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


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.

Welcome to The Rugged Outdoors where we pride ourselves on delivering a comprehensive range of quality and exciting activities to suit everyones outdoor needs. We have courses and activities that cover Den building to axe throwing from back woods cooking to Knife and axe skills.


All you need to do is click on the image that takes your interest and immerse yourself into the myriad of activities on offer. If there is something that you cannot see that your interested in please contact us we may be able to help. Although all equipment is provided on our courses you can also visit our Store to find many of the items that you would use on our courses.


Should you require any further information please email info@ruggedoutdoors.co.uk or call 07809 716423

Summer Course News

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.

Woodland Course's

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.



Many of the items that we use on our course can be purchased from our Store and very competetive price


School visits

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.


Axe Skills

Learn the correct safety methods for using an axe, Axe anatomy, maintenance and types. Then we move onto some small projects to help you gain confidence. We also talk about the law concerning axe's


Highfield School

Woodland Adventure


New in our store

Nature Deficit Disorder


Are you aware of the term Nature Deficit Disorder?

Whether you are or not it is most definitely worth reading this report by the National Trust that very eloquently talks about this problem.

Here at The Rugged Outdoors we have always been concerned that kids are just not getting enough quality time in arms of Mother Nature. We also extend this concern to the adult population and have seen at first hand the difference that immersing yourself in nature can achieve.

We spend lots of time ..... read on

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.

Meet us in nature

Visit our woodland venue's and learn a multitude of new skills such as firelighting with a flint and steel, cordage from tree bark and shelter building, you could even get the chance to make some anceint tools from flint. Whichever skills that you decide to try you will leave us filled with confidence.

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