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Tamarack Expedition



Come and join the Tamarack team on a three day expedition in the Forest of Bowland. Over the three days we will put into practice many skills that are invaluable on an extended wilderness trip. To travel lightly in remote areas is a freeing experience and the Tamarack expedition will boost your confidence to take that extra step.


- Expedition preparation and planning

- Fitness and trail pace

- Organisation and Leadership Skills

- Navigation

- Fire Lighting

- Water Collection and Purification

- Trail Nutrition

- Wild Foods

- Personal Hygiene

- Reading and dealing with the weather

Brief Itinerary

After meeting at Tamarack Outdoors, we will load up our vehicles and equipment and drive 15 minutes to our start point. We will then walk a designated route (approx 25km) to our woodland camp which will be our base for the two nights.

Along the way we will be travelling through woodland and moorland looking at many points of interest along the way. Once at camp we will then get into a routine of cooking, personal hygiene, maintaining clothes, along with other camp duties such as firewood collection and digging a latrine.

Saturday will be spent attaining wild food to supplement our diet. There will be lectures on personal hygiene, nutrition, fire skills and basic first aid and many other aspects of wilderness travel on foot.

The final day sees us break camp at first light and travel back to our finish point, where the expedition will end.

Your Role During The Expedition

Your role is to be fit enough to cover the miles and have a level of navigation skill where you could volunteer to lead a section but confident that support is there if necessary. Ensure you have the correct equipment that is well maintained. Being able to use a knife, a folding saw and light a fire by spark is beneficial. Apart from that you need to keep yourself fed, watered and clean.

Our Role During The Expedition

Our role is to ensure you are carrying out all of the above in a safe manner. Steering you in the right direction and carrying out lectures to further your skills. Our aim is to build your confidence, skill level and advance you trekking skills.

Dates & Booking Details

Friday 5th to Sunday 7th June 2020

Meet at 08:00 on the Friday, the course finishes at around 15:00 on the Sunday.

Cost: £85 per person

Price does not include food. All specialist equipment will be provided.

Additional Information

Course Size: 8

There is a minimum age limit of 18 for this course. 

For more information on this event or to be added to the reserve list, contact the Tamarack Team on 01995 601011 or via email at


Meet at Tamarack Outdoors at 18:30 on the Friday, the course will finish at 16:00 on the Sunday.

Directions from the South

- From M6 North bound take junction 32 M55 signposted Fleetwood, Preston North.

- Follow signs for A6 Preston and Garstang.

- At roundabout take the third exit signposted A6 Garstang.

- After 5.5 miles turn right on the B6430, sign posted Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club.

- Follow signs for Ray Lane and the Creamery Industrial Estate.

- Pass Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club.

- Turn right onto Calder House Lane, sign posted Ray Lane Industrial Estate.

- Stay on Calder House Lane, after several bends this turns into Bruna Hill, then into Ray Lane.

- Follow Ray Lane over humped back bridge and under railway bridge.

- Pass under railway bridge and turn immediately left passing the Kenlis Arms on the right.

- Head for signs for the Creamery Industrial Estate.

- On entering the estate, straight in front you, you will find Tamarack Outdoors.

Directions from the North

 - From M6 South bound take Junction 33, signposted A6 Garstang and Fleetwood.

- At the roundabout take first exit, signposted Garstang, Blackpool and Fleetwood.

- After 7.8 miles turn left onto Cock Robin Lane, signed Garstang Country Hotel & Golf Club

- At the end of Cock Robin Lane turn left onto B6430.

- All other directions as from the South.


Recommended Course Kit List

The following is a recommended kit list for the course.

The Rucksack

The rucksack should be around 60 litres in capacity and fit all your equipment. It should be fitted correctly and, ideally, when loaded should not exceed 15 kg (35 lb).


- Tent, tarp or hammock (camping is in a woodland)

- Sleeping Bag

- Sleeping Mat

- First Aid Kit

- Medication (if applicable)

- Wash Kit / Towel / Toilet Roll

- Suncream

- Insect Repellant

- Gas/Ethanol Stove (fires are allowed in the woods)

- Pots/Pans

- Cutlery

- Lighter

- Firesteel

- Hammaro Paper

- Knife

- Folding Saw

- Head Torch

- Sun Hat

- Warm Hat

- Gloves

- Buff

- Camera

- Binoculars

- Mobile Phone

- Cash and a Credit Card

- Waterproof Note Book and Pencil

- OL41 Forest of Bowland 1:25,000 Laminated Map

- Compass

- All food & snacks for the full expedition

- Portable water filter + spare filter

Clothing Carried

- Waterproof Jacket & Waterproof Trousers

- Insulated Jacket

- Spare Socks

- Spare Underwear

- Spare Shirt (or similar)

- Camp Shoes

Clothing Worn

- Boots or Approach Shoes

- Socks

- Hiking Trousers

- Thin wool or synthetic shirt

- Thin wind shirt (if needed)

Q: Do I need to be fit ?

You need to be of very good fitness, used to carrying loads of 15kg (35lb) over rough undulating terrain for 8-10 hours over 25-30 km distance.

Q: What do I need to bring ?

You will need to carry all the equipment necessary for three days hiking and 2 nights camping.

A full list of recommended equipment for this course can be found on the Site & Equipment tab above.

Q: Do I get a discount on any equipment I need for the course ?

Yes, all course participants get a 10% discount on all products purchased at Tamarack for the course.

Q: What if the weather is bad ?

Don't worry about this, the course goes ahead whatever the weather.

Q: I can't make the Friday start, but can I join on the route ?

Sorry, full attendance from the start of the expedition is necessary.

Q: What if I can't make the distance, or need to be pulled off the expedition for some reason ?

All attempts will be made by all involved to rectify or encourage you on to your goal. However, we are aware that this expedition at times can be a little tough, or you may have a compassionate reason to leave. If this is the case, we will place you in the support vehicle and take you back to Tamarack shop, which is the starting point. From here the expedition ends and you have to organise or get yourself home.

Q: Can I bring along alcohol ?

Alcohol and any recreational drugs are not allowed on site for the duration of the course. Anyone found using either, will be removed from the course immediately. However, this does not include any student who is on medication.

Q: Can I bring food and cook over the fire ?

No problem with this as long as you are aware that raw food is heavier than dried. Think about food that has long cooking times such as pasta when using either gas or ethanol stoves.

Q: Can I bring my dog ?

Sorry, no dogs or pets allowed on site.

Q: What about first aid and anyone having an accident ?

All Tamarack staff are trained and qualified in first aid, with a full comprehensive first aid kit on site and a Mountain Leaders first aid kit in each instructors kit. If a student needs to go to hospital we will evacuate either by support vehicle or if serious through other emergency services. Risk assessments and emergency procedures are in place for any eventuality.

Q: What about insurance ?

Tamarack hold the relevant insurance to carry out this type of activity. However, it would be an advantage to all students to have there own travel insurance.

Q: What are the toilet facilities like ?

You will have to wash in a bowl or Billy can and go to the toilet in a hole/latrine in the ground, in a discreet area on site which will have been pre-prepared.

Q: How do I get rid of my rubbish ?

That's easy, you brought it in, so you take it out.

Q: What happens now that I have booked and paid for a course?

After you have booked and paid to attend one of our courses you will find all the information you will need within the FAQ or the relevant course page you have booked on. Here you will find dates, timings, meeting point, what kit and food provision you need etc.

One Day Courses - If you have booked on a one day course you will be contacted firstly by telephone one to two weeks prior to the course. If a message has to be left we follow this up with an email. The reason for contacting you is to ensure you are still able to attend and that if you have any further questions or queries regarding the course we can sort this out.

Multiple Day Courses  - If you have booked on a multiple day course you will be contacted firstly by telephone  two months then again one month  prior to the course. If a message has to be left we follow this up with an email. The reason for contacting you is to ensure you are still able to attend and that if you have any further questions or queries regarding the course we can sort this out.


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