Wilderness living, survival and bushcraft, traditional woodland crafts, self reliance


The smell of woodsmoke stirs something deep inside most people. It's not all that long ago that this smell was part of every day life.

Our 21st century life gives us warmth and light at the flick of a switch, shelter, most of us food whenever we want it, water with the turn of a tap and travel without getting sore feet yet so many people are drawn back to wild places despite these comforts. It seems that we can't get the wilderness out of our systems!

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When we explore these wild places we are only visitors, we carry small lightweight versions of our comfortable lives with us on our backs.


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Without these knick-knacks life in the wilds would seem harsh, maybe even impossible yet not so long ago our beds, shelter, warmth, food and water came from the wilds itself.

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Many people feel it's time to re-address the balance, to re-learn, re-wild and ultimately re-discover their self-reliance in a rapidly changing world!

Here at Wilderness Survival Skills in Wiltshire you'll strip everything right back to basics to re-kindle this knowledge, combining up-to-date outdoor training with realistic and achievable skills from our past.

You will spend time learning about outdoor safety, how to light a warming campfire in all weathers, build a warm, waterproof shelter from natural materials, make comfortable bedding, find food and water, even craft containers, utensils, tools and clothing using ancient skills.

If you love spending time outdoors or have a yearning to learn more about natures resources, read on...

Joe O'Leary

What Can I Learn?

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The Wilderness Survival Guide

The Wilderness Survival Guide Book By Joe OLeary

Joe's Book

Written in clear, easy-to follow text, The Wilderness Survival Guide focuses on the realities of using wilderness survival techniques not just in a genuine "survival situation" but also to enhance any outdoor experience, from a hike in the country to camping in the wild.

A good read, written by someone who loves the woods

Amazon review, 1st Feb 2013

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