Fancy yourself as the next Bear Grylls? Have a go at one of these Yorkshire bushcraft courses…
Want to learn how to survive in the wild? There are loads of awesome bushcraft experiences you can do in Yorkshire. Led by an expert, you’ll get to construct shelters, forage for food and start a fire with nothing but a flint. It’s a great way to learn about nature and appreciate the beauty of God’s own country. From introductory crash courses to epic survival weekends, there’s something for everyone, so get ready to head into the great outdoors and get your hands dirty.
The folk at Howl Bushcraft are journeying specialists and you can learn how to survive a trek through the wild on their experience days. They have courses for all abilities at their two Yorkshire camps – Primary Bushcraft will see you get to grips with core skills like firelighting and shelter building, while the Wayfinder Course will sharpen your navigation knowledge. Up for a challenge? Take on Peregrin Bushcraft. Kitted out with just a small backpack, you’ll embark on a four day journey through the woods, relying only on natural resources to survive.
Howl Bushcraft, Woodhead Road, Woodseats, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S35 8RS & Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 8DW.
Yorkshire Dales Bushcraft
Yorkshire Dales Bushcraft offer action-packed bushcraft experiences for all ages. On their one-day course, adults can master axe work, knife skills and primitive fire making. There’s even a lunch of forest fish and chips included, which you’ll make using ancient Canadian cooking methods. Got a couple of outdoors-obsessed kids? They run special camp days for young adventurers during the school holidays. Sat around a roaring fire, the kids will learn about the natural world before getting their hands dirty with basic survival skills.
Yorkshire Dales Bushcraft, Briscoe Ridge Lane, North Rigton, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, LS17 OAE.
Rewilding Adventure is the place to go for an in-depth bushcraft education. The basecamp is nestled on the edge of the North York Moors and with a passionate team ready to share their wisdom, you’ll get to learn more than basic firelighting and den building. In fact, they offer 13 different courses designed to develop your skills and teach you how to use the forest’s resources sustainably. Beginners of all ages can take a course on the four fundamentals – fire, water, foraging and shelter – while those with more experience can tackle everything from tree felling to tarp rigging.
Rewilding Adventure, Baby Moon, Redcar Road, Dunsdale, Guisborough, North Yorkshire, TS14 6RH.
It’s all about family-friendly bushcraft experiences at Rugged Outdoors. Their camp is hidden in the woods at Rye House Farm in North Yorkshire, so round up the kids and prepare to venture into the wilderness for a fun-filled day of survival skills and bushcraft. You’ll start with a firelighting session, before moving on to shelter building and knife skills, with some extra challenges thrown in along the way. They also run kids clubs. Rugged Tots lets the little ones go wild in the great outdoors, while Rugged Rangers teaches older kids how to build base camps and make tools.
Rugged Outdoors, Rye House Farm, Harome, North Yorkshire, YO62 5JN.
Live For Today
Want to get to grips with the basics of wilderness survival? Live For Today’s bushcraft course is one of the best for beginners in Yorkshire. It’s a one-hour introduction that you can do in the beautiful surrounds of either Hazlewood or Ripley Castle. Your expert instructor will teach you the tips and tricks you need for building shelter and a fire, including which firelighting techniques are best for producing heat, light or smoke signalling. The group sizes are kept small, so you’ll get individual help from your instructor to perfect your skills.
You can escape modern technology and get back to nature for a day at Bozz Bushcraft. It’s run by John Bosworth, a skilled adventurer who’s passionate about re-connecting city folk and tech-obsessed youngsters with nature. He offers introductory courses for adult groups and families. You’ll spend the day working together to light fires, build shelters and make wood carvings. To top off the experience, you’ll kick back around the campfire and toast marshmallows. Want one-to-one training with an expert? John also offers individual sessions to hone your skills.
Bozz Bushcraft, 32 Osmondthorpe Lane, Osmondthorpe, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 9EF.
You’ll find Trailblazer Wildcraft amidst the wilds of Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire. They’re a dedicated bunch of bushcraft lovers and offer in-depth masterclasses on specific skills. Tackle the Foraging Foray and you’ll learn about the local wildlife, before exploring to forest to find edible plants and track animals. Or you can try your hand at Fire Craft, where you’ll perfect different fire-starting techniques, using everything from bow drills to flint. Can’t decide? They also have an introductory course that’ll give you a taste of all the basics.
Trailblazer Wildcraft, Dalby Forest, 17 Market Place, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AE.