Welcome to Encompass Training


We offer a wide range of adventures and activities at our base, Great Potheridge House in North Devon, and across the moors, rivers and coasts of Devon and Cornwall.
As an organisation we are passionate about providing experiences that enrich and develop young people through rewarding and challenging outdoor education programmes.
Encompass is not a franchise – our dedicated staff are chosen by us for their experience and belief in the transformative nature of outdoor education.

Why us?

During your stay, you will benefit from:

  • Sole occupancy of the main activity centre – our focus is on your group.
  • Experienced staff that really believe in outdoor education, who are not only qualified in outdoor activities but also have extensive experience of working with a wide range of people.
  • Genuine challenges and adventure, resulting in real, meaningful personal and social development.
  • Activities which are conducted within a robust and reviewed framework of safety.
  • Flexible programmes and obliging staff, providing an individual and rewarding experience tailored to the needs of your group.
  • The homely and personable nature of our centre, where we value the relationships with our visiting groups, the surrounding community and our local suppliers.
  • The promotion of environmental and social responsibility in a fun, dynamic and educational context.
“Thank you for a fantastic week! Your hospitality, warmth and knowledge made a good week truly great, my class had an amazing experience.”Class Teacher, Bristol
We offer our guests the opportunity to reconnect with themselves, and face challenges, whilst discovering the boundless limits of the great outdoors through fun, games and adventures.

Our Base
Great Potheridge House is a truly historic building, with six acres of wood and park land to play in.

Our Ethos

We are absolutely passionate about outdoor education. Since 2010, when Alastair Rice took over the centre, he has put his heart and soul into the business and is fortunate to have a team who are equally passionate and enthusiastic.
At our centre, we have a mission, and that is to provide a quality programme that offers a rewarding outdoor adventure experience for both children and adults in a safe, fun and educational setting.
We’d love you to come and see for yourself!
Our Playground
Encompass is set in beautiful North Devon, with easy access to Dartmoor and Exmoor’s tors and rivers and North Devon and Cornwall’s stunning coastline.


Find out more

Our website has additional information for teachers, parents and young people. Take a look at our Activities Page and read Why Choose Encompass? to discover what makes us stand out.
Any other queries? Please contact us,

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