Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre, Ennerdale, Cleator, CA23 3AX

Call Ellen or Walter on 01946 861229 or 07736803756

Self catering hostel for groups in Ennerdale Valley

Nestled in the heart of the Lake District's wildest valley, discover the tranquil haven of Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre. Our historic 15th-century farmhouse is located a mere 10-minute walk from Ennerdale Water, offering the perfect blend of rustic charm and modern conveniences. We can comfortably accommodate large groups, ensuring an immersive bonding experience.

Disconnect from digital distractions, while still having internet access in our classroom facility, and dive into an array of adventures right at our doorstep. From the verdant valleys to the towering peaks, nature's playground awaits you.

Guests frequently cherish the authentic "back-to-basics" experience we provide. With roaming hens, cats, and dogs, you'll reconnect with the simple joys of rural life. Embrace the off-grid living with our sustainable hydro and solar systems.

Take a cue from our past guests:
- "It's venues like LGFC that facilitate trips that pupils treasure for life!"
- "perfect for anyone seeking a remote refuge from unforeseen weather"
- "Fantastic location to explore the region, from Ennerdale Water to Black Sail"
- "not luxury, but unmatched for mountain and countryside lovers"

Whether you're a solo traveller, a family, a group of friends, or an educational institution, Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre promises an unforgettable stay that blends adventure, relaxation and a genuine touch of nature's magic.

Catering and cleaning can be provided on request and the Wolfson Room, with its kitchen and toilet facilities, can be hired for £70 per day. It has a sink with tea and coffee making facilities and access to the toilets in the main building.

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  • Beds & Rooms:

    40: 2x4, 1x8, 1x10, 1x14.
  • Open:

    All year (except Christmas and Boxing Day). 24 hours.
  • Price per night:

    Sole use: £540 (schools £480). Individuals: Adult £20.50. Child (under 17) & students £15. Under 5s Free. Bank Hol rates: +50%. N/Year: x2.
  • Booking:

    See booking link. Always phone to check availability.
  • Directions:

    GR NY 139 141. From Ennerdale Bridge take road east, via Croasdale, 3.5 miles to Ennerdale Forest. Continue on forest track 3 miles. Hostel is the first building below the RH road, 200m before the YHA.
  • Public Transport :

    Whitehaven bus and train stations 12 miles.
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk Mountain Bike Coast to Coast
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available for Christmas 2023 Available Easter 2024 Available August Bank Holiday 2023 Available October Half Term 2024


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
&Family rooms
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
mMeals available (with notice)
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
vWithin 5 miles of NCN
9Best Price Guarantee


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Enriched Learning at Ennerdale: School Residentials with a Twist!

October 14th 2023

Dive deep into nature’s classroom at Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre, nestled in the heart of the Ennerdale Valley. Ideal for school residentials, our centre offers an unparalleled environment for immersive outdoor education and team bonding.

Explore the rich tapestry of nature, history, and adventure at Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre, designed specifically for fostering an intimate bond with the natural world. Our unique location provides a serene backdrop for students to engage in activities ranging from nature walks and smore-making by the fire to mini-garden building and wildlife spotting.

The words of St Begh’s Head Teacher, Catherine Mallard, echo our ethos: “The children described their day as a great fun adventure in a wild and beautiful place. They loved the fact it was, ‘just us and nature’.”

Not only do we provide diverse learning opportunities, but our facilities, adapted from 17th-century Lakeland farm buildings, can comfortably accommodate up to 40 people. Plus, schools can take advantage of our exclusive discounts for winter stays. Our dedicated team at Low Gillerthwaite is on hand to tailor the experience to fit your curriculum needs while ensuring students have an enriching and memorable stay.

Contact us to craft your next unforgettable school residential trip and take learning to a whole new dimension.


Late Availability Winter Discounts

October 3rd 2023

Experience unmatched winter serenity at Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre, nestled in the Lakes’ most pristine valley. Exclusive-use bookings are now available at special discounts!

Immerse yourself in the raw beauty of winter at Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre. Located in the heart of the Lakes’ most untouched valley, our center promises an escape like no other. Wander through frost-kissed trails, feel the stillness of nature, and let the chilly breezes refresh you. When day turns to dusk, retreat indoors and let the gentle crackling of our log burner soothe your senses. And for those seeking true privacy, rejoice! We’re currently offering special winter discounts on our exclusive-use bookings. It’s more than a stay; it’s a winter experience you’ll cherish.


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