Thurston Outdoor Education Centre

Contact and directions


0153 944 1218


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Where to find us

Address: Thurston Outdoor Education Centre, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AB


Due to past flooding and road closures, we advise you to follow the route below for ease and safety.

From South Tyneside

(136 miles, approximately 3 hours)

  1. Join the A1(M) heading south to Scotch Corner
  2. At Scotch Corner join the A66 heading west to Brough
  3. From Brough head to the M6 South bound, two options depending on your vehicle are;
    • follow signs for Kirby Stephen and M6 Junction 37 via the A685, or 
    • continue on the A66 to Penrith Junction 40
  4. Join the M6 South bound, follow it down to Junction 36

From the M6 (junction 36)

  1. At M6 junction 36, follow the A590 sign posted Barrow-in-Furness
  2. Continue on the A590 to Greenodd
  3. At the Greenodd junction there is a roundabout, take the second exit (right) A5092
  4. Follow the A5092 through to Lowick Green and bear left onto the A5084 sign posted Coniston
  5. Continue following the Coniston sign posts and the A5084 to Torver
  6. At the T-junction turn right onto the A593, sign posted Coniston
  7. As you enter Coniston Village there will be a BP garage on the right hand side, at the junction immediately after this take the road on the right, this is the B5285 sign posted Hawkshead, (brown, tourist information, sign posts for Brantwood)
  8. Continue following this road out of the village, the lake will appear on your right hand side, follow this to the head of the lake and take the road on the right (tourist information signs point to Brantwood). This road becomes narrow in places and services another outdoor education centre, please be conscious you may meet another coach or associated traffic
  9. Follow this road round the head of the lake, away from the lake briefly and up a short but steep incline
  10. At the top of the incline the road bears right at a junction, continue round to the right eventually becoming parallel with the lake again
  11. You will pass a 'Swallows and Amazons' tea shop signposted along the road and an outdoor centre called Low Bank Ground 
  12. After Low Bank Ground the road descends through some woods - the centre is immediately at the end of these - it is signposted on the right hand side


Coaches are advised to reverse down the drive.

All other vehicles are advised to park in the car park on the right.