Outdoor centres and services

There are a variety of services to provide opportunities for outdoor learning across the district. They range from day or part day visits through to week-long residentials and can include adventurous and curricular-based activities. The services can also provide programmes of activities on school sites.

Ingleborough Hall

A large outdoor centre located in the village of Clapham, nestled at the foot of Ingleborough Hill.

Ingleborough Hall OEC
North Yorkshire
015242 51265

Buckden House Outdoor Education Centre

A converted country manor house located in the small village of Buckden, in the majestic Upper Wharfedale valley

Buckden House OEC
North Yorkshire
BD23 5JA
01756 760254

Nell Bank

Nell Bank is in Ilkley and provides day and residential experiences for schools and community groups across the full age and ability range.

Nell Bank Centre
Denton Road
LS29 0DE
Telephone: 01943 602032
Website: www.nellbank.com

Doe Park Water Activities Centre

At Doe Park reservoir in Denholme.

Doe Park Water Activities Centre
Foster Park View
BD13 4LN
Telephone: 01274 833826
Website: www.bradford.gov.uk/doepark

The Adventure Activities Development Unit

A team of peripatetic instructors based in Baildon.

Adventure Activities Development Unit
Baildon Recreation Centre
Green Lane
BD17 5JH
Telephone: 01274 435494
Website: www.bradford.gov.uk/adventure

When are the centres open and who can use them?

The residential centres are open year round, though minimum numbers may apply to some bookings. They are available to all, including: primary, secondary and special schools; groups with additional needs; special interest groups; Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

The water activities centre is open from April to October, though some activities can be arranged at other times.

Bracken Hall Centre has limited hours of opening for visitors. Tours and walks for schools and other groups are by arrangement.

The Adventure Activities Development Unit has year round availability, and can offer activity programmes on school sites and at other district locations.

In all cases please enquire with each individual centre to discuss your requirements.

What activities are available?

Activities include:

  • abseiling
  • archery
  • bushcraft
  • canoeing and kayaking
  • climbing wall
  • caving and pot-holing
  • environmental challenge
  • gorge scrambling
  • high ropes
  • improvised raft building
  • low ropes
  • mountain walking
  • mountain biking
  • nature studies
  • orienteering
  • pond dipping
  • problem solving and team building
  • rock climbing
  • sailing.

National Governing Body awards in:

  • caving
  • water sports.

Adult technical skills courses in:

  • caving
  • canoeing and Kayaking
  • climbing and mountaineering
  • hill walking and navigation.

All adventurous activities are provided within national and statutory guidance and instructors are appropriately qualified and experienced.

The residential centres are also available to act as accommodation basis for schools and groups. Such as music and drama rehearsals, walking groups and village studies.


Prices are available upon request and will vary depending on group size, duration of stay, the planned programme and any additional resources that may be required.

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