As well as providing an excellent location for habitat investigation, Simonsbath House Outdoor & Environmental Centre, Exmoor offers an exciting range of outdoor activities such as:mountain biking, gladiator high ropes climb & zig zag challenge, climbing wall, tree climb, zip line, assault course, archery, group development through problem solving, mountain boarding, grass sledging, map work, compass and orienteering, stream scramble, circus workshop & slack line, climbing traverse & boulder, up and over team challenge wall, camp craft skills including shelter building, woodland survival games and camouflage and Indian Tracker, using steels, cooking on an open fire, river study, guided walks and environmental activities.
The Centre is within 7 miles of Watersmeet on the East Lyn River and picturesque Lynmouth with the cliff side railway connecting the town to Lynton. Close by we can offer surfing on the wide sandy beaches of Croyde bay, sailing & kayaking at Wimbleball Lake or a high ropes experience.
The centre offers en-suite dormitory accommodation for approx 60 students and en-suite bedrooms for their leaders. All bedding is provided and bedrooms are centrally heated and fully carpeted. The centre offers a range of indoor facilities including a large dining room and common room and a fully equipped classroom. The centre also has a small souvenir shop and washing and drying facilities.
The experienced chef savours his reputation for good food, providing a wide and varied menu cooked on site using local produce catering for both vegetarians and those on special diets.
The safety and welfare of the residents is of paramount importance, to that end the centre has a dedicated Health and Safety Co-ordinator. All activities are run by qualified and experienced staff and the centre holds £5 million public liability insurance. To ensure the safety and security of our residents the dormitory block has locks on all exterior doors and windows and an alarm system. All staff hold a first aid qualification and there is a member of staff qualified to First Aid at Work standard in residence on site at all times. The Centre Health and Safety Policy, Code of Practice and Risk Assessments are available on request and can be view on our web page.
SHOC meets all criteria required by LEAs to ensure the safety and well being of pupils visiting the centre.
Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre is situated in the heart of Exmoor National Park being part of the oldest house in Exmoor Forest; the property dates back to 1654 and still retains many of its original features. The main house is set in 4 acres of land where many of the centre activities take place and adjoins Exmoor National Park overlooking the Barle Valley, a unique acidic upland river with SSSI designation and immediate access to acres of beautiful moorland countryside.