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 all.

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 to 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.

Low Bank Ground Residential Centre On The Shores Of Coniston Water Young Boy Having Fun At Hinning House Hinning House Residential Centre In The Duddon Valley

Environment & Sustainability

Both centres have a strong reputation for promoting environmental awareness and sustainable lifestyles through our programmes, good practice and links with communities.

Through our work and the life of the centres we aim to encourage:

  • active citizenship
  • healthy living
  • active and co-operative learning
  • awareness of the local and global environment
  • personal responsibility.

Our ethos is based on caring for oneself, each other and the environment.

Hinning House has also developed a strong link with a local hill farm in the Duddon valley. Many groups of students include a visit during their programme.

The Centres have been involved for many years in environmental education training for teachers, youth leaders and countryside staff and have worked with many partners including the Countryside Agency, the National Trust, the Lake District National Park Authority, Cumbria County Council, Cheshire Landscape Trust and the Adventure and Environmental Awareness Group.


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Low Bank Ground Facilities

Situated on the shore of beautiful Coniston Water, Low Bank Ground is the perfect base for all outdoor activities with easy access to the lake and the Coniston Fells.Find out more

Hinning House Facilities

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

School & College Courses

Low Bank Ground and Hinning House give students the opportunity to live and learn together for short periods of time in a new and interesting environment. Find out more

Independent Group Accommodation at Low Bank Ground & Hinning House

Hinning House and Low Bank Ground are set in remote and beautiful locations. Both are available for booking, find out more here.Find out more