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

Call Ellen or Walter on 01946 861229


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. This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.


  • Rooms & Beds:

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

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

    Local Walks Long Distance Walks

This accommodation is near mountains, is in a National Park, is available to individuals, gives a Best Price Guarantee, has availability this New Year and is on the map of accommodation for school groups, the Coast to Coast Mountain Bike route and the Coast to Coast Walk.


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


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February 25th 2019

Why not have New Year in the heart of Wild Ennerdale, miles away from the city or town life. If your looking to get away without interruption, Low Gillerthwaite is the place for you. A New Year celebration staying at Low Gillerthwaite, is about fires, family/friends and time together. Take a look at our website http://www.lgfc.org.uk  . We can sleep up to 40 people so plenty of room to spread out.

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Ennerdale Water by Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre

June 7th 2018

Low Gillerthwaite field centre is set in the heart of beautiful Ennerdale, England’s  quietest and least inhabited valley.   Only the Coast to Coast Walk passes through.  Right through the old farm yard of Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre.    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.  The centre can accommodates individual and groups, they can also arrange for qualified leaders to provide activities for your group.  Activities like climbing, canoeing and lots of others !

Ennerdale Water by Low Gillerthwaite Accommodation

“Off grid?” Sounds great!

July 18th 2017

As The Lake District’s landscape and culture are honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we are reminded of the writers, from Ransome to Wainwright, who have been inspired by the wild and majestic environment.  Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre offers an opportunity to be energised too by the peace, isolation and beauty. 

Set in the heart of beautiful Ennerdale, England’s remotest, quietest and least inhabited valley, the Field Centre has to do things a little differently. A reviewer on face book says, “…if you’re after being “off the grid” for a while and enjoying all the lakes have to offer, this is the place for you…” The centre is self sufficient – it generates its own hydroelectricity and uses borehole water. Adding to the ‘off-grid’ credentials is the patchy or absent mobile phone reception.

If, like me, you’re the sort of person who thinks this sounds like heaven-on-earth, then perhaps you’d also be drawn to one of their dark sky discovery events.  The Field Centre’s location is its most valuable asset if you’re looking for a place miles from light pollution. 

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. This place is good for the solo walker all the way up to groups of about 40 people.







Coast to Coast

July 20th 2016

Low Gillerthwaite Field centre is right on the route of Wainwright's Coast to Coast path close to YHA Ennerdale Youth… View details

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