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Visitors - Activities at and around LGFC

Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre was established with an aim of encouraging a love and respect for wildlife and wild places. A wealth of activities can be pursued from the Centre:

  • Fell Walking
  • Bivouacking
  • Backpacking
  • Navigation
  • Birdwatching
  • Gorge Walking
  • Running and Jogging
  • Orienteering
  • Natural History
  • Climbing
  • Camp Craft
  • Mountain Biking
  • Night Walks
  • Canoeing
  • Pond Dipping
  • Scrambling
  • Abseiling
  • Waymarked Forest Paths


And on a clear night, amateur astronomy and star gazing opportunities are excellent, as we reside under possibly one of the darkest skies in the country. We are now an accredited Dark Sky Discovery site.
(Also see Our Dark Sky page)

Whilst swimming is not permitted in the lake , the nearby river Lisa has pools for swimming, but be aware of the dangers of cold water. Pony Trekking can be catered for at a choice of local venues. The Managing Warden can advise further on these activities and on canoeing. Our own two acre field is ideally situated for outdoor games, and with 3000 acres of forest, there is ample scope for more adventurous games. An adjoining barn is available for gentle indoor games.

Part of the Gillerthwaite experience is the communal endeavour of preparing meals, sawing logs and sharing a tale or song by the fireside in this historic setting. Isolated as we are, visiting lecturers can be brought in to add local interest to your stay.

Bring your own activity provider

We (or you) can arrange for qualified leaders to provide activities for your group, and the following are willing to provide leadership and/or instruction during your stay at LGFC:

  • Chris Chilcott of Mobile Adventure - Ghyll scrambling, Gorge Walking, Rock Climbing, Mountain Scrambling, Kayaking, Canoeing, Via Ferrata.
  • Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project - Climbing Wall, Sports Hall, Kayaking, Canoeing, Hill Walking & Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Gill Scrambling. Also scope to provide Team Building/Ice Breaking sessions, Residentials, Sailing, Orienteering and more activities by arrangement.


(... we provide these links in good faith, but LGFC has no control over the content of any external website ...)


A selection of nearby places of interest include

O.S. Maps

  • Tourist Edition (Stops between Ennerdale Water and Ennerdale Bridge).
  • 1:50000 West Cumbria Sheet 89
  • 1:25000 The English Lakes, North West Sheet


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

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 Pond Dipping in the River Liza

 Pond Dipping