August 2020 Update:


We are pleased to say we are planning to reopen the Centre the first week in September. We are taking the extra time to carry out some essential repairs on the Centre roof and also make sure that we have taken all the necessary steps to protect our customers and staff.

The Centre will be opening on an Exclusive Hire only basis. When booking LGFC as Exclusive Hire, it is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of the current Government guidance on travel and gatherings in self-catering accommodation (currently 2 households plus support bubble who know each other can stay overnight in self catered accommodation - whilst maintaining social distancing). In making a booking with LGFC you are agreeing to adhere to the relevant Government guidance that will apply at the time of your stay. You may be asked for evidence that the stay/people staying falls within the Government Guidelines. You will be asked to sign that you understand the guidelines and your booking is consistent with these.

The price for exclusive hire will start at £180 per night (with members entitled to a 30% discount) with a minimum of a 2 night stay. Refunds or alternative dates may be offered if stays are cancelled due to covid symptoms or local lockdowns.  


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Welcome to Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre

Set in the heart of beautiful Ennerdale, England's remotest, quietest and least inhabited valley, Low Gillerthwaite rests at the feet of Pillar, Steeple and Red Pike. Access is by a forestry track which flanks Ennerdale Water leaving the nearest public road about 2 miles away.

Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre and Pillar

The centre is adapted from traditional Lakeland 17th century farm buildings and offers self-catering accommodation for up to 40 people. It is therefore an ideal base for walking, climbing, canoeing, orienteering, field studies and exploring Lakeland's remotest mountains, valleys and fells - and we're open all year, except Christmas.

Our facilities

Our accommodation comprises: two cosy lounges (each with log fires), a well-equipped kitchen with catering size cooker, dining room which can seat 40 people, 5 dormitories, large drying room and large barn. Outside is a 2 acre field which can be used for games and camping. For full details see 'about - the premises'. Our resident Warden will help you settle in when you arrive.

See here for our next Dark Sky event - held in Lovely Lonely Ennerdale


All are welcome

All ages are welcome at LGFC, and we have accommodated many different types of groups:

  • School groups; university students; youth groups; walking and climbing clubs; canSeasons in Ennerdaleoeing groups; orienteering and running clubs; family groups; religious groups seeking a quite retreat; mountain rescue teams; Duke of Edinburgh award participants; star gazers.

Low Gillerthwaite is a residential Field Centre which is available to be booked by any number from 1 to 40, who wish to come and enjoy the quiet and tranqility of the Ennerdale Valley in West Cumbria.

School and Youth Groups may wish to include in their visit a programme of science activities with themes in Astronomy, Geology or Sustainable Energy offered under the Low Gillerthwaite STFC Education Hub.

We are a charity and all income from overnight stays goes towards maintaining and running the Field Centre. If you are a regular visitor to Low Gillerthwaite you may wish to join our membership. Much of the maintenance of the property is carried out by the members and we have an annual working week (usually in August) where everyone is welcome to help out with decorating, repairs, wood collection, painting, catering, etc.


This year we’re aiming to raise £990.00 for the Centre to buy a Defibtech Lifeline AED Defibrillator Unit. You can help us by raising free donations using a website called

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  • Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre,
    Ennerdale, Cleator,
    Cumbria, CA23 3AX
  • Tel : 01946 861229
  • Email :
  • Grid Ref : NY139141
  • Latitude : 54.5148 (N)
  • Longitude : -3.3313 (W)


"a fabulous setting for a weekend away, isolated and no interruptions"

"good classroom facility and a field to play in"

"well equipped and very reasonably priced when cost is a factor"

"we love playing football in the field, and star gazing at night"

"a wonderful place to bring young people into an appreciation of the outdoors"

"the ability to book exclusive access is essential with CRB issues and the fact that you have access to the field, class room, orienteering and walking in the hills"

"We are located in Surrey but the long drive was more than compensated by the fact that we didn't have to get in our cars again until we left."