What will students see and do?

Situated in the heart of the Peak District National Park in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Crowden Outdoor Education Centre is an inspirational place to learn, develop skills and create lifelong memories.

It offers day visits and full- or part-week residential trips where students will reach new heights, explore underground and enjoy the thrills and spills of watersports.

The range of activities available includes rock climbing, cave exploration, kayaking, open water canoeing, raft building, stream scrambling, zip wire and archery. All activities are led by staff who are experienced, professional and friendly, and have the ability to communicate easily and clearly with all age ranges. Specialist equipment is provided and boots, waterproof coats and wellies can be provided.

The centre can provide evening activities for students or you can use this time to undertake your own cross-curricular activities or reflections. For instance, the area offers some of the most picturesque walking trails in Britain. From gentle riverside strolls to spectacular ridge walks, there is something for all abilities.

Teaching resources provided

Get in contact to discuss your curriculum objectives and the sorts of learning resources Crowden Outdoor Education Centre may be able to provide.

Minimum and maximum group size

Crowden Outdoor Education Centre can accommodate groups of up to 40 people.

Details of risk assessment

Activity programmes both on- and off-site follow agreed operating procedures and are suitably risk assessed. Get in contact to request a risk assessment.


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Facilities on-site

Crowden has sleeping facilities for up to 40 people across 14 bedrooms. The rooms vary in size, with one to four beds and storage for clothing and personal belongings. There are toilets and showers on each floor, including a disabled toilet and shower room.

The centre also has a lounge and TV room to relax in after a day of outdoor pursuits.

Opening times

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Travel arrangements

Crowden Outdoor Education Centre is located just off the A628 Woodhead Pass, approximately one mile west of the junction with the B6105. It is 18 miles away from Manchester, 19 miles from Barnsley and 26 miles from Sheffield. The closest train station is Glossop, seven miles away.


Crowden Outdoor Education Centre, Crowden-in-Longdendale, Derbyshire
SK13 1HZ

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