Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Path Hill nr pangbourne, , Oxfordshire RG8 7RE

Contact: 01189 842 500



We offer outdoor challenges, combining personal and social development with an understanding and respect for the natural environment.  All our work with schools enhances classroom learning and can become integral to the school curriculum.

Working closely with you, we can plan bespoke programmes that suit your needs, whether you are looking for one day of activities, a residential camp or a series of days throughout a term or during the different seasons.
We focus on team building, personal challenges and leadership through the themes of bushcraft, expedition skills and discovery about the outdoor environment.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

We are based on a working organic farm next to pristine Chilterns woodland. We have access to the River Thames and the meadows on the Hardwick Estate.
Hardwick woods are predominantly beech woodlands but forty-two different tree species have been found. This is a good indicator as to the great age of the woodlands here.
The woods today are for the most part very carefully managed. At maturity beech trees are selectively felled out to make room for younger trees. The woods are also home to a huge number of flower, fungi, insect, mammal and other animal species.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

When booking an activity at Path Hill Outdoors we will discuss with you your educational aims and specific requirements. We will create a bespoke day to meet all your requirements and to ensure you and your students gain the most out of your visit. With all this beautiful woodland and green fields we are able to offer your school the following but not limited to;

1. Environmental awareness
2. Woodland crafts
3. Survival skills
4. Outdoor crafts
5. Outdoor arts and drama
6. Organic farming
7. Organic vegetable garden
8. Living History

The following are not included in the above subject headings as they are integrally woven into all the activities as a matter of course.

Natural literacy
Practical maths
Personal skills
Physical fitness & agility

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Are you an LOtC Badge Holder?

YES, LOtC Badge, Member of the Institute of Outdoor Learning and we hold the AALA accreditation. 

What size groups do they cater for?

5 - 150.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We provide a projector within a classroom on request. We provide worksheets for students if this is a requirement for your day.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Teachers are welcome to carry out their own risk assessments. We provide risk assessments for all our activities.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Mark Hillyer is our Education Officer.

What does it cost?

All days are designed in partnership with schools. We will ensure that visits match students’ needs and support schools in follow up work back in the classroom.

Costs for a class of up to 30 students:

One instructor at £400 per day
Two instructors at £600 per day
Lunch can be provided – usually cooked over an open fire – for an additional £60
Most activities will only require one instructor however some activities, such as canoeing, will require two qualified instructors.

Day courses are from 9.30am to 3.00pm
Overnight Camps
Overnight camps start at £45 per student for groups of 25 or more Staff are free.
This cost includes accommodation, food and activities.
The overnight camps will usually run from 12.00 noon to 12.00 noon the next day or similar 24 hour period i.e. 10am to 10am the next day. Additional charges may apply for longer periods.
We have the facilities for large groups – 150+ people.

Please contact us to discuss prices for groups fewer than 15 students.

Is specific clothing required?

In cold weather wear layers of clothing – try and avoid wearing jeans, they take a long time to dry out. Bring a hat and gloves. It is always a good idea to have waterproofs. In summer bring along a sun hat and sun protection.
Also pack the following – • Any medication required • Waterproofs • Packed Lunch (if food is not provided) • Hat and gloves • Midge repellent • Sun protection • Water bottle • Day bag or pack.

Do you have first aid on site?

All our staff are First Aid Qualified. 

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

We can provide campfire cooking as part as your visit or you can bring packed lunches.

Are there disabled facilities?


What are your opening days and hours?

We are open all year round. Monday- Sunday 9a.m – 5p.m

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

Type of Visit: Bushcraft Outdoor Education Outdoor Pursuits Personal Development-Mentoring Residential School Trips SEN Team Building Walking Tours Water Sports Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Design and Technology Drama Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism PE Science

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