Hooked on Man vs. Wild? Unleash your inner Bear Grylls with these enthralling Yorkshire bushcraft courses.
Venture out into the Yorkshire wilderness and reconnect with nature on these exciting bushcraft courses. You can take the whole family along for a bit of quality time, away from the distractions of the modern world. These epic experiences will see you grapple with the basics, relax in a hammock or put your skills to the test on a full-blown survivalist weekender. Whatever you do, you’ll leave appreciating all that God’s Own County has to offer even more.
Set in the luscious woodlands of South Yorkshire, just outside of Sheffield, Howl Bushcraft have a variety of tailored bushcraft courses for outdoors-lovers of all levels. For beginners, there’s the Primary Course, a one-day introduction to basic survival skills, from firelighting to smoke signalling. You’ll soon be a pro.
If you’ve got a weekend to spare, you can take on their Itinerant Course, two whole days of firelighting, campfire cooking and shelter building. You’ll leave the woods knowing you can set up your own camp and light a fire in even the worst of weathers. For the intermediate outdoorsman, the Wayfinder and Nomadic experiences are perfect. On these courses, you’ll discover your abilities to read the land, sleep on rough terrain and source clean water.
Howl Bushcraft, Woodhead Road, Woodseats, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S35 8RS & Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 8DW.
Yorkshire Dales Bushcraft
The founder of Yorkshire Dales Bushcraft, Jonathon Stodart, has 20 years worth of expertise in bushcraft and survivalism. He’s travelled all around the world, learning from indigenous tribes and honing his craft. His aim? To inspire people to go back to nature – and that’s exactly what you’ll do. With various base camps across Yorkshire, they create epic outdoors experiences for all ages.
For the grown-ups, there are one-day or full weekend courses and even 4-day coastal survival expeditions – no experience necessary. Why not take your family on a full-blown camping immersion? You’ll learn a range of basic and advanced bushcraft skills, from lighting a campfire to primitive cooking. After all that hard work, you can sit back and relax in a hammock in their relaxation zone. Come evening, you’ll enjoy a hot meal cooked over the campfire, toast marshmallows and guzzle down a hot chocolate around the fire. Pure bliss.
Yorkshire Dales Bushcraft, Briscoe Ridge Lane, North Rigton, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, LS17 OAE.
Rewilding Adventure are dedicated to sharing their passion for bushcraft. Their four-pronged approach inspires you to appreciate and respect nature, gain knowledge and skills to sustain yourself, be more active in the outdoors and develop yourself as a person in the process. Rewilding provide a wide variety of courses, from customisable half-day sessions to months-long progressive programmes.
On these Yorkshire bushcraft courses, you’ll learn essential survival skills like finding shelter, fire-starting and foraging. Plus, your session will be customised to suit the weather, your experience and interests. If you’re looking for something slightly more challenging, opt for their advanced day course, where you’ll be using tools like the sheath knife and bow saw. Or, you can really take it to the next level with their Bushcrafter’s Weekend Course, for two nights of putting your skills to the test and even baking bread. By the end, you’ll be set for your own outdoor adventures.
Rewilding Adventure, Baby Moon, Redcar Road, Dunsdale, Guisborough, North Yorkshire, TS14 6RH.
Hidden in the woods at Rye House Farm in the charming North Yorkshire countryside, Rugged Outdoors is the passion project of ex-Royal Navy physical training instructor, Craig Buttery. Bringing over 40 years of bushcraft experience to the campfire, Rugged is all about spending quality time as a family in an outdoor environment to re-connect with each other and nature.
Teaching skills that would have been used long ago, your gang can try their hand at axe-throwing, whittling, woodland cooking and more. Their one-day family experience allows you to work together to take on a broad spectrum of bush trials. You’ll start with fire lighting, using both traditional and more modern techniques, before moving on to shelter building and practising your knife skills. There are also shorter courses available, packed full of fun activities for all the fam.
Rugged Outdoors, Rye House Farm, Harome, North Yorkshire, YO62 5JN.
‘Think, believe, dream, dare, do.’ That’s the Bozz Bushcraft motto. And there’ll be plenty of all that on their Yorkshire bushcraft courses. Founder John Bosworth is passionate about bringing the internet-obsessed back into nature. He’s also worked as a DofE award assessor, so you know you’re in safe hands – which is great when you’re in the Yorkshire wilderness with no way of contacting the outside world.
In our busy lives, it’s easy to forget the simple things like spending quality time with your loved ones. That’s where Bozz comes in. Leave the day-to-day hustle and bustle behind for a family bushcraft-filled day out. You can build lasting memories of lighting fires and gathering around the campfire. Big or small groups of all ages and levels are welcome for courses of varying lengths, each adapted to your needs and wants. They even offer hen and stag-dos, as well as bespoke one-to-ones for the more advanced crafter.
Bozz Bushcraft, 32 Osmondthorpe Lane, Osmondthorpe, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 9EF.
You’ll find Brigantia Bushcraft at stunning locations dotted around the Yorkshire Dales. They’re all about giving you the confidence in your own abilities, stimulating an awareness of your surroundings and awakening the senses. They offer practical, safe and tremendously fun bushcraft courses for individuals, families and groups. Both Richard and Joe are Level 3 Forest School Practitioners, so they know what they’re talking about.
Cordage, cover, cutting, container and combustion. Those are the five C’s of bushcraft you’ll learn on their courses in Yorkshire. Being proficient in these will ensure you can deal with almost any outdoor living situation – to not just survive but thrive. Not only will you get to know the basic survival skills down, but you’ll learn how to apply them to any situation you find yourself in. Because nothing beats lived experience to familiarise yourself with something, but especially bushcraft. You’ll have a crack at wild camping, foraging, cooking, firelighting, craftwork… the list goes on.
Brigantia Bushcraft, hosts at various locations around the Yorkshire Dales.