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Outward Bound

The Outward Bound is an opportunity available via an exclusive partnership with GK Apprenticeships. It is an outdoor practical character-building learning opportunity; it focuses on sharpening our apprentices workplace behaviour. Our mission is to reinforce strengths and pinpoint key areas of improvement which are applicable throughout their work-life. We achieve this through team-based challenges, practical problem-solving, and hard work. 

The goals and objectives of the Outward Bound programme are as follows:

•  Develop an understanding of positive workplace behaviours in-line with behavioural matrix’s attached to the individual’s apprenticeship.

•  Create an action plan to take forward into the workplace relating to personal behaviours.

This fun, action-packed, team building and educational experience is supported by an educational charity, who help people defy limitations through learning and adventures in the wild.


Eskdale is our specialist corporate development venue, situated in the heart of the Western Lake District wilderness. The centre is set in expansive grounds, with views of the tarn and surrounding fells, offering an ideal location from which to self-reflect and focus on your programme. Eskdale’s Grade II listed Gate House, dating from 1896, serves as a fantastic base for delegates. Housing a wood pannelled billiard room and fully stocked bar, there’s plenty of space in which to socialise. Eskdale is also a holder of the CBEN Environmental Management Award.


Eskdale’s dining room, complete with antique fireplaces, is truly unique. Menus are created by our award-winning Head Chef, using a range of locally sourced ingredients. All meals are freshly prepared in our on-site kitchen, rated 5* for food safety performance.


Wifi is available throughout the public areas of the main house. There are also a number of conference spaces, including a traditional library room. Visting staff can also stay in one of the spacious Tower bedrooms. In the village, there’s a small general store with a cash machine.


Our venues are purposefully set in remote locations as the outdoor
environment plays an essential role in every Outward Bound® programme. We
use the mountains, lakes and rivers on our doorstep as catalysts for changing
behaviours. The intensity and immediacy of the outdoor experience ensures
that learning is embedded in a meaningful and memorable way. Our clients
tell us time and again that it’s more than worth the journey.

By Road
We strongly advise that you do not follow routes provided by Sat Nav or GPS equipment when travelling to Eskdale. The directions provided below outline the easiest and most direct route to the venue. From North or South take the A595, Cumbria coast road to Holmrook. From the South (exit M6 Junction 36), there is also the option of the scenic Birker Fell road; (leave the A595 near Broughton in Furness at Duddon Bridge via Ulpha), which is rewarding for its views and takes just over an hour from Junction 36

By Rail
From the South the direct route from Euston to Oxenholme (Kendal) takes around 3 hours. Transfers from the station to Eskdale take just over an hour by car. From the north take the Glasgow to Euston train which calls at Oxenholme station as above.

By Air
Manchester is the closest international airport (transfer time approx. 2.5
hours). Blackpool and Liverpool airports can also provide competitive flights,
and transfers can easily be arranged by our guest services team from all
terminals. Helicopter landing can be accommodated by prior arrangement.


Apprentices will need to arrive on the 1st day by 14:00 and leaving on the 4th day by 13:00. 
Course accommodation for the three nights is £150 + VAT per learner.

All sustenance is included in the course cost. This does not include anything purchased whilst travelling to and from the course, (this also does not include alcohol).

NB: All travel and accommodation costs will need to be funded by the employer and therefore it is the employer’s decision to take advantage of this incorporated learning solution. Other methods are available upon request; however, they will not offer your apprentice the same experience.


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