Outdoor education facilities for disability schools

Action-packed experiences for disability groups

We provide a safe and supportive Lakeland experience

What we do

Founded in 1976, The Lake District 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.

Today Calvert Lakes provides adventure breaks and holidays for people with disabilities. A not-for-profit based in the Lake District, we help children and adults with a range of disabilities overcome challenges and experience the benefit of the great outdoors.

From our specialist residential centre on the outskirts of Keswick, we offer individuals, families and school groups the chance to experience everything the Lake District has to offer in a safe and supportive way.

At Calvert Lakes, we see the person, not the disability. Our highly-trained staff use experience and empathy to break down barriers and truly connect with people, creating a fun, inclusive environment that gives them the confidence to try new things. Our breaks include everything our visitors need, including food, drink, accommodation and equipment. While our expert team carefully adapts our range of outdoor activities around the individual. Ensuring everyone gets the most from their time with us.

Our goal is to help more and more disabled people access the benefits of outdoor activity. By building on the committed support of our team, trustees and funders, we will continue to create connections and friendships and become a beacon at the heart of our community. Giving our visitors a unique and fulfilling experience that changes their perceptions, exceeds their expectations, and makes a positive difference in their lives.

Our Vision

People with disabilities sharing in life’s opportunities

Our Mission

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.




Our Values

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

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Meet Our Team

We are nothing without our people. Meet the team that help turn your visits into memories for life.

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Meet Our Trustees

Our Trustees share our values and give us their time, expertise, governance and ongoing support.

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Support Us

Become a friend, volunteer your time or expertise, consider a donation or even sponsor a pony!

"Calvert Lakes and their instructors have made the impossible - possible for me, I have felt at times like I've been flying."

"Such an amazing positive place to be, with all the best opportunities for our kids. Wonderful instructors, with expert knowledge, great rapport with the pupils."

"Fantastic experience which the students fully enjoyed. Excellent activities run by lovely professional staff and second to none facilities."

"It was the first residential for one of our severely autistic students who finds interacting with other students difficult said that this was one of the best trips of her life."

"The Food has been amazing. I have loved every meal I have had and the cooks have been so lovely. Thank you much!"

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Our goal is to help more and more disabled people access the benefits of outdoor activity. If you are able, give a one-off sum now or choose to give monthly - we are so grateful for your support.

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Latest news

Calvert Lakes welcomes local MP Candidate

Calvert Lakes welcomes local MP Candidate

This week, Calvert Lakes, The Lake District Calvert Trust’s residential centre above Bassenthwaite welcomes a new Chief Instructor to their team while wishing the current one a very fond farewell.