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Learning programmes for schools
and youth groups.

"Being such a diverse group of religious and cultural backgrounds, we are quite the challenge to cater for, with vegan, halal, kosher, lactose-free and dairy-free diets all within the group, but Derwentwater as ever rose to the occasion! They even cooked rice every day to help the Indonesian group feel at home, as in Indonesia a meal is not a meal if it doesn't include rice!"

Lucy, Encompass Trust group leader, Nov 2016


Borrowdale has a superb range of routes, from easy scrambles to modern test pieces. Shepherd's Crag is a pleasant 20 minute walk from the hostel. The Brown Slab area is justly popular with beginners. The Shepherd's Café (High Lodore Farm) is a great place for refreshments after battling up Little Chamonix. Troutdale Pinnacle on Black Crag is the stand-out route of the valley. If you prefer the high mountain crags, Gillercombe Buttress and The Great Napes are easily reached from the head of the valley.

Please get in touch with us for up-to-date recommendations of climbing instructors.

Indoor Climbing Walls 

Kong Adventure, in the centre of Keswick: Ice wall, bouldering, play area, auto-belay, climbing competitions, small cafe.

Keswick Climbing Wall: An excellent facility with tuition available. Opposite the Castlerigg Stone Circle, on the east side of Keswick. Tel 017687 72000.

There are also climbing walls in Ambleside, Carlisle, Maryport (Clip n Climb - very child-friendly) and Kendal.

High Ropes course

Whinlatter Forest has the highest Go Ape course in the country:

Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House
CA12 5UR
Telephone: 017687 77246

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