For any enquiries about the facilities you may still have after reading this sheet, please contact Bethanne Reed on 07470 358239.
Sleeping Accommodation (see floor plan for room layout)
- Bedroom 17: 1 x single bed
- Bedrooms 2-6, 9-16,19 and 22 (wheelchair access): 1 x double bunk-bed & 1 x single bed
- Bedrooms 7, 18 and 20: 2 x double bunk-bed
- Bedroom 8 & 21: 3 x double bunk-bed
All bedrooms contain a wash basin & wall-mounted mirror, dresser unit with mirror & drawers, wp bin, wall shelf with hanging rails. Each bed is fitted with a mattress protector and has one pillow with a slip protector.
We have one travel cot, but otherwise we do not supply cots.
Each visitor will need to bring a sleeping bag, or sheets, and a pillow case – and towel(s). Some may wish to bring a second pillow. Bed linen is available for hire at a charge of £2 per set ( 1 pillow case, 1 fitted sheet and 1 duvet cover ).
In Wing B the female toilets comprise 2 x toilet cubicles and 3 x showers – so this wing is the natural choice for female sleeping accommodation.
Wing C can be divided into male/female sections depending on your numbers:-
In the first half the (female) toilets comprise 2 x toilet cubicles and 5 x showers.
In the second half the (male) toilets comprise 2 x toilet cubicles, 3 x urinals, and 4 x showers + a shaving point.
Kitchen (and Pantry in Wing A)
We supply: Two refrigerators; Two freezers; Two large gas ovens, one with target top, the other with 6 hobs; One microwave; one warm cabinet and two servers; heavy duty dishwasher; double sink unit for washing up; single sink unit for food preparation; wash hand basin; water boiler for hot drinks; two toasters; Cooking equipment and serving utensils; crockery and cutlery.
We supply bin liners, and cleaning equipment for the kitchen and dining areas, including mop & bucket, sweeping brush, floor cleaning solution, antibacterial sprays, cream cleaner, scourers, cleaning cloths, bin liners, washing-up liquid, and clothes pegs.
You will need to bring: tea towels, dish cloths, & oven gloves.
Salt & pepper sachets are kept in the kitchen. We also have three high chairs, and two toddler booster seats for chairs. There are First Aid kits in the kitchen & dining area.
We supply: toilet rolls, bin liners and most cleaning materials eg washing-up liquid, scourers, cloths, anti-bacterial spray & soap.
Seating, DVD player and TV (TV does not receive, and we are not licensed to receive, live broadcasts); projector screen, keyboard, and book corner containing Bibles, other literature, and local visitor information (walks, maps, etc). A projector is available to borrow to connect to your laptop – please speak to the Wardens about this.
You will need to bring: Hymn/song books, music, etc.
Seating, keyboard and additional Bibles.
Two pool tables with balls and cues, table tennis table (with bats & balls), and air hockey table. We check for damage when a group leaves and there are charges for damage to bats and cues!
Basketball hoops, and badminton net. While we have some bats/balls/shuttles, we suggest to be sure you bring your own.
For arts & crafts, with large trestle tables and work benches, stools, sink area, and Sundeala boarding, for visitors to design & display their handiwork (feel free to leave it on display for others to enjoy!). You will need to bring arts & crafts materials.
A tuck shop with a range of snacks/confectionary and drinks which will need overseeing by an adult please. If your group is a large one and the tuck shop is likely o be popular let us know before you arrive! And we will do our best to meet requests for particular goodies.
A small beginners’ climbing wall is built into the tower beside the kitchen. It offers the opportunity for up to 6 young people working in 3 pairs to learn basic top-roping techniques. Alternatively, a short un-roped bouldering session could be run, where guests traverse the wall at a height of no more than 2m. Two walls offer a variety of routes up to approx. 30 feet. A third wall has a 20 foot ascent to an abseil ledge. Secure anchors are provided, with a sling and pulley system installed and inspected annually by the manufacturers Bendcrete. Harnesses, ropes and all other climbing equipment is the responsibility of the user. Guests of all ages must only be given access to the wall by the group leader, who will have made a particular arrangement with the Warden to obtain the key. Guests must be supervised by an adult who the group leader can prove was competent to run an indoor climbing session – DFCT can only accept responsibility for the fixed belay points in the wall. Slings and pulleys must be inspected before any session begins by the instructor on the day, whose responsibility it will be to decide if the session should go ahead.
Cleaning & Laundry
The Cleaning Cupboard contains additional toilet rolls, 2 x vacuum cleaners, mops/buckets, large sweeping brush, and two portable cleaning kits for bedrooms/bathrooms. There are additional cleaning supplies in the Staff Room (adjacent Room 17), but we ask leaders enter this room only if supplies in the Cleaning Cupboard have run out.
Drying Room/Wet Weather Entrance
There is space for hanging wet outdoor clothing and storing wet boots, and this room has a dehumidifier and extractor. There is a washing machine and tumble-dryer. Please use our eco powder. We have pegs for the washing line.
Indoor and Outdoor Pursuits
Dun Fell Christian Trust aims to make available good quality equipment, but employs no staff on hand to supervise any activity. It is the responsibility of the group leader to be satisfied as to the condition of equipment at the Centre which the group plans to use, and to provide adequate qualified instructors for the activity undertaken. Public liability, staff ratios, personal liability of the leader and any hired instructors must be borne in mind. A full risk assessment should be carried out prior to the activity, and an alternative planned in case of poor conditions. The climbing wall and log world require a signature in the appropriate log book before each can be used. All activities, inside or outdoors, require trained and equipped first aid cover by your staff. Check any instructors you use have a current certificate, and obtain a copy if possible. For further advice in this area, or on appropriate qualifications, contact Phil Wildsmith 01661 843809.
We supply: a football pitch with goal posts, a small “log world” play area, an outdoor chess/draughts board and pieces, hopscotch, a gas barbeque (no charcoal required),a set of 8 plastic barrels and a variety of wooden spars between 4’ and 8’ long.
You will need to bring: footballs and any other sports gear or play equipment.
We have an arrangement with a Christian outdoor ministry company called In2Venture who can provide a wide range of activities on site, or transport you to several other locations to enjoy an exciting mix of challenging activities which group leaders can negotiate directly with them. They operate under an ALSS licence, entirely independently of KCC. We believe they will provide a high standard of instruction, and regularly inspected safety equipment. Visit www.In2Venture.com or In2Venture office at 013873 75768 (Alan Rainsford).
A small outdoor crag suitable for beginners’ climbing is located 0.5km NE of the village of Hoff. Go to Appleby, and leave heading SW on the B6260 towards Orton. After passing through Burrells (2km) there is a small disused quarry in the field on the R. at grid ref. 677180 (Outdoor Leisure sheet 19). Permission to use it MUST be obtained BEFOREHAND from Chapelhouse Farm (017683-51255). And it is only to be used by a group led by an instructor qualified to SPA (Single Pitch Award) or above, with a ratio, we suggest, of at least 1 to 6.
Mountain walking/biking and rock climbing
Victor Training 01538 437284 Harold Edwards 01768 484465
Adventure Education 01434 381966 Adventure Days 01768 362196
Keswick Mountain Bike Centre 017687 75202
Alternatively, you could contact Howtown Activity Centre(017684 86508) on Ullswater, or Platty+(017687 77282) , Derwent Hill Activity Centre or Nicol End Marina for canoeing and sailing activities on Derwentwater in the Lake District.
Clearly there is a whole range of other excellent activities available in the area, both in the Eden Valley itself and even more so in the main Lake District. Tourist info. offices in Appleby, (017683 51177) will inform you about local things, then Penrith(01768 867466), Pooley Bridge (017684 86530) and Keswick(017687 72645) offices for things gradually further afield. You may need to book these well in advance at busy times of the year, as well as booking in any of the listed instructors with plenty of notice.
Some more useful numbers include:-
Penrith Leisure Centre (01768 863450)
Appleby swimming pool (01768 351202)
Lazonby outdoor pool (01768 898346)
Whinlatter Forest Centre (017687 78469) for “Go Ape”!
Rheged Centre, A66 a mile west of Penrith (01768 868000)
There is a payphone in the Wing A corridor. For incoming calls the number is 017683-61762. Mobile reception varies on site – usually better outdoors.
Insurance advice for any visit or activity can be obtained from CCI (UK). Christian Camping International is used to dealing with houseparties/camps/youth activity weeks and will cover some of the more specialised risks.
The equipment you find at the centre will probably be in no better condition than as it was left by the previous group. So please bear others in mind as you leave Knock! Please inform the Warden of any problems with equipment before you leave. If you can think of other non-consumable items we could usefully provide, please let us have your suggestions on the leader’s feedback form.
Have a great time, have a safe time and please talk to us if things are not as you expected them to be.
Knock C C Postcode: CA16 6DL
Knock C C Map Ref: 679277 OS Outdoor Leisure 19 Howgill Fells & Upper Eden Valley
Dun Fell Christian Trust. Registered Charity No. 510095. October 2012