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Cumbria Outdoors - Our Centres

Cumbria Outdoors centres and provision is available 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Visits can be from 1 day through to residentials delivered to the duration required by the client. For example, the majority of school visits are either 4 nights/5 days or 2 nights/3 days.

All centres offer warm, homely, comfortable bases for groups to return to after a day in the outdoors. We offer home cooked healthy food at all of our centres, beginning with evening meal on the day of arrival.  We are working towards adding additional en-suite shower rooms to the staff bedrooms, the first one is at our Hawse End Centre.

This is a large Victorian mansion, set on the shores of Derwentwater. The centre accommodates up to 49 residential places and benefits from direct access to the lake and mountains. This was formerly the private county home of the Marshall family, whose daughter was famous for her role in the suffragette movement.

Hawse End CentreHawse End LoungeHawse End Dining RoomHawse End KitchenView from room at Hawse EndHawse End Bedroom1

This site accommodates up to 24 residential places in a more informal setting in the grounds of the main centre, overlooking Derwentwater in the heart of the Borrowdale Valley.Cottage Exterior from LakeKitchenDining AreaCottage LoungeCottage BedroomCottage ExteriorView to LakeOutside Seating Area

A Yurt is a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure, traditionally used by nomads in and around Central Asia. We have two modern style, multi purpose, full-sized and weather resistant yurts in Hawse End Centre grounds. The yurts are on a large, elevated, wooden platform of their own, with a spectacular view of the Lake and Borrowdale Valley.

Each yurt can comfortably sleep up to 10 children plus 2-3 adults. The yurts can also be used on a day basis, either for day activities or hired as a meeting venue.

Larger groups can book Hawse End Centre, cottage and yurts.

Yurts from Archery site

Yurt looking through to Hawse EndTowards yurts from Hawse End

Formerly owned by the Jennings Family, now accommodates up to 38 residential places in a secluded farmhouse setting in the Northern Fells close to Caldbeck.

All centres offer warm, homely, comfortable bases for groups to return to after a day in the outdoors. We offer home cooked healthy food at all of our centres, beginning with evening meal on the day of arrival.

Facilities include bunk bedded rooms with separate staff accommodation, communal and recreational rooms, work rooms, drying room facilities and ample toilets and showers.Fellside ExteriorFellside Car Park and Front LawnFellside Lounge and fireplaceFellside Dining RoomFellside KitchenFellside Bedroom1

This is a private campsite that has direct access to the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake and surrounding fells. Due to restrictions within the National Park, although a large campsite, we accommodate groups of up to 40 people for educational purposes only.

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Outdoor Activities (Residential and Day Visits)

  • Sailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Orienteering
  • Caving
  • Rafting
  • Mountain Walking
  • Ghyll Climbing
  • Problem Solving
  • Open Canoeing
  • Abseiling