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What will students see and do?

Lindley Educational Trust is a nationally renowned and respected provider of outdoor learning. One of its sites, Hollowford Centre, is situated on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Castleton, Derbyshire, in the heart of the Peak District National Park.

With a wealth of countryside on its doorstep, including caves, crags, rivers, limestone dales and rugged gritstone moors, the centre provides an excellent base for outdoor programmes.

It aims to ensure that people, regardless of background, race, sex, religion, ethnic origin, disadvantage or disability, are provided with the tools and the confidence to reach their full potential throughout life.

Visiting groups can take part in exciting activities such as high ropes, zip wire, archery, caving, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, hill walking, team-building challenges, orienteering, off-road cycling, raft building and bushcraft.

During down periods, students can enjoy activities such as ice breaker tasks, indoor clue search, bingo, pool, table tennis, table football, board games, karaoke, rounders and football.

Additionally, while it’s not a dedicated centre for disabled people, staff are able to support students with disabilities, using specialist equipment like buoyancy aids for water activities, harnesses for climbing and abseiling, and a specialist go-anywhere chair made with race car technology. The centre encourages inclusion and wherever possible, people with disabilities will work alongside their able-bodied peers.

Teaching resources provided

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

Minimum and maximum group size

The Hollowford Centre can sleep 140 in 29 ensuite bunk-bedded rooms over four accommodation blocks.

Details of risk assessment

Risk assessments covering the site, facilities, open fires and minibus travel are available to download from the website.


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Facilities on-site

There is a shop and licensed bar that stocks a range of souvenirs, sweets, chocolates, crisps and alcoholic drinks from local breweries for the adults.

All groups are allocated a group room based on their size and needs for the duration of their stay. This can be used for discussions and lessons, and can come with a TV, DVD player, projector and AV facilities.

In the accommodation, the bedrooms vary in size, sleeping one to eight people, though the majority have four beds. All have en-suite facilities.

Opening times

Daily, 8.30am-4.30pm



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Travel arrangements

Hollowford Centre is located just outside the village of Castleton, Derbyshire, roughly halfway between Sheffield and Manchester.

Coaches must use the coach parking in the village as they cannot get up the narrow lane to the centre. Call the centre when you’re in the village and the staff will direct you in.


Hollowford Centre, Castleton, Hope Valley
S33 8WB

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