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Whether you’re on the look out for a school residential, stag or hen do with a difference or gearing up for the Coast 2 Coast, Allenheads is the ideal choice whatever the occasion.
Our activities can be offered in a variety of locations, here’s a short preview video of what some of our groups get up to.
Based in a single person kayak you will learn the fundamentals of paddling, work as a team, complete team games and a journey around the water course you are on. Locations include Tyne Green in Hexham, Talking Tarn in Brampton, The Lake District, Kielder Water and reservoirs close to Allenheads. Our instructors can offer British Canoe Union accreditation, from 1-2 in paddlesport and 3 star kayak.
Ashgill Beck is located close to Allenheads Lodge, in a beautiful unique gorge, you will climb, scramble and slide your way down some impressive waterfalls.
Based in a double person canoe you will learn the fundamentals of paddling, work as a team, complete team games and a journey around the water course you are on. Locations include Tyne Green in Hexham, Talking Tarn in Brampton, The Lake District, and reservoirs close to Allenheads.
Using planks, rope and barrels the team will build a craft capable of supporting the whole team and travel over a set course on the water. With support and tips from your instructor the team will develop the skills and knots needed, generally something will come a little loose which only adds to the fun.
We offer a range of team challenges and command tasks both in the grounds of the lodge and beyond.
After some training on map use, the group will head off around the control points spread around the village, both accompanied by an instructor and in small groups under remote supervision, groups will follow the course getting to each marker. This activity can be in Allenheads village or elsewhere in forestry commission woodlands. We are also an accredited deliverer of the NNAS Bronze, Silver and Gold Award scheme.
Groups will learn the basics of being safe in water, use of throwbags, defensive and offensive swimming. Kitted up ready for water in buoyancy aids, wetsuits and helmets they will challenge the River Tees swimming in some of the rapids and completing the waterfall jump.
Groups will be issued with waterproofs and boots and lead on a hill walk around the locality of Allenheads. While on the walk they can expect to learn about the local area, some map work and how to be safe in the hills following the countryside code. Walks can also include other areas and the Lake District.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
The centre is set up to train and assess Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards on foot, bike and kayak. We can run training sessions at your location, in the North Pennines or our outdoor centre in Durham. We can also provide consultancy on D of E programmes and have qualified expedition assessors who can your final expedition.