Eskdale, the Lake District

Gate House was built in 1896 as a country retreat and converted into Eskdale outdoor education centre in 1950. With 60 acres of landscaped grounds, stunning views of some of the highest summits in England and the picturesque village of Eskdale Green just down the road it's the perfect wilderness location for our learning and development courses.

The Outward Bound Trust
Eskdale Green, Holmrook, Cumbria CA19 1TE
T: 01946 723281

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Delegates enjoy twin or single en-suite accommodation. Each room comes equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, a phone, guest towels, ample space for luggage and access to drying rooms. Maximum occupancy is 86 delegates.

Wifi is available throughout the public areas of the main house.  There is a wood panelled bar with an open fireplace and a number of conference spaces, including a traditional library room. Visting staff can also stay in one of the spacious Tower bedrooms. In the village, there’s a small general store with a cash machine.

Our venues are purposefully set in remote locations as the outdoor environment plays an essential role in every Outward Bound programme. We use the mountains, lakes and rivers on our doorstep as catalysts for changing behaviours. The intensity and immediacy of the outdoor experience ensures that learning is embedded in a meaningful and memorable way. Our clients tell us time and again that it’s more than worth the journey.

By Road
We strongly advise that you do not follow routes provided by Sat Nav or GPS equipment when travelling to Eskdale
. The directions provided below outline the easiest and most direct route to the venue.

From North or South take the A595, Cumbria coast road to Holmrook. From the South (exit M6 Junction 36), there is also the option of the scenic Birker Fell road; (leave the A595 near Broughton in Furness at Duddon Bridge via Ulpha), which is rewarding for its views and takes just over an hour from Junction 36.

By Rail
From the South the direct route from Euston to Oxenholme (Kendal) takes around 3 hours. Transfers from the station to Eskdale take just over an hour by car. From the north take the Glasgow to Euston train which calls at Oxenholme station as above.

By Air
Manchester is the closest international airport (transfer time approx. 2.5 hours). Blackpool and Liverpool airports can also provide competitive flights, and transfers can easily be arranged by our guest services team from all terminals. Helicopter landing can be accommodated by prior arrangement.