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Outdoor Education and Activity Centre in Cumbria, Lake District

The Field Studies Council's outdoor education and activity Centre at Castle Head in Cumbria, Lake District is a 130 bed residential Centre for school, youth and university groups.  The Activity Centre includes an impressive Georgian house enhanced by a Victorian veranda and is set in 20 hectares of private grounds.  Located in Cumbria between the fells of the Lake District and the shores of Morecambe Bay Castle Head offers excellent access to a wide variety of habitats.


Facilities within the Activity Centre

Castle Head can cater for up to 130 students in a mixture of dormitory rooms and single/twin rooms for group leaders.  The Centre has plenty of room for indoor and outdoor education activities including a large sports hall,  workrooms, recreational areas, large lecture theatre and many drying rooms.

For a virtual tour of the Centre, please click here.


Outdoor Education and Activity Options

Within the 20 hectares of grounds, there is a wide variety of outdoor education and activity areas to help students with teambuilding and personal development skills.  These acitivity sites include Jacobs Ladder, Low Ropes Course, and an Obstacle Course.  The River Winster is on our doorstep and is used for rafting and canoeing. 

We can also arrange a wide range of activities further afield such as ghyll scrambling, canoeing on a lake, rock climbing, hill-walking,  sea level traversing and the option of the opportunity to undertake overnight expeditions.

To view the centre grounds and the wider area please view our google map.



Located in South Cumbria on the dege of the Lake District National Park, the centre is only 15 minutes drive from the M6 motorway and only a couple minutes drive from the nearest train station (Grange-over-Sands).

From the Centre, a wide range of stunning locaions can be accessed including the Cumbrian coastline, the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

To get directions to the centre and to see the habitats easily accesible, please view our google map.


How we can help

Casle Head can offer fully catered, bespoke courses utilising the nearby stunning locations of Cumbria, Lake District and on-site activites. the Centre has full-time, CRB checked staff who can help you plan and deliver a bespoke course to your exact requirements.


For further information or to discuss your requiremetns, please feel free to contact us.