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Crowden Outdoor Education Centre enables young people an opportunity to develop and learn through taking part in outdoor activities and team challenge tasks which are not only fun but educational and rewarding.

We are located in an idyllic setting in the beautiful natural environment of the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire where we can deliver a wide range of educational outdoor activities. 

Crowden Outdoor Education Centre staff are highly trained and very experienced, and have developed a wealth of expertise through successfully running outdoor education activities since 1979.  We can tailor make your educational activity programmes designed to suit the needs and learning outcomes of your group.

Crowden Outdoor Education Centre can accommodate a total of 40 people, with most groups having sole use. The Centre is open all year round and is easily accessible, adjacent to the A628 Woodhead Pass.

Crowden's accommodation and facilities are modern, safe and comfortable. We provide delicious, home cooked and healthy meals throughout your stay. 

Arrangements for your visit are made easy by our team of friendly and professional staff.


Outdoor Education Key Facts

93 percent of teachers noticed improvement in young people’s personal development, confidence and self-esteem after returning from a residential trip.

72 percent of teachers said young people’s awareness and appreciation of the natural environment improved after a residential trip.

(Source: Children and young people now 5-18 - August 2014)


Crowden Outdoor Education Centre situated in the Peak District, Derbyshire provides fun and educational outdoor activities appropriate for key stage 2, 3 and 4. Being based in the peaks it is easy for us to tailor the course to fit in with the school curriculum such as PE where we can look at climbing skills, balance and co-ordination, water sport and navigation.

We can also build into courses, numeracy, literacy, problem solving and topic work such as water and the environment with the Centre bordering a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI); Special Protection Area (S.P.A) and Brockholes Wood Nature Reserve.

We can provide full or part week residential outdoor activity programmes or a daily activity programme. The activity programmes can be tailored to the learning needs of your group.

The programme can include evening activities however you may wish to use this time to undertake your own activities or reflections to support cross curriculum activity.

Youth groups

We can tailor individual educational activity to your learning needs, through residential or daily programmes for youth groups. These can work on areas such as confidence building, teamwork, communication; independence.

We can also link into accredited outcomes such as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or other relevant courses.

Crowden Outdoor Education Centre in the Peak District, Derbyshire provides a wide range of water based, rock climbing, hill walking, cave exploration or team building challenges and problem solving exercises.


At Crowden Outdoor Education Centre you can choose from a wide range of activities including - water or hill based, rock climbing, cave exploration or team challenges. 

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