Updated: Aug 12, 2019
The annual Bushmoot, bushcraft and wild camping event in South Wales is held during the first two weeks in August. It is a family friendly gathering to network and attend several development workshop days. Bushmoot is a great outdoors experience for anyone who enjoys bushcraft, wild camping and outdoor enthusiasts in general.
Bushmoot is an opportunity for individuals and families with any interest in bushcraft to get together, expand their knowledge, meet new people and attend workshops. It actually runs for two weeks but it is one of these pay-as-you-go type setups where you can attend on any of the days or all of the days. There are a range of tickets and prices available to suit everyone’s needs, in addition to a set of five core days of dedicated workshops for learning new skills which are called the core days.
These core days occur during the middle section of the event with general camping days either side where you can practice your skills, socialise with others, and enjoy the local area. There are also a swap meets/traders day where you can take handmade items and used kit to buy, sell and swap etc. It is a huge gathering.
The Bushmoot site at Candleston campiste covers almost 100 acres of beautiful woodlands in the Merthyr area of South Wales with convenient access off the M4 corridor for attendees. The site is well set up with toilets, showers, and washing up facilities at the camping area.
You can wander anywhere within the 100 acres and therefore you can go a bit more off-grid and wild camp should you wish to, once you have paid to gain access of course. Duncan attend for the full two weeks and this is his review.
Adventure Wild Challenge
I have a friend who prefers the more luxury end of the camping (i.e. Glamping) spectrum. He has said in the past that he would not consider camping anywhere he couldn’t still have ice in his drink on the night of day 3. So without using a power source, and as I’m here for the week, can I keep ice frozen for that all important drink on the night of day 3? The engineer in me accepts this challenge. #IceChallenge
The Valley has no phone signal. It’s available up towards the high ground (everyone walks up to a spot known as the phone gate) or down on the dunes towards the beach. I will not be contained! So challenge is to get wifi working, in the part of the wood where I camp and get online. #WoodyWifi
The other reason to get a signal at camp is that if you climb the hill know as 'Signal Hill' you are attacked by the mosquitoes that live where the signal is good. Little ****.
...though I sleep in the valley in the shadow of trees, I will fear no evil. Except wasps. Wasps are beyond evil.
Arrived about 11:00am, and walked over to reception to get signed in. I m offered a little welcome bag that contains matches, some tinder, a tiny (v. tiny) pen knife, a western power pen and a leaflet for a bow making course.
Not really knowing the protocol for picking a spot I chose one near the car park that needed a very little clearing with the machete.
Then put up the large shelter tarp I’d brought with me, and laid floor and bedding. I had some lunch and dug the fridge. Sited in a natural dip, to help collect the cold air, I dug a hole deep enough to make the lid of the box floor level. It also had a deeper corner to ensure drainage. I placed the tea crate (lined with laminate underlay) in the hole. The initial hole the fridge section on the left and freezer section on the right with he extra insulation for the freezer section in place. It then began to rain quite hard. So tarp over the dig and have a cold drink, with ice!
Next up firewood and fire pit scavenged from the floor to begin with. I’ve brought some dry wood with me, so I’ll be able to rack and dry what I find. Now, an evening in the ‘naughty corner’...Very much a bring a bottle event. Everybody has to try Dave’s Firewater. Tradition.
...still no fresh meat had to go bin dipping for yogurt lids. Can't believe some people don't lick them.
Morning meeting with the wider group. Introduced to the various ‘mods’ (organisers) and given a gist of what would be happening courses wise over the weekend. Once that meeting had finished I went for a wander. I was very surprised by just how family friendly Bushmoot is.
Understandably children don’t feature much in the photos taken at previous Bushmoot events. However children are a large part of the event and speaking to various parents, there is a common theme, the kids don’t want all inclusive holidays, they want Bushmoot. In many cases I was told they love seeing the friends they have made year after year. I’ve heard Bushmoot described as a pop up community. It is a fitting description.
Spent the rest of the morning improving the fire pit, mostly by ensuring airflow under the fire. Much improved and spent the afternoon on another wander round the camp. Really impressed by the selection of shelters. Many tarps and hammocks as expected. A few Teepee style and some old Yurts with interesting decoration.
The core training days start on day 3 and these are covered in our second Bushmoot blog post. For details of the kit that we recommend for solo camps check out our VIP Club. We offer a free resource library for new campers who are looking to reconnect with nature with navigation skills, leave no trace ethics, kit lists and more. Subscribe today and get free access to the exclusive members only community.
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Find out more information about the event at: http://www.bushmoot.com/
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