Cumbria Outdoors - Duke of Edinburgh's Award Approved Activity Provider (AAP)

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Cumbria Outdoors is a DofE Approved Activity Provider (AAP). An AAP Licence is a quality standard which shows that our organisation's programme has been proven to meet the requirements of the DofE Expedition and Residential sections. DofE participants can use the services of an AAP with confidence. 

We are well placed to offer advice on all aspects of the Award and enable schools to ensure young people from all areas of Cumbria and all types of educational establishments are able to take up this opportunity.

Where schools have specific training needs, for example Expedition requirements, this can be facilitated. We also offer advice on all aspects of the administration of the DofE Programme and run regular training programmes subject to demand.

Please contact us for details of our:

  • Practice and Qualifying Expedition packages
  • DofE training
  • Hire of Equipment
  • Gold Residential opportunities.

Telephone: 01768 812280 Email:

  • Varied, exciting Gold residential opportunities.
  • Bespoke, affordable, expedition packages to suit your school, group or organisation's needs and budget.
  • Pre- expedition training in your locality or at one of our centres
  • Our Scarness Campsite is an ideal location as a base to deliver your own expeditions.
  • DofE training including Expedition Assessor, Supervisor and Introduction to the DofE.

All activities are led by our qualified Outdoor Education Leaders who are experienced professionals with a sound local knowledge. All centres hold Adventure Activity Licences and comply with all current Health and Safety legislation and regulations. We hold The Association of Heads of Outdoor Centres Gold Award, and Adventure-mark accreditation.

Cumbria County Council is the DofE Operating Authority for Cumbria and also holds an Approved Activity Provider licence. We are perfectly placed to offer advice and support for all of your DofE needs.

The centres are set in the heart of "Gold Country" and are ideally situated for the delivery of your DofE training or expedition. Scarness Campsite is a private campsite with direct access to the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake and the surrounding fells. Our outdoor centre at Hawse End, located in the Northern Lake District, offers a comfortable base for training purposes and the ideal environment to embark on your DofE expeditions.

Our centres are also available to be used for any school residentials, offering high quality experiential learning in the outdoors for all ages. 

Please contact the office at Hawse End Centre if you are interested in any of our adventurous learning opportunities. Our administration staff will guide you through our booking and planning procedures - as well as discuss available dates and costs. 

For more information please telephone:

01768 812280 or email

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Cumbria Outdoors
Hawse End Centre
CA12 5UE