It’s what you can do that counts…

A registered charity, for over 40 years, the Lake District Calvert Trust has been welcoming guests with disabilities to our dedicated centre, so that they can enjoy the benefits of outdoor activities in a safe and accessible, yet challenging environment. Although part of the Calvert Trust family, with other centres in Exmoor and Kielder, the centre in the Lake District was the first to open and retains a unique feel and approach.

Set in a stunning location overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake, our main centre is fully accessible throughout, with us also having our own stables and boathouse at separate nearby locations.   We endeavour to run as many activities as possible out in the wider Lake District so that our residents also get to explore one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.

As part of our charitable aims, we also offer locals and visitors alike the opportunity to use our state of the art water centre and riding school to ensure that every aspect of what we do is open to as many people as possible.

Staff, Trustees, residents and occasional visitors, everyone contributes to the Calvert Trust belief that ‘it’s what you can do that counts’.

A school group with disabilities in buoyancy aids ready to go canoeing with the Lake District Calvert Trust

History & Ethos

Founded in 1976, Calvert Trust is the inspiration of John Fryer-Spedding.

Read Our Story


Our main centre is fully accessible throughout via a combination of ramps and lifts.

What is it Like to Stay Here?

Our Staff

For so many of our staff, working at the Lake District Calvert Trust is a vocation.

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Our Trustees

It is vital that we have a board of trustees who are aligned with our objectives.

Meet the Trustees

Activities For Everyone

We Challenge Disability Through Outdoor Adventure!


People with disabilities sharing in life’s opportunities.


  • Flexible – We adapt and innovate

  • Ambitious – We stretch ourselves and our guests

  • Inspiring – We encourage and stimulate

  • Sensitive – We understand and empathise

  • Imaginative – We see beyond the obvious


Our mission is to enable people with disabilities to achieve their potential through the challenge of adventurous activities in the countryside in order for them to develop, change perceptions and make positive and lasting changes to their lives.