Great news here at Kepplewray ....

 

we have two new minibuses

Thanks to some generous donations over the summer we've reached our fundraising target to allow us to purchase the minibuses.
Broughton Community Transport has ceased to operate due to loss of their minibus.
Kepplewray will begin to operate a Community Transport Service using our new minibuses.

 

So if you are interested in hiring a bus please call us on: (01229)716936
Kep Bus

The Kepplewray Centre

Broughton-in-Furness
LA20 6HE
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 1229 716936
URL: http://www.kepplewray.org.uk

Registered Charity No - 1015762

K Staff 11042014 Neil Stairs email largeNeil joined Kepplewray from The Scout Association where he was previously Centre Manager at one of the National Scout Activity Centres and a Development Officer.

He is very happy living and working in the Lake District and is striving to maintain and enhance Kepplewray's growing reputation.

Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

 

A snowy picture of the Kepplewray MansionThe Kepplewray Trust, a charity established to challenge exclusion, receives help in a number of different ways, for which we are extremely grateful.

As for many charities, raising funds, maintaining the building, servicing the equipment and keeping the garden under control are on-going challenges and we are fortunate to have a fantastic group of supporters who:

  • give money (on a regular or one off basis)
  • provide services free of charge or at significantly reduced rates
  • volunteer by helping out in and around the Centre
  • pray for the continuance of Kepplewray and Bethesda (a sister project in Burundi)
  • help out with, hold or take part in fund raising activities

In this section of the web site we identify how you could help us by:

Kepplewray is an ideal group accommodation venue being spacious and accessible. We have hosted many different leisure based groups, for example:

  • motor cycle rally enthusiasts
  • childrens parties
  • photography groups
  • artist groups
  • wildlife weekends
  • meditation groups
  • stag parties

Kepplewray is able to offer flexible accommodation, safe storage and pick up and drop off services by arrangement.

So if your group fancy heading to the Lakes to take focus on your chosen leisure activity, use the find out more form on the right hand side of this page, and ask how we can help.

SAFETY FIRST:

  • The Kepplewray Centre exceeds all Health & Safety requirements and has a £5 million Public Liability Indemnity.
  • All Kepplewray staff who are responsible for any regulated activity relating to children, as defined in the September 2013 Amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, are DBS cleared to the enhanced level.
  • All our activity staff have nationally recognised instructor qualifications, and all activities undergo a thorough risk assessment, which are documented and available upon request.
  • All activity staff are first aid qualified, as are all the "on call" duty staff.
  • A member of Kepplewray staff is on call 24 hours a day.
  • We take the well being of our guests extremely seriously, and all visitors to the site are monitored and supervised.
  • Kepplewray is inspected by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Service; holds the Adventure Mark; is recognised by Learning Outside the Classroom; is a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and is a training and assessment centre for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Your GroupKepplewray welcomes groups from a wide range of backgrounds and is able to offer a varied outdoor activity programme depending upon the individual group requirements.

Some groups just wish to be in the Lake District to enjoy the peace and quiet and the surrounding countryside, whereas other groups want a full on, energetic activity programme.

Please note that, for visitors requiring activities, we normally work with a minimum group size of 8.

Whatever your particular needs, we will be happy to discuss your ideas with you and see how we can best support your desired aims.

In this section of the web site, we have identified types of groups that have made use of the special service which Kepplewray offers and expanded on the service which you can expect.

If your group doesn't fit into any of the identified categories, don't let that stop you from getting in touch and asking if we can help. Use the find out more form on the right hand side of this page to ask us any questions.  If we can help – we will!

Experience:

I've been instructing for 5 years and whilst I am qualified to run many different activities, I'm more at home in the mountains.

Personal Profile:

I love the challenges that you receive from outdoor sports and the freedom to go to really exciting places. It's great to see young people (and old too!) overcoming fears, working together and having a great time. To relax there is nothing better than rock climbing!

Lynne Burch - CookLynne has been with Kepplewray for 7 years and lives in Broughton with her family. Lynne is yet another of the wonderful cooks that keep the Kepplewray guests so well fed (you can spot what is important around here can't you!?) . Lynne is particularly fond of baking and her flapjacks, shortbread and cakes are worth the trip in their own right. So remember to let us know if it is your birthday whilst you are here!

Marion Acott - Cook in ChargeMarian has been with Kepplewray for 8 years and leads our team of fabulous cooks. Her steak pie has guests queuing up for seconds (and thirds!) and is a real treat. In addition to looking after the culinary requirements of Kepplewray's guests, Marian also takes the lead on delivering lunches to the school next door.

Steve Lindsay Site MaintenanceSteve is another key member of the team at the Kepplewray Centre and he looks after the building, the grounds and the vehicles. Steve has held several quite different roles during his working life so far – including the manufacture of wheel chairs, serving his time on building sites (principally as a joiner), being the chef at a local pub in Broughton and undertaking a number of building and decorating jobs. He is happily settled in Broughton with his wife and two sons.

Esther Wells - Financial AdministratorEsther brings that much needed "attention to detail" in Kepplewray's finances and keeps the rest of us in check as to how we manage our Kepplewray business. She is very organised can put her hands on vital information very quickly - and she is therefore a font of knowledge on all aspects of the Charity. Esther was born in India (her parents were missionaries), and has also lived in Canada, but has now happily fallen under the spell of the Lake District.

A happy child KayakingLearn the Eskimo Roll!

Originally designed for Eskimos to cross water whilst hunting, your single handed kayak can get you out on Coniston Water, exploring the small bays and natural beauty of the area. We will teach you all of the skills needed to enable you to become a proficient kayaker.

Our boats are great for both the novice and the experienced paddler, with retractable skegs to help you steer and waterproof hatches to stow anything from lunch to overnight camping equipment.

You can progress from the calm waters of the lake to tackling the more challenging environment of a river and can even take skill awards and the Foundation Safety and Rescue Training.

Kayaking is slightly more physical than canoeing and also helps to improve health and fitness. Kayaking can also be undertaken by people of any age and any ability. Led by our experienced instructors, everyone can appreciate the delights of being afloat on Coniston Water.

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

The Kepplewray Trust is a registered charity, with a Christian foundation, who operate the Kepplewray Centre with commitment and dedication.

Four times a year we publish a Prayer Diary which we hope will be of help to those supporters who regularly keep us in their prayers.

If you would like to receive our Prayer Diary, either by e-mail or in hard copy, please get in touch and let us know your contact details and we shall add you to our circulation list.

pdfDownload the Prayer Diary

Kepplewray has many volunteers who give their time freely in order to help us out.  The work undertaken by our volunteers ranges from gardening through administration to helping with the on going maintenance and refurbishment of the building.

Our list of volunteers includes people of all ages from many different walks of life.  Some are able to help out for several days in a row, others work for an hour here or there as and when they can fit it in.  We welcome all volunteers and hope that we can help them as much as they can help us.

We can offer College and University student placements and School work experience.  These are usually of a week's duration (Monday to Friday) but can be any length from a day to a month or more.  We have welcomed students from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, the National Citizen Service scheme, Princes Trust, Millennium Volunteers, Universities, Theological Colleges, Furness College and individuals.

  • Students are usually given a programme, which covers morning, afternoon and evening.
  • We try to give all an experience of each area of work (Activity Services, Residential Services, Support Services and Training Services).
  • A typical week's placement would usually involve a day or two on activities, two or three days working with the Residential Services team and perhaps a day on office duties.

If you would like to undertake a placement at Kepplewray, please complete the application form found below and contact us.

All prospective volunteers are asked to complete an application form (docavailable here) and come in for a chat prior to undertaking any voluntary work on our behalf.

We also form work parties to help with a specific project over a weekend or a few days.  Kepplewray provides the accommodation and food - you provide helping hands. Groups who have taken up this opportunity include: Community Service, HMP Haverigg, Deutsche Bank, Princes Trust, St John's College Cambridge, family groups and individuals.

If you would like to bring a work party to Kepplewray, please contact us by phone or by using the form on this page.

On Saturday 29th June, twenty local bike riders (and a dog), clad in an array of different fancy dress costumes cycled from Kirkby-in-Furness through to Broughton-in-Furness. This annual event combines having some fun whilst raising funds for a local charity.

The weather was (unusually) fantastic – and it did make the cycling very thirsty work ! Stopping off along the way to take on refreshments and to collect donations on behalf of the Kepplewray Trust, the Fancy Dress Bike Riders received tremendous support from the local community and raised a fantastic £270.00

 

During the year there are a number of fundraising events from which Kepplewray benefits.

If you are organising a fundraising event and would like to support Kepplewray, then please contact us so we can assist in any way we can.

The following events are being held and your participation and/or support would be most welcome.....

Fancy Doing the Largest Half Marathon in the World...

The Great North Run is one of the key annual events for Kepplewray and each year we enter a team who raise sponsorship on our behalf. The Great North Run is the world's largest half marathon road race and the 13.1 mile course starts off in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, crosses the iconic Tyne Bridge and wends it's way down to South Shields. If you are interested in running for Kepplewray, please get in touch so that we can include you in our team.

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Many thanks, especially to Stu, who helped me out in the gyll.  I am now much more confident.  Many thanks to the chef Mike who made the best meals.  you All been the greatest! Best trip ever. 

p.s. I miss Andy (zoom zoom)

Thankyou for taking care of us and for making deliciouse food especially the fish + chips.  Thankyou for taking us ghyll Scrambling everyone liked that activity the best.

From Ewan

P.S. the food was awesome and it was the best school trip ever!

To the Kepplewray staff,

I had a very exciting and scary time in the Lake District! I particularly liked the Gyll scrambling and archery because I got three bulls-eyes in a row.  I was realy surprised.  All of the staff were great.  It was the best field trip ever. 

From Sam

To all of the staff at Kepplewray, thank you for a good weekend.  I enjoyed all of the activities that we did, I enjoyed all of the food and all of the the entertainment and the weather was great.  Thank you, see you soon.  Lee

Kepplewray is an ideal group accommodation venue being very convenient for many Lakeland pursuits and specific competitions held locally. We have hosted many sports and recreation based groups, for example:

• cyclists – whilst they practice or take part in the Fred Whitton Challenge
• canoe groups who make use of the local lakes and rivers
• orienteering groups who challenge themselves around the local fells or take part in local competitions
• trials bikers who take part in national time trials held in the Lake District
• fell runners
• rock climbers

Kepplewray is able to offer flexible accommodation, safe storage and pick up and drop off services by arrangement.

So if your group fancy heading to the Lakes to take part in a competition or just to do more of that which they enjoy, contact us using the "Find out more" form on the right hand side of this page and ask how we can help.

Please note that, if you require accommodation for a specific event, early booking is advisable.

SAFETY FIRST:

  • The Kepplewray Centre exceeds all Health & Safety requirements and has a £5 million Public Liability Indemnity.
  • All Kepplewray staff who are responsible for any regulated activity relating to children, as defined in the September 2013 Amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, are DBS cleared to the enhanced level.
  • All our activity staff have nationally recognised instructor qualifications, and all activities undergo a thorough risk assessment, which are documented and available upon request.
  • All activity staff are first aid qualified, as are all the "on call" duty staff.
  • A member of Kepplewray staff is on call 24 hours a day.
  • We take the well being of our guests extremely seriously, and all visitors to the site are monitored and supervised.
  • Kepplewray is inspected by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Service; holds the Adventure Mark; is recognised by Learning Outside the Classroom; is a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and is a training and assessment centre for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Families come to Kepplewray for many different reasons:

• as a single family – or several close families combined – to be able to undertake some outdoor activities together
• a gathering of the wider family group – some or all of whom could also do activities
• for a celebration with family and friends of an important milestone or achievement

Whatever the reason, Kepplewray is a fantastic homely venue and is a very family orientated building offering a "home cooked" food - which can be tailored to your specific requirements.

The key is that, whatever the reason for the get together, you all have fun – and we will play our part in trying to ensure that.

A short break can leave parents feeling relaxed, as the activity instructors lead the family through a range of exhilarating outdoor activities which can be tailored for your family such that they are suitable for as many generations that wish to take part. We can cater for all, from the timid to the most adventurous, and can guide you on land, water or a rock face.

At the other end of the spectrum, you may just want to spend time sitting in one of our comfortable lounges – perhaps having lit the open fire – catching up, chatting with each other over a cup of tea – or maybe reminiscing about times gone by.

If it is a celebratory meal and/or an evening party with some music for you all to enjoy that is required – you can achieve any of this at Kepplewray.

SAFETY FIRST:

  • The Kepplewray Centre exceeds all Health & Safety requirements and has a £5 million Public Liability Indemnity.
  • All Kepplewray staff who are responsible for any regulated activity relating to children, as defined in the September 2013 Amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, are DBS cleared to the enhanced level.
  • All our activity staff have nationally recognised instructor qualifications, and all activities undergo a thorough risk assessment, which are documented and available upon request.
  • All activity staff are first aid qualified, as are all the "on call" duty staff.
  • A member of Kepplewray staff is on call 24 hours a day.
  • We take the well being of our guests extremely seriously, and all visitors to the site are monitored and supervised.
  • Kepplewray is inspected by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Service; holds the Adventure Mark; is recognised by Learning Outside the Classroom; is a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and is a training and assessment centre for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Many families will arrange a return visit to Kepplewray at the same time as others in their group, demonstrating the great time they have had and the relationships that have been built.

We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not call 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out more' form on the right hand side of this page!

We believe that bringing young people from all walks of life together for outdoor activities and challenges, can enhance their personal development and their ability to assimilate new facts when beginning further education.

The Kepplewray Centre can, working in partnership with Further Education Establishments, provide an opportunity for young people to expand their horizons, develop their communication skills and, perhaps more importantly, learn to work together as part of a new team. At the same time they will enhance their social skills and have fun.

Ahead of a visit to Kepplewray our instructors are happy to liaise with you to create an experience that can support the students in their academic studies.

"The staff were extremely polite and helpful. Activities were excellent and instructors were fun and worked really well with the young people"
Group Leader National Citizen Service
"Another brilliant time at Kepplewray. All staff are very knowledgeable, helpful and very understanding to our students"
Burnley College

The Kepplewray Centre offers both able bodied and disabled people, the fantastic opportunity to participate fully alongside their peers in a safe and secure environment with fully qualified instructors.

Our ethos is "Realising Everyone's Potential" through:

  • Strong relationships
  • Empowerment
  • Recognising the need that everyone, whatever their ability, should be able to fully participate in activities.

SAFETY FIRST:

  • The Kepplewray Centre exceeds all Health & Safety requirements and has a £5 million Public Liability Indemnity.
  • All Kepplewray staff who are responsible for any regulated activity relating to children, as defined in the September 2013 Amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, are DBS cleared to the enhanced level.
  • All our activity staff have nationally recognised instructor qualifications, and all activities undergo a thorough risk assessment, which are documented and available upon request.
  • All activity staff are first aid qualified, as are all the "on call" duty staff.
  • A member of Kepplewray staff is on call 24 hours a day.
  • We take the well being of our guests extremely seriously, and all visitors to the site are monitored and supervised.
  • Kepplewray is inspected by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Service; holds the Adventure Mark; is recognised by Learning Outside the Classroom; is a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and is a training and assessment centre for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Many groups choose to return to Kepplewray time and again, demonstrating how satisfied they are with the way the Centre helps the group fulfil its objectives. The entire team at Kepplewray aim to promote learning and self-development, which will empower our visitors in their normal environment.

We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not call 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out more' form on the right hand side!

Kepplewray is passionate about working with young people and helping them fulfil their potential. We encourage them to be respectful of others with differing abilities, to take care of the community they live in and be successful through their own choices and decisions.

The Kepplewray Experience provides an opportunity for young people to:

  • Expand their horizons,
  • Develop their communication skills whilst working as part of a team
  • Progress their social skills and have fun. All of which will have a positive impact upon their level of confidence
  • The Kepplewray Centre offers both able bodied and disabled people, the fantastic opportunity to participate fully alongside their peers in a safe and secure environment with fully qualified instructors.

Our ethos is "Realising Everyone's Potential" through:

  • Strong relationships
  • Empowerment
  • Recognising the need that everyone, whatever their ability, should be able to fully participate in activities.
"Warm, friendly environment, helpful patient instructors and good food"
Youth Group North Cumbria
"I had an amazing time, everyone was really nice and I made loads of new friends. Definitely would do again if I had the chance".
Young Person London

SAFETY FIRST:

  • The Kepplewray Centre exceeds all Health & Safety requirements and has a £5 million Public Liability Indemnity.
  • All Kepplewray staff who are responsible for any regulated activity relating to children, as defined in the September 2013 Amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, are DBS cleared to the enhanced level.
  • All our activity staff have nationally recognised instructor qualifications, and all activities undergo a thorough risk assessment, which are documented and available upon request.
  • All activity staff are first aid qualified, as are all the "on call" duty staff.
  • A member of Kepplewray staff is on call 24 hours a day.
  • We take the well being of our guests extremely seriously, and all visitors to the site are monitored and supervised.
  • Kepplewray is inspected by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Service; holds the Adventure Mark; is recognised by Learning Outside the Classroom; is a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and is a training and assessment centre for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Many groups choose to return to Kepplewray each year, demonstrating how satisfied they are with the way the centre helps the group fulfil its objectives. The entire team at Kepplewray aim to promote learning, self-development and team spirit, which will hopefully give the young visitors more confidence in their normal environments

We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not call 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out more' form on the right hand side!

All activities are delivered with people and their varying level of ability in mind. We focus on what the individual can do and try to enable them to push that bit further by working with them and our adaptive equipment.

We are all individuals and it is very rare when one solution fits all – so the individual is important.

We have certain equipment which can help with some of the activities we offer varying from mobile hoists (that can be used down by the lake or up in the hills) and sliding boards/sheets to specialist harnesses and wheelchairs (used for climbing and abseiling).

Our expert instructors have a real "can do" attitude and approach with the sensitivity to listen and help enable all to achieve.

"The activities were more advanced than anything we'd ever done as a group before, but they were really tailored to our needs, and Chris our activities person was excellent."

"Simply amazing. Everyone was excellent with our group and made us feel welcome whilst tailoring everything to our needs."

David Ward, Ladybarn Project, Manchester

SAFETY FIRST:

  • The Kepplewray Centre exceeds all Health & Safety requirements and has a £5 million Public Liability Indemnity.
  • All Kepplewray staff who are responsible for any regulated activity relating to children, as defined in the September 2013 Amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, are DBS cleared to the enhanced level.
  • All our activity staff have nationally recognised instructor qualifications, and all activities undergo a thorough risk assessment, which are documented and available upon request.
  • All activity staff are first aid qualified, as are all the "on call" duty staff.
  • A member of Kepplewray staff is on call 24 hours a day.
  • We take the well being of our guests extremely seriously, and all visitors to the site are monitored and supervised.
  • Kepplewray is inspected by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Service; holds the Adventure Mark; is recognised by Learning Outside the Classroom; is a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and is a training and assessment centre for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Many families and groups regularly return to Kepplewray, demonstrating how satisfied they are with the way the Centre works in partnership with the group to give everyone a memorable time. We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional natural environment on our doorstep, so why not call 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out more' form on the right hand side of this page!

Our water sports activities are based on Coniston Water, which, at 5 miles (8km) long and 184ft (56m) deep, is the Lake District's third largest lake. The children's author Arthur Ransome, in his novel 'Swallow and Amazons' drew much of his inspiration from Coniston Water, and the book's Wild Cat Island, is easily identifiable as the lake's Peel Island, which really does have a secret harbour.

There is plenty to explore once you find yourself on the water.

A man sits next to two tents prepared for wild camping at KepplewrayStarry, starry night...

No mirrors, no bathrooms, no electricity, no hot water, no mobile signal, no cars, no noise, no hassles – just you and your friends, in the middle of nowhere, around the camp fire, telling stories, cracking jokes, admiring the night sky and wishing it could last forever.

Leaving the home comforts behind and pitching your tent off the beaten track in the middle of the Lake District gives a bit of an "edge" to the usual camping holiday. Kepplewray's instructors, some of whom actually prefer to sleep in a tent, will guide you through quiet areas of the countryside to an ideal "wild camping" site, and be on hand to supervise tent pitching and cooking.

The experience of walking, with your home on your back, to a remote but safe site:

  • Creates a feeling of adventure whatever your age.
  • Encourages self-reliance.
  • Gives a sense of freedom and escape that is difficult to recreate.

Watching the moods of the mountains as the sun goes down, or breakfasting by the lake with only the sheep and the ducks for company is a truly magical experience.

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

Dog Sledding at KepplewrayMush! Mush!

Whilst the Winter weather in Cumbria can be cold, hopefully you won't experience Arctic conditions whilst staying with us. However, you don't need snow to experience dog sledding, as a flat terrain will do just as well. This truly is an out of the ordinary experience which is run and supervised by a qualified dog sledder who has her own team of huskies. The dogs are all gentle and affectionate and enjoy pulling the sled whilst running along the pretty disused railway track in Broughton-in-Furness.

A team of Huskies pulling sledges:

  • Is a unique and exhilarating experience.
  • Will help improve self-confidence as you learn how to handle the dogs.
  • Will provide insight as to how dogs are trained to work together to form a good team.

Whilst there is a small supplement for this activity, feedback from teachers who have experienced the thrill of dog sledding all said this was a memorable experience with many educational aspects.

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

a group of youngsters exiting a cave after caving at KepplewrayStep back in time

Slate mining was once a thriving industry in the Lake District and the hills around Kepplewray abound with old quarries and mine workings. Some of these can be safely accessed and our knowledgeable instructors can lead your exploration into an unfamiliar world, lit by only torches and candles.

Cathedral Cavern awaits...

Mine Exploration offers:

  • Breathtaking scenes you will never forget.
  • Historical knowledge of the mining industry.
  • Friendship bonds developing as the group faces unknown challenges in the dark and help each other overcome them.

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

A team of people form a pipe to complete the team challengeCome as a group – leave as a team

The emphasis is on Team here. We can achieve a huge number of things as individuals – but there are many things that cannot be done without the help of some friends. Our instructors set the challenges but it is down to the team to figure out how to achieve the task and then to organise themselves accordingly. There are no prizes for being "first" when it means the rest of your team are left behind.

For example: can you get a group of people across a rocky, crocodile infested river (use your imagination here !) using only 3 planks?

The Team Challenges take place in the large garden at Kepplewray and are devised to ensure that success can only be achieved by the whole group thinking and working together. The various challenges are great fun and hugely entertaining and give the team a chance to work things out for themselves and then revise their plan with their gained knowledge.

Team Challenges helps:

  • to break the ice and form the "team" based on mutual trust and respect.
  • develop communication and collective cognitive skills.
  • creative thinking to come to the fore in a safe, but unknown, environment.

The legacy of the Team Challenge continues long after the visit, as newly formed teams feel empowered to work more effectively together whether they are in the classroom or the workplace.

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

On the water in the Lake District

Our water sports activities are based on Coniston Water, which, at 5 miles (8km) long and 184ft (56m) deep, is the Lake District's third largest lake. The children's author Arthur Ransome, in his novel 'Swallow and Amazons' drew much of his inspiration from Coniston Water, and the book's Wild Cat Island, is easily identifiable as the lake's Peel Island, which really does have a secret harbour.


To take part Call +44 1229 716936

A young group jumps in the air with excitement at KepplewrayOutdoor Activities that use the phenomenal natural environment on our doorstep!

The Kepplewray Centre is situated in the Lake District National Park, one of the UK's biggest natural adventure playgrounds. Outdoor activities are an excellent platform for learning, incorporating personal development, leadership and team building; and Kepplewrayspecialises in the inclusion of able bodied and disabled people. All of our activities and programmes are designed to be as inclusive as possible.

We provide activities for both residential and non-residential groups and normally operate on a ratio of one instructor to 8 people, or fewer depending on the activity and the group's ability.  Kepplewray can equip guests with any activity specific kit needed to safely partake in any of the activities we offer. We provide helmets, buoyancy aids, harnesses, ropes, etc..

We also have a range of walking boots, waterproof jackets and waterproof trousers should any of our guests arrive without their own.

The activities that we provide are: Abseiling, Archery, Bridge Jumping, Canoeing, Dog Sledding, Environmental Sessions, Fencing, Ghyll Scrambles, KayakingMine Exploration, Mountain WalkingOrienteering, Raft Building, Rock Climbing, Tree Climbing, Team Building Challenges, and Wild Camping.  You can find out more information by clicking on the links below.

"One of the most professional activity centres I've ever attended – and the most true to real life (rock climbing not climbing walls)"

The Centre can also supply, within its own grounds, a variety of evening activities for the whole group, ranging from a selection of ball games and wide games to group team challenges and night walks.

  • The Kepplewray Centre exceeds all Health & Safety requirements and has a £5 million Public Liability Indemnity.
  • All Kepplewray staff who are responsible for any regulated activity relating to children, as defined in the September 2013 Amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, are DBS cleared to the enhanced level.
  • All Kepplewray activity instructors have nationally recognised qualifications and are experienced and trained in working with all people whatever their ability. All activities undergo a thorough risk assessment, which are documented and available upon request.
  • All Kepplewray activity staff are first aid qualified, as are all the "on call" duty staff.
  • A member of Kepplewray staff is on call 24 hours a day.
  • We take the wellbeing of our guests extremely seriously, and all visitors to the site are monitored and supervised.
  • Kepplewray is inspected by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service; holds the Adventure Mark; is recognised by Learning Outside the Classroom; is a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and Adventure For All; and is a training and assessment centre for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

The entire team at Kepplewray aim to promote self-development in all our visitors, which encourages them to be communicative and responsible in whatever environment they find themselves.

  • Excellent Health & Safety Record
  • Fully Qualified Staff
  • Accredited with ....
  • Good at...
  • fun because...
  • and so on

A wheelchair user joins the others in a fencing activity at KepplewrayOn Guard!

Fencing, described as " a physical game of chess," is one of the sports that has featured in every modern Olympics, and remains popular in many schools and colleges. Fencers, irrespective of their ability, learn good sportsmanship, self-discipline, gain quick reflexes and how to compete independently.

Fencing is undertaken by both able bodied and disabled people and:

  • Encourages children to get fit – you can't "sword fight" without a good bit of movement!
  • Helps young people learn to pay attention and to develop their decision-making abilities.
  • Delivers a great lesson in responsibility. As Fencing is an individual sport the participants are solely responsible for their own success or failure.

Fencing is an activity that captures the attention of people of all ages, and often those who tend not to be naturally physically active.

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

Some Children taking Environmental SessionsDiscover, Explore, Conserve and Share (John Muir)

Enjoying the magnificent surroundings of the Lake District is something which most visitors take for granted. There are many organisations, such as the National Park Authority and the National Trust, who seek to encourage us to treat the environment with respect and to help to maintain and sustain it for the future enjoyment of everyone. Kepplewray is no different.

Whether wishing to complete the John Muir Award or to simply gain a better understanding of our natural environment, Kepplewray can help you discover the hidden delights of things normally passed by.

With experienced instructors delivering sessions ranging from exploring local pond life and mini beasties in our grounds, to being out on the hills searching for the source of the river and following its impact on the landscape as it makes its way to the sea.

The environmental sessions may be an hour or two in the Kepplewray locality or a full days activity travelling much further afield.

Environmental Sessions :

  • Encourages everyone to look more closely at and to think more deeply about their surroundings.
  • Imparts a better understanding and appreciation as to why the landscape looks the way it does.
  • Stimulates questioning, conversation and team bonding as new things are discovered.

visit the John Muir Award website

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

A man jumps off of a bridge and into the water at KepplewrayTake a leap... make a splash!

At the end of a hot and tiring day what could be better than to soak your tired and aching feet in a free flowing mountain river? If, on the other hand, it is total body immersion you are after, then our instructors know places where you can safely leap off a bridge and plunge into a nice refreshing pool.

When you have done this once, you will want to do it again......and again........and again! Many people set out with no intention to jump but when they arrive they usually join in.

The thrill of the initial leap, the free fall through the air, the fantastic splash, the electrifying shock of the water and the shouts as you surface all go to make this a magical experience.

Naturally we tend to do this only in the summer and as a 'add on' rather than a fully fledged activity in its own right – but be sure to let us know if it something that you would like to do so that we can plan your day accordingly.

Bridge Jumping offers the opportunity to:

  • Encourage yourself and your friends.
  • Overcome personal reticence and to put your trust in others.
  • Make a commitment and follow it through.
  • Get wet.

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

A group of youngsters ghyll scramblingThe outdoor playground - in wetsuits!

Ghyll Scrambling combines climbing up rocky mountain streams and waterfalls with navigating around pools and obstacles. More often than not it also involves jumping off the path or rocks into the pool and wading through the Lakeland rivers. This is probably the most popular activity here.

Ghyll Scrambling is all about:

  • Developing communication and team building skills.
  • Overcoming perceived limitations.
  • Having an adventure in a safe environment.
  • Getting wet and having fun.

Ghyll Scrambling is the activity that receives the most positive feedback because it's challenging, it tests courage and it's fun. Everybody's going to get wet, but don't worry as we provide the wet suit, helmet, a buoyancy aid and all of the necessary safety equipment. You and your group will have the time of your lives.

An independent activity, no rope, no harness, the children had to make their own choices!

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

The group celebrates their achievement at the top of one of the Lake Districts peaksThese boots are made for...

The Lake District is renowned for its many and varied walks and there is a walk to suit everyone. The spectacular views and the sense of achievement cannot be diminished whatever the group's ability. Kepplewray provides boots, waterproofs and rucksacks so the walkers are happy whatever the weather.

Mountain walking with our experienced instructors:

  • Is safe and without the worry of getting lost if the cloud comes down.
  • Encourages exploration of the natural environment over (and up!) varied terrain.
  • Helps escape the pressures of everyday life and recharge the batteries.

Many low level walking routes are suitable for wheelchairs and buggies; but wherever you walk, the magnificent views, the rocky mountains and the luscious green fells of South Lakeland provide an emotional experience that you will never forget.

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

A young girl approaches the summit whilst rock climbing at KepplewrayAnyone got a ladder?

Rock climbing is much more than just about going up a cliff face. Trust is a key factor – not only in yourself and your equipment but also, and most importantly, in the person holding the rope.

All of this is overseen by our experienced and qualified instructors who will coach you in the best technique and will ensure that you stay safe.

Rock climbing in the Consiton, Duddon and the Eskdale valleys provides fantastic real rock faces to challenge yourself on in wonderful locations.

Rock climbing will help to:

  • improve observation and listening skills.
  • develop the taking and delivery of instruction.
  • develop both self confidence and trust in others.

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

A young group completes their raft and are ready to explore coniston waters near KepplewrayCan your team float their boat?

We provide barrels, poles, ropes and an enthusiastic instructor to help you safely endeavour to build your own floating craft from which to explore Coniston Water.

But be prepared to get wet!

Raft building is a great team building activity whatever your age and provides the opportunity to take you on a journey like no other. Raft building is an activity that:

  • Provides exciting and dynamic opportunities for personal and team growth.
  • Develops communication, working with others, problem solving and developing leadership skills.
  • Enables young people to be challenged as they face the elements in a safe and secure environment.

Raft building, and the other water sport activities offered by Kepplewray, can be as energetic as you want to make them, great fun and ideal for involving everyone in a group.

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

Two boys reading during an orienteering exerciseEver get that feeling you’re lost?

Orienteering is both an enjoyable and social exercise. Mentally stimulating and fun, it teaches the basic techniques of map reading and working out exactly where you are – and how to successfully navigate you way forward such that you do not get lost.

Orienteering challenges can involve everyone, can be undertaken indoors or out depending on time of day and weather conditions, and incorporates a competitive element.

Orienteering at Kepplewray:

  • Brings people together whilst strengthening existing relationships.
  • Develops map reading and decision taking skills.
  • Builds self-esteem and leadership skills.

Orienteering is an activity that has no age barrier, allows both individuals and groups to pit themselves against each other whatever their ability and the fastest team or individual doesn't always win!

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

A couple of tree climbers at KepplewrayYou look very small from up here!

Looking up our 60' climbing tree from the safety of the ground can be a little bit daunting, but with the enthusiastic encouragement of your team mates and our instructors, everyone makes a good attempt and many make it all the way to the top and manage to ring the bell.

Depending on your ability there are different routes up which each present different challenges, but the sense of achievement when realising how far you have climbed up is always a thrill.

Tree Climbing helps:

  • to build self confidence and develop coordination.
  • develop a sense of determination to push yourself higher.
  • to encourage others and develops empathy skills.

Being so far above the ground, and reaching the top by your own endeavours, is an experience that is unbelievably satisfying and not easily forgotten.

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

CanoeingKeep dry or get wet, it's your choice

Open canoes, also known as Canadian canoes, are very versatile and can be used for exploring our local rivers and lakes whilst playing games and learning new skills. They can be paddled on their own or joined to another boat to make a stable craft, excellent for those who want little risk of tipping over. You can even rig a sail to propel you across the water.

Canoes can carry loads and as such are wonderful for exploring islands, following in the footsteps of Swallows and Amazons, or paddling to a shoreline tea shop – there is something for everyone.

Canoes can be paddled or sailed or, with the appropriate training, launched down white water rivers.

Overnight trips are very popular – after dinner, paddle down the lake as the sun sets, build a shelter or pitch a tent by the side of the lake and sit round the fire sipping hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows.

Canoeing is a relatively low impact activity which can improve health and fitness. Not only is it great fun, it can also be undertaken by people of any age and any ability. Led by our experienced instructors, everyone can appreciate the delights of being afloat on Coniston Water.

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

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Whilst we raise income through residential and activity fees, donations enable us to undertake specific projects and to provide a bursary fund that we can make available to organisations whose members would benefit from the challenges that Kepplewray has to offer, but are financially unable to fund a visit.

If you would like to donate directly to Kepplewray, you can do so using a debit or credit card by clicking here : MyDonate

Alternatively, why not consider including Kepplewray in your regular giving or by leaving us a legacy in your will.

Alternatively, please send us a cheque payable to 'The Kepplewray Trust'.  If you are a UK taxpayer, please pdfdownload this simple form, print it and send it to us.  This enables us to reclaim tax through Gift Aid, thereby increasing your gift by almost 28%.  If you have previously donated via gift aid to Kepplewray, you do not need to send the form again.

You can also give through Charities Aid Foundation.

 

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Every company relies on its employees to be innovative and motivated in order to achieve their goals. With good leadership and communication skills, the delivery of these goals becomes less time consuming and more effective. The Kepplewray centre can create bespoke team building programmes, which promote leadership, communication and innovation. Our ethos is "Realising Everyone's Potential", and our aim is to bring out the best in each individual, even in challenging and unfamiliar circumstances. The workshops can be delivered at your place of work, or here at the Kepplewray Centre using the phenomenal natural environment of the Lake District.

These programmes, and the unique environment, enhance the development of leadership skills and help colleagues understand their own strengths and the strengths of the people they work with on a regular basis.

Kepplewray takes employees out of their normal working environment and places them in situations that require them to work together if they are to succeed. The impact of these newly formed teams continues long after their visit to Kepplewray by empowering them to work more effectively together in the workplace.

"As always the venue and the staff were brilliant - will continue to recommend it to other organisations - everyone should come here at least once"
Cumbria Youth Alliance

SAFETY FIRST:

  • The Kepplewray Centre exceeds all Health & Safety requirements and has a £5 million Public Liability Indemnity.
  • All Kepplewray staff who are responsible for any regulated activity relating to children, as defined in the September 2013 Amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, are DBS cleared to the enhanced level.
  • All our activity staff have nationally recognised instructor qualifications, and all activities undergo a thorough risk assessment, which are documented and available upon request.
  • All activity staff are first aid qualified, as are all the "on call" duty staff.
  • A member of Kepplewray staff is on call 24 hours a day.
  • We take the well being of our guests extremely seriously, and all visitors to the site are monitored and supervised.
  • Kepplewray is inspected by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Service; holds the Adventure Mark; is recognised by Learning Outside the Classroom; is a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and is a training and assessment centre for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Many visitors choose to return to Kepplewray each year, demonstrating how satisfied they are with the way the Centre helps the group to fulfil its objectives. We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional natural environment on our doorstep, so why not call 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out more' form on the right hand side of this page!

Kepplewray is ideally situated to bring your Church for a retreat, a leader's weekend, a youth group camp or simply the place for church members to come together and relax. The Kepplewray Centre is equipped with facilities for all ages and abilities, and we can provide instructors for a range of outdoor activities for those wanting a physical as well as spiritual few days. The Lake District has many well-known beauty spots, but for those wanting to be off the beaten track and away from the crowds, our staff can advise on serene and quiet locations.

Kepplewray has a strong Christian heritage, beginning when a group of Christians, many of whom are still involved with Kepplewray today, wanted a place where people of all ages and abilities could come together to share the Gospel, learn from each other through outdoor activities and enjoy Christian fellowship.

Currently The Kepplewray Centre hosts camps run by Christian organisations such as CPAS, and with the wide range of activities available for children and adults alike, we can devise a programme which will be tailored to support your ministry objectives. Our aim is to give all guests a happy and rewarding experience.

  • We offer a simple and affordable 'price per head' that covers the accommodation, access to lounges, meals and refreshments.
  • Pre-School children stay FREE and we offer a discount for all school-aged children.
  • If you are short of ideas of what to do or how to arrange it, we are happy to offer any advice.
"The setting, quietness and freedom to do our thing helped us to learn more about Jesus and have an informal and relaxing weekend"
St Andrew's Church Manchester

SAFETY FIRST:

  • The Kepplewray Centre exceeds all Health & Safety requirements and has a £5 million Public Liability Indemnity.
  • All Kepplewray staff who are responsible for any regulated activity relating to children, as defined in the September 2013 Amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, are DBS cleared to the enhanced level.
  • All our activity staff have nationally recognised instructor qualifications, and all activities undergo a thorough risk assessment, which are documented and available upon request.
  • All activity staff are first aid qualified, as are all the "on call" duty staff.
  • A member of Kepplewray staff is on call 24 hours a day.
  • We take the well being of our guests extremely seriously, and all visitors to the site are monitored and supervised.
  • Kepplewray is inspected by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Service; holds the Adventure Mark; is recognised by Learning Outside the Classroom; is a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and is a training and assessment centre for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Many groups choose to return to Kepplewray every year, demonstrating how satisfied they are with the way the Centre helps the group to fulfil its objectives. We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not call 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out more' form on the right hand side!

As a Scout, Guide, Brownie or Cub leader you're always looking for different experiences for your troop. Whether you take part in our activities only for a day or stay all week, the Kepplewray Centre can introduce the exciting world of the outdoors to your troop in a safe way.

The Centre can also provide secure camping grounds if you would prefer to be under canvas. Wild camping on privately owned land, whether by a lake or part way up a mountain, supervised by our professionally qualified instructors will give a bit of an "edge" to the usual camping experience.

Here at Kepplewray, we can can:

  • Create the perfect outdoor experience with personalised activities to meet the needs of your troop, including those with learning and physical disabilities.
  • Organise and run badge courses, either for a day or over a weekend with full board included. Our instructors are qualified to deliver courses such as First aid, Finding your way, Team leader, Outdoor Challenges & Adventure Challenges to name but a few.

All Scouts and Guides enjoy both mental and physical challenges, especially if it involves working as a team. Many of the activities at Kepplewray are designed to foster team spirit as well as encouraging individuals to fulfil their own potential. The Centre is the ideal place to:

  • Develop physical skills, including the improved ability to cope with outdoor conditions.
  • Help build good relationships and long-lasting friendships.

SAFETY FIRST:

  • The Kepplewray Centre exceeds all Health & Safety requirements and has a £5 million Public Liability Indemnity.
  • All Kepplewray staff who are responsible for any regulated activity relating to children, as defined in the September 2013 Amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, are DBS cleared to the enhanced level.
  • All our activity staff have nationally recognised instructor qualifications, and all activities undergo a thorough risk assessment, which are documented and available upon request.
  • All activity staff are first aid qualified, as are all the "on call" duty staff.
  • A member of Kepplewray staff is on call 24 hours a day.
  • We take the well being of our guests extremely seriously, and all visitors to the site are monitored and supervised.
  • Kepplewray is inspected by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Service; holds the Adventure Mark; is recognised by Learning Outside the Classroom; is a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and is a training and assessment centre for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Many visitors choose to return to Kepplewray every year, demonstrating how satisfied they are with the way the centre helps the group fulfil its objectives. We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional natural environment on our doorstep, so why not call 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out more' form on the right hand side of this page!

We believe that every young person, whatever their age, ability or circumstances, should have the opportunity to experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development. The Kepplewray Centre provides the opportunity for them to expand their horizons, develop their communication skills whilst working as part of a team, progress their social skills and have fun, all of which will increase their level of confidence.

See our Kepplewray Schools Brochure.pdf

Ahead of a visit to Kepplewray, our instructors are happy to liaise with the school to discuss which activities would best support and enhance the teaching programme of the group.

"The staff were extremely polite and helpful. Activities were excellent and instructors were fun and worked really well with the young people"
Group Leader National Citizen Service

The Kepplewray Centre offers both able bodied and disabled people, a fantastic opportunity to participate fully alongside their peers in a wide range of outdoor activities, in a safe and secure environment with fully qualified instructors.

Our ethos is to realise everyone's potential through:

  • Strong relationships
  • Empowerment
  • Recognising the need that everyone should be able to participate fully, whatever their level of ability
"Abseiling and rock climbing encouraged a lot of the children to face their fears"
School Teacher from Preparatory Boys School South Yorkshire
" May I thank you all for providing a time of challenge, fun & adventure and giving everyone special memories which will last a lifetime...The children returned home absolutely exhilarated and have not stopped talking about their time there...Thank you all for your time, commitment and patience throughout the week and for always being prepared to go the extra mile".
Head Teacher Sunderland

SAFETY FIRST:

  • The Kepplewray Centre exceeds all Health & Safety requirements and has a £5 million Public Liability Indemnity.
  • All Kepplewray staff who are responsible for any regulated activity relating to children, as defined in the September 2013 Amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, are DBS cleared to the enhanced level.
  • All our activity staff have nationally recognised instructor qualifications, and all activities undergo a thorough risk assessment, which are documented and available upon request.
  • All activity staff are first aid qualified, as are all the "on call" duty staff.
  • A member of Kepplewray staff is on call 24 hours a day.
  • We take the well being of our guests extremely seriously, and all visitors to the site are monitored and supervised.
  • Kepplewray is inspected by the Adventurous Activities Licensing Service; holds the Adventure Mark; is recognised by Learning Outside the Classroom; is a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning and is a training and assessment centre for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Many schools choose to return to Kepplewray every year, demonstrating how satisfied they are with the way the Centre helps the group fulfil its objectives. The entire team at Kepplewray aim to promote self-development in all our visitors, which encourages them to be communicative and responsible in whatever environment they find themselves.

We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional landscape on our doorstep, so why not call 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out more' form on the right hand side of this page!

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The Kepplewray Centre's History & Vision

 

Believing everyone to be equal, whilst realising potential through the development of skills, broadening of experiences and facing challenges in supportive and positive environments.


2009

The Bethesda Project Burundi LogoThe Bethesda Project Burundi begins. A sister project is established by staff and trustees of Kepplewray in the Central African nation of Burundi.

 

 

 


1994

Disability LogoKepplewray ethos of inclusion and experimental mixed ability programmes create discussion and dialogue with key advisors in the formative stage of what would result in the UK Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

 

 


1992

Picture of a tentA group of people from all works of life who were running Christian summer camps for young people came together with the single objective of running activities that would not exclude anyone and set up a charity, The Kepplewray Trust.


2013

National Citizen ServiceVolunteers and professionals adapt Kepplewray to allow up to 76 people to sleep in bunk house style accommodation by extending on to the 2nd floor.

Kepplewray hosts the government backed National Citizen Service, "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" that helps build skills for work and life by taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.


1998

Image of some peopleAfter investing in excess of £½ million in Kepplewray's development providing accommodation for up to 55 guests, The Kepplewray Trust opens its doors more fully to mixed ability groups and guests of all ages.

 

 


1993

A Picture of The Kepplewray MansionThe House built in 1899 is purchased and modified to accommodate both able bodied and disabled people.

 

 


The Kepplewray Centre is situated on the southern edge of The Lake District National Park and within the 11th century thriving market town of Broughton-in-Furness. This phenomenally beautiful and inspiring area of the Lake District is at the entrance to the Duddon Valley, one of Cumbria's best kept secrets and within easy reach of most cities within the Northwest and Northeast and with good transport links from the Midlands and the South.
 

If Travelling By Road

Directions from the M6 by pdfCar or by pdfCoach or Lorry.

If Travelling By Rail

Foxfield station is 1 mile from Kepplewray.
Ulverston station is 25 minutes by car from Kepplewray.
Oxenholme (Kendal) station, on the main West Coast line, is 45 minutes by car from Kepplewray.

 
The Kepplewray Centre
Broughton in Furness,
LA20 6HE,
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 1229 716936

Archery is an inclusive activity that Kepplewray offerCan you split the arrow?

Unleash your inner Robin Hood and discover the ancient art of Archery – the traditional method of hunting and survival. Whilst the targets at Kepplewray do not move, there is nevertheless a great sense of achievement when you hit one, especially that gold circle in the middle !
With our skilled instructors on hand to teach the correct stance, how to hold and draw the bow, aim, release and successfully hit the target, everyone will soon be comfortable with the basics. Once mastered, our instructors provide some fun and games, making things that bit more challenging, whilst still maintaining your safety.

Benefits – new skill acquisition, awareness of danger and safety

The key benefits archery offers are:

  • Improving attention skills.
  • Teaching patience (a particular benefit for the younger age group).
  • Emphasising that individuals need to be responsible for their own actions.

Archery is open to all, can be undertaken by both able bodied and disabled people and age is no barrier!

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

 

A girl abseils down a steep inclineIt's a long way down!

For the ultimate adrenaline rush and personal challenge, place your trust in yourself others and go out over the edge of a rock face with a drop of 50m below you. Don't worry you are in the expert hands of the Kepplewray instructors who will make sure that you have all the necessary equipment and training. The sense of achievement having gone over the edge and managed a controlled abseil down to the ground is truly awesome.

Abseiling is ideal for:

  • Boosting confidence and pushing personal boundaries.
  • Encouraging young people to listen carefully as they follow both simple and more complex instructions.
  • Group members to support and encourage each other.

Abseiling is an activity for everyone whatever your age and irrespective of your level of ability. The thrill of conquering a controlled decent is a real confidence boost – just what you need to help to face other new and exciting experiences.

  • Expertly delivered our exhilarating and challenging activities are what makes Kepplewray a memorable and rewarding experience whatever your age or ability. Kepplewray offers a very broad range of activities allowing our instructors to tailor your activity programme to meet the objectives of your entire group.

    We can't wait to introduce you to Kepplewray and the exceptional environment on our doorstep, so why not begin the adventure now by calling 01229 716936 or complete the 'Find out More' form on the right of this page.

     

Ian *****

Dear Kepplewray, thank you for helping us do the activities.  They were great.  The staff made me feel safe.  The staff were all very nice.  I enjoyed the activities canoeing and archery.  I would like to go again.  The food was very tasty.  Thank you Marion and Victoria.

A Picture of The Kepplewray MansionHoused in a large Victorian mansion on the edge of the historic market town of Broughton-in-Furness, the Kepplewray Centre has 17 bedrooms which sleep between 1 to 10 people in single or bunk beds and which, in total, can accommodate up to 76 guests.

There is a large main lounge, a smaller second lounge, a reception lounge and a large dining room – together with a recreation room (with pool table and table football) plus a conservatory which houses a table tennis table.

All guests eat at the same time in the dining room and the well equipped kitchen serves delicious home cooked food at breakfast and dinner time and also provides the makings of packed lunches for groups out doing activities. Alternative arrangements for lunch can be accommodated as can special dietary needs at any time during a stay. There are hot and cold drinks available 24 hours a day.

The extensive back garden, which is fully accessible, has a pond and sunny seating areas amongst the flower beds, and is also used for several on-site activities including tree climbing, team challenges and archery. We also have a fully accessible abseiling ramp which enables everyone to experience the thrill of a controlled descent.Bunk Beds

With 15 years experience of providing adventure activities for groups of able bodied and disabled people of all ages, either on a residential basis or as a day visitor, The Kepplewray Centre has the expertise to offer an extensive range of outdoor activities and training to school groups, special need groups, voluntary groups, church groups, families and businesses.

The ethos of inclusion at The Kepplewray Centre encourages everyone to use their own strengths and abilities and, with the support of their peers, to overcome physical and mental barriers.

tables-and-chairsIf you have any questions please email us on or give us a call on (01229) 716936.

 

What's new at Kepplewray...

 

 

 

 

What Kepplewray does...

Kepplewray is a well established residential Outdoor Activity Centre within the Lake District National Park. 

Our guests enjoy challenging, and rewarding, outdoor activities and adventures and residential accommodation. The awesome Lake District scenery on our doorstep certainly helps too. You can choose from our extensive range of outdoor activities led by our enthusiastic instructors.

Schools especially recieve many benefits from the 'learning outside of the classroom' element which includes the chance to bond with their classmates and teachers, to learn new skills and to overcome fears.

The focus is very much on inclusion. Kepplewray specialises in providing outdoor activities to people of all ages, abilities and from all walks of life ranging from school groups to corporate team building. We strive to "Realise Everyone's Potential".

Reasons to come...

If you are a large or a small group looking for a exciting adventure holiday or simply a base from which to explore the Lake District which has caring friendly staff and fabulous home cooked food, then Kepplewray is the place to come. Everyone can enjoy themselves here and begin to realise their potential. Disability groups looking for fun and activities visit us regularly. Our Centre will cater for exactly the kind of visit you have in mind.

We are based in a large Victorian mansion with 76 beds set in its own grounds situated in the south of the Lake District National Park.

For those groups looking for exciting challenges led by a team of fun, friendly instructors who are passionate about outdoor activities and developing youngsters, then Kepplewray is the ideal place.

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  • Abseiling +

    It's a long way down! For the ultimate adrenaline rush and personal challenge, place your trust in yourself others and Read More
  • Archery +

    Can you split the arrow? Unleash your inner Robin Hood and discover the ancient art of Archery – the traditional method Read More
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  • Canoeing +

    Keep dry or get wet, it's your choice Open canoes, also known as Canadian canoes, are very versatile and can Read More
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