Our base at the Rugged Woods has come on leaps and bounds but we are still far from completion. Some of the ideas that we have will take a year or so to come to fruition but the bulk will be completed for the visit of Hornsea Primary school on the 28th July.

There are some places left on our summer courses but they will soon be taken up so if you want to book a place its worth doing it now.

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It was an absolute pleasure to host a father and son day for Richard and Arthur. Their den was amazing, they got the fire going first time and managed to master the skill of axe throwing all in all a fantastic day of Bushcraft, well done guys we look forward to seeing you again soon.

We have a new member of the Rugged Outdoors team his name is Elmo and will be our child liaison officer he is looking forward to getting stuck into the role and will get his teeth into his new job this summer. Training is in progress.

We are pleased to announce that we are to provide Bushcraft sessions for families that book short and long breaks at Studford Luxury Lodges. We look forward to working with such a highly professional North Yorkshire Company.

We will post details about the types of activities that we will provide at a later date.

Click on the link below to check out the superb facilities on offer.

All of our courses take place on the beautiful North York Moors both outdoors and indoors.

Woodland Course's



School visits

Check out our range of course's, we cater for the whole family, just the adults, just the children or Father and son.

See our tutorial videos on everything from the safe use of knives to how to build a fire pit. More video's are being added over time to make a comprehensive compendium of information.

We are able to provide a wide range of parties and our range is growing constanly to ensure that we can meet our customers needs.


Contact us to find out what we can do when we visit your school our better still when you come to us, nestled by the river Rye we have a beautiful setting where the children can run around to their hearts content.


This year we are including our Intermediate survival course with our basic survival course so that all those who attended the basic course last year can extended their skill level.

We would like to salute all those kids that love the outdoors and you can nominate your Rugged Kid of the whose photo and first name only will be posted here.

Our 3rd nomination is Freddy from North Yorkshire, now this young man is most definitely the Bear Grylls of the future he already knows tons of stuff about Bushcraft he just needs to join the dots and keep learning. So keep an eye open for him. He is always down at te Rugged Woods

Forest Bathing a myth or a reality?


The Power of Phytoncides

Phytoncide is a substance emmitted by plants & trees and generally means the aroma of the forest and are produced to help plants & trees protect themselves from harmful insects and germs. 


Phytoncides do not only exist in forests. They can be found in vegetables and fruit as well. After the constituents of phytoncides were identified, experiments were conducted to see how they benefit human health.

The therapeutic benefits of forest bathing may be difficult to fully explain with only phytoncides, but most likely, the green scenery, soothing sounds of streams and waterfalls, and natural aromas of wood, plants and flowers in these complex ecosystems all play a part. Forest therapy is a good example of how our own health is dependent on the health of our natural environment.


Reduced Stress

A recent review of field experiments across Japan compared physical markers of stress in natural environments to those in city settings. 280 adults spent time in forest and urban areas on alternate days. Compared to city environments, forest settings were associated with lower levels of cortisol, slower heart rates, lower blood pressure, greater activity of parasympathetic nerves that promote relaxation, and reduced activity of sympathetic nerves associated with “fight or flight” reactions to stress.


Another study of forest bathing measured fluctuations in salivary amylase, an indicator of changes in sympathetic nervous activity, and also concluded that forests were associated with less environmental stress. Read more........


Our you can go for the one that we use in all of our courses for our younger customers and that is the Mora safety knife it has a great grip and is really affordable at about £10.00

For our younger Bushcrafters there are two really good options and Mora sent Luke and Josh a Mora Rookie each to review and they are now on sale and cost £15.50

We are constantly being asked for advice on equipment by our customers so have decided to dedicate a section on our recommendations and as we review more items we will set up a page. The reviews will be either editorial or videos dependant on time constraints.

Without doubt the question that we are asked most is "what kind of knife should we buy?" our answer is emphatically a Mora and dependant on how much they have to spend will depend on which one that we would suggest. However in general we would say start with the Mora Companion its light durable and will cost you around £13.99 plus P&P to go our favorite supplier Springfields


The Mora Heavy Duty Companion Carbon knife is compact and lightweight with a length of just 225mm. It has a carbon steel, razor sharp blade which is 3.2mm thick making it excellent for batoning and more arduous work.


As always with a Morakniv the carbon is brilliant quality, it comes razor sharp out of the box.



Please note that we will not review items that we sell on our website as we feel that we should only give unbiased reviews.

Corporate and Team building events

Our corporate events and team building sessions are very different to most, we concentrate on providing the participants with the chance to get to know each other by exploring and enjoying the outdoors and all that it has to offer.

Our sessions are aimed at giving people the chance to sit and chat while trying to carve a spoon or wading through a stream. Provide a stressless environment where chill is the buzz word and getting to know who you work with is the name of the game.

Our sessions can include:

Spoon carving

Axe Throwing

River wading


Making a walking staff



Making a Viking Chair

Shelter building


Rye House Farm


We are pleased to announce that we will now be based at Rye House Farm which is on Acres Lane between Helmsley and Harome. So the search for a venue that we could use and call our own has come to an end. It has been a long and frustrating journey with many disappointments usually at the last moment.


We will be reviewing our program of events over the coming weeks to make it easier for people to get involved in a multitude of different activities, if you have any suggestions please let us know and we may be able to include it.


Watch the video to see a short preview of our new home and more will follow shortley. There will also be an amazing giveaway in celebration of finding our new home for The Rugged Outdoors so watch this space for more information

Visit our store where more items are being added on a weekly basis

Rugged Outdoors Store

Kids 2 day Basic/intermediate Woodland Survival Course


This is probably our most popular course it provides the participants with a basic knowledge of Bushcraft and Survival skills and a platform to go onto more advanced skills. This year we have decided to include intermediate skills for those who have already attended. We start at 10:00am each morning and finish around 4:00pm packed lunches are required.


23rd-24th July9-14years cost £50.00


30th-31st July 9-14years cost £50.00


6th-7th August 5-9 years cost £50.00


13th-14th August 9-14years cost £50.00


20th-21st August 5-9 years cost £50.00


Den Building for Kids


17th August


This is a great family activity for everyone to get involved or you can just drop off the kids we show you the different types of shelters and then let you get down and dirty starts 1pm finishing at 3:30pm 5-9 years cost £15.00


Kids Constructing a base camp


30th/31st August Cost £75.00 Packed lunch is required each day


We think that this is going to be one of the more popular courses, we get you ready for the total outdoor experience this is for 9 and over but we can stretch to 7 years old depending on the child. They will learn about tarp shelters, how to make a raised bed to sleep on how to build a proper fire pit and how to build a wooden wall that reflects heat towards your shelter and then there are many other survival skills that will be learnt this is not one to be missed we cater for those who are new to Bushcraft and those who already have some knowledge.


We start at 10:00am each morning and finish around 4:00pm packed lunches are required.


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Due to popular demand we have decided to run The Rugged Outdoors Survival School every other week commencing on Saturday 21st July at the normal time of 10:00am - 12noon. We all had a fabulous time on Saturday gone with new friends made and new skills learnt

We are proud to be a preferred supplier of activities to

Middlesbrough Football Clubs Foundation


"He came home and said that was the best 2 days of my life" Gillian Bentley


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