What will students see and do?

Skern Lodge is an outdoor activity centre located on the North Devon coast, near the quiet coastal village of Appledore and on the shores of the Taw and Torridge estuary.

Established in 1976, Skern Lodge provides experiential learning and fun through adventure, all in a safe, relaxed and friendly environment – its name literally means ‘safe harbour’.

With the tidal waters and the Atlantic surf on its doorstep, Skern Lodge is in the perfect location for watersports. Visiting students can take part in bodyboarding, bridge/quay jumping, kayaking, powerboating, rafting, raft building, surfing and surf skiing.

On the land around the water and in the centre, students can look forward to abseiling, archery, climbing, coastal traversing, crabbing, crate stacking, high ropes, off-road bikes, orienteering, seashore trails, team assault courses, team-building challenges, tunnels and zip wire.

Skern Lodge also provides tailor-made geography and environmental fieldwork courses in North Devon. The centre is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is inside the internationally recognised UNESCO Biosphere of Braunton Burrows.

As a result, students can visit a great range of fieldwork locations, including Hartland Heritage Coast, Exmoor National Park, Northam Burrows, Taw and Torridge Estuary, Braunton Burrows, Brownsham Woods and Boscastle.

Alternatively, if Skern Lodge is too far to travel to, staff are willing to come to you to offer an outreach day of carefully designed programmes that promote the behaviours that are normally evidenced through a residential.

Teaching resources provided

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

Minimum and maximum group size

The required ratios of staff to students vary depending on the activity, with most having a working ratio of up to 1:10. The four different accommodation blocks can sleep up to 220 guests.

Details of risk assessment

Skern Lodge regularly assesses all activities, fire safety, kitchen hygiene, bunk beds, security, staircases and more. Get in contact to request risk assessment details.


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Facilities On-Site

Skern Lodge is a warm, clean and comfortable centre for activity and development programmes. There are separate buildings to accommodate different groups and ages, each with its own meeting and social areas.

There’s also plenty of room on site for games and play, as well as a good balance of on and off-site activities, many within a ten-minute drive.

Opening Times

Daily, 9am-5pm



Prices vary depending on the type of course and any optional extras added, such as visits to local attractions. Get in touch for a quote.

Travel arrangements

The nearest train station is Barnstaple, ten miles away, where you can get a bus or arrange collection by Skern Lodge.

Directions to the site are available on the website, and include coach-specific ones.

Skern Lodge uses a local coach travel firm that always has competitive prices – you can get in contact to obtain a quote for your own coach journey.


Skern Lodge, Appledore, Bideford, Devon
EX39 1NG

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