Review by Helen
Setting off from London I headed off to the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. After a safety briefing, our group headed off into the private woodland to learn the basics of bushcraft and survival.
We started by learning how to carve wood, use knives safely and were shown how to build two different types of shelter, without using any sort of binding. Next it was our turn to give it a go and build a wind and waterproof shelter, just using the materials around us.
Next up, was the really exciting bit – making fire!! The instructors gave excellent tuition and had lots of time and patience for us all to get it very wrong, until as if by magic, we got it spectacularly right! Being able to create fire from just two unassuming solid objects feels incredible and is a lot harder than it looks.
Although I was slightly apprehensive about eat stinging nettles, after watching the youngest member of our group give it a go, I thought I better try.
The day was exhausting but I learnt so much – only wish I could have stayed for the whole night and camped out.
16 July 2012