Cumbria Outdoors - education groups - 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 suffrage movement.

Hawse End Centre  Hawse End Lounge  Hawse End Dining Room 

View from room at Hawse End   Hawse 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  View to Lake  Outside Seating Area

Cottage Exterior from Lake   Kitchen

Dining Area   Cottage Bedroom

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 to 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 interior with stove

Yurt looking through to Hawse End   Towards yurts from Hawse End 

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.

Quote from Jason Preston, James Rennie School:

Scarness is a fantastic campsite set in beautiful, secure grounds on the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick, in the English Lake District.  The campsite has great facilities including hot showers, toilets, washrooms and kitchen with hot running water, fridge and a gas stove.  There are numerous outbuildings suitable for changing, eating or just escaping the weather and hanging out.

I have used Scarness Campsite many times over the years, recently with D of E groups with various additional needs.  The flat, well drained grass makes for an easy pitch for tents and there is lots of room for a number of groups.  There is plenty of space for games and a number of walks from the campsite are possible including alongside the quiet shores of Bassenthwaite.  Wildlife is in abundance and the sound of owls, woodpeckers and the cuckoo in Springtime is a wonderful experience for all.

If you are in the Lakes with a group why not check out Scarness Campsite?  I think the facilities, the location and the standard of accommodation make it hard to beat! 


Tents  Scarness Tents  Scarness Trees

Scarness buildings  Scarness view from Jetty  Scarness views