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Outdoor Residential Trips

Allenheads Lodge Residential Trips

Situated within 45 miles of all the major cities in the North East and Cumbria, Allenheads lodge is the ideal location for school and college residential courses.  Our approach is different to most, we have less beds and less people each day which means your instructors will get to know the group to a much better level, you will have a dedicated lead instructor for the whole week.    In terms of quality, our team is loaded with dedicated outdoor practitioners whose passion and drive comes through in all that they do.  For you and your group it means you get best possible service and the most out of your time with us.   We offer options for full board or self-catered, the choice is yours. We also build activity packages around your needs and expectations, some people opt for an off the shelf option, others create their own unique programme, either way we have the staff and equipment to make it all work and for the young people to get a huge amount from their time with us.

The lodge is owned and operated by Springboard, a charity based across the North East. Springboard aims to support the development of sustainable communities, where people have the skills they need for life and work.  We are well established in education and were awarded ‘Good’ at our last Ofsted.  We hold the Matrix award for information, advice and guidance and we are Investors in People.  The work Springboard carries out began over 40 years ago and it continues now in all the locations we operate in.  The lodge is part and parcel of the offer to our own internal learners where everyone on our courses has the opportunity to visit as part us as part of their chosen course.

How does a typical week work?

Prior to arrival we set out what we would like to achieve during the time at the lodge as well as any particular activity requests.

Outline Plan

Day One

Noon- Arrival, introductions and allocation of rooms.

12.30- Lunch

1pm- Team challenges in the Lodge grounds.

5pm- Tea

6.30pm- Night Walk around the forest in Allenheads

8.15pm- Discuss Day two.

8.30pm-free time and supper.

Day Two

8am- Breakfast

9am-Activity brief and leave for activity

9.30am-Canoeing at Tyne Green Hexham

12pm- Lunch on the river with some shelter building

1.30pm- Rock Climbing near Hadrians Wall

7pm-Debreif and discussion about following day.

7.15pm- Tea

8pm- Free time

Day Three

8am- Breakfast

9am- Gorge Walking, gear on and head to venue

9.30am- Gorge Walking

12pm-Return Lodge and change

1.30pm- Archery and Mountain Biking

5pm-Debrief and tea.

6pm-Free evening

Day Four

8am- Breakfast

9.30am-Allenheads Challenge

11am- Final debrief, pack up and depart.

What are the costs?

Depending on the programme costs can be quite variable and can be adjusted up and down depending on a few things.  The outline programme above for 16 young people and 2 staff costs £2400 plus VAT.  This includes all meals, specialist equipment and accommodation.  Costs can be adjusted up and down, we can provide transport and full overnight support at an additional costs.  Likewise to reduce the costs we can remove some catering options, offer less activities or look at the calendar and utilise out of season dates.  We also run day activities from the lodge which is a great way of getting away from the learners normal day and a fraction of the cost of a few days away.

If you would like to know more about any of the courses we have at Allenheads Lodge you can contact us on

Springboard runs a variety of courses across the region, 16-19 year old study programme training, adult vocational works training courses as well as a range of apprenticeships.

Front of view of the stone lodge

Coast to Coast Cycle Route-C2C

The Original Long Distance Cycle Challenge in the North

The Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route is one of the best and longest established routes in the UK.  The most popular option for most riders is to complete it in three days and 2 nights.  If  you are a super keen cyclist one day is actually possible but most opt for a more leisurely pace.  Logistics can be a challenge but there are a variety of options: Self supported trips with laden bikes using panniers.  Use a cycle tour company like Sherpa Van, they offer a luggage transfer service so that you can focus on enjoying the ride instead of lugging all your gear around.  Allenhead’s Lodge has a 14 bike trailer as well as a fleet of modern comfortable buses, if you require transport to your starting point we can help.

The C2C Bike Route- The original and best cycle challenge in England

Starting in Cumbria heading through the beautiful Lake District National Park the route climbs up and down mountain passes and through quirky little villages.  People tend to stay in Keswick, Threlkeld or Penrith on the first night.  Depending on what you like to do in an evening there is accommodation to suit everyone, from relative budget options to more luxurious.

The second day is arguably the most challenging in terms of terrain, starting quite low in altitude and climbing up and down the North Pennines is challenging with Hartside pass being a highlight.  The climb up out of the old lead mining village of Garrigill is also pretty epic. The good thing about Garrigill is there is brilliant pub  just before the climb where you can grab some food or drink to give you the energy to get up the hill.  On the second night its best to make the third days riding as easy as possible, so making as much progress towards the North Sea is paramount.  The best location is Allenheads, literally on the route of the coast to coast with no detours needed.  Allenheads is ideally located at the top of the North Pennines with only 2 climbs left for the third days riding.  Our lodge is located in Allenheads with access to the local pub, café and heritage centre.  We can provide bed only or bed and breakfast with all bedding provided and our lodge has secure bike storage inside our stores.  It’s ideal for big groups and has a communal area for the evening too.  The local pub is a typical local village pub with a good fun welcoming atmosphere and is called the Alleneheads Inn, if you are staying in Allenheads booking for food is essential.  If you arrive in the daytime the Hemmel Cafe is an excellent spot for a coffee and some lunch.

The third day is all downhill, well pretty much! It’s 47 miles from Allenheads to Sunderland and 49 miles from Allenheads to Tynemouth.  There are lots of stops on the way for food or we can provide you with a packed lunch for your journey, totally up to you.

Our lodge is available to book online on the booking system, for big groups get in touch and we may be able to offer you a group booking discount.

The lodge booking page can be found here.