Meet new people, develop your skills in climbing and mountaineering. Climbing can help to develop basic movement, agility, balance and coordination as well as build flexibility and strength. Climbing also increase confidence and improves technique and performance in other sports, a s well as being a fun and adventurous sport for life. This course is suitable for your Duke of Edinburgh Gold Residential (always check with your DofE Leader before booking).

Spend a week at Castle Head and experience a range of challenges including climbing outside on a variety of rock types, abseiling scrambling ghyll scrambling, indoor climbing and high ropes You will learn climbing and belaying techniques, how to effectively communicate with your climbing partner, and experience climbing in the outdoors These activities promote problem solving, effective communication and team working skills essential for succeeding in further education and work place environments

The course is based at Castle Head on the edge of the Lake District National Park, an excellent location from which to access a whole host of climbing and adventurous locations and easily reached by train.

We anticipate that this course will run with between 6 and 12 participants.

Tutor: Centre Staff

This course will be led by our experienced and enthusiastic tutors.

Example Timetable

Monday:  Arrive between 10 and 11am. The course will start with a centre tour and ice breakers before lunch. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Team building activities and an introduction to climbing on the indoor climbing wall.

Tuesday: Climbing the local crag and then moving onto the local sea level traverse. The evening will be spent on the centre grounds on the high ropes activity.

Wednesday: Day out in LDNP climbing with potential for scrambling. The evening will be spent on the centre grounds on the low ropes activity.

Thursday: Day out in Yorkshire climbing and ghyll scrambling.  The evening will be spent on the centre grounds raft building.

Friday: Participant lead choice after discussion with instructor. (Choices could include more bush craft or water
based activities for example). Depart at 16:00

*programme can change due to weather conditions on the day.

Accrediting Agency

Duke of Edinburgh Award

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring 

  • Clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet and dirty during activities.

NOTE: You can borrow centre waterproofs and outdoor shoes.


Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item