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

Directions to Rye House Farm our Home Base

Coming into Helmsley along the A170 from Sutton Bank you will come to the high st and at the top of the High st is a mini roundabout take a right towards Kirkbymoorside (still on the A170). Proceed past the garage on your right hand side for approx 500 yards and take the turning towards Harome and carry on for about 1.3 miles you will see a sign saying Rugged Outdoors with an arrow pointing right, take this turning and follow the track. You will bare left after about 400yds go past the house on the right and through the farm yard ignoring the sign saying "No Entry". You will come to a gate go through the gate making sure that you close it after you.


Drive through the field to the bottom left hand corner of the field where we will be clearly seen.

Should you have any problems please call us on 07809 716423 there is good reception in the area.



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 

Postcode is YO62 5JN




Craig is our Lead Instructor and has over 40 years of experience in Outdoor pursuits  as a Physical Training Instructor in the Royal Navy one of Craigs remits was survival. He has a passion for teaching and is an outstanding communicator.

Tracy is another of our instructors with a passion for foraging and fire lighting, she is in her elements when teaching all she knows about Bushcraft and survival skills and has over 12 years of experience.

Our business is all about family. Take quality time together in an outdoor environment that invigorates, stimulates and at the same time provides us with the opportunity to get fit while enjoying some amazing vista's.


Our family woodland outings in North Yorkshire offer a way to connect with your children in a way that you may have never thought about before. Our activities take adults back to their childhood building dens and swinging in tree's and lets the children's imaginations run wild working alongside Mum and Dad.


We teach indigenous living skills that our ancestors would have used on a day to day basis, building shelters, foraging for food, lighting fires to cook on and many more amazing things.


Contact us:

M: 07809 716423

E: info@ruggedoutdoors.co.uk

Full DBS Checks

Qualifications in Paediatric 1st Aid

We would like to thank Richard Adams of the Children's University for visiting us for a site visit and confirming that we are now an official "Learning Destination" of the Children's University. Our new plaque seen in the photo will be displayed proudly at the entrance to the lodge.

Any children that have a Passport to learn can have their passports signed and stamped when they take part in any of our activities.


The Rugged Outdoors recognises the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our business. We will seek to uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, by:


  • promoting the fact that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation;
  • seeking to support the employment of veterans young and old and working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), in order to establish a tailored employment pathway for Service Leavers;
  • striving to support the employment of Service spouses and partners;
  • endeavouring to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment;
  • seeking to support our employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible;
  • offering support to our local cadet units, either in our local community or in local schools, where possible;
  • aiming to actively participate in Armed Forces Day;
  • offering a discount to members of the Armed Forces Community;