Low Mill Outdoor Education Centre
Low Mill Outdoor Centre is dedicated to the development of young people through outdoor adventure and has operated as a charity since 1976. Low Mill holds a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, which means we have been inspected and meet the LOtC national standards licensed and inspected by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority. School and youth groups usually opt for a week or weekend stay that is fully catered and inclusive of multi-activity outdoor sessions, such as caving, canoeing, climbing, abseiling and gorge walking. All programmes are bespoke and arranged with you in advance of your visit.
Our charitable objectives of developing the physical, mental and spiritual capacities of young people are very supportive of PSHE in the national curriculum and help promote SMSC.
Why book Low Mill Outdoor Education Centre for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?
Low Mill is a converted 19th century water mill situated in the village of Askrigg, Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The mill is ideally placed in one of the most beautiful areas in the North of England for outdoor education, environmental education, and team-building activities.
Our dedicated full-time instructors uphold our ethos and advocate “Real adventure in the real outdoors”. We receive great feedback from our regular schools, who find that outdoor learning helps build resilience, robustness, independence and confidence in their students, and, of course, they have a fantastic time.
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
We run a full programme of adventurous outdoor education activities such as caving, canoeing, climbing, abseiling, gorge walking, archery, orienteering and mountain walks. All of our sessions and programmes are tailored to suit each visiting group. Programmes and activities can vary depending on the aims and needs of your group. This could also include specific curriculum areas to support GCSE PE and BTEC sports.
Our bushcraft sessions take place in the local woods and allows participants to work with nature, make food, design and build shelters and light small fires. The session is a great chance for teams to work together and teaches the importance of leaving no trace.
Our canoeing, kayaking and raft-building sessions take place on Semerwater. Canoes and kayaks are great vehicles for exploring and also developing the three C’s Confidence, Cooperation & Communication skills in students. Our British Canoeing qualified instructors are able to offer more advanced coaching and deliver British Canoeing performance awards.
The Yorkshire Dales has great opportunities for field studies, with upland moorlands, rich rivers habitats and of course being in fantastic karst country. We can guide teachers into these environments or with our links to the Yorkshire Dales National Parks Education Officer, provide bespoke days.
What activities are available during group visits?
Our Programme of activities can either be half day or full day, these will be planned with you to best meet your aims and expectations, to get the most out of your visit. The Yorkshire Dales has some fantastic locations to try the adventurous activities we offer such as:
Abseiling. Archery, Bushcraft, Caving, Canoeing, Canyon, Gorge Walk, Hill Walks, Kayaking, Mountain biking, Orienteering, Raft Building, Team Games, Zip Wire.
What size groups do you cater for?
Is there first aid on site?
Yes, all instructors hold a valid outdoor first aid qualification. The housekeepers / kitchen staff also hold emergency first Aid.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
The centre is adapted to be fully accessible, with some of the rooms having accessible en-suite wet rooms. We have specialised equipment to allow people with limited mobility to participate in the sessions including canoeing, zipwire and archery.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
We are members of The Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres and are proud to hold the AHOEC Gold Standard.
Special rates for schools
outside of peak season
Mon - Friday (4 nights) £296.00 Split week or weekends (2 nights) £148.00 per person.
Off Peak is normally November through to the end of February. We have a special offer of extended off peak to include March 2020
The price includes full board, accommodation and activities. Groups will be divided into smaller cohorts for activities of 11 people. Each activity cohort will be given one free leader/teacher place.
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