Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre is set deep in the remote countryside of the Lake District; on the shores of beautiful Ennerdale water, (England’s quietest and least inhabited valley). It can be found at the feet of Pillar, Steeple and Red Pike, accessed only by a forestry track, the nearest public road is 2 miles away. With no Wi-Fi and limited phone signal it is great for really getting away from it all and going “off the grid”.
The idyllic centre is adapted from traditional Lakeland 17th century farm buildings and offers self-catering accommodation for up to 40 people. The accommodation includes two cosy lounges with log fires, a 40 seat dining room, well equipped kitchen and 5 dormitories. There is also a resident warden, to help show you around.
The RLC has exclusive use of this location for adventure training for thirty weeks a year. The Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre is an ideal base for units when doing adventure training that includes: walking, rock climbing, canoeing, orienteering, field studies and exploring the Lake District’s remotest mountains, valleys and fells.
The initial connection between the Field Centre and the Army began when an RAF helicopter on exercise developed a fault and had to make an emergency landing in the Gillerthwaite field. The crew and their maintenance team were very interested in the place they had involuntarily discovered, and it was mentioned to other military contacts.
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, and if you have the funding, the centre can arrange for civilian instructors to provide activities for your group.
- Mountain Biking
- Fell Walking
- Night Navigation Exercises
- Wild Camping
- Orienteering / Fell Running
- Ghyll Scrambling
Booking details are accessed via the links below which also include copies of; Memorandum of Understanding, Standing Orders & Booking Proforma.
All units need to do to book is go to the LGFC website to check availability via the Google Calendar and then apply to the Warden using the Booking Proforma. The Warden is also the first port of call for any questions