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The Past

Originally built by the Ministry of Defence, the site became a Youth Hostel for Pennine Way explorers before being bought by the Dun Fell Christian Trust in 1970.

The Trust’s vision to provide an affordable retreat in beautiful surroundings was met with generous giving from many Christian people. This laid the foundation for the next 50 years of service and faithfulness to the Word of God.

Knock Christian Centre was dedicated to the glory of God in June 1979. It is a charitable Trust which aims to provide churches and Christian groups with a place where they can invite those of all faiths or none, to introduce people to Jesus Christ.

This is a place where people can discover and grow their Christian faith and service, while enjoying the beauty of the Eden Valley.

The Present

Through giving and faithful support, Knock Christian Centre has been able to improve and grow the facilities.

The tariffs cover basic running costs and the provision of 2 wardens who take care of the day to day running of the site.

The cost to stay is kept purposely low to enable groups from low income communities to come and stay and to encourage churches to invite people who would otherwise find it difficult to afford a holiday.

In the last 10 years, the site has had some big improvements including addition of a biomass pellet boiler, a waste water digester, insulation added to bedrooms alongside many other upgrades.

We have a strong and loyal group of visitors, many of whom have come to know the ’quirks’ of the building… the endless lengths of pipe work and the infamous ’Log World’ to name just a few!


All who visit echo the same words… they feel blessed to have been able to stay… a place for spiritual renewal and for some, their first encounter with Jesus Christ.

We look forward to welcoming you to Knock Christian Centre.

The Future

The Trust have a shared hope- to continue to offer this unique and special place for fellowship and rest. This hope is kept alive through faithful prayer and user support.

The work here over the last 50 years is thanks to the generosity of donors, the hard work of trustees and volunteers and many answers to prayer.

We are now reaching a point where some major work is needed so we can continue to serve here and meet the changing needs of our visitors.

With numbers declining in the traditional church setting, there are many Christian ministries throughout the north of England reaching out to people of all ages in new and innovative ways.

If we are to continue to support this kind of work, then residential work in this stunning location will be more important than ever.

For more information about our future plans, see the ‘New Build’ section.

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