Low Bank Ground and Hinning House are Wigan Council's Outdoor Education Centres in the Lake District, managed on behalf of the Council by Brathay.

We provide high quality, enjoyable learning through the outdoors for children and young people.

Our qualified and experienced teaching staff offer courses where the emphasis is on an adventurous approach to the exploration of 'natural' environments such as mountain, forest, lake and river. We have a wide range of resources available and the necessary experience to be able adapt our standard course to accommodate requests from school or college groups. We work with visiting staff to provide the range of activities they need, whether this is to focus on a relevant curriculum area, team building or environmental issues.

Priority is given to Wigan Council schools but there are usually available dates for other groups.

I thought Hinning House was not going to be that good because I would be away from my family too long, but I changed my thoughts about it and it was a fantastic time. The best thing I did was Ghyll scrambling. Thanks a lot Hinning House it has helped me a lot.
Y6 pupil

Hinning House is a purpose-built outdoor centre in the beautiful Duddon Valley, close to Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.

The Centre is in a spectacular location, surrounded by superb places for rock scrambling, climbing, hill walking, orienteering and mountain biking. There are also beautiful valley walks along the River Duddon, and farm visits can be arranged.

Hinning House can accommodate up to 30 people, all under one roof, in seven bunk bedrooms. Four of the rooms have six beds, and three have two beds; all bedding is provided.

Hinning House has a cosy atmosphere and; as well as offering tailored residential stays for schools and independent groups, including healthy meals and a full activity programme led by expert staff; the centre is available on a self catering basis. Additionally, centre staff can be booked in advance of your stay to run outdoor activities.

There is a very well equipped kitchen with commercial grade equipment, including a ‘pass-through’ dishwasher; as well as a large dining room, drying room, lounge area, video conferencing, computers with internet access and a multi-media DVD-enabled Smartboard. Hinning House has full central heating, as well as a woodburning stove.


It is very good you should try it out! It was the best trip I ever went on! If I could do it again I would. I got to know people better. I did things that I thought I couldn't do.

Y5 pupil

Our Expertise

Our experienced and well-qualified teaching staff have a peerless track record of delivering inspiring and safe outdoor learning. We hold the AHOEC (Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres) Gold Standard, LOtC (Learning Outside the Classroom) Quality Badge and AALA (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority) Licence.

If you'd like to check availability for Hinning House we'd love to hear from you.

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Hinning House is available to independent groups - click here to find out more




Hinning House, Seathwaite, Broughton in Furness, LA20 6EG