Derwent Hill, Near Keswick, Lake District for Youth and Schools

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Outdoor Centre
Large catered centre with outdoor activities for youth and school groups near Keswick

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends.
Derwent Hill, Near Keswick, Lake District, sleeps 60-81 in 18 bedrooms.

We have been running outdoor education courses at Derwent Hill since 1962. Our beautiful location, comfortable venue & professional team enable us to provide a welcoming, friendly and supportive residential setting.

Learning is most effective when activities are both enjoyable & challenging, and when they are chosen to match the needs of individuals and the intended outcomes. We use real adventurous activities and carefully balance the risks and benefits to provide powerful learning experiences. Our courses are based on an experiential learning process using a range of outdoor activities set in an inspirational landscape.

All activities at Derwent Hill are led by our team of professional tutors. Their friendly approach & wealth of experience ensures a memorable experience. We work with all ages and design activities to achieve agreed learning or recreational outcomes.

We are usually able to adapt most of our activities to include children and young people with disabilities. We have an all-terrain electric wheelchair, a minibus with ramp and wheelchair space, and have some specialist equipment for outdoor activities including a wheelchair-accessible motor boat.

Accommodation is in small dormitories with en suite bathrooms. The largest dormitory sleeps 8 in bunk beds, whilst the smallest room sleeps 2 in one set of bunk beds. All bedding is provided but not towels. 9 staff beds are available in en suite rooms (3 single, 3 twin) near the student dormitories.

Accessible accommodation is available in the Lakes Wing. One bathroom is equipped with a hoist and adjustable height washing table.

There are three dining rooms. Students have a choice of meals, collected from the servery. Three recreation rooms are available which can also be used as classrooms. Facilities include TV/DVD, pool table, table football & indoor games, large screen and data projector. There are two heated cloakrooms and two efficient drying rooms for students and a staff drying room.


Self-catering facilities are not available.
We can dine 80 people in our Education Centre and 27 in the Training Centre both adjacent to the patio and lawn, with stunning views of the fells.
Comfy sofas in both Training & Education Centre lounges.
All rooms in the Training Centre have digital TV (with Freeview), hairdryers and tea / coffee making facilities; towels are provided.
Free WiFi throughout the building.
Available in our Education Centre only.
All rooms have central heating and there is an efficient drying room for outdoor clothing.
Dormitories in Education Centre (max 8 in bunk beds). Training Centre rooms can be twin or double beds.
All bed linen is provided.
All rooms have en suite shower facilities. 1 wing wheelchair accessible in Education Centre & 1 bathroom wheelchair accessible in Training Centre.
All communal rooms are on the ground floor. One bedroom in the Training Centre has disabled facilities. Some adventure activities are accessible.
There are 28 acres of grounds to explore.
We have a large lawn overlooking Derwentwater and smaller grassed areas for games and orienteering. High and low rope challenges are also on site.
We do not have a pool.
Ample parking next to the centre.
In designated outdoor area only.
No pets can be accommodated.


Situated in the pretty village of Portinscale 1.5 km from Keswick we are only 25 minutes from junction 40 on the M6.
Keswick is a pleasant 1.5 km (20 minute)walk from Derwent Hill, or a 10 minute drive.
In Keswick.
One pub, one hotel and one café/restaurant in Portinscale. Wide variety of pubs, restaurants and cafes in Keswick.

Booking Information

Groups in the Education Centre from £193 per pupil for 5 day courses, weekends from £93 per pupil. For a group of 14 in the Training Centre, a fully catered 2 night weekend costs from £1,876. Activities from £292 per day, per group of 9 people. Full prices on our website.

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Leader Rooms
Risk Assessment
Educational Focus
Presentation Aids
Outdoor Activities
Disabled Facilities

Getting here

Derwent Hill OEC
CA12 5RD
United Kingdom
Penrith (19 miles).
Regular buses to Keswick (1.5 km), occasional buses to Portinscale.
Newcastle (90 miles).

Rental Rates

5 day Primary school prices (all inclusive) from £193 per pupil, weekend prices from £93 per pupil (low season 2015/16). Full prices on our website, Outdoor Education page.

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Derwent Hill, Near Keswick, Lake District

Barbara Barrett

+44 (0)1768 772 005
Derwent Hill OEC
CA12 5RD
United Kingdom