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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.

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 will be launching the new monthly Rugged Outdoors Survival School. Sessions will commence on the 5th May from 10:00am - Noon and will continue on the 1st Saturday in the month.

The age range for participants is from 7 - 14 years old and we will meet at different venues so that we keep it interesting and not too familiar.

Parents why drive home and back again when you are able to join in on one of our guided walks, take in the tranquill settings conect with nature and enjoy some great company. If you are interested please send us an email info@ruggedoutdoors.co.uk

The cost is £5.00 per person

News ....A government report suggests that just 30 minutes of nature per week can reduce your risk of depression and heart disease. Why not get your whole family out and have some quality time together in a peaceful and inspiring setting, who know's it may become a regular activity.

Contact us for idea's and tips on activities that you can do in a woodland setting.

Our activities are based in several pieces of woodland around the Helmsley area of North Yorkshire, this beautiful area is absolutely littered with amazing places to see, from Rievaulx Abbey to Helmsley Castle. There are some amazing walks to try and all levels of experience are catered for. If you decide to spend an extended period of time in the area we are centrally located to get to places like Scarborough and Whitby or Ripon and York.

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

Woodland Course's

Video's

Parties

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 1st nomination comes from us and its Chloe from North Yorkshire, she is a member of the Bushcraft Rangers and the Guides. Chloe loves the outdoors and is particularly good at archery.

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........

 

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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

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

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 of 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.

We are proud to be a preferred supplier of activities to

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