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High Crane Lodge Countryside Education

High Crane Lodge Countryside Education

Winner of the 2017 National Bayer/FACE Biodiversity Award, High Crane Lodge Countryside Education (HCLCE) provides a unique learning experience for primary school children in an outdoor classroom setting covering objectives set out in the new National Curriculum. It is run by myself, Jane and my partner Peter at our 75 acre smallholding near Hamsterley in County Durham and started in 2012. We are passionate about the countryside and want to share this with the next generation. Our activities include Where does food come from?, a minibeast trail, tree identification, vegetable planting to name but a few. Do get in touch to chat about how we can help or to arrange a visit.
Award winning video: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bayer+face+awards+2017+-+biodiversity+award


High Crane Lodge
Crane Row Lane, Hamsterley
Bishop Auckland
DL13 3QS

Contact Details

Main contact:
Jane Hilton


  • Coach parking
  • Covered space
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access

Delivery Items

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Provision of materials/equipment/livestock
  • Risk assessment
  • Set programmes
  • Tailored programmes


First 20 schools to book each year come free.


CEVAS Accredited

This place has CEVAS accredited personnel.

CEVAS stands for Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme. A nationally recognised accreditation, the scheme offers training for individuals who are working – or plan to work – with groups of school children, young people or clients with additional needs.

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