Rugged Outdoors for the family experience

Welcome to The Rugged Outdoors

Where its all about the Learning the Experience and the Fun which becomes and Adventure

07809 716423

Bushcraft, Survival and Self Reliance in Ryedale

Experience the Outdoors

New 2 hour fire lighting course

Learn all about how ancient man conquered the use of fire and take themselves to the next level in the evolution of man.

In this course, you will learn how to start a fire using 3 different methods, the Bow drill, the Flint and steel, and the more modern Ferro rod but then we are going to give you an idea of what it would be like to get a fire going in a survival situation.

The cost of the course is £25.00 per person and the course although aimed at adults can be for ages 10 and over.

This course is great for a quick corporate session and can include a pizza from our own outdoor pizza oven

contact us for a price

Course dates to be posted soon


We booked Rugged Outdoors for my son’s 7th birthday and it was absolutely fantastic. Craig was really accommodating when I had to change the date at the last minute cos I got half term week wrong !

Im not totally antisocial but I loved that it was just our family as opposed to a group of people, it made the experience even better because we could do exactly what we/the kids wanted. There was no schedule, just very relaxed and led by the kids - if they naturally showed an interest in something (and there’s a lot to show an interest in!) Craig and Tracy would just expand on it, their knowledge and passion for the outdoors and everything it has to offer is both impressive and infectious. Seeing the pride on the kids faces when they finally got the flint and steel to make fire was something I’ll never forget. We went on a cold and wet day but it didn’t impact it at all - sitting under a huge parachute tent in front of a campfire drinking hot chocolate and eating the bread we made was superb! We’re going back in the Spring - I’ve already asked Craig if we can make some tea from the various leaves/plants (I’ll let him tell me which ones!) and my partner has asked him to show him how to track animals. The activities can be tailored for literally any age or size of group, that’s the beauty of being outside. Thank you both for such a memorable time, we’re telling everyone about it! See you soon! Rachael, Sam, Toby and Ella x

"Cant believe how the four of us felt after a day with Craig and Tracy. They had a roaring fire going to keep us warm, loads of different things to try and we left at the end of the day feeling like we had made new friends. We totally recommend visiting The Rugged Outdoors"    Cathrine Drummond 

North York Moors Grant for Rugged Outdoors

We would like to say a massive thank you to the North York Moors National Park Authority for giving us a 50% grant in order to purchase the items that will help us to build a new lodge on the upper field. We hope to have this up ready for use in the next moth or so, weather permitting.

What do we do?

Woodland course's, Kids activities, Adults workshops, Archery, Axe Throwing, Den building, Willow weaving, Spoon Carving, woodworking, Bushcraft and survival activities, Nerf parties, Photography workshops, Leather workshops, Experience activities, Hammocking, Camping, Hen parties, stag parties, birthday parties, Scout group visits, corporate activities, Exploring nature, Dog Friendly, Family friendly

Woodland Mental Wellness for all ages


We are all aware of the pressures placed upon us, Adults and children alike seem to be more stressed today than ever. We can however take time out of our busy schedules to take some time to relax and where better than in the great outdoors. Peaceful tranquillity can often be all that we need to bring our stress levels to a manageable level.

At the Rugged Outdoors, we have a wonderful piece of woodland with a wide range of activities to help you de-stress. From a simple sit and chat by our open fire to craft and woodworking workshops we have it all.

You can contact us by calling 07809 716243 or by email info@ruggedoutdoors.co.uk