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Fully Catered & Comfortable

For Groups Large or Small

The accommodation used is largely determined by group size, along with gender split and location in relation to planned itinerary. Generally we will advise as to the most suitable for your group and chosen activities. The descriptions below follow an increase in group size.
Tarset Tor

Ideal for small groups with a maximum gender split of 4+4. A very high standard new build green bunkhouse in a very central location for fieldwork locations.

Catering is provided by the highly rated 'Rocky Road Café' (famed for their puddings!), who bring in dinner and lunch with a ‘help yourself’ breakfast provided in the kitchen. Your group will have sole occupancy and there’s 5 acres of grounds to explore, including a sauna/bird hide (!) and fire circles.

The Boe Rigg

Great for smaller groups, catering for up to 12 students plus staff, this new 'green' build bunk house offers spacious, light and airy accommodation. Your group will have sole occupancy of the bunkhouse with meals catered for in the bistro. The bunkhouse dining area becomes an ideal evening work and group teaching space.

The Boe Rigg is in an excellent location within Northumberland National Park for access to our fieldwork habitats, with an ancient oak woodland just 5 minutes walk away.

Brown Rigg

Centrally located on the outskirts of Bellingham, Brown Rigg can cater for up to 24. Your group would have sole use of the hostel and extensive grounds, to find the pool table and football field. The accommodation is very spacious with a large central hall for eating and teaching.

Catering here is again provided by the highly rated 'Rocky Road Café', who bring in a choice of dinner and lunch with a 'help yourself' breakfast provided in the kitchens.

For older students a visit to Bellingham is only a 10 minute walk away.

YHA Kielder

This slightly larger hostel can cater for groups of up to 37. Sole occupancy can sometimes be arranged for groups slightly smaller than this.

Youth Hostel food is renowned for being filling and tasty and the cooked breakfast will definitely get you ready for a day in the field!

The hostel rooms are light and airy and with a lounge and kitchen/dining area there's a friendly and welcoming feel. Open ground around the hostel and an easy stroll to the shop, castle and maze make exploring the village easy.

Kielder Salmon Centre and Bakethin Nature Reserve are also within walking distance. The nearby observatory and 'Skyspace' make great optional evening activities.

Hawkhirst Scout Camp

Definitely not camping (unless you want to!) and great for larger groups with the option or combination of three accommodation lodges catering for 50+ students. All catering is on site at the central hostel.

Rowan (sleeps 44)

Built just a few years ago Rowan is very popular with all rooms ensuite.

Jubilee (sleeps 12)

Smaller but cosy with a log cabin feel.

Sunley (sleeps 38)

Is the central hostel with large dining and lounge areas. Recent refurbished to a very high standard of facilities and ensuite leader rooms.

Hawkhirst sits on the edge of Kielder reservoir, so there is the opportunity to add on a fun extra to your fieldwork trip from a fantastic range of outdoor sport activities!