The Lake District Calvert Trust Riding Centre is situated on the outskirts of Keswick at the foot of Latrigg Fell (the same location as our Tithe Barn; CA12 4NT) and is a BHS-approved riding establishment. It is fully accessible with instructors who are both British Horse Society and Riding for the Disabled Association qualified and are able to take people of all abilities for a riding or trap driving session.
The majority of riders and drivers are attending an Activity Break at the main centre, but we also cater for local people with disabilities and community riders, plus (subject to availability) visitors to the Lake District with a disability.
The facilities themselves are purpose built with indoor and outdoor arenas, viewing gallery, state of the art lifts and electronic hoists. For those unable to ride, we also have adapted wheelchair accessible traps, but please note there is a weight limit of 83kg (13 stone) for horse riders and 114kg (18 stone) for trap drivers. Electric powered wheelchairs are not permitted on the traps, but a manual chair can be provided.
We are very reliant on support from the local community and wouldn’t be able to operate were it not for our team of around 70 local volunteers. They help in a variety of ways, such as leading, side walking, escorting riders and trap drivers, assisting pony-care sessions, and fundraising.
Bryn enjoyed himself and was challenged physically. We all enjoyed the hospitality and the professional tuition and felt safe. Bryn loved all the activities especially the horse riding.
Every moment thoroughly enjoyed. Particularly enjoyed the horse and trap because I'm normally allergic to horses but the trap was far enough away from the horse so no issues.
Darren had never been near a horse before. Extremely anxious about horse riding, he was contemplating not joining in. When he got on his horse, Prince, he said he formed "an attachment" and didn't want to leave Prince! He even threatened to take him in his suitcase home, but settled for grooming a horse before we left.
Horse riding - This was very challenging physically and mentally for some of our pupils and staff were so enthusiastic and supportive, all pupils achieved success. This is something we cannot provide in school.
My most enjoyable and worthwhile experience was the horse riding as I was very nervous about getting on the horse. Lou made me feel safe and encouraged me also. My horse leader John was very nice and kept talking to me . My horse was Pepsi.
My most enjoyable experience was the horse riding also a I too was extremely nervous as I have not had much contact with horses. My leader Becky was very reassuring and helped me overcome my fear.