Founded in 1976, Calvert Trust is the inspiration of John Fryer-Spedding, whose vision was to enable people with disabilities to benefit from outdoor activities in the countryside. The Lake District Calvert Trust now employs 42 permanent staff and we welcome over 3,500 people every year to our specialist facilities. We are accessible to people of all ages with sensory, learning or physical disabilities, including those with the most complex needs for which most outdoor centres cannot cater.

The main site above Lake Bassenthwaite is built around an 18th century farmhouse and byre, and can cater for up to 60 guests. Rooms are specifically designed to enable the care of those with profound and complex disabilities with a full range of additional specialist equipment available on request. Separately on the outskirts of Keswick, we have a 16th Century tithe barn (which is in the process of being redeveloped into a specialist residential unit for those recovering from acquired brain injury) and a riding school.

A group of people with disabilities waving at the camera while sailing on Bassenthwaite Lake with the Lake District Calvert Trust


The Calvert Trust has been built upon the spirit of our visitors and continues to concentrate on challenging disability through outdoor adventure, helping our guests find out “it’s what you can do that counts”.

Whether part of a School Group, Charity Group, Family or Adult Individual, our mission is to enable everyone, irrespective of level of disability or confidence, to enjoy a meaningful outdoor experience that may make a difference to their lives long after their stay with us has come to an end.

We have an ethical and sustainable approach to our business, whether it is from using local suppliers for our kitchens and local contractors to ensure the smooth running of our facilities, or the use of eco-friendly power and water sources.   Everything we do takes into account our environment and sense of place and community.

We also recognise the support we get from the wider Cumbria Community, whether for fundraising which equates to a third of our operating income, volunteers who use their time to help us deliver our activities, or our Trustees who oversee the smooth running of the centre and ensure we deliver our charitable objectives.

A group of students in climbing harnesses, proudly standing in front of the Lake District Calvert Trust's high ropes course