Since 1947, Brathay Exploration Trust (BET) has taken around 10,000 people on over 700 expeditions designed to broaden knowledge and help the planet.

We are an environmental and cultural education charity that builds partnerships to provide UK and worldwide exploration opportunities to young people.

From measuring the depths of Lake District tarns to glacial surveying in Norway, BET specialises in going the extra distance.

Our Projects

Our expedition programme is packed and better than ever! We have on-going projects in Scotland, Foula, Norway and Iceland as well as re-discovering Lake District. Taster Weekends in the Lake District are FREE and are happening throughout the year.

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We have a range of catered and self-catered accommodation on the Brathay Estate near Ambleside.  Our group accommodation on the edge of Lake Windermere is great value and perfect for friends & families, youth groups, schools, colleges and universities.

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Brathay Exploration Trust (BET) has been undertaking environmental exploration in the UK and throughout the world for over 65 years. Our work helps to educate, build self-confidence and inspire young people to reach their full potential in life.

We also provide a fabulous Lake District Open Gold Duke of Edinburgh opportunity for training and assessment, plus all of our expeditions are approved for your DofE residentials.

BET believes in the development of our existing and potential new leaders through subsidised training such as ML training and assessments. We also nurture the team spirit of the group by running regular 'meets' at our beautiful base in the woods at Brathay Hall, Ambleside.

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