Course Duration: 2 Years comprising of 17 Weekends and 3 day courses
Course Size: 14 Maximum
Course Age: 18+

This is a personal development course with the added bonus of special private access to our woodlands for you to consolidate your skills. The Woodland Wayer consists of 17 weekend courses and 3 one day courses spread over 2 years. In addition to the actual course dates you will be able to access and utilise your area of woodland on 12 additional weekends over the duration of the course.

Further to this, course participants benefit from a 10% discount on all equipment from our World Of Bushcraft Centre and 15% off further courses or expeditions with Woodland Ways.

This is the original extended period course and is recognised as a flag ship course within the industry. People attend this course for a variety of different reasons, it is a very cost effective way to learn in depth a wide variety of skills, some come for personal pleasure, some instructors come for professional development.

£3,195pp or book with a £639 Deposit

This course is designed to leave you with all of the skills necessary to understand the scope, depth and breadth of what we mean when we talk about Bushcraft, this is the real deal. Harvesting your resources from natures bounty, you will be lucky enough to be taught by one of the UK's leading Bushcraft Companies. Complete immersion into each subject can only be achieved by slowing down, and spending quality time on each and every subject, this course allows you to do this


"The WOODLAND WAYER 2 year course: Hi Jason. Thanks for a great weekend, a shed load of information and skills delivered in a highly professional but informal way. Nigh on 8hrs Friday, 12hrs Saturday and 8hrs Sunday of quality instruction from what must be the hardest working team of Bushcraft Instructors out there. I came away with new skills and knowledge and feeling good about what the next 2 years and the years following will bring, The Woodland Ways Instructor team should feel good too, for a job very well done.

The woodlands are just simply beautiful, and the respect and command of the knowledge you and your instructors hold has simply blown me away, I cannot wait to continue on my journey"

Course Itinerary

The following is a breakdown of the full itinerary of the course, if you find you cannot make one of the weekends then we simply put you onto the same weekend the following year with the next intake. Dates for both 2024-25 in Oxfordshire and 2025-26 in Derbyshire are now live.

Welcome Weekend and Edged Tools Training - This module covers knife law, selection, sharpening, use and safety. Folding saws, bow saws, crook knives. We look at axe selection, maintenance and small axe works including carving. This module includes several carving projects designed to use a range of edged tools.

Spring Forage Day Course - Here we initially consider the safety aspects of foraging, before moving on to plant and tree identification, edible uses, other uses, and preparation.

Tracking and Awareness Weekend - Here we aim to open your eyes (and ears, nose, feet, and hands) to discovering life in the woods. This weekend will give you the confidence to not just understand what animal has left a track, but to interpret the tracks and signs to enable you to get closer to wildlife. With our unique down to earth, practical and realistic approach your instructor will go beyond the classic realms of identifying tracks and signs for food, to give you a deeper understanding of animal behaviour within the UK and provide you with the opportunity to experience nature as close as you can get.

Intermediate Fire Weekend - This includes its importance and use, fire building, fire lays, kindling, man-made and natural tinder collection and preparation. Ignition sources such as matches, lighters, ferrocerium rods, flint and steel, flint and iron pyrites. Also the proper extinguishing of fire and clearing up to leave no trace.

Intermediate Shelter Weekend - This includes the importance of shelter, the pitching of tarps, simple emergency shelters, the correct construction of basic one and two man shelters including lean-to and kennels etc. We also look at thatching options, bedding and cot beds.

Cordage And Bark Work Weekend - Throughout this weekend you will discover the huge variety of available natural cordage, how to select the appropriate material, preparation, plaiting, braiding, and laid cordage. You will also discover rope making. Further to these skills you will learn how to process various barks in order to make containers. We will also look at birch bark usage, birch tar, and plant glues.

Autumn Forage Day Course - Here we will build on the knowledge gained on the Spring Forage, before moving on to plant and tree identification in the Autumn, edible uses, other uses, and wild food preparation.

Camp Furniture and Gadgets Weekend - Throughout this weekend you have the opportunity to produce cooking cranes, pot hangers, tripods, seating, camp gadgets and woodsman candles and lamps to make your base camp the home from home it was destined to be.

Water and Camp Hygiene Weekend - This weekend de-mystifies the science of making water safe to drink. From sourcing your water, collecting it, and then on to removing contaminants and waterborne pathogens. You will discover a whole array of techniques for filtering and purification, including primitive methods for boiling, chemical purification, and UV purification. We also investigate camp hygiene in relation to dealing with human waste, leave no trace practice, camp latrines and personal hygiene.

Axe Use and Tree Interpretation Weekend - This weekend focuses on axe selection, maintenance and safe use. You will learn how to fell, split, limb and section your timber. When the arms no longer move our instructors will impart their knowledge on tree identification and interpretation, we include in this weekend a night time tree identification session which will really hone your ID skills.

Fur On Hide Work Weekend - This weekend moves us on to working with fur bearing animal hides, with the production of beautiful and functional hides that can then be turned into useful garments.

Basketry Weekend - This weekend is purely dedicated to the craft elements of hedgerow basketry; including material selection, producing different basket and container styles utilising different weaves. We also include coil basketry and different stitching patterns.

Primitive Weaponry Weekend - During this weekend we discover the ancient weaponry that our ancestors would have hunted with. You will have the opportunity to produce your own tools including slingshot, atl atl, bolas, throwing sticks and more.

Bow Making Weekend - By the end of this weekend you will have the skills and knowledge to enable you to have produced your own bow. We will guide you through the process to discover the joys of fashioning wood, once the stave has been shaped roughly, we then move onto the finer detail of the curve, before cutting the string grooves. It's then down to the fine tuning of the tillering process, where you will finely balance the bow.

Navigation and Natural Navigation - This weekend you join us for an introduction to map and compass. You will learn how to utilise bearings, undertake resections, back bearings, provide grid references, and the use of hand rails. We also assess the reliability of comparative natural navigation techniques including the use of the sun, stars, moon, trees and plants, man-made features and landscapes.

Advanced Fire Weekend - Here we move on from the skills taught in the previous weekend to really develop your skills in Friction Fire Lighting. The focus is on refining your fire bow technique, including making your own fire bow set from the woodlands, the use of natural cordage, fault analysis and alternative fire bow techniques. We also aim to cover other friction fire lighting techniques - these will include the hand drill and fire saw.

Medicinal Wild Plants Day Course - Furthering the knowledge gained on the foraging courses this day looks specifically at the medicinal uses of various plants, including the preparation of items to take away.

Hide Tanning and Using Your Deer (2 weekends) - This section of The Woodland Wayer course is spread over two weekends. Here you have a go at brain tanning and veg tanning ultimately to produce buckskin and leather. We also undertake a variety of leather working projects. This will include elements of bone work, antler work, producing hide glue and rawhide.

Wild Food Weekend - This course covers preparing and cooking a variety of game for consumption and includes small and large mammals, small and large fowl, fish, crustaceans, and insects. In the process we will examine basic animal anatomy and talk about food safety. We will also begin to process and incorporate wild plants into your recipes.

Flint Knapping Weekend - On this course we look at Primitive Technologies. Here we guide you through pre-historic hand axe production, and how to make flakes for butchery and hide scrapers. You will then have the opportunity to use your tools to prepare your meals. We will also work with you on the production of blade cores and basic survival tools. You will also be using the scrapers and blade core tools produced on day one for all of your work, enabling you to come away with the confidence that you could produce useable tools without the use of modern equipment.

2024 Intake - Oxfordshire

Welcome Weekend and Edged Tools Training - 9th to 11th February 2024

Spring Forage Day Course - 31st March 2024

Tracking and Awareness Weekend - 12th to 14th April 2024

Intermediate Fire Weekend - 3rd to 5th May 2024

Intermediate Shelter Weekend - 14th to 16th June 2024

Cordage And Bark Work Weekend - 5th to 7th July 2024

Autumn Forage Day Course - 1st September 2024

Camp Furniture and Gadgets Weekend - 11th to 13th October 2024

Water and Camp Hygiene Weekend - 15th to 17th November 2024

Axe Use and Tree Interpretation Weekend - 6th to 8th December 2024

Fur On Hide Work Weekend - 10th to 12th January 2025

Basketry Weekend - 14th to 16th February 2025

Primitive Weaponry Weekend - 14th to 16th March 2025

Bow Making Weekend - 4th to 6th April 2025

Navigation and Natural Navigation - 9th to 11th May 2025

Advanced Fire Weekend - 6th to 8th June 2025

Medicinal Wild Plants Day Course - 13th July 2025

Hide Tanning and Using Your Deer (2 weekends) - 22nd to 24th August and 5th to 7th September 2025

Wild Food Weekend - 3rd to 5th October 2025

Flint Knapping Weekend - 21st to 23rd November 2025

2025 Intake - Derbyshire

Welcome Weekend and Edged Tools Training - 7th to 9th February 2025

Spring Forage Day Course - 30th March 2025

Tracking and Awareness Weekend - 11th to 13th April 2025

Intermediate Fire Weekend - 2nd to 4th May 2025

Intermediate Shelter Weekend - 13th to 15th June 2025

Cordage And Bark Work Weekend - 4th to 6th July 2025

Autumn Forage Day Course - 7th September 2025

Camp Furniture and Gadgets Weekend - 10th to 12th October 2025

Water and Camp Hygiene Weekend - 7th to 9th November 2025

Axe Use and Tree Interpretation Weekend - 5th to 7th December 2025

Fur On Hide Work Weekend - 9th to 11th January 2026

Basketry Weekend - 13th to 15th February 2026

Primitive Weaponry Weekend - 13th to 15th March 2026

Bow Making Weekend - 3rd to 5th April 2026

Navigation and Natural Navigation - 8th to 10th May 2026

Advanced Fire Weekend - 5th to 7th June 2026

Medicinal Wild Plants Day Course - 12th July 2026

Hide Tanning and Using Your Deer (2 weekends) - 21st to 23rd August and 4th to 6th September 2026

Wild Food Weekend - 2nd to 4th October 2026

Flint Knapping Weekend - 20th to 22nd November 2026