Challenging Disability Through Outdoor Adventure

the Lake District Calvert Trust farm house bedroom accommodation and dining room with view of the sensory garden and lake district

Our Story by Hereward College


Over the last couple of years, Hereward College has been working in partnership with the Lake District Calvert Trust to organise trips for its students. The trips have been a huge success and students return every year knowing they will have an action packed holiday. The students get the chance to enjoy the exceptional natural beauty of the countryside without having to worry about accessibility issues.


Monday: A group of 8 students and 6 staff set off to take part in an adventure in Cumbria at the Calvert Trust.  After a short induction and meeting with trust staff, they settled into their rooms, ate their evening meal and had a swimming session in the state of the art swimming pool.


Tuesday: The group woke up early eager to start their adventure, but after a scrumptious breakfast, their plans were derailed when it started raining.  This wasn’t going to stop them though; the whole group put on their waterproofs, got out of their wheelchairs and went out together abseiling down a quarry face using lots of harnesses and ropes. It was fun and scary at the same time. 


Wednesday: Every student was able to choose from a range of activities including horse riding, archery, orienteering in the Forest and canoeing across Bassenthwaite Lake. Even though it was still raining, which made it a very wet experience, the students had an awesome day!


Thursday: The group went to a disused airfield to experience a variety of different adapted cycles.  Students really loved this activity even though it was pouring with rain and very windy.  Later on, the group enjoyed a social evening at the disco.


Friday: After everyone finished packing, the morning was spent in the Sports Hall using the high swing. The exercise provoked lots of screaming but at the same time laughter from all youngsters.


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