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Sadly I was disappointed with this course. Despite being a lot more expensive than similar courses I decided to opt for this course as it has the ‘Ray Mears’ brand and as such I expected it to be worth the extra money. I hope this review will highlight the areas of the course that I personally felt were poor and help improve the course for people in the future. Despite the knowledge of the instructors I found the course chaotic and communication between the instructors and with us directly to be lacking. Twice I was told the incorrect information or simply not informed which led to me being late. I found the course to be poorly organised. Often I felt we were just left with very little guidance and there was a laziness to this, like it was easier to give us a task and then leave us for a few hours often without seeing an instructor. Another example of this was having a lecture on cordage at 9.30pm, after a long day and after dark. Such lessons should be taught in daylight and I don’t feel such lessons are ideal by the light of a fire or lantern. There was also a number of lesson at the start of the week that were dragged out which left the final days feeling very rushed. Despite being reassured that Woodlore can cater for all diets, I thought the thought and effort behind the vegetarian food to be very poor indeed and drastically needs improvement. To be told to make a vegetarian stew but without vegetarian stock cubes being available, lunches with ham and pate but no vegetarian alternative. Once again I feel there was a laziness and lack of effort by Woodlore on this front. Despite these things I met some interesting people and learnt a number of new things. I plan to continue to study bushcraft but will probably try a different company next time.