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Tower Wood Outdoor Education Centre

Welcomes schools, youth groups, corporate groups, adults, families and individuals

Welcome to Tower Wood Outdoor Education Centre which is set in 12 magnificent acres of lawns and woodland, extending from the beautiful Edwardian house down to the eastern shore of Windermere. The site looks across the Lake to the high fells of the Lake District and has an enviable and easily accessible position.

The centre has over 40 years’ experience of delivering safe, high quality, outdoor adventure experiences for all. With its wonderful facilities, Tower Wood can offer a wide range of land and water based activities.

Tower Wood has its own private jetties and lake access, together with a fully equipped boathouse. We are experienced and committed enthusiasts with the full range of qualifications to ensure that your stay with us is a formative and memorable one.

We offer training in sailing, canoeing, kayaking and power boating plus a wide range of land based courses from rock climbing and mountaineering to caving, mountain biking and much more. Whatever your course requirements, the staff at Tower Wood will always afford you a warm welcome and a safe, fun, learning environment.

Whether you are looking for a first time activities course for primary age youngsters, GCSE PE skills courses, your final assessment as a sailing instructor, or recreational courses and expeditions, Tower Wood is the ideal location.

In addition, you will have the assurance that we are fully accredited with the licensing authority.

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New 'Windermere Lodge'

We have an exciting time ahead at Tower Wood with the new 'Windermere Lodge' accommodation officially opened in September 2014, and well used ever since. A true eco-building, blending into the landscape, with mostly en-suite twin rooms, accessible bedrooms and features, plus Tower Wood's home cooking, it's a great new facilty for all groups!

Acceptance of risk and insurance matters for visitors
Tower Wood places great emphasis on safety throughout its programmes by employing qualified and experienced teachers and instructors (to AALS guidelines). However, outdoor activities can be hazardous and even though levels of risk are reduced to tolerable levels, in line with current best practice, participants must accept that accepting personal responsibility for risk management in real situations is an inherent part of the educational ethos of the centre. Parents and guardians must recognise a degree of risk when signing consent forms. It is now law that all providers of Adventure Activities to young people under 18 must be licensed: Tower Wood holds an appropriate licence.
Some parents wrongly assume that if a child is injured at school, the school is held to be responsible regardless of the circumstances and that its insurance will automatically apply. All courses at Tower Wood aim to educate and encourage participants to accept that personal actions can have very real consequences in the outdoor environment: all participants must behave appropriately and accept a degree of responsibility for their own and others' safety. Tower Wood’s responsibility is strictly limited to cases where negligence can be proven. Accidents can happen in school, on the sports field or during school visits when the school or its staff are not in any way at fault and are therefore not responsible. The provision of personal accident insurance is considered to be the responsibility of parents. The centre will not accept responsibility for damage to, or loss of personal property (including clothing) and it is stressed that the responsibility for safeguarding personal property rests with the owner.

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