Traditional Outdoor Activities

Please find a short overview of our outdoor activities and venues below – more details, risk assessments and group specific information is available via email. Just get in touch to find out more.


A competitive activity with a huge sense of achievement – the young people learn a new skill and can get better at it very quickly. Being sporty does not matter, neither does being fast or confident or good at maths – everybody has a chance to shine in the this very accessible activity.


This activity can be either on site at Deneholme (tree platform abseil) or at one of the climbing crags (Peel Crag or Great Wanney Crag). Young people face a challenge on an individual level, though the support of their team plays a key role. They will learn about ropes and safety at heights as well feeling a huge buzz from completing the activity successfully.

Rock and Tree Climbing

This is not as much of a individual challenge as people may think – whilst we usually only have one or two people climbing at the same time, other team members are shown how to belay and point out the route for the climber. A technically interesting and satisfying ultimate outdoor activity.

Ghyll Scrambling

Ghyll Scrambling, Gorge Walking, Waterfall Jumping – all this is involved in our Ashgill session. Fully kitted out the group leads the way through a narrow cave passage to get into the secluded gorge, they will walk behind huge waterfalls, scramble through the river bed and jump of rock ledges into deep plunge pools. A number one favourite for all age ranges.


There are three mines in the vicinity of Deneholme – all very different – but all equally exciting. A long walk in through mid leg water levels will take you to “ballrooms”, caves and tunnels where the group can explore the inspected mine shafts – with only their head torch to guide the way. Smallcleugh Mine is in Nenthead, Cumbria, a 20 minute drive from Deneholme.

Mountain Biking

With a brand new fleet of Scott Bikes we are superbly kitted out for this high energy activity. Facilitating the biking sessions is Helen Gaskell –  an international downhill champion. We can stay on the quiet roads around Allendale, or take the bikes to Hamsterley Forest (Durham) or across to the Lakes and ride Whinlatter Forest. We also offer bike maintenance, route planning and road safety sessions.


With a two sided paddle and a boat to themselves the group members have a sense of freedom and responsibility for their own actions. Paddling a kayak means learning new skills and exploring lakes and rivers at your own pace. A fun activity with tangible learning outcomes for each individual.


Canoeing is an ancient way of team building – if one paddler does not communicate with the other – neither of them is going to get anywhere. It is also a wonderful way to connect with nature, explore Northumberland’s beautiful rivers, lakes and loughs, encountering wild life or playing games along the way.


THE 2013 favourite activity: a mixture of scrambling, bouldering and potholing – an group lead activity (closely supervised) with 100% participation rate facilitated at the Great Wanney Craggs. The young people learn about movement on rock, under rock and around rock, squeezing through passages and solving bouldering “problems”.

Our Venues

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