Outdoor Centres

Outdoor Centres

Our two Outdoor Centres are situated in some of the finest scenery in the UK.

The University has two Outdoor Centres in the Yorkshire Dales (Selside) and Lake District (Dalehead) that are available to hire.

These are ideal for outdoor activities such as caving, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and many more.  Great for team building, sports club pre-season training or for a weekend away in the countryside with your friends.

Check availability online or contact Francesca Shepherd on 0113 343 5080 or at f.c.shepherd@leeds.ac.uk.

Selside. Yorkshire Dales

Situated three miles north of Horton-in-Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales and it is ideally located for the Three Peaks of Yorkshire (Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough).

Selside is the University of Leeds Yorkshire Dales Outdoor Adventure Centre. The centre is situated three miles north of Horton-in-Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales and it is ideally located for the Three Peaks of Yorkshire (Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough). The centre also sits on a wonderful example of a limestone pavement.

The sleeping arrangements are similar to that of a youth hostel, with four rooms sleeping a total of 23 people. The centre is fully equipped with beds, common room facilities, drying room, central heating, shower facilities and a fully fitted kitchen designed for catering for large groups.

Activities in the area:

  • Caving – Alum Pot is 10 minutes walk
  • Rock climbing – Twistleton Scar is 15 minutes drive away
  • Hill walking – located in the three peaks valley
  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Mountain biking

Selside is available for bookings all year round.

Prices

Selside Prices

Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb
Weekends*
University Users
£210 per weekend
Or £120 per night
External Users
£270 per weekend
Or £150 per night
Mid Week*
University Users
4 nights £320
Or £100 per night
External Users
4 nights £400
Or £130 per night
All other months
Weekends*
University Users
£290 per weekend
Or £150 per night
External Users
£360 per weekend
Or £190 per night
Mid Week*
University Users
4 nights £390
Or £120 per night
External Users
4 nights £450
Or £140 per night

The prices shown represent the cost for the total facility hire.

For more information, please contact Francesca Shepherd at Sport & Physical Activity.

Tel: 0113 343 5080

Email: f.c.shepherd@leeds.ac.uk

Location

In the heart of the Yorkshire Three Peaks!

Location
The centre is situated three miles north of Horton-in-Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales on the B6479 to Ribblehead, grid reference SD 782758. This is marked as a building just below the ‘s’ of rocks in Top Cow Pasture Rocks on the most useful map to use in this area – the OS 1:25,000 Outdoor Leisure Map, OL2, Yorkshire Dales

Click Google Maps to see the location

Transport
The best way to travel to the centre is via private car or hired minibus. Parking is available.

It is possible to get as far as Settle using public transport but from there the bus service which operates is sparse. A bus service is beginning to operate predominately during the summer months, which will allow you to get closer to the centre. Look on www.dalesbus.org for more information, timetables and routes, also call 0871 200 22 33.

Activities

Adventurous Activities
There are a wide variety of activities which can be undertaken whilst at the centre.  It is ideally located for the Three Peaks of Yorkshire (Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough) as well as the Dales caving systems. The nearest rock climbing crags are Twistleton (15 minutes drive and 5 minutes walk) and Attermire (20 minutes drive and 10 min walk).

Caving                 
The area around the centre has a vast and diverse network of caves that provide caving opportunities for all levels of caving experience. No equipment is left at the centre for general use but if you have your own equipment then the Alum Pot and Long Churn caving system are a 10 minute walk away. Those wishing to visit the Alum Pot caves must pay a small fee at Selside Farm in the village. If you do have any equipment and wish to be taken down caves then contact www.yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk who run a variety of sessions for all levels of experience.
Rock Climbing
The centre is located ideally for a range of rock climbing locations. There is no equipment for general public use stored at the centre but if you have your own equipment then the nearest sites are; Twistleton (6 miles), Attermere Scar (10 miles) and Pen-y-ghent (5 miles). However, if you do not have any of your own equipment then sessions can be organised through www.yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk
Hill Walking
There are a large number of walks surrounding the centre. Many public footpaths allow access to all the Three Peaks of Yorkshire – Ingleborough, Whernside & Pen-y-ghent. The 3-Peaks walk is a 39.2km walk which can be walked through out the year and can be made as easy or as difficult as you wish. Again www.yorshiredalesguides.co.uk can provide guided walks and navigation skills training.
Canoeing and Kayaking
No equipment is stored in the centre for general use for this activity. However, Semer Water and Leeds-Liverpool Canal are just 20 miles away. If you do not have any canoeing equipment then contact www.jinaka.co.uk/canoe3.htm for canoe tutoring and all the equipment for groups to have a go.
 
Mountain Biking/Cycling
There are a large number of bridleways in the area which can be used for off road biking. The networks of small minor roads which cover the area also provide cycling routes of varying distances. There are 3 major routes along these minor roads; Ingleborough circuit 38km long, Whernside circuit 52km long and Pen-y-ghent circuit 73km long.

Other Local Attractions

•          Clapham Cave
•          Ingleton Waterfalls Walk
•          Hawes Rope Maker
•          Ribblehead Viaduct & the Settle to Carlisle Railway
•          Whitescar Show Cave

Accommodation

Dormitories
The sleeping arrangements are similar to that of a youth hostel, with four rooms sleeping 23 people.  You will need to bring your own sleeping bags and pillows.

Kitchen
The kitchen is fully kitted out with pots, pans, plates etc, along with a large cooker, fridge, microwave and large toaster.
Drying Room
This useful facility for the drying of wet clothes contains two electric fan heaters and a three-speed extractor fan on the outside wall.
Heating
There is central heating throughout the building.
Case Study

Cambridge University Cricket Club squad visited Selside Outdoor Centre in the Yorkshire Dales to undertake a pre-season training camp.

The aim of the camp was to commence their conditioning programme for the season, as well as provide an opportunity for new members to the squad to meet those who were present from previous seasons.

Cambridge University Cricket Club –Over the three days the squad spent there, the location was perfect for long days of running/hiking in the stunning and challenging Dales countryside. The nearby village of Settle was also a perfect location for a few well earned beers each evening. The ample accomodation more than catrered for our needs, and we were able to cook our breakfasts and evening meals for the whole squad with ease. Staying at Selside enabled us to achieve all our objectives for the weekend, and the squad were both fitter, and a much closer group of individuals as a result. We would recommend it to any other teams as an excellent way to start a pre-season campaign.”

Dale Head. Lake District

Perfect for groups wanting rustic accommodation in the Lake District!!

Dale Head is the University of Leeds Lake District Outdoor Adventure Centre. The accommodation, similar to a camping barn or bunk barn is perfect for those groups wanting rustic accommodation in the Lake District.

It is ideally located in the Southern Lake District Fells, just 10 miles north of Broughton-in-Furness, Grey Friar, Coniston Old Man, Harter Fell and the Scafell range of mountains are all on your doorstep.

Activities in the area:
Dale Head is available for bookings all year round and the centre can be booked for individual weeknights or for longer stays.
Prices

From less than £3 per person per night!!

Dalehead Prices

Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb
Weekends*
University Users
£210 per weekend
Or £120 per night
External Users
£270 per weekend
Or £150 per night
Mid Week*
University Users
4 nights £320
Or £100 per night
External Users
4 nights £400
Or £130 per night
All other months
Weekends*
University Users
£290 per weekend
Or £150 per night
External Users
£360 per weekend
Or £190 per night
Mid Week*
University Users
4 nights £390
Or £120 per night
External Users
4 nights £450
Or £140 per night

The prices shown represent the cost for the total facility hire.

For more information, please contact Francesca Shepherd at Sport & Physical Activity.

Tel: 0113 343 5080

Email: f.c.shepherd@leeds.ac.uk

Location

Great location in the Lake District Southern Fells!

Location
The centre is situated at the head of the Duddon Valley in the southern part of the Lake District and is marked as Dale Head on the Ordnance Survey Map, grid reference NY 241006.

The centre is 10 miles north of Broughton-in-Furness and one mile south of Cockley Beck. The centre’s postcode is LA20 6EG – see Google maps for more detail.

Transport

The most convenient way to get there is by private car or hired mini bus. The nature of the local roads makes it impossible for a larger bus to reach the premises.

There is public transport as far as Skelwith Bridge and you can then walk the remaining seven miles over Wrynose Pass.

Activities

There are a wide variety of activities which can be undertaken whilst at the centre. Primarily the centre is intended as a centre for fell walking, climbing and similar pursuits. It is ideally located for the fells of the southern Lake District, e.g., Grey Friar, Coniston Old Man, Harter Fell, and the Scafell range of mountains. There are plenty of walks on designated footpaths around the centre which can be as easy or as difficult as you wish.

Walking
The centre is surrounded by a variety of different walks, for the more adventurous or the recreational walkers.
Hard Knott pass is the closest to the centre and over the 1.5km distance it ascends 580ft.
Walna Scar Road, fell gate is also very close to the centre and is for the more experienced walker as the walk is between 7 and 10 miles in length and can ascends to 1800ft/600m.
The centre is also ideally located for walking up Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England which ascends to 3200ft/977m.
The following website has a map of the area with many more walks shown,http://www.leaney.org/lake_district_walks_by_area.php?area=southwestern
Mountain biking/Cycling
The valley and surrounding fells provide many routes for on-road and mountain biking. The Coast-to-Coast Cycle Way passes through the area and other off-road possibilities include the ancient Walna Scar Road and various bridleways, but mostly for experienced users. No equipment is stored in the centre, therefore, please bring your own.
Climbing
Easily reached from the heart of the valley, Wallowbarrow Crag provides around 30 routes to suit climbers of all grades including the popular “Trinity Slabs” and “Thomas”. It faces south-west and is a popular crag, especially when the weather makes the high mountain crags less appealing.
There are also other smaller crags, including Stonestar and Seathwaite Buttress. To the east there is classic climbing at all levels on Dow Crag, which is accessible via the Walna Scar track. There are also many places to scramble in the area, which is ideal for those who prefer to travel light and leave the gear behind but still enjoy the rocks.
A local company which offers this activity to the public is River Deep Mountain High, for more information contact info@rdmh.co.uk

Canoeing/Kayaking
The Duddon can be rated as one of the best rivers in the Lake District as it hosts a great variety of excellent rapids with a range of grades and sections to suit many different groups.
When conditions are right it splits conveniently into four sections:

Wrynose Bottom to Birks Bridge                   grade III                       4km
Birks Bridge to Hall Bridge                           grade IV (V)                  5km
Hall Bridge to Ulpha Bridge                          grade III (IV-)               3.5km
Ulpha Bridge to Duddon Bridge                    grade III/IV                   6km

There is no equipment stored at the centre for these activities, therefore, you must provide your own. River Deep Mountain High also offer canoeing and kayaking to the public.
Other activities offered by River Deep Mountain High are; Abseiling, Gorge Walking, Guided Walking, Raft Building, Sailing and much more.
Other Local Attractions
·         Wild Animal Park, Dalton-in-Furness
·         Holker Hall and Gardens, Cark-in-Cartmel
·         Lake Windermere is a 30-minute drive away from the centre and has a wide variety of activities available for all ages and interests.
·         Muncaster Castle has a variety of activities available, such as public gardens, tours of the castle, an owlery and much more.
Accommodation

Dormitories
The centre sleeps 36 in three dormitories. Sleeping bags and pillows must be brought.

Water
There are two five-gallon electric water boilers which provide adequate hot water for washing up.

Drinking Water
Available on tap

Cooking

A new kitchen was installed January 2016. Two three ring induction hobs, a big electric oven and a microwave. There is a wall mounted water boiler for drinks and flasks and a 5 gallon electric urn for washing up water.

Pots, pans, crockery and cutlery are provided along with a larder fridge and a freezer.

Toilet and showers

There are now (since January 2016) two showers and two flush toilets situated in a new wash area inside the building.

Heating

A multi fuel stove heats the common room. There is no heating in the upstairs bedrooms so bring good sleeping bags and/or extra blankets.

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