Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre, Ennerdale, Cleator, CA23 3AX
Call Ellen or Walter on 01946 861229
OverviewTowards 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.
Beds & Rooms: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:Long Distance Walks Mountain Bike Coast to Coast Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk
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Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre in the Lake District is open
April 27th 2021
We have welcomed our first guests back. If all goes according to plan we are fully booked until mid October 2021, but enquires are welcome.
Why not have New Year in the heart of Wild Ennerdale, miles away from the city life.
October 25th 2019
New Year at Low Gillerthwaite is about fires, friends, family, and time together.
We have availability for a minimum of 3 nights at New Year. If your looking to get away without interruption, Low Gillerthwaite is the place for you. We can sleep up to 40 people so plenty of room to spread out. Prices negotiable.
“Off grid?” Sounds great!
June 24th 2019
Ennerdale, England’s remotest, quietest and least inhabited valley…
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.