Junior Adventure Programme

At Windermere School, our Adventure Programme incorporates not only water-based sports but outdoor Adventure. In Junior school students take part in half a day of outdoor learning every week, beginning from Year 3.

Outdoor Adventure includes camping, fell and mountain walking, survival skills, navigation skills and orienteering. Students work towards the National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme Level 1 Award. Each child completes their own Adventure Log Book, which is aimed at encouraging and developing children’s skills.


Hodge Howe, our private Royal Yachting Association and British Canoeing accredited Watersports Center, is located on the shores of Lake Windermere, only minutes from the Elleray gate. This is a truly unique opportunity that we have built into the curriculum, and as a school we are extremely proud of it.

During the summer months, we follow the RYA Youth Sailing schemes and British Canoeing Paddlepower awards. By the time the children leave Elleray, most are working towards their RYA Stage 3 and Paddlepower Discovery (British Canoeing 2 Star).

During the winter months, students compete in orienteering events and complete their Bikeability Level 2 Award, as well as learning Mountain Leader and survival skills on the Lakeland Fells.

Hodge Howe is the base for sailing and watersports activities at Windermere School, the private school for boys and girls in the English Lake District