Group accommodation and self catering hostel in Ennerdale valley in the Lakes


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

Towards the head of Ennerdale valley, one of the most beautiful, least spoilt and quietest valleys in the Lake District, at the foot of Pillar and Red Pike sits Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre. An ideal base for fell walking, classic rock climbs, bird and wildlife watching, mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing and environmental studies.

Originally a 15th century farmhouse, the centre has group self-catering facilities, drying room, a library of environmental books, a large barn for indoor activities (ideal for barn dances), a group lecture room and two lounges with log-burning fires. Due to its remoteness the centre generates its own electricity via a hydroelectric scheme. Vehicle access is by forest track and a BT payphone is on site (most mobiles do not work here). Low Gillerthwaite is an ideal base for clubs, extended family groups, school and youth groups.

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Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre | Group accommodation and self catering hostel in Ennerdale valley in the Lakes


or call Ellen or Walter on
01946 861229

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Rooms & Beds:

40: 2×4, 1×8, 1×10, 1×14.


All year (except Christmas and Boxing Day), 24 hours.

Price per night:

From £11.50 per person (children and students), £15.50 (adults), camping is £5 per person.


See booking link. Always phone to check availability.

Ask for:

Ellen or Walter


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 station 12 miles. Buses to Ennerdale Bridge from Cleator Moor or Cockermouth (5 miles).

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Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast

Low Gillerthwaite Field centre is right on the route of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast path close to YHA Ennerdale Youth Hostel.

Three miles beyond Ennerdale Bridge the Coast to Coast Walk passes through the old farm yard of Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre.  The field centre provides self catering accommodation with rooms sleeping between 4 and 14 people and welcomes individual walkers and groups.   Set in England’s remotest, least inhabited valley,  with the only access  by footpath or forestry track, Low Gillerthwaite is a remote haven for walkers on the coast to coast path.

Low Gillerthwaite Field centre

Low Gillerthwaite Field centre

Stay far from it all, in the heart of beautiful Ennerdale.

Low Gillerthwaite field centre is set in the heart of beautiful Ennerdale, England’s remotest, quietest and least inhabited valley, Low Gillerthwaite rests at the feet of Pillar, Steeple and Red Pike. Access is by a forestry track which flanks Ennerdale Water leaving the nearest public road about 2 miles away. Ennerdale can be considered as a wilderness influenced by forestry plantation and sheep farming.

The Centre is situated on permanent pastures at the head of Ennerdale Water, in this glaciated valley.

They can arrange for qualified leaders to provide activities for your group. Enjoy the large choice of activities to do ! Like climbing, calking, canoeing and lots of others !

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