Inspiring Learning

Skern Lodge

Skern Lodge is a fantastically well operated outdoor activity and development training centre based in Appledore, North Devon. Established in 1976, Skern Lodge provides education, learning and fun through adventure, and is the newest addition to the Inspiring Learning family.

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Along the beach
Along the beach

At Skern Lodge, everyone has a real commitment to personal service. We offer adventures through exploration and trying new experiences; enjoyment through an extensive range of exciting activities; and learning throughout the whole experience of challenge and review. All in a safe environment, with an excellent staff team, equipment and well established procedures.

Who we work with

Primary schools

Our courses help to increase young people’s awareness and appreciation of the environment around them. They are exposed to challenge and quickly learn the need of teamwork and adopting a supportive behaviour. It’s also a whole lot of fun!

Secondary schools

Our courses can help prepare young people for that important next step of their development. Whether it's a transition to a new school or simply building confidence and developing life skills

Youth, uniform and sports groups

A great choice of activities together with new experiences, a real sense of achievement, lots of fun and a caring and supportive environment for learning are just some of the qualities that make our courses unforgettable


We have been working with young people on phase 1 residentials since the inception of the NCS scheme. We love that the core themes of developing individuals in terms of their confidence, resilience, and endeavour fit perfectly with our own ethos

Apprentices and graduates

We have considerable experience in training people at apprentice, graduate and management levels. This has included both private companies and public sector organisations

Leaders and teams

Wherever your team are on their process of development we can help to focus your group on its collective goal and help provide the springboard for future better working relationships


Skern Lodge is an established outdoor activity and development training centre based in Appledore, North Devon. Situated on the outskirts of a quiet, coastal village, the centre is set in an impressive 22 acres of grounds with tidal waters and the Atlantic surf on its doorstep. There's plenty of room on site for games and play, and the views out to sea are amazing. Lots of activities are on-site, ensuring no time is lost in getting active. We also use the fantastic North Devon coast and countryside around us to explore, learn and play.

Our activities

From abseiling and zip wires, rafting and orienteering to surfing, kayaking and powerboating, many people from schools, colleges and companies all over the country, experience our great range of adventure, education and development training programmes.  Whatever age, and whatever the purpose of your programme is, our tutors will tailor each activity to ensure you achieve the best learning outcomes and have fun together.

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Learning outcomes

Our environment is ideal for developing personal and social skills. Team building, problem solving and communication, combined with the range of exciting activities, gives our guests the best possible experience. Add the residential aspect to this, and their time spent living and working together enhances their development even further. The skills learnt are not only valuable in the classroom, playground and on the sports field, but will also have benefits well into the future. 

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