High Ashurst Outdoor Learning Centre, part of Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development, is set in 56 acres of woodland on Boxhill, near Dorking, in the tranquil Surrey Hills ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. The centre offers a wide range of activities, including high ropes and a new state of the art climbing tower. The adjacent heathland is ideal for mountain biking and orienteering.
High Ashurst boasts superb residential accommodation in the shape of four brand new ‘log cabins’, with en-suite facilities. Complementing the cabins is a new dining hall providing healthy meals cooked in our own kitchen. Tepees arranged in 3 villages provide more traditional camping.
Disabled groups are welcomed at High Ashurst. One of the ‘log cabins’ is designed for high dependency young people. Our activities can be tailored to all abilities by our trained instructors to ensure a fully inclusive experience.
Surrey Outdoor Learning & Development (S.O.L.D) deliver high quality and creative outdoor learning programmes for a wide range of user groups from inside and outsideSurrey. These groups include mainstream schools; youth groups; targeted youth, ‘inclusion’ and behaviour projects; special needs groups; and young leader, graduate and corporate training programmes.
Underpinning all of our work is our 10‑point curriculum, which highlights the key areas of skill, knowledge, experience and personal development that we target through our centre and offsite programmes.
Working with yourself, we will design a programme to focus on the particular areas of development and the learning outcomes you wish your group to achieve.
Our activity sessions use the Plan, Do, Review model of Experiential Learning to achieve a lasting impact on the participants, encouraging them to apply what they have learnt with S.O.L.D to their everyday lives.
Our programmes can be accredited using the A.Q.A. Unit award scheme and/or National Governing Body awards.