Learning at Borrowdale

Rangers and children from local school in Borrowdale, Cumbria

Working in the great outdoors with people eager to learn is one of our favourite parts of the job. There's nothing like seeing that light bulb go on over someone's head, whether they're a child from a primary school, an undergraduate student, or someone from the University of the Third Age.

Guardians of Borrowdale

We have teamed up with four village schools whose children have become the 'guardians' of National Trust countryside nearby. Activities include planting oak saplings grown from local acorns.

Outdoor learning

We offer primary school visits to help with teaching science and geography topics, John Muir Award, and also reward days for Year 6 based around our 50 Things to do before you're 11¾ campaign.

Higher education

We occasionally work with university students, geography field trips, and PhD candidates. The Borrowdale valley is an incredibly rich ecological landscape bursting with opportunities for study.

Ewes and views

In partnership with local hostels and the Forestry Commission at Whinlatter, we offer a package to schools coming for a residential stay. The package includes one night full-board accommodation at the hostel, a half-day visit to Whinlatter and a half-day visit to a National Trust tenant farm where they can feed the lambs or see sheep shearing, depending on the time of year.

Have your own learning adventure

Looking to have your own adventure in Borrowdale learning about the outdoors? Why not have a go at our 50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾ activities in the Lake District?