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Field Studies Council-Blencathra Centre

  • Green Tourism Gold Award
  • Cumbria Tourism Quality Charter
  • Member of Cumbria Tourism
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Self-catering with 2 units £490-£3780 pupw sleeps 2-28

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Largely constructed around 1904 the main Blencathra FSC buildings were originally used as a ‘Sanatorium’ due its "wholesome aspect", being sufficiently isolated from any town or village and having a view over “one of the most striking bits of scenery in the Lake District”. The site was purchased by the Field Studies Council in 2013 and substantial improvements have been made to the buildings, including sustainable biomass heating and water supply. The centre's main use now is the provision of courses for schools and universities, but alongside these activities we also offer self-catering accommodation in our traditional stone built cottages. The cottages have been modernized to provide simple, environmentally sustainable, yet comfortable accommodation in this peaceful location on the side of the mountain overlooking the valley below. The cottages are available on a weekly basis from Saturday 14.00 to Saturday at 10.00. Also NEW FOR 2018 is our refurbished Lonscale building, which offers self catering/catered accommodation for group parties of up to 28 guests.

Children welcomeTelevisionSatellite TVPacked lunches providedIroning facilitiesPrivate parkingGardenDisabled facilitiesCentral heatingMicrowave cookerDishwasherLinen providedTelephone (public)Visa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedDogs/pets accepted by arrangementWiFi or internet accessEvening mealsHigh chairs availableCots availableReal log/coal firesDrying facilitiesBreakfast available

Facilities vary between cottages. Please do contact us to let us know if you have any specific requirements. Note: Access for wheelchair users is at the Lonscale unit only. Children welcome from any age.


Blencathra Centre,
CA12 4SG


Blencathra Centre,
CA12 4SG


Plan route to Field Studies Council-Blencathra Centre using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 303255  Lat: 54.61982 Long: -3.08091

From M6 jct 40 follow the A66 towards Keswick. Threlkeld is off the A66 before you reach Keswick. The centre is located at the end of Blease Road approximately 1.5 miles from the centre of Threlkeld.


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • TelevisionTelevision
  • Satellite TVSatellite TV
  • Packed lunches providedPacked lunches provided
  • Ironing facilitiesIroning facilities
  • Private parkingPrivate parking
  • GardenGarden
  • Disabled facilitiesDisabled facilities
  • Central heatingCentral heating
  • Microwave cookerMicrowave cooker
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Linen providedLinen provided
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Visa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedVisa/Mastercard/Switch accepted
  • Dogs/pets accepted by arrangementDogs/pets accepted by arrangement
  • WiFi or internet accessWiFi or internet access
  • Evening mealsEvening meals
  • High chairs availableHigh chairs available
  • Cots availableCots available
  • Real log/coal firesReal log/coal fires
  • Drying facilitiesDrying facilities
  • Breakfast availableBreakfast available

Facilities vary between cottages. Please do contact us to let us know if you have any specific requirements. Note: Access for wheelchair users is at the Lonscale unit only. Children welcome from any age.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • Parking for Single unit properties:
    • YesParking space provided
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Parking for Multiple unit properties:
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
    • YesDesignated parking space provided for guests with disabilities
    • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • YesSolid ie tarmac / concrete etc
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas ramp


  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to:
    • YesToilet and bathroom
    • YesOne or more bedrooms
    • YesLounge
    • YesKitchen
    • YesDining room
    • YesToilet suitable for wheelchair users

Bed/ Bathrooms

  • YesBedroom furniture can be re-arranged if requested by guest
  • YesBedrooms available with non-allergic bedding (ie non-feather pillows)
  • YesBedrooms available with no fitted carpets
  • Bathrooms available with:
    • YesSeparate shower unit
  • YesBathrooms available that have been specially adapted for wheelchair user


  • YesSteps to the main entrance:
    • 2
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesSeating available in kitchen


  • YesCall system with flashing lights
  • YesGuest information available in large print (14pt and over)


All Lonscale rooms are en-suite, with one unit specially adapted for wheelchair users. Please let us know if you require this room at the time of booking. Large print information can be provided on request; as before please advise us of your requirements when you book.