• Castle Head and the surrounding area
  • Castle Head's lounge
  • Castle Head's dormitory room
  • Castle Head's games room

FSC Castle Head is located in south Cumbria between the coast of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District National Park. The Centre is easily accessible by both road and rail, being only 20 minutes from junction 36 of the M6 and an hour and a half drive from both Manchester and Liverpool. The closest train station at Grange-over-Sands is only 5 minutes’ drive from the Centre.

With easy access to both the coastline of Morecambe Bay, the glaciated uplands of the southern Lake District and the lakes of Windermere and Coniston, Castle Head is ideally situated for a wide range of both field studies and adventurous activities.


  • Capacity: Castle Head has 33 rooms, which can hold up to 160 people. The accommodation available is all in one building and is spread across two different areas.
  • Car Parking: There are limited parking facilities available at the centre.
  • Children's Facilities: We are an Educational Centre and have games and activities on-site for children aged 8+; however, younger children are welcome.
  • Common Room: We have three common rooms; The Hillfoot Common Room, The Chapel (can accommodate 100+ with presentation facilities) and the Student Lounge (with TV)
  • Disabled Facilities: We have one twin disabled room with a wet room.
  • Hot and Cold Drinks: We have hot and cold drinks making facilities accessible around the centre.
  • Kitchen: Fully catered services for all dietary needs available, as well as packed lunch making services.
  • Linen: All bedding is provided
  • Lounge: We have an adult lounge area with comfy sofas.
  • Outdoor Clothing: You can hire walking boots, wellingtons, small rucksacks, waterproof trousers and coats
  • Outdoor Facilities: Extensive range of on-site and off-site activities.
  • Shop: Our shop sells water bottles, snacks and souvenirs as well as a selection of FSC publications.
  • WIFI: Free guest WIFI is available through-out the centre.

Food at our centres

For one day visits you are usually asked to bring a packed lunch unless it is specified otherwise.

Residential visits include freshly prepared seasonal meals, with a hot breakfast, packed lunch and choice of evening meal. Food is sourced locally wherever possible and we can cater for any dietary requirements. All of our residential centres have been awarded the Soil Association’s Food for Life Served Here Bronze Award which recognises organisations which go the extra mile to make sure visitors are receiving healthy, nutritious and sustainable meals.

FSC Accommodation

We want your stay to be as comfortable as possible. Our residential centres offer a range of room sizes and layouts from single and twin up to larger dormitories. Some rooms are en suite and others have shower and toilet facilities close by. Please contact us if you want to discuss your room requirements.

Each centre also has places to relax during any free time such as a lounge, games room and outdoor space.

Explore the centre and surrounding area

Health and Safety

  • Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
  • Carbon Trust Standard
  • Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) licence
  • Food Hygiene rating: 5*
  • Investors in People
  • Secondary Geography Quality Mark (Geographical Association)
  • Primary Geography Quality Mark (Geographical Association)
  • Green Tourism Award
  • Green Apple Environment Award
  • John Muir Award
  • Safety Shield Health and Safety Award (Moorepay) Gold

How to find us

Directions from Ulverston to FSC Castle Head Field Centre

By Car:
Follow the A590 sign posted for M6
Turn right onto B5271
Follow the road down Lindale Hill and come into Lindale village
At the mini roundabout, go straight across over the roundabout
Pass the VW garage on the left
When the road bends round to the left, you will see a house on the corner (on the right)
Turn right here, there is a sign post for Castle Head
Castle Head centre is about ½ mile down the little lane – you will see the main house in front of you, follow the road round to the right and the car park will be on the left

By Rail:
The nearest railway station to the Centre is one mile away at Grange over Sands on the Barrow to Manchester Airport line; it stops at Ulverston and other local stations enroute. Collection from Grange over Sands station can be arranged in advance and is free of charge.

By Bus:
The X6 bus connects Ulverston with Lindale.

Directions from M6 to FSC Castle Head Field Centre

By Car:
Exit Junction 36
Follow A590 to Barrow
Take slip road after about 3 miles sign posted Barrow A590 and follow for about 6 miles
At Meathop roundabout take 1st exit onto B5277
Stay on this road for about 2 miles
Go past BMW garage on your right, 100 yards after this the road will bend to the right
Turn left here, small drive with house on the corner which is signposted for Castle Head
Castle Head centre is about ½ mile down the little lane – you will see the main house in front of you, follow the road round to the right and the car park will be on the left
If you go round the bend and the VW garage is on the right then you have gone too far.
If arriving by coach – once you arrive at the centre, due to limited turning area, it is easier to drive past the entrance to the car park and reverse in. Please be aware that there may be people moving around whilst you are manoeuvring.

By Rail:
The nearest (local) railway station is Grange over Sands. It is connected to the main west coast line at Lancaster
and Preston which have direct links to London, Scotland, Manchester (including the Airport) and the West
Country. Collection from the local station can be arranged in advance and is free of charge.

By Bus:
Lancaster is served by National Express coaches connecting with many parts of the country. The local train
service will enable you to complete your journey to our local railway station, Grange over Sands. Collection
from the local station can be arranged in advance and is free of charge.

Please note that the sat nav will take you to Lindale if you use the post code.

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