Join us for 5 days of Adventures in the Lake District – an adventure packed residential for young people that have a love of the outdoors – discover the exciting activities that it offers and encourage an interest in working to conserve it.

Throughout the week you will take part in a variety of activities to discover and explore the National Park and surrounding areas.

Challenges might include gorge scrambling, mountain trekking, and canoeing. A key aspect of the residential will be your conservation day, where you will conduct work to conserve an area within the national park.

Our residentials also give you the chance to develop a range of transferable skills. These types of skills help across many areas of life and are particularly good for including in job or education applications.

Here are some of the transferable skills that are likely to be covered in this residential:

  • Communicating with others
  • Working as a team
  • Managing your time
  • Taking the lead
  • Resilience
  • Reliability
  • Keeping focused
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making

The course is suitable for a Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold residential. As part of the residential course you will also be able to gain the John Muir Discovery Award.

This course is open to young people aged 16-25. When you book, it is essential that you enter the age and attendees name in the Order Notes at the checkout.  If the attendee is under 18, the booking must be made by a parent/guardian.

Tutor: FSC Staff

Courses are lead by experienced FSC staff.

  • Group of Students in a Mountain Scenery
  • A multi ethnic group of five young adult friends smile while climbing to the summit during a mountain hike, side view
  • Girl abseiling
  • Youth Experience Residential Campfire
  • The view observed from the centre
  • Bunkbeds in FSC Blencathra bedroom

Our centres are operated in a fully Covid-secure way and accommodation will be in suitably shared rooms based on the current government guidance.

Example Timetable

Example Timetable

Day 1 
Arrive 12pm
Ice breakers
Get to know the rest of the group in an informal and fun atmosphere and develop a sense of community essential for the week ahead. Test your navigation skills together on our big orienteering course around the local area.


Team building games
Get to know your fellow participants with fun team challenges.

Day 2  
Daytime Activity
Lakeland fell walk
We will head out to one of the Lake District’s classic fells for a day’s mountain walk; as part of our conservation work we will do a litter pick throughout the day.

Blindfold trail
Put your team working skills and trust into practice on our woodland trail, crawl under and step over obstacles with nothing but your sense of touch and your team to guide you.

Day 3  
Daytime Activity
learn the skills required and put your teamwork to the test on the picturesque lake Derwent Water.
Ghyll scrambling
scramble and climb up a Lakeland stream, with plenty of opportunities for jumping in and getting wet!
Mammal trapping
Using humane traps to showcase our diverse environment by finding out what lives in the centre grounds

Day 4  
Daytime Activity
Mammal release identify what small mammals we caught the night before.
Bushcraft skills & Conservation
Use bushcraft skills including building shelters and lighting fires the wilderness way to cook your own food and make your own hot drink. We use our leave no trace policy and help with some conservation of the woodland such as brashing, making wood piles for minibeasts and tree sapling maintenance.
Evening Activity
Share session
Collate your photos and videos from the week to create a short film to share your experience of gaining your John Muir Award. This could be shared on our social media.

Day 5  
Conservation Day
Work at one of Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Nature Reserves, invasive species management for the National Trust or footpath maintenance with Fix the Fells.
The specific activity will depend on the weather and suitable tasks available.
Return to the centre to sign Duke of Edinburgh books.

Depart 1600

Please note: to ensure safe and quality learning experiences for students, the timetable may alter depending on weather conditions and local factors at centres.

Accrediting Agency

Duke of Edinburgh Award

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Picnic Lunch

Before You Attend

You will need to bring:

  • Packed lunch for the first day
  • Waterproof trousers (can be borrowed from the centre)
  • Waterproof coat (can be borrowed from the centre)
  • Ankle-supporting hiking boots (can be borrowed from the centre)
  • Day rucksack (can be borrowed from the centre)
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Lunch box
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos
  • Towel
  • Torch
  • Sun cream/sun hat
  • Please bring plenty of warm clothing extra layers and spare clothes, sometimes the weather can be very wet.

This course is open to young people aged 16-25. When you book, it is essential that you enter the age and attendees name in the Order Notes at the checkout.  If the attendee is under 18, the booking must be made by a parent/guardian.