Bushcraft & wilderness skills have become more and more popular over the last few years. It is a great way to get that natural connection that so many of our lives are without. Here at Peak Instruction we offer a range of bushcraft and survival skills activities from our private site near Whaley Bridge in the Peak District.

Our specialty is bespoke courses for private groups. Whether you are an individual, family, stag/hen or corporate group, you’ll find bushcraft an excellent activity on its own or as part of a larger activity day. We can arrange one off introductory activity sessions right through to a bespoke coaching package with one of our specialists.

Just some of the bushcraft & survival subjects we can cover

  • Fire lighting – Sparks, matches and friction. The bow drill is a really satisfying skill and we can teach you how to do it.
  • Shelter building – Natural shelters or a bit of tarpology ( making shelters from bashas and tarps).
  • Water – Collection, purification & filtration. How to spot sources and what to do before you drink.
  • Food – Simple to advanced food preparation and cooking. Game and fish preparation and cooking always goes down well with stag groups.
  • Camp craft – pot hangers, tripods & chairs. Using your cutting tools to make objects that can be used and then safely fade away back into nature.
  • Knife skills – Processing firewood and simple carving projects. Safe use of knives and cutting tools is an essential skill.

We will provide all the necessary equipment as part of your course. Some of gear can be purchased by you along with your course booking, so that you take it home with you.

We have access to a number of sites throughout the Derbyshire and Peak District area. Primarily we use our private woodland site near Whaley Bridge but sometimes we may use a campsite or local park. We can deliver almost all bushcraft and wilderness skills activities at your own site too, ideal for schools and businesses looking to do something different with no transport costs. We could even run some activities on a tarmac playground.

All our instructors are trained via either the Institute of Outdoor Learning or NCFE.


We have experience of running skills demonstrations and simple activities as part of village open days or from a display area at carnivals and fairs. A bushcraft stall or station at an event really attracts people and we have some great participation activities for all the family. If you would like to discuss us coming to your event, get in touch.

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