Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: No

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Hawse End Centre, Portinscale, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5UE

Contact: 01768 812280



Cumbria Outdoors - Hawse End Centre is located in the Northern Lake District which is the ideal environment for groups looking to pursue a range of learning experiences in the outdoors. We are situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with direct access to the lake and fells, while still being only 30 minutes away from the motorway and major routes, providing easy access from the North East and North West of England, as well as Southern Scotland. 

Hawse End Centre is on the shores of Derwentwater, within 3 acres of garden and woodland.

We proudly hold the Gold Standard of Association of Heads of Outdoor Centres, and AALA License with all activities being led by our Qualified Outdoor Education Leaders who are experienced professionals.

The opportunities for residential experiential learning provided by Cumbria Outdoors promote personal and social development, though delivery of the following outdoors activities e.g.  canoe rafting, kayaking, open canoeing ghyll scrambling, fell walking, archery, sailing, caving, orienteering and climbing. We also offer environmental and living history education residentials.

Our centres offer warm, homely, comfortable bases for groups to return to after a day in the outdoors.

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Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any accreditation such as Tourist Board, or AALA. Do you have any awards such as TripAdvisor Traveler choice?

We are proud to hold the Gold Standard of Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres (AHOEC), and we are AALA licensed.

We hold the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge. We are also a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Approved Activity Provider (AAP).

What group sizes do you cater for?

At Hawse End Centre we can accommodate 49 guests, including visiting school staff, in the main building, with a further 24 participants in the cottage. We also have

the facility to increase this a little by adding extra beds in some rooms – please enquire for details. In addition, we have 2 yurts on site, both equipped with log burners.  The yurts can be booked independently of Hawse End Centre, but can also be used as part of a ‘centre’ for supplemental accommodation for up to another 16 people.

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

Our accommodation is provided in bunk bedded rooms over two floors. There is one single en-suite staff bedroom on the second floor, and shower rooms and toilet facilities on each floor for students. There is a large comfortable lounge area with TV, and dining room seating up to 75 people. In addition we offer work rooms and drying room facilities on site.  We have a large patio area with picnic benches & BBQ, as well as large well maintained gardens and lawns.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

All of our packages are designed on a bespoke basis, to meet each groups aims and objectives.  As a guide, rates can start from as little as £41.00 per person per night on a full board basis, excluding activities. We offer a free member of staff per group of 10 students staying residentially.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

As a AALA license holder, the frame work, including annual inspections requires us to have all appropriate rick assessments in place. Therefore by us being a license holder, this negates the need for visiting groups to check our risk assessments. Please refer to AALA website here for license details.

However, groups leaders are encouraged, and welcome to come to the centre and carry out a pre-visit, in particular those clients visiting us for the first time.

If you would like to arrange a pre-visit or have any queries or concerns, please contact our administration team on 01768 812280, or alternatively you can email

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?

For all bookings, your first point of contact will be with our Administration Team. Their contact number is 01768 812280, or alternatively you can email

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All housekeeping and outdoor delivery staff are first aid qualified.

Please list facilities available.

Our large, bright and welcoming dining room can seat up to 75 people. We offer a range of menus to suit each group, from cooked breakfast items in the morning, to a tasty, home cooked, two course dinner in the evening. We also provide a packed lunch for the daytime - or a hot lunch if required, particularly during the more inclement months.  Supper is homemade tray bakes and hot chocolate.

Our experienced team of catering staff are qualified in providing a variety of special diets and adhere to providing any dietary and allergen requirements groups may have. Tea and coffee making facilities are made available throughout your stay. We also provide a refreshments tray in visiting staff bedrooms.

The cost of our catering package is included in the residential rate.

Our large, comfortable lounge is equipped with a TV and DVD player. We have a further two rooms that can be used as classroom/teaching areas. We also have the added benefit of 2 yurts on-site with log burners that can be used for additional accommodation and/or classroom areas. Projectors, screens, flipcharts and paper can be made available upon request.

There is a small on-site tuck shop selling gifts, snacks, sweets and drinks.

Free Wi-Fi is available at the property.

What are your disabled facilities?

Cumbria Outdoor offers, where possible, an inclusive service - however, due to operating within a Victorian Country House, access for participants in wheel chairs is unsuitable.    In terms of physical ability, please discuss any particular needs with our staff, and we will, where possible endeavor to accommodate your requirements.  Any future developments of our site and building will, of course, include improved access.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open all year round for group bookings.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

Thank you guys. As usual a fantastic weekend with fantastic staff in a beautiful location. PAUL

Thank you for an awesome week. It was excellent and the children and staff were buzzing. JONATHAN

Very much valued pro-active attitude of leaders in tweaking activities to mesh well with the needs of beginner teachers. JOANNE

Very professional staff. Good food and plenty of it! GRAHAM

Staff had a warm helpful attitude towards the children. Very patient. Excellent food. Very thorough staff - talked me through the process in details. ALISON

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

Cumbria Outdoors offers a range of Living History programmes from the Stone Age through to World War II – please click below to see each programmer:

Victorian Christmas Experience with Cumbria Outdoors

Sail on the Titanic

The Great War - Cumbria Outdoors wants YOU

World War II with Cumbria Outdoors

The John Muir Award with Cumbria Outdoors

John Muir Award – Subsidised Residential Opportunity   

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Cumbria Outdoors centres are set in the Northern Lake District in the heart of ‘Gold Country’ providing an ideal location and comfortable base to embark on expeditions and training.

As an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) we offer bespoke, affordable expedition packages to suit your school, group or organisation needs.  Please click below to find out more.

Duke of Edinburgh Award with Cumbria Outdoors

We also provide varied and exciting Gold residential opportunities, please contact us for details of residentials available.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Bunkhouses Hostels Outdoor Residential Centres

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