Lindley Educational Trust - Derbyshire Peak District outdoor activity residential centres for young people.

Image: School group outdoor activity.We are an established and successful charity, working with young people from all areas of the UK. We aim to build confidence and self-esteem, particularly for vulnerable or disadvantaged youngsters, through our inspiring personal and team development programmes. To find out more please visit the Lindley Educational trust web site here or ring us on 01433 620 377.

We run two outdoor residential centres in Derbyshire, one at Castleton (Hollowford) and one near Ambergate (Shining Cliff), a few miles north of Derby. These outdoor activity centres complement classroom development and learning, an area identified by OFSTED as being particularly valuable:

"Outdoor education gives depth to the curriculum and makes an important contribution to students’ physical, personal and social education. However, not all students in schools benefit from such opportunities." (SOURCE: OFSTED Outdoor education - Aspects of good practice )

But we do not just deal with schools, we take young people from colleges and universities, apprentices and graduates as well.

Lindley has been working with a number of organisations providing training that develops their people and provides a benefit to the community. This is most often done through running some form of community project which provides a great challenge for course members with real consequences and benefits local communities. For example, one of our flagship programmes of 2006 was a programme that had multiple beneficiaries principally a group of recently employed graduates from DHL and primary school children from inner city Sheffield . The programme provided opportunities for the graduates to develop some recently learnt management skills by running a community project providing a three day outdoor residential programme for the children, supported by staff from Lindley.

Hollowford Activity Centre, Castleton.

Image: Youth group team building outdoor activity exercise.Our programmes provide opportunities for individuals and teams to discover more about themselves and reach their full potential. This can be done through team building activities such as river rafting, hiking, camping, and even shooting paintballs! Our instructors carefully manage the learning process so that both individual and organisational needs are met.

At Hollowford we put our clients first which means we aim to be as flexible as possible. With a range of both on-site and off-site activities, classrooms & conference facilities of various sizes, we are able to meet the requirements of any size and type of group.

We carefully plan courses with our clients in order to meet their aims and objectives. A good mix of activities and review time are used to ensure the learning outcomes are achieved. Training sessions are carefully managed so that the individuals and teams take ownership of the process - individuals are encouraged to have a go, with their teams offering support and encouragement. Whatever the age or background of our clients, we find that time spent reviewing is extremely valuable. Our instructors are not just experts in the outdoors, they are also facilitators who carefully manage group reviews so that learning points are identified and related to the future.

The activity centre can accommodate up to 130 persons in comfortable shared bedrooms. Room sizes vary from 1 person to 6 persons, although the majority are 4-bedded.

We have 4 separate accommodation blocks each housing between 30 to 40 guests. Three of the blocks have en suite facilities. The remaining block has shared but private bathrooms.

In addition to bedrooms, the Centre has a number of communal areas including a games room (with table tennis, a pool table and table football) a lounge with TV, DVD and karaoke machine.

There are a number of conference / training rooms of varying sizes available all with flip chart and OHP projection. Digital projection facilities are available on request. The majority of the site has free wireless internet access.

List of outdoor activities available at Hollowford centre:

Bushcraft (inclusive of fire lighting and Shelter Building)
Canoeing and Kayaking
Caving / Mine exploration
Challenge tasks / Team building
Environmental activities (eg; environmental art, mini beasts)
Hill Walking
Raft Building
Rock Climbing
Rock Scrambling (Weaselling)
High Ropes and Low Ropes Courses
Zip Wire

Please visit our web site to find out more about the Hollowford residential outdoor activity centre here.

Shining Cliff Activity Centre, Ambergate, Derbyshire

The Shining Cliff experience is certainly unique. Starting with a 10-minute walk into the heart of the ancient woodland, you get a real feeling of tranquility and excitement. We believe that the location and standard of facilities play an important role in helping young people feel comfortable and relaxed and in a state of mind to reflect and develop.

With its own crags, streams, lakes and over 100-acres of mature woodland, Shining Cliff has everything on its doorstep. We take advantage of this special environment with many of our programmes based in the woodland itself.

The centre sleeps up to 20 people in 5 comfortable rooms; there is a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, dining area, lounge and three composting toilets and solar powered showers.

Image: Camp fire at the Shining Cliff outdoor activity centre, Ambergate, Derbyshire.Its remote location makes it an ideal venue for youth group residential trips. The nearest parking is 800 metres away, so a visit to Shining Cliff starts with a 10 minute walk down the woodland path. This short walk certainly adds an element of excitement and adventure.

Lindley Educational Trust is committed to working with young people from deprived and vulnerable backgrounds. We recognise that our main centre at Hollowford is not suitable for all groups and with this in mind we offer this remote youth centre that offers something a little different.


The magic of the woodland makes this a special place to bring a group. You can develop your own programme and / or access some of our exciting outdoor activities. A night walk around the woods might be the first time that your young people will have experienced an environment with no streetlights. We are able to climb and abseil on Shining Cliff crag, which is just behind the building.

Our campfire is a great way to end your day, sitting round and reflecting on the day’s activities.

Want to take the adventure a little further………
Your group can learn the skills of cooking on open fires, building shelters and then spend the night out in the woods!

Most activities are right outside the door, set in the woodlands:
- For a taste of adventure abseil into Bat House Cave (just behind the centre) or climb on the Shining Cliff Crag
- Challenge tasks develop personal and team skills
- Adventure walks unlock the hidden treasures of the woodland
- Orienteering, navigation and map reading skills for all levels
- Raft building
- Ecology, from wildlife and habitat exploration to an understanding of our impact on the environment.
- Bushcraft develops and appreciation of the woodland and the resources it provides. Includes shelter building, lighting and cooking over wood fires and making natural dyes.

We are able to deliver the John Muir Award, which involves young people in exploring and conserving the natural environment, and sharing their feelings and experiences.

Some activities require a short journey off-site:
- Cave and mine exploration
- Canoeing & kayaking
- Mountain Biking

Please visit our web site to find out more about the Shining Cliff residential outdoor activities centre here.

Contact Us

Lindley Educational Trust, Hollowford Centre, Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WB tel: 01433 620 377.
Registered in England 867065. Charity No. 247662.


We take safety issues very seriously; you can find a list of risk assessments on our web site here. Instructors and other key staff have undertaken CRB checks and we have protection policies in place. Equipment is checked before and after each use and replaced regularly. Individuals are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone but we are very careful to make sure that no-one is forced into taking part if they do not want to. Seeing their friends or colleagues having a great time usually does the trick!


Our Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) Licence is L7221 / R0510

These details can be checked with the authority via or 029 2075 5715
Download a copy of our AALA certificate


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