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


Are you 8 or over? Why not join

Starts on Saturday 29th September 12noon - 2:00pm cost £7.50

A new workshop for adults from Rugged Outdoors is "How to get into Bushcraft" we get asked this question so often from people who quite like the idea but dont know where to start. This workshop will cover what you need to get started, where you can go and will then touch on some Bushcraft favorites like knife skills and Fire lighting.

Included in the course is a Mora Ltd addition knife, plenty of hot brews, and a pot of stew will be on the go to keep your energy levels up and feeling content.

The workshop will be on Sunday 11th October from Noon until 4:00pm and will cost £40.00 per person. This is limited to a maximum of 12 people so book quickly as this course will go fast.

School visits

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.

We are able to provide a wide range of parties which is growing constanly to ensure that we can meet our customers needs. The minimum number is 10 or a cost of £75.00 this is for a 1 1/2 hour session of activities and 30 mins for the food which is provided by the parents. Please call us on 07809 716423 or email info@ruggedoutdoors.co.uk


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.


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 we are now able to supply these items.


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.



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

Next Woodland Survival School session is on Saturday 15th September from 10:00am - Noon cost s £5.00 per person. This is a drop in session and does not require booking at present. Please remember to bring appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.

Archery Range Now Open

Our Archery Range is now open and customers can book sessions via our email info@ruggedoutdoors.co.uk or by calling on

07809 716423.

The cost is just £10.00 per person with a minimum of 2 people booking for the 1 hour session with a qualified instructor.


Family sessions can also be booked along with corporate events.


Our Air Rifle Range will be opening soon keep watching this space for more news

"My daughter Chelsey came to do the Wand Making and absolutely loved it, her exact words were “I can’t wait to go back again that’s my favourite place” so a big thank you to the team we look forward to seeing you again for some more outdoor experiences. A visit here is highly recommended".


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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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.


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