Barhaugh Hall

Barhaugh Hall, Alston, Cumbria

Barhaugh Hall is set in over 9 acres of land and lies on the Cumbria / Northumbria border. For those wishing to have a wonderful experience in a really beautiful part of the countryside, Barhaugh Hall will certainly not disappoint. The views over the valley are breathtaking whatever the weather and it is often possible to spot some of the varied wildlife living in the area such as deer, red squirrels and hares.

Once at the centre all activities are on site and have been adapted and developed over the years to provide a fun and challenging experience for everyone. The close proximity of every session means there is no time wasted and children are constantly kept busy and entertained on one of our many exciting sessions.

Accommodation at the centre is set in a magnificent 18th century building. The children get to share a dormitory with their friends whilst the teachers get their own en-suite rooms to relax in at night. The most unusual but wonderful room is placed at the top of the folly tower for those teachers wishing for a fairytale stay.

We have fantastic indoor provision for three challenging high activities; an impressive climbing wall, crate challenge with emphasis on teamwork and trapeze with platform options to leap from two different levels. Indoor provision means that these high activities can continue whatever the weather, but we will also be retaining our outdoor trapeze in the trees in the grounds at Barhaugh Hall as an option in good weather.

There are further indoor areas in the grounds for the Dungeon and Piranha Pool; wonderful themed problem solving areas developed by our staff team.The indoor provision will probably be most important for the many schools who attend Barhaugh Hall from November through to March each year, but there remains plenty of opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities in the beautiful setting of the grounds surrounding the activity centre.

Children visiting the centre will not only get to experience new and exciting challenges but will have the opportunity to grow in confidence and discover new skills and abilities whilst being lead and guided all the way by our fun and highly motivated staff team.

Typical three day programme at Barhaugh Hall

Around 24 hours of high quality activity sessions packed into a 3 day course. We ensure your group gains the most possible from every moment spent at Robinwood, from wake-up around 7.00am to lights out (and sleep!) at 10.00pm. Please note that this activity programme does vary dependent in particular on weather conditions and the timetable given is only a sample. The activity programme you follow will be confirmed in advance of your course, within a personalised timetable for your school.

Day 1

  • Arrivals are typically about 11.00am
  • Walk to Centre
  • Lunch
  • Quest
  • Canoeing
  • Evening Meal
  • Archery
  • Nightline
  • Hot Chocolate and Review

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Piranha Pool
  • Crate Challenge
  • Giant Swing
  • Lunch
  • Zip Wire
  • Dungeon
  • Climbing
  • Evening Meal
  • Team Challenge
  • Hot Chocolate and Review

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Trapeze
  • Raft Building
  • Caving
  • Lunch
  • Departures are typically about 2.30pm

Finding our Barhaugh Hall Activity Centre

Robinwood Activity Centre at Barhaugh Hall is reached by a single track road with passing places. The road is suitable for vehicles up to and including a 16 seater minibus but is not suitable for larger vehicles such as coaches.  The road is signposted to Barhaugh Hall from the A689 just south of the village of Slaggyford.  If you are travelling south from Carlisle/Brampton/Slaggyford the turning is on your left.  If you are travelling north from Penrith/Alston the turning is on your right approximately 6 miles from Alston. Follow this single track road for approximately 1.25 miles to Barhaugh Hall.

Typical travel times

  • Carlisle

    50 mins
  • Newcastle

    1 hr 20 mins
  • Middlesbrough

    1 hr 50 mins
  • Leeds

    2 hr 20 mins
  • York

    2 hr 20 mins
  • Glasgow

    2 hr 30 mins
  • Manchester

    2 hr 30 mins
  • Edinburgh

    2 hr 40 mins
  • Liverpool

    2 hr 40 mins

What Schools say about Barhaugh Hall

We really appreciate all the recommendations we get from schools who have visited Robinwood and the number of schools who come for the first time as a result of recommendations from friends and colleagues. We are constantly updating the comments from schools who have recently attended a Robinwood Course. The schools that attend come from areas of the Midlands, throughout the North of England and up into Scotland. But don’t just take our word for it, See what they have to say about robinwood. For more testimonials and recommendations visit our Highly Recommended Page.

"It was fantastic to see so many of the staff I knew as I was aware lots were moving to Wrexham, it was lovely to be recognised, especially the amount of children and adults that go through the centre each year. It's like seeing long lost friends/family again. I love the way there is always some new development going on, new safety measures walking round the car park, new shower and archery block. Every year I meet a new group leader and have a wonderful time, so much fun. I even get pushed to extend myself - Crate Challenge ! Very wobbly. Good job done ! Quotes from the kids: "They are very nice and friendly. It was very fun." "I went in the piranha pool. I thought they were real but they are not." "Alex was funny and was a really good singer." "In the caves, Brad went another way and jumped out." "Caving was amazing." "They have fun activities and help people in need like me in the piranha pool. "I love Sarah she is so funny." "I loved every activity and being with everyone. Thank you so much." "Robinwood was the most amazing thing ever. I loved it." "I loved all of the activities." "Robinwood was so fun." "I did not want to come home." "I love all of the people there." "All of the leaders were really fun and just great." "All of the leaders were great and the food was fantastic." "Robinwood was the best couple of days in my life." "Robinwood was so much fun. Thank you so much." "The best school trip ever.""

Ghyllside School, Kendal