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- Key Stage
- Action Adventure
Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0QD
Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
Saturday: 9am - 5:30pm
If a luxurious-feeling cheap school trip is what you're after, then look no further than YHA Hawkshead, based in beautiful Ambleside, Cumbria. This grade II-listed regency-style building overlooks the tranquil Esthwaite Water, and is perfect for walking and cycling breaks alike in and around the nearby Grizedale Forest. This hostel also offers camping pods - a more upmarket approach to the great outdoors!
Visitors can feel free to explore the surrounding Beatrix Potter country from Hawkshead, with easy access to the southern fells. We're also only two miles away from the exciting Go Ape complex, where youngsters of all ages can climb 30 feet in the air and use suspended platforms to swing through trees and tackle high wire rope bridges.
Of course, the hostel is only five miles from Windermere, you school trips can try their hands at a number of things, from relaxed lake cruises to wind surfing, kayaking and canoeing - and even powerboating!
YHA Hawkshead has been awarded the Quality Badge by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. YHA Education School Trips have been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge Award, our YHA Adventure School Trips are delivered by AALA providers.
Quality outdoor experiences and events run by experienced tutors and instructors, in stunningly scenic locations, at fair and affordable prices.
Our new Lake District Action Adventure residential package run in association with Mere Mountains provides you with real outdoor activities on a two, three or four night residential stay.
All prices are based on full board accommodation and inclusive of transport from the hostel to the activity locations.
The new Action Adventure package consists of a half day of team development around the hostel on the day of arrival, one full day of activities (usually split into two half day sessions), and a half day of adventurous activities on the day of departure with one additional full day of activities on a three night stay and two additional days on a four night stay.
Available Activities at YHA Hawkshead
Half Day Team Development Sessions
Team Exercise, Fire Lighting, Bushcraft & Shelter Building, Wood Craft & Whittling or Navigation/Orienteering
Adventurous Activities (A two night stay would include three activities: plus two for each additional night)
Canoeing: Tandem open canoes are a great way to get out and about on the water. Learn some new skills and have fun taking part in a range of games. You will be guided by our expert staff and given instruction on all aspects of water safety.
Cat-Canoeing: For longer trips, greater stability and speed we can catamaran the boats, and even add a sail. We use mainly Windermere and Coniston lakes.
Kayaking: Uses single closed cockpit and dual bladed paddle rather than the open profile of a canoe. Once again, this activity gives your students the opportunity to learn new skills and have fun taking part in a range of games. You will be guided by our expert staff and given instruction on all aspects of water safety.
Canoe Bushcraft: Learn the basics of how to light a fire and some simple cooking techniques then paddle off across the lake to create your own wilderness experience.
Raft Building: You will be required to construct a raft from barrels, spars and rope. Your team will need to design a raft that is fast and robust. Our instructors will give helpful hints and advice to ensure knots are tight, but the focus of the session will be on creativity and team working.
Ghyll Scramble: Call it what you will, it is definitely NOT a walk! A great way to experience the Lakeland scenery, scrambling up a spectacular mountain beck: traverse deep pools, climb small waterfalls, swim and jump in. Water levels obviously affect this activity and the fun is adjusted accordingly.
Stream Scramble: For younger groups we recommend a woodland stream scramble. Working together you can boulder-hop your way to the top, with small cascades and bridges to go under. While the stream option is not as extreme as a ghyll scramble, it still provides younger students the opportunity to get wet and into the water.
Mountain Walk: A guided walk adapted and made suitable for the age and ability of the group. You can also develop your navigation skills or learn to use GPS or map reading skills.
Rock Climbing: We offer a number of options including the real thing, learning on one of South Lakeland's scenic outcrops or trying longer multi-pitch mountain routes in the heart of the Lake District. We also have a mobile climbing tower which can be taken to the hostel and, for the cooler months, we use Lakeland's well developed indoor climbing walls.
Abseiling: A popular and thrilling activity - walking off a cliff backwards and living to tell the tale. We have the skill to give you the best experience, with sites ranging from small easy angled slabs for youngsters to steeper longer drops for the more adventurous.
These descriptions are for guidance only. Once a booking has been confirmed, Mere Mountains will contact the school or group leader regarding activity choices and suitability.
Please contact our Group Reservations team for more information and guidance. They can be reached by calling 01629 592637, and are available 8am – 8pm, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday.
Here, pupils get access to a full afternoon of fun team-building activities in the hostel grounds, such as Swamp Crossing, Walking Planks and Marble Run. Orienteering and archery are also included on this great deal. After dinner, there is an evening activity and shop time, and the following day offers a hearty breakfast, more games and problem-solving exercises with experienced staff, closing with lunch.
The Youth Hostel Association is working with the Field Studies Council (FSC) to provide fieldwork and educational packages for groups staying at our hostels in the Lake District. The FSC is an environmental education charity dedicated to providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore and understand the natural environment.
The FSC staff running your course are all highly trained and experienced in teaching field studies to all ages and abilities. With knowledge and experience of a wide range of subjects and curricula, their field teachers will contact you prior to the course to discuss your programme and will tailor your course to meet the needs of your group and exam specifications.
KS2 Click here for more details
Skills for the Hills, Discovery Walks, Contrasting Locality Studies, Adaptations of Living Things, Environmental Games and River Studies
KS3 Click here for more details
Team Building, Tourism Investigation, Adaptations of Living Creatures, River Studies, Glaciation, Footpath Erosion and Discovery Walk.
GCSE Click here for more details
The following course options are designed to fit with the topics undertaken for GCSE Controlled Assessment. During the course, the students will develop their geographical knowledge and understanding, apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork and gain a wide range of geographical skills. They will also develop their personal, learning and thinking skills through independent enquiry, team-working and reflection.
River Studies, Tourism (honeypots), Tourism (footpaths)
A-level Click here for more details
The following course options are designed to complement the subjects covered at A level. During the course, the students will develop their geographical knowledge and understanding, apply their learning to the real world through fieldwork and gain a wide range of geographical skills. They will also develop their personal, learning and thinking skills through independent enquiry, team-working and reflection.
Geography Skills, River Environments, Cold Environments, Nature of Ecosystems
These are the general topics covered, FSC will contact all school groups and tailor sessions to the individual school and syllabus requirements.
All sessions are risk-assessed and led by the Field Studies Council’s experienced teaching staff who all have specialist knowledge and fieldwork expertise. All education staff hold first aid qualifications and are trained in health and safety and group management. The Field Studies Council holds the Quality Badge from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, which is awarded to organisations which have demonstrated that they consistently deliver high quality teaching and learning experiences and manage risk effectively.
Packages are available as two or three night options, although there is the opportunity to add a further day of FSC provision or even mix and match a little education and adventure by adding a day of adventurous activities with our adventure provider in the Lake District.
Packages start from £90pp for a two night stay.
Please contact our Group Reservations team for more information and guidance for which course can be studied at specific locations and for any details regarding self-led geography residential trips. They can be reached by calling 01629 592637, and they are available 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Introduction to Ecological Skills
The students are introduced to some of the essential techniques and theories involved in ecology by carrying out one or more mini-investigations, such as determining optimum quadrat size, appropriate sampling techniques, and comparing biotic and abiotic factors in two contrasting areas (for example grazed versus ungrazed, dark versus light, etc.). This package is suitable for AQA and OCR syllabuses at A-Level, and for all syllabuses at GCSE.
The students undertake an investigation into two different freshwater habitats by the random sampling of invertebrates and the abiotic factors that may influence their abundance and distribution within a freshwater habitat. This package is also suitable for AQA and OCR syllabuses at A-Level, and for all syllabuses at GCSE.
The students will carry out an investigation to compare different characteristics of a woodland to determine the effects of management strategies on the ground and field layers of flora. Students will record a range of abiotic factors such as light intensity, humidity and temperature, as well as the plants that appear in this habitat. This package is suitable for AQA, Edexcel and OCR syllabuses at A-Level, and for all syllabuses at GCSE.
The students will carry out an investigation into succession on either a lithosere or hydrosere (site dependent). This will involve carrying out a line transect on a scree slope or from the edge of a pond or lake, investigating the changes in biotic and abiotic factors of the lithosere/hydrosere.This package is suitable for AQA, Edexcel and OCR syllabuses at A-Level, and for all syllabuses at GCSE.
All these packages are delivered in partnership with the FSC (Field Studies Council), allowing you to use our Lake District hostels as the perfect location for your A-Level and GCSE Biology Field trips.
From the M6 J36 take the A590 towards Barrow in Furness. At Newby Bridge, go straight on at the roundabout then take next right following signs to Lakeside and Hawkshead. From Hawkshead village turn right out of the village following signs for Newby Bridge. YHA Hawkshead is 1 mile out of the village.
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