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Open canoe bush craft camping expeditions - Coniston, in the Lake District.

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" Sometimes when you lose your way you find yourself."
Mandy Hale

's wilderness bush craft expeditions and courses have been enjoyed by many over the past 23 years, you can choose from a one day one night option, a two day two night option or a two day two night trip. A basic itinerary can be found below.

Our bush craft camping expeditions and trips are aimed at taking you away from your daily routine and providing you with all the equipment and skills to enable you to spend time comfortably out in the wild.

This is not a survival course
, although you or your group will need to grasp the understanding of working closely as a team to enable you to enjoy a comfortable night under the stars.

Apart from Lunch on day one, food of your choice is supplied in the form of either locally sourced delicacies, including fell bred meats or 24 hour ration packs; these packs are all you will need to sustain you during your time with us.

wilderness bush craft experience is ideal for educational school trips, schools expeditions, youth groups, adult and teacher training sessions or stag and hen parties.

Bush craft Camp Itinerary

Day one

10.00am - run through safety and paddle skills and some knot tying on shore, and then spend the morning single / double paddling around the north end of the lake.

12.00am - lunch

1.00pm - pack personal equipment and clothing into barrels and pack the boats, navigate to the camp.

4.00pm - group empty boats, collect fire wood, wood cutting session, dig toilet, choose suitable sleeping area and set up hammocks, tarps etc

5.00pm - fire setting and fire lighting session. Group cook dinner over the open fire and wash up.

7.00pm - drinks around the fire by the lake.

Day two

Early, but not too early -   the group rekindles the fire and gets the pan on for tea.

8.00am - group to cook breakfast over the fire and to wash up.

9.00am - second cup of tea of the day. Free time either for sitting by the lake relaxing or walking in the woods

10.00am - take down hammocks and pack equipment into the barrels. Check around camp for litter. Last cup of tea of the morning before clearing the fire.

11.00am - group paddle to Peel Island.

12.30pm - group return from Peel Island and make soup over the fire for lunch

1.30 pm - group pack the boats, final litter check around site and lake shore

2.30pm - paddle back up north, pack away all equipment.

4.00pm - finish

What's included - evening meal on day one, breakfast and lunch on day two (Army ration packs or other if preferred), all sleeping and cooking equipment, full waterproof clothing.

What to bring - a full kit list will be issued on booking

Click here to view an instructor having fun waking the group up during a bush craft camp

Click here to view a school trip packing up their kit during a bushcraft camp

To view some of our wilderness camp images click here wilderness camp.

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