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The Lake District Calvert Trust is a residential outdoor centre with 40 years’ experience delivering challenging outdoor adventure holidays for people with disabilities.

On the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, in the heart of the Lake District National Park, our centre offers a warm welcome; accessible accommodation and exciting breaks for schools, groups, families and individuals with their friends and carers.

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.

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Meet Paraplegic Adventurer and Paralympic Silver Medallist Karen Darke

We are pleased to announce that paraplegic adventurer and athlete Karen Darke will be visiting our stand at the Keswick Mountain Festival. We are inviting everyone to come along to the Festival Village to meet this inspiring lady while getting your own chance to have a go at hand biking with a our mini hand cycling course.

We will be at the Mountain Festival throughout the weekend from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May.  You can meet Karen on Saturday 18th May at 2.30pm in the Festival Village in Crow Park.  Please come along to support us and hear more about the work we do to challenge disability through outdoor adventure at our outdoor centre near Keswick.

Lynn Healey, Business Manager said

We are thrilled that Karen will be coming to visit us at the festival.  Karen who is well aware of our work visited the centre several years ago with Pinderfields Spinal Unit not long after her spinal injury. Karen is s real inspiration to all and an amazing athlete, don’t miss this opportunity to meet her and talk to her first hand.”

Karen sums up her philosophy,

Someone once said to me, ‘Disability is a state of mind, not a state of body.’ That’s a notion that relates to us all, regardless of whether we have a physical disability or not. Our own mind is our biggest obstacle to living and achieving our wildest aspirations. What is life if it isn’t an adventure?”

Karen Darke was paralysed from the chest down in a climbing accident at the age of 21. She is a 2012 Paralympic silver medallist, and member of British Cycling GB squad, who has an adventurous spirit and, amongst other achievements, she has cycled the length of Japan by hand bike, skied across Greenland, climbed El Capitan and been crowned the 2009 World Para-Triathlon Champion. In 2013 Karen is already planning Para Triathlon and Iron Man races, as well as an attempt to reach the South Pole. Karen will be speaking at the Theatre by the Lake on Friday at 7.30pm with her talk “Paralympics & Possibility”.

We are really looking forward to meeting Karen and we hope you will join us in welcoming her to Keswick.




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