What's around Dallowgill?

Have a look around and see what exciting things you can do whilst visiting the centre.

Whilst the setting of the centre lends itself to nature and environment-based activities, the area is rich in history and has provided inspiration for artists, poets and writers throughout time. Visitors may find the centre is useful as a base for nurture groups or smaller groups of gifted and talented students.

The possibilities for activities that can take place at Dallowgill are endless and each visit is a unique experience for pupils and staff.

Woodpeckers and Nuthatches regularly visit the centre’s bird feeders and the diverse habitat around the site is home to a variety of animals, insects and reptiles. Oyster Catches and Curlews can be heard and seen throughout spring and summer months. A vast purple heather moorland can be seen towards Pateley Bridge and the River Laver can be viewed in the Valley below Dallowgill, widening before it joins the River Ure in Ripon. On the doorstep, there is a mixed woodland and in the grounds of the centre stands a 400-year old Yew tree.

The area is crisscrossed by a myriad of footpaths
and is on the route of the Mosaic Trail.

Greygarth Monument overlooks the surrounding
area and offers a stunning panoramic vista where
on clear days York Minster can be seen in the

Within a short drive of the centre there are a
number of different attractions many of which are
low cost or free to access for school groups.

Dallowgill is close to a number of Dark Skies sites.

A few metres from the door and away from the lights of the building it gets incredibly dark; a rare sight in today’s world. There is little road noise and few planes pass overhead (the ones that do are often military planes), ensuring visitors feel like they have left the hustle and bustle of daily life behind.