FSC Blencathra Centre
Blencathra Field Centre
The Blencathra Centre occupies a dramatic setting at 300m on a south facing slope of Blencathra in The Lake District National Park and offers an unparalleled panorama across the Keswick, Helvellyn and Skiddaw areas. Purposely converted from a former Sanatorium in 1993 these unique buildings provide field courses for schools and universities at all levels as well as a programme of courses for individuals and families. It is primarily a residential centre with increasing numbers of day visitors partly as a result of a close working relationship with the YHA. There is the provision for self-contained groups to use the centre. There is easy access to some first class fieldwork sites within a glaciated upland environment. In 2013 the Centre was revalidated for the Cumbria Business Environmental Network Gold Award and Gold Award as part of the Green Tourism Business Scheme. The Centre generates its own hydro-electric power and has recently installed a Biomass District Heating system.The Blencathra Centre has a national reputation for fieldwork and was established by the FSC in 1993 in partnership with the LDNPA. The site was purchased in 2013 by the FSC and substantial improvement has been made to the building infrastructure as part of the renewable project, including a comprehensive district heating system, door & window retrofit and insulation. It also has been possible to improve the existing wet heating system(s), install showers, resurface roads and landscape Main car park.‘The site has numerous examples of best environmental practice-particularly those issues related to staff awareness and environmental education.
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How To Reach Us
16 miles (25 km) from Penrith station, 15 miles (24 km) from M6 (Junction 40)