Come and join the Tamarack team on a weekend of bushcraft and wild camping in the beautiful Forest of Bowland in Lancashire. This course is designed to enhance your outdoor experience, make you more self reliant and self aware of your surroundings. The Bushcraft course was born out of doing what Mike loves the best, backpacking and travelling light in remote wild areas.
- Maintenance and use of the Knife, Folding Saw and Bow Saw
- Fire preparation, lighting and management
- Tree and plant identification and uses
- Cooking over an open fire
- Tarp and Hammock pitching
- Water collection and purification
- Hunting techniques using throw sticks and catapults
- Woodcraft projects for the camp
- Wildlife observation techniques
After meeting at Tamarack Outdoors, we will load up our vehicles and equipment and drive 30 minutes to the woodland. Here we will walk 500m from the vehicles into the wood and pitch camp. After camp orientation, the rest of the evening will be spent chatting and drinking tea while Mike gives a lecture on the contents of his rucksack and other outdoor equipment.
On Saturday and Sunday we will immerse ourselves in the fascinating world of bushcraft, carrying out many skills that a good outdoorsman needs to have an enjoyable time outdoors.
The course ends around 16:00 on Sunday, we will then break camp and head back to Tamarack Outdoors.
Dates & Booking Details
Site & Equipment
Friday 4th May to Sunday 6th May 2018
Meet at 18:30 on the Friday, the course finishes at around 16:00 on the Sunday.
Price includes a Bushcraft Knife and Firesteel. The course does not include food. All specialist equipment will be provided.
Course Size: 12
There is a minimum age limit of 12 for this course. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
For more information on this event or to be added to the reserve list, contact the Tamarack Team on 01995 601011 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet at Tamarack Outdoors at 18:30 on the Friday, the course will finish at 16:00 on the Sunday.
Directions from the South
- From M6 North bound take junction 32 M55 signposted Fleetwood, Preston North.
- Follow signs for A6 Preston and Garstang.
- At roundabout take the third exit signposted A6 Garstang.
- After 5.5 miles turn right on the B6430, sign posted Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club.
- Follow signs for Ray Lane and the Creamery Industrial Estate.
- Pass Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club.
- Turn right onto Calder House Lane, sign posted Ray Lane Industrial Estate.
- Stay on Calder House Lane, after several bends this turns into Bruna Hill, then into Ray Lane.
- Follow Ray Lane over humped back bridge and under railway bridge.
- Pass under railway bridge and turn immediately left passing the Kenlis Arms on the right.
- Head for signs for the Creamery Industrial Estate.
- On entering the estate, straight in front you, you will find Tamarack Outdoors.
Directions from the North
- From M6 South bound take Junction 33, signposted A6 Garstang and Fleetwood.
- At the roundabout take first exit, signposted Garstang, Blackpool and Fleetwood.
- After 7.8 miles turn left onto Cock Robin Lane, signed Garstang Country Hotel & Golf Club
- At the end of Cock Robin Lane turn left onto B6430.
- All other directions as from the South.
Our site is at 300 meters elevation and you will be working in the shade of the trees, because of this it can feel cool/cold even in the summer months. So please dress warmly, but have the option to layer down if we have fair weather and the woodland is warm. The site is in the North West of England, it often rains. Always use the layering system that is normally used in mountain areas.
Long trousers to be worn at all times, no shorts. There are Ticks on site (as with most such areas over the country) and many activities on the course involve kneeling, sitting and walking through brash. You will be fully briefed on arrival regarding best practise to avoid ticks but long trousers will greatly reduce Tick issues.
The food you bring can be anything from fresh meat, vegetables, fruit, wet or dry packet food. Pay particular attention on how you carry, store and preserve your food when packing, travelling and staying on site. A small coolbox is good for this.
Recommended Course Kit List
The following is a recommended kit list for the course.
To help you organise and keep kit manageable on route to the site we recommend you use a rucksack or large holdall for the bulk of your equipment.
- Tent, tarp or hammock - 2-3 man tents are advisable, or tarps measuring 4x4 meters approx
- Sleeping Bag - the woods are shaded so pack warm
- Sleeping Mat
- Medication (if applicable)
- Wash kit and towel
- Toilet roll and hand sanitizer
- Insect Repellant
- Gas / Ethanol Stove - fires only allowed in designated areas
- Spare fuel for stove
- 3mtrs of 3mm cord (Paracord style)
- Head Torch
- Spare batteries
- Water bottle
- Food and snacks for the full course
- Hat / Gloves / Buff (a pair of work gloves can be useful)
- Clothing for the course
- Spare clothing - optional, for travelling home
- Insulated jacket or warm mid layer
- Waterproof clothing
- Walking boots or wellies or similar
- Notebook and pencil
Q: When I arrive at Tamarack, what happens to my vehicle ?
If you have a 4x4 this is an advantage to get within 500 meters of the site. If not, there will be some car sharing to get to site and change over of equipment into other vehicles. If a non 4x4 needs to go to site, the vehicle will be parked in the nearby farmyard which is secure. Some vehicles will remain at Tamarack and parked adjacent to the shop, where there is CCTV in operation and the estate is locked at night.
You need to be of fair fitness, the hardest part of the course is the walk to and from the vehicles.
Q: What do I need to bring ?
You will need food and snacks for the duration of the course, stove (gas, wood gas or Ethanol) and cooking pots, tent, tarp or similar shelter, sleeping mat and sleeping bag. Waterproof and warm clothing, hat, gloves, scarf along with walking boots or similar. Toiletries including toilet roll, wash kit and towel. Head torch, note book and pencil, foam mat to sit on, camera, mosquito repellant, binoculars and any spare clothing for when you get back to the car on the Sunday afternoon.
All this must fit inside a rucksack or grip, remember you will have to carry all your equipment into the woodland.
A full list of recommended equipment for this course can be found on the Site & Equipment tab above.
Q: Do I get a discount on any equipment I need for the course ?
Yes, all course participants get a 10% discount on all products purchased at Tamarack for the course.
Q: What if the weather is bad ?
Don't worry about this, the course goes ahead whatever the weather.
Q: I can't make the Saturday, but can I come on the Sunday ?
Sorry, full attendance of the course is necessary, even if you have been on another course previously.
Q: Can I bring along alcohol ?
Alcohol and any recreational drugs are not allowed on site for the duration of the course. Anyone found using either, will be removed from the course immediately. However, this does not include any student who is on medication.
Q: Can I bring food and cook over the fire ?
No problem with this as long it does not effect the flow of the course.
Sorry, no dogs or pets allowed on site.
Q: What about first aid and anyone having an accident ?
All Tamarack staff are trained and qualified in first aid, with a full comprehensive first aid kit on site. If a student needs to go to hospital, this is a 25 minute drive from site. Risk assessments and emergency procedures are in place for any eventuality.
Q: What about insurance ?
Tamarack hold the relevant insurance to carry out this type of activity. However, it would be an advantage to all students to have there own travel insurance.
Q: What are the toilet facilities like ?
You will have to wash in a bowl or Billy can and go to the toilet in a hole/latrine in the ground, in a discreet area on site which will have been pre-prepared.
Q: How do I get rid of my rubbish ?
That's easy, you brought it in, so you take it out.
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What our customers say...
" Hi, I just wanted to say a massive thank you to the Tamarack team for a great weekend on the Bushcraft course. Right from arriving at the shop until our departure we were really well looked after and had such a great time!!! The course was well structured and we have learned so many new skills and knowledge of equipment uses. Looking forward to attending more of your courses / events in the near future... oh, & to revisit your amazing shop. Kind Regards Eamon. "