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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

What's Special About Blencathra

Blencathra Field Centre is one of 18 residential centres in the UK managed by the Field Studies Council, an independent educational charity that promotes environmental understanding for all with 70 years of experience.

The centre occupies a dramatic setting at 300m on a south facing slope of Blencathra in The Lake District National Park and offers an unparalleled panorama across the Keswick, Helvellyn and Skiddaw areas. A unique building as it was purposely converted from a former Sanatorium. In 2013 the Centre was revalidated for the Cumbria Business Environmental Network Gold Award and Gold Award as part of the Green Tourism Business Scheme. The Centre generates its own hydro-electric power and has recently installed a Biomass District Heating system.


Only 15 miles from Junction 40 on the M6 at Penrith and within two hour’s drive from Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and York. If travelling by train the nearest station is Penrith, only 3 hours from London and less than 2 hours from Edinburgh.

 Blencathra has been awarded the Primary and Secondary Geography Quality Mark by the Geographical Association. As well as the Quality Badge by The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom by demonstrating that they consistently deliver high quality teaching and learning experiences and manage risk effectively. This means you have to complete less paperwork when visiting our Centres. They hold an eco centres award  which shows there commitment to embedding a truly sustainable approach in their centre and their wider community.