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About Woodlore Team

Woodlore, The School of Wilderness Bushcraft, was founded in 1983 by the British Bushcraft expert Ray Mears.

Woodlore Christmas Opening Times

Please note that the Woodlore office will close for the Christmas period at 2:00 PM GMT on Friday 21st December 2018. We will reopen for business at 9:00 AM GMT on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

Orders can still be placed online during this period, but please note that they will not be dispatched until the office re-opens in January.

Any queries during this time should be sent to

We wish all of our customers the very best for Christmas and the New Year!


Woodlore Christmas Posting Dates

Our final posting day this year will be Friday 21st December. To ensure that your parcel arrives in plenty of time for Christmas, please place your order in accordance with the relevant recommended dates below:


Royal Mail 1st Class and Parcelforce Express 48:
Please place your order by 2:00 PM on Thursday 20th December.

Royal Mail Tracked 24, Royal Mail Special Delivery and Parcelforce Express 24:
Please place your order by 2:00 PM on Friday 21st December.

As an extra helping hand, all UK orders £50.00 and over (not including postage costs) placed after 2:00 PM GMT on Wednesday 19th December 2018 until we close at 2:00 PM GMT on Friday 21st December 2018 will be dispatched via a guaranteed next working day delivery service. That’s an upgraded service at no extra cost to you.

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Complimentary Presentation Gift Pack for Courses this Christmas

If you are booking a course for someone special this Christmas we have plenty of exciting experiences for you to choose from.  We are currently celebrating 35 years of bushcraft and in commemoration of this, we have some extra courses available led by Ray himself.

Please follow our helpful points below to ensure that you have the perfect gift in time for the big day:

  • Book the course in your own name, this saves any surprises being spoilt if we need to make contact regarding the booking.
  • Call us or email us in the office to let us know that you have booked a course as a gift and the name of the person that will be attending.
  • Once we make a note of the attendee name then we will get a personalised presentation pack in the post addressed to you in a plain brown envelope so that we don’t give the game away.
  • Once received, your presentation pack can then be wrapped ready to give to your loved one.
  • Book in plenty of time so that we are able to get your presentation pack to you in time for Christmas.
Presentation Pack Folder

Presentation Pack Folder

This special gift pack contains a glossy presentation pack folder, certificate specifying the course participant, course title and date, plus a Woodlore sticker.

Ray Mears – Interviews

Ray has been interviewed by several newspapers, magazines and radio presenters over the past few months as we are celebrating Woodlore’s 35th Anniversary.

Ray Mears

Ray Mears

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A Trip to The Highlands – Part 3

Our final instalment from Senior Assistant Callum Hilder, of his recent solo trip to the Cairngorm National Park:

So lunch over and a chill coming over me from sitting down I move on. As I continue around the base of the Forest of Mar I can see woodland in the distance. After a short while I cross the Lin of Dee river and see numerous signs stating ‘no fires’, quite rightly as it is very dry and the vegetation let alone the peaty ground is perfect tinder, sadly though I come across a ring of stones with a large old fire inside. This really spoils the countryside and I am so very glad that I have been taught to leave no trace wherever I camp!

Fire remains

Fire remains

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A Trip to The Highlands – Part 2

Our second instalment from Senior Assistant Callum Hilder, of his recent solo trip to the Cairngorm National Park:

As I wake (a little late!) to the sun glowing through the walls of my tent, I climb out of my sleeping bag and have a simple breakfast by the side of the river – even more majestic in the dawn sunlight.

Tent in the morning

Tent in the morning

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A Trip to The Highlands – Part 1

Senior Assistant Callum Hilder has started training for the Mountain Leader Award and shares his recent experience with us during a solo trip to the Cairngorm National Park:

Wilderness travel, exploration and its enjoyment are some of the principles that Woodlore was founded upon.  Being a part of Woodlore has enabled me to begin making solo journeys and I have recently come back from five days in the Cairngorm National Park in Scotland, putting into practice many of the skills we teach and that I continue to learn.

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