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Explore Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre
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Looking up the Ennerdale ValleyLow Gillerthwaite is a Field Centre run by its members for the benefit of all. The centre is owned by the Forestry Commission but leased to a Trust who in partnership with the Forestry Commission provide accomodation and outdoor activities based in Ennerdale.


The Centre provides a superb base for walking, climbing, bird-watching, orienteering, mountain-biking or a host of other activities. The Centre offers dormitory accommodation for groups of up to 40 people - contact the Warden on 01946 861229 for more details.


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What's Here?

  • Educational
  • Wildlife
  • Cycling
  • Bring your bikes to Low Gillerthwaite and enjoy 14miles of forest roads.
  • Horse riding
  • Bowness Knott provides the best access for horse riders wanting to enjoy the 14 forest roads and bridleway upt to Blacksail.
  • Orienteering
  • Orienteering courses available within the centre grounds.
  • Picnic
  • Bowness Knott has a limited number of picnic tables. Please take your litter home.
  • Walking
  • Stay at Low Gillerthwaite and enjoy spectacular walks around the valley or into Wasdale and Buttermere.
  • Viewpoint
  • The view from Bowness up the valley torwards Pillar with the shimmering Ennerdale Water in the foreground is one of the best views in the western lakes.
  • Water sports
  • Canoeing - Permits to canoe on Ennerdale Water must be obtained from United Utilities , tel 017687 72334. Please park in Bowness Knott and carry your boat to and from the lake. Your permit does not give you permission to drive into the forest.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: NY139140
Postcode: CA23 3AX

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Gareth Browning
Beat Forester
017687 76816

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