman course.

Dates, Costs and Bookings

Please select a course date from the list shown below to see costs, locations and course sizes. Please ensure that you read our Terms & Conditions prior to booking your place.

  2017 Dates - Fundamental Bushcraft

- (Fully Booked) • £650.00

- (Fully Booked) • £650.00

- (5 places) • £650.00

Course Reviews

Fundamental Bushcraft is rated 5/5 based on 56 customer reviews.

Overall Rating:

  1 of 56

  A fantastic week spent learning many new bushcraft skills, and really getting a taste of the hard work required to sustain yourself in the wild. This is a hands on and challenging course but thoroughly enjoyable, many thanks to Keith, Brian and Callum for the hard work they put in and their professional manner, and thanks to the whole group who made the week a success.  


Rated: 5/5

  2 of 56

  I had a really great time! This Fundamental Bushcraft course exceeded my expectations. The staff were very enthusiastic and skilled and there was a good group atmosphere.  


Rated: 5/5

  3 of 56

  Absolutely fantastic! I'd thoroughly recommend this course to anyone interested in bushcraft, wildlife, plant life or in finding out more about themselves. The course lasts a week and covers many aspects of bushcraft, including fire lighting, shelter, water, wild food/foraging, carving, cordage and many other areas. It's hard work, but very rewarding. The course staff are great, very knowledgeable, helpful and their insight was invaluable. The site on which the course took place was beautiful and private. You felt as if you were in the middle of nowhere and cut off from society. I can't wait to go back and do the next course. Highly recommended.  


Rated: 5/5

  4 of 56

  A wonderful course that really built my confidence in the outdoors. The location was amazing with beautiful woodland and varied plant and animal life. The instruction was top notch and I learnt so much in the week. A real eye opener about how to live well outdoors, thank you!  


Rated: 5/5

  5 of 56

  Firstly a big thank you to Nick, Brian, Wayne and all at Woodlore. What an amazing week of hard work, fun, skills and time in the woods. This is my third Woodlore course and certainly not my last. As always the teaching and facilities were first rate and the content (and there was a lot!!!) was fantastic. Thanks to the three legends mentioned above as well as help from other students I achieved so much and have gained confidence in my abilities and knowledge. I thought bow drill would by my downfall. But with everyones help I achieved my first ember a few days in and then had the confidence to go on to do more. To anyone thinking of doing this course, please do. It can be hard work at times. But the skills you learn and the confidence it gives are well worth it. Thank you Woodlore  


Rated: 5/5

  6 of 56

  This was the second time I completed this course, first time 14 years ago and in the meantime 5 other courses all with Woodlore. The reason I keep coming back to Woodlore is simple. They are the best. The instruction is top quality. The pace is fast and sometimes you think will I get everything done. Everything about this course is second to none. Dan, Dave and Nick all possess a natural teaching ability and knowledge that surpasses most in this field. I have to mention my course comrades too, you were all good fun and I thoroughly enjoyed the banter we had from day one. Well done everyone for passing too. Thanks to Woodlore for doing what you do best and thats being the best. See you next year for another course... without fail.  


Rated: 5/5

  7 of 56

  I came with high expectations but they were exceeded nevertheless. The standard and pace of tuition would be hard to beat. Dan, Dave and Nick constantly pushed our boundaries and the experience of acquiring a whole cohesive range of new skills was really exciting. Exhausting, but truly life-changing! My perspective on the outdoors has been enhanced forever. I'll certainly be back.  


Rated: 5/5

  8 of 56

  If you attend this course with the preconception it is an easy week of camping in the amazing woodland of East Sussex / Kent borders, then you will be seriously disappointed (about the easy bit). This course will remind you of things you may have forgotten about yourself and you will also discover things that you didn’t know about yourself. From initial booking of the course to final completion, all ingredients for a successful week have been carefully prepared by the highly professional, dedicated and pro-active Woodlore Staff who will gladly assist and advise you. It is then down to you to get the mix right. It is a very busy week that will require your full attention, commitment and a willingness to learn about a variety of subjects. It is also a thoroughly enjoyable and fulfilling experience from which, you will be the main beneficiary. In simple summary...'go for it'. Sincerest appreciation to Woodlore for a terrific experience with specific thanks to Dan, Nick and Dave.  


Rated: 5/5

  9 of 56

  Having just completed the Fundamental Bushcraft course I can honestly say it was one of the best and most memorable experiences I have had, despite being in pain all week with an ingrown toe nail on each foot! I was overwhelmed with the amount of information and projects on this course and admittedly I did struggle and did not complete my projects, however I had decided that it would be best for me to practice what I had learned and come back again next year prepared for the pace and content of the course. If you are after a slow paced holiday in the woods then this isn't for you. You will be tired and sweaty, with blistered hands and cuts from your Mora knife, but to me this is all part of the journey and the process of learning this craft. I can't praise the instructors, Keith, Dan and Wayne enough. They have so much patience and passion for their subject, are all very welcoming and friendly and always willing to help. The food was good, the setting was amazing and I met some really good people who I hope to stay in touch with. All in all a fantastic week and a great adventure to prepare me for further adventures to come. If you are interested in nature, enjoy camping and want to learn bushcraft, then book yourself onto this course and learn from some of the best. Thanks again Keith, Dan and Wayne, I'll be back next year with a bow drill!  


Rated: 5/5

  10 of 56

  The Fundamental Bushcraft course is excellent. It provides a thorough grounding and the opportunity to learn practical skills of bushcraft in a friendly and inspiring environment. The instructors are knowledgeable and supportive. You get out of the course what you are prepared to put in, and I shall certainly book other courses in the future. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the outdoors and who wish to re-claim basic skills that can add so much to modern living.  


Rated: 5/5

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about this course can be found here. If you have a question about this course, please contact us.

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