Climbing At Bendrigg Trust

Climbing Club, Rock Days & Climbing Festival

We were delighted to have received funding from Cumbria Community Foundation through the Young Persons Opportunity Fund to provide our Climbing Club, Rock Days & the highly anticipated return of the LD Climbing Festival!– A huge thanks to them for their funding and support.

Climbing Club (term time)

Bendrigg Trust Paraclimbing Club is great for young people of all abilities, so whether you have never climbed before or you are an experienced climber looking to progress your skills, our wall offers a variety of challenges to suit all abilities.

Our highly skilled staff will support you to take part in climbing whatever your ability and we have a range of specialist equipment available for attendees use during sessions free of charge including hoists, climbing shoes, helmets and a variety of harnesses.


The club runs fortnightly during term time on a Wednesday from 5:30pm – 7pm starting from 22nd September 2021 onwards (see all dates on booking link below) and the club aims to enable people of all abilities to climb in a safe, supported and fun environment.

You must book your place ahead of time for £8.50 per session, maximum numbers apply.

CLICK HERE to check availability and book your place!

Rock Days (school holidays)

We also run Rock days as an extension of the paraclimbing club. These run from 9:30am – 4pm during school holidays to give you the chance to develop your outdoor climbing skills.

All specialist equipment and transport is provided but you will need some good outdoor shoes suitable for a short walk to the crag on rough terrain. Exact venues will be decided closer to the time depending on the attendees and the weather. Our tutors will always try to have an outdoor venue but where weather makes this trickier a different indoor venue such as Ingleton or Kendal Climbing Wall may be used.


The Rock Days are running on the following dates and cost £26 per person to attend.

29th October 2021

Friday 18th February 2022

Monday 4th April 2022

Monday 11th April 2022

You must book ahead HERE as maximum numbers apply and please let us know about your needs/disability when you book.

(Please note that the climbing club and rock days are heavily dependant on Bendrigg securing funding to cover the cost of staffing and equipment, it may not always be possible for us to put out new dates far in advance but if funding is secured, new dates will be added onto the booking portal and advertised on our social media pages.)

Climbing Festival

On Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd January 2022 Bendrigg Trust are hosting their amazing climbing festival with a jam packed programme of workshops and training sessions at their specialist outdoor centre in Kendal, Cumbria.

The festival is suitable for anyone aged 13+ with a learning disability or autism who….




No matter your ability, we’ll help you to take your climbing to the next level! 

As well as climbing workshops and training, there will also be social activities for a chance to relax and make new friends!

For the full weekend, an inclusive festival package is available for £114 per person! Which includes a full weekend programme of Climbing Workshops & Training Sessions tailored to your ability, comfortable Accommodation & delicious food! It is preferred that climbers attend the event with a “buddy” or carer.

To book your place on our Climbing Festival please contact the Bendrigg Office by calling 01539723766 or fill in our online form HERE


Keswick Mountain Festival

New Accessibility Zone set to open up Keswick Mountain Festival for more outdoor visitors

Bendrigg Trust are delighted to be a part of the brand new accessibility zone at the 2021 Keswick Mountain Festival!

The zone is being designed to make the festival more accessible and welcoming to visitors with disabilities and adaptive sporting needs. Supported by United Utilities and developed in partnership with not-for-profit company Experience Community, the zone will include special features, exhibitors and activities.

Founded in 2007, Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) is presented by title partner Land Rover and is now one of the UK’s best-loved outdoor festivals, attracting thousands of visitors to Cumbria. From 10-12 September, KMF will provide its unique mix of live entertainment, sporting events, outdoor adventures, high profile speakers, taster activities, exhibitor stands and camping for all of the family. The event’s main base is in the KMF Festival Village on Crow Park, with the backdrop of Derwent water and the Lakeland fells.













The Keswick Mountain Festival Accessibility Zone will be located just inside the Festival Village, on the flattest part of that area, with a ‘Mobiloo’ alongside it and parking for drivers with blue badges nearby. Disabled visitors and those with adaptive sporting needs will be able to watch the live entertainment on the main stage from a special viewing area (located close to the Mobiloo), and there will also be accessible toilets at the pop-up KMF campsite.













Thanks to support from United Utilities, KMF has been able to invite charities and not-for-profit groups to exhibit in the Accessibility Zone alongside commercial companies. Joining zone partner Experience Community, organisations that have signed up so far include :

Caving With Bendrigg Trust















Craig Grimes, owner and Director of Experience Community, will also premiere a new film during the festival, as part of the Craghoppers 2021 Tent Talks programme. Growing up, Craig loved camping, walking, climbing, kayaking, caving and the outdoor life, then an accident left him paralysed from the chest down. Today, he runs Experience Community, which helps people with disabilities to access countryside adventures.

The KMF Accessibility Zone will also be the base for some dedicated activities hosted by Experience Community, including a guided walk on Saturday 11 September and an adapted bike ride on Sunday 12 September. The road sportives and DexShell Hell in the Fells gravel ride are all open to electric and adapted bikes, and organisers of the other sporting events will do what they can to make them as accessible as possible for all those who want to participate. In addition, there will be a test route for trying out vehicles that are being exhibited on the site.













Leading Para cyclist and Ordnance Survey ambassador Mel Nicholls has visited Keswick Mountain Festival several times and has taken part in the event’s Back o’ Skiddaw sportive. Mel comments: “Keswick Mountain Festival is a fabulous weekend of outdoor fun for everyone, with expert support for all to enjoy their chosen outdoor adventures, and some you’d never thought to try.  It’s a fantastic event that I recommend for everyone who loves the outdoors and I hope that as many people as possible come along and explore all there is to get out there!”













Nicola Meadley, KMF director, adds: “We want Keswick Mountain Festival to be a welcoming and vibrant hub for all outdoor enthusiasts and especially those with disabilities and adaptive sporting needs. Experience Community, Adapt-e and ICE Trikes all attended in 2019 and the idea for the KMF Accessibility Zone was born then. With support from United Utilities, we have been able to develop it into what will be one of the most exciting new elements at the festival, but this is just the start. We won’t achieve everything in year one and we will definitely learn a lot in September, but I’m equally certain that we will deliver a really positive experience for visitors who spend time in the zone.”

Tickets for the 2021 Keswick Mountain Festival are available at

To find out more about this year’s festival, visit the website or Facebook, email, or follow @keswickfestival on Twitter and Instagram.

A couple of the Bendrigg Trust team will be present throughout the whole weekend so please do come along and say hello!


To find out more about Bendrigg Trust and the services we offer click on the following links for Families, Adults and Groups of all abilities.



Job Vacancies

Job Vacancies – July 2021

2 job vacancies currently available

Our Charity may be small but we make a big impact on the lives of around 3000 disabled people every year through our inclusive adventure residential trips and we’d love for you to be part of our team.

Here at Bendrigg we promote a healthy work life balance and pride ourselves on taking care of our people. We are an equal opportunities employer and would particularly encourage applications from minority groups and/or people of any ability.

Full Time Activity Tutor – (£19,128 – £23,208* per annum)

We require an enthusiastic team player to join our Tutorial team as a full time activity Tutor starting in September.

Your personal qualities should include being kind, empathetic and a good problem solver who is willing to work hard as part of a team to make a real difference to peoples lives.You should also have previous experience at outdoor centres and a range of NGB qualifications. Experience of working with disabled people and minibus driving will be a significant advantage. This is a full time, permanent contract starting 6th September 2021. Accommodation is not available for this position.

£19,128 – £23,208* per annum (depending on time served at Bendrigg, previous relevant experience and/or qualifications).

Closing date for applications: Midday Wednesday 28th July

Selection process will take place over 2 days including activity sessions, site tour and formal interview.

Candidates will be asked to attend either Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd August or Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th August 2021. Please indicate on your application form if you have a preference for either date.

Start date 6th September 2021

To apply
Please contact us directly for an application pack
Email : vacancies(at)
Phone : 01539 723766
Informal enquiries welcomed

Part Time Cleaning and Catering Assistant – £17,068 (pro rata)

Self Employed cleaners welcome to apply

We require an energetic and caring person to join our domestic team as a part-time catering and cleaning assistant.

Typical duties may include:
• Thoroughly cleaning of rooms, corridors, showers, toilets and other areas at our 64 bed specialist outdoor centre.
• Assisting with catering arrangements at the centre including: Storage and rotation of food, preparation, cooking and serving simple meals which could include breakfast, sandwich lunches and evening meals.

This is a part-time position (0.6 FTE) and flexibility is essential as early, late and weekend work is involved.
Normal hours of work will be 7.25 working hours between either:
• 7am to 3:15pm (early shift)
• 8:45am to 5pm (day shift)
• 11am to 7:15pm (late shift)

£17,068 (pro rata)

Benefits of working at Bendrigg Trust include:
• Meals provided when on shift
• Stunning countryside location in Old Hutton, Kendal
• Pension Contribution Scheme
• Cycle To Work Scheme
• Equipment loan for staff
• Staff showers and bike storage
• Holiday entitlement (18 days + bank holidays per year)

Closing date: Midday on Friday 30th July 2021 Interviews to be held: Thursday 19th August 2021 Start date: 1st October 2021 (or earlier if available)

To apply 
Please contact us directly for an application pack
Phone : 01539 723766
Informal enquiries welcomed

Community Rally To Support Bendrigg Trust Reopening

Cumbria Community Come Together To Support Local Charity Reopening

People from across Cumbria have rallied together in a true show of community spirit to support Local Charity, Bendrigg Trust, with its reopening campaign.

The specialist outdoor centre based in Old Hutton Kendal, has not been able to open for residential visitors since the first lockdown back in March 2020. As a result, the grounds and buildings were in need of some serious TLC and this is when the businesses and people from the community really stepped up to support them.

The Bendrigg Trust is an outdoor centre who work predominantly with disabled people to provide accessible activity holidays for groups, schools, families and adults of any ability.

Martha Wood, from the trust says “Like many places we had to furlough the majority of our staff, meaning the maintenance of our 15 acre site took a back seat whilst we were in survival mode. As soon as we launched the Reboot Campaign and started approaching local businesses for help, the support came flooding in, we have been amazed and are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported us, not only with this campaign but over the last 15 months.”

The trust has an influx of volunteers, including parties from Cumbria County Council SEND social workers and e-learning company Amphigean LTD. In another show of community spirit, around 20 individuals from the community signed up to help with a variety of tasks around the grounds in preparation for the first residential groups returning on the 22nd of June.


In another tremendous show of support, The Breedon Group agreed to gift the Trust 72 tonnes of Aggregate worth over £1000 for the charity to resurface its accessible cycle path. The Roofbox company have made a donation of £1250 which will cover the cost of the digger and dumper hire needed to resurface the path which had overgrown with weeds making it less accessible for disabled visitors.

“Bendrigg has been providing amazing opportunities for disabled people for over 40 years, we have incredible supporters who have helped us through such a difficult time as a charity. But most importantly, it is our visitors who are facing huge challenges themselves, which have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. We want to be here to support them now when they need us the most. It will be amazing to welcome groups back to stay at Bendrigg again, and we are so grateful to our local community for the part they have played in making that happen.”


Thank you to all the individuals and businesses who gave their time, made donations or gave gifts in kind to support the charity including: The Breedon Group, The Roofbox Company, Amphigean LTD, Sealy UK, B&Q Kendal, Homebase Kendal, Asda Kendal, THINK Recycling, Joseph Strong Frazer Trust & Cumbria Community Foundation.


If you would like to make a donation or volunteer for the Bendrigg Trust please contact us on 01539 723766 or email




Impact Webinar

Overcoming Adversity

Bendrigg Trust 2020 Impact Webinar & Report Release

We are delighted to invite you to join our free webinar on Wednesday 7th July from 12:00 – 13:00 to celebrate the impact of our services in 2020.



We hope that the event will be a great way to share how we overcame challenges in 2020 and our plans as a charity for the future.

This webinar will provide a fantastic opportunity to :

  • Have a greater awareness for the challenges faced by people with disabilities, their families and carers.
  • Learn what life was like behind the scenes at Bendrigg Trust and how we adapted our services to tackle the challenges faced by disabled people.
  • Hear from our visitors about how the pandemic affected their lives and the Impact of the services accessed here at Bendrigg.
  • Be amongst the first people to see our 2020 Impact Report during the event and receive an E-copy of the full report afterwards.

There will also be a live Q&A session where you can put your questions to the panel – Nick Liley, (Bendrigg Principal), Rachael Hodgson (Chair of Trustees), Sarah and Martha (Fundraising and Marketing)

The event will take place on Wednesday 7th July from 12:00 – 13:00 and you can register for free online here.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Want to read more about our Impact? Check our Our Impact page here.



2021 & 2022 Services For Adults & Families

2021 & 2022 Services For Adults & Families

We are delighted to release new dates for our ever popular Open Courses for Families and Adults.

Open Courses are suitable for any individual Adult with a disability or a Family with a disabled member (any age). Booking one of our fully inclusive activity breaks means you’ll have all your food provided, accommodation and a jam packed programme of activities included in the package prices as outlined below.

  • You’ll get to experience a range of activities from caving to canoeing and zip wire to climbing. Adaptive equipment is provided to ensure that everyone can take part in everything they’d like to.
  • Time to socialise & get to know the other adults or families
  • Stay in our accessible accommodation
  • Meals are provided from our fantastic cooks, for the duration of the course. Just let us know any dietary requirements we can cater for all needs (included blended diets).


Family Breaks

Our award winning family courses are a wonderful way for families with a disabled member to spend quality time together.

They provide the opportunity to :

  • Spend time together as a family and make precious memories trying adventurous activities include climbing, canoeing, caving & cycling.
  • Time to socialise and meet other families.
  • Enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of the Lake District & Yorkshire Dales National Parks.


Young children not taking part in activities: £90pp


Young children not taking part in activities: £90pp


Young children not taking part in activities: £60pp


Young children not taking part in activities: £102pp


Young children not taking part in activities: £102pp


Young children not taking part in activities: £90pp


Young children not taking part in activities: £60pp


Bendrigg has received a grant from Lakeland Disability Support to provide a specially subsidised family weekends for people living in the South Lakes area. The weekends are subsidised by 70% meaning the cost to families is just £81pp for a 3 day, 2 night fully inclusive break.




Places for the South Lakes courses are very limited. Please get in touch to book as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

How to Book

To book your place onto any of our courses above please call one of our friendly team on 01539 723766 or via our online contact form.

Adult Breaks

Our Adult Activity Courses are perfect for adults with a physical disability (PD) or learning disability (LD). We have short and long course options available.



Per Participant £600       Price Per Carer £300


Per Participant £600      Price Per Carer £300


Per Participant £600       Price Per Carer £300


Per Participant £600       Price Per Carer £300



Per Participant £243.60        Price Per Carer £120


Per Participant £243.60        Price Per Carer £120

*It is worth noting that Bendrigg does not provide medical or care staff. Therefore it is necessary for participants to be responsible for their own personal care or be accompanied by a friend, relative or carer who can assist them.


We are also running a very special Wellbeing Weekend for Adults with a Physical Disability. As well as having an opportunity to meet new people, the weekend will be a fantastic fusion of outdoor adventures and wellbeing activities to help inspire, boost self-confidence and build self help skills to sustain good mental health.


Per Participant £485          Price Per Carer £425

Find out more here 

How to Book

To book your place onto any of our courses above please call one of our friendly team on 01539 723766 or via our online contact form.


Check out our “What we do” page or “Group courses” to find out about our other services and what we provide for schools, youth groups, charities and organisations!

Wellbeing Weekend

Wellbeing Weekend At Bendrigg Trust

Bendrigg Trust are teaming up with Mind Over Mountains, to bring you a very special Wellbeing Weekend. It’s going to be the ultimate fusion of outdoor adventures and wellbeing activities to help inspire, boost self-confidence and build self-help skills to sustain good mental health.

The King’s Fund published a report showing that physical health problems significantly increase the risk of poor mental health, and vice versa.

More than 4 million people in England with a long-term physical health condition also have mental health problems, and many of them experience significantly poorer health outcomes and reduced quality of life as a result.”

The King’s Fund.

Overlap between long-term conditions and mental health problems in England

Wellbeing Weekend
The Kings Fund Report

Source: Naylor C, Parsonage M, McDaid D, Knapp M, Fossey M, Galea A (2012). Report. Long-term conditions and mental health. The cost of co- morbidities The King’s Fund and Centre for Mental Health

With the Covid-19 pandemic forcing us into lockdown and many people to shield for a year, we know that now more than ever, learning to take good care of our mental and physical health is of huge importance.

The Wellbeing Weekend has been designed to help people rebuild their confidence, gain back some independence and take part in wellbeing activities to help towards good mental health.

Teaming up with mental health charity, Mind Over Mountains, we are able to combine the very best of accessible adventure and wellbeing activities to bring you a jam packed weekend that’s sure to motivate and inspire.

This 3 night course will encompass :

Physical Challenges – You’ll take part in several physical activities such as canoeing, caving or climbing & short walks in the stunning nearby national parks.

Mental Focus – There will be several mindfulness sessions over the course of the weekend to help relax, unwind, reflect and re-centre.

Inspiration – Mind Over Mountains Co-founder, serial adventurer and mental health activist Alex Staniforth will be present throughout the weekend and will provide an inspirational talk about overcoming adversity.

Connection – Human connection is vital to good mental health. Professional NLP Coaching, counselling & support will be available throughout the weekend and you’ll have the opportunity for making new friends through shared experiences.

The Great Outdoors – Using the outdoors as a source of nature therapy & evening camp fire sessions with group reflection/journaling.

Wellbeing Weekend

Mind Over Mountains combines the therapeutic power of adventure with holistic well-being to provide a fun and safe space to bring people back together, and with Bendrigg’s expertise this will be a fantastic and transformational opportunity for all who take part”.

Alex Staniforth

Course Details


Friday 29th October 2021 – Monday 1st November 2021


Participant £485         Carers £425

The price is fully inclusive of:

  • Accommodation in our stunning Acorn House building (fully accessible)
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner for the duration of your stay
  • A full programme of outdoor & wellbeing activities (as outlined above)
  • A journal and pen

This Wellbeing Weekend has been specifically designed for Adults aged 18+ with a physical disability and it is recommended that you bring a carer or friend with you for personal care, physical and emotional support.

How to book

To book your place please contact Jo on 01539 723766 or get in touch via our contact page.

Financial Support

If you would like to attend the course but need financial support to do so, there are several trusts and foundations offering grants for short breaks that may be able to help. We’ve put together a digital funding pack with a list of funders so that you’re able to select a trust and apply for a grant to help towards the cost of your trip. Please contact us to register your interest in the course and to request a copy of the funding pack.


We’d like to say a huge thank you to 1LifetoLive who have provided us with a grant so that we’re able to offer this wellbeing weekend at a subsidised cost.

We hope this will be the first of many Wellbeing Weekends here at Bendrigg If you would be interested in attending a wellbeing course specifically for people with Learning Disabilities or any other disability please contact us to register your interest.

The Big Bendrigg Reboot

The Big Bendrigg Reboot

If only life after Covid was as easy as flicking on a switch and turning everything back on again… a reboot might be a quick fix in the world of computers, but to get things back up and running at Bendrigg it’s going to take much more time, effort and money than a “flick of the switch”.

With the centre being closed for over a year, our grounds, buildings and equipment need some TLC before we can get our visitors back to Bendrigg again. However, whilst we have no income from residential visits we really need your help to get us back up and running again.

Our Grounds & Buildings

Our grounds and buildings require regular maintenance. We usually have our maintenance man working full time along with a team of regular volunteers, but to reduce the risk to our staff and our volunteers, we have had to restrict the number of people on site throughout the pandemic.

The great outdoors is wonderful, and we love the “wild” feeling of long grass, but for some areas, like our accessible woodland trail & cycle path, the weeds that have grown through are starting to make the path uneven and less accessible to our visitors.


Our safety equipment such as lifts, hoists, harnesses and helmets, all have an expiration date and with 1 year knocked off, the shelf life of much of our equipment has come to an end and some now needs replacing including a transferable hoist (£2150) that enables our wheelchair users to be safely transferred out of their chair and an accessible seahorse aid (£2100) for our guests with physical disabilities.

So how can you help?

  1. Pick a project from the list below
  2. Decide whether you can give your time, money or a service in kind to help us complete the work.
  3. Make your donation or get in touch with our friendly team about volunteering or giving a gift in kind.

To Donate

You can donate towards our Reboot fund here

To Volunteer

Sign up today by emailing your name, number and details of which project you’d like to volunteer on to our Volunteer Coordinator Kate.

To give a gift or service in kind

If you can provide a service or gift in kind to help us with the projects below please get in touch with our Fundraising and Marketing Officer Martha


Project 1 – Woodland & Cycle Paths

The great outdoors is wonderful, and we have created lots of natural habitats to help wildlife thrive throughout our site, but some areas must be maintained. Our accessible woodland trail & cycle path, the weeds that have grown through are starting to make the path uneven and less accessible to our visitors who rely on a wheelchair to get around. Our cycle path & woodland path requires resurfacing with compact gravel to make exploring our site and taking part in cycling possible for our visitors with physical disabilities.

What we need
We will need to hire a digger & a dumper to level the paths and lay a new layer of compact gravel in order to make the cycle path easily accessible again.

Digger & Driver Hire 3 days – £600
Dumper Hire 3 days – £150
Gravel to resurface the track – £1400
Total cost of project £2150

Can you help?
You can make a donation towards the cost of this project here

Project 2 – Painting Party

Several structures around our site need weather proofing with a good lick of paint, ready for when our groups return. So whether it’s jazzing up our musical instrument garden or some more precise painting of our exterior wooden doors, benches and panels – we’d really appreciate your help with volunteering in May or June.

What we need
Wood paint & exterior building paint – £350 Grant from Cumbria Community Foundation
Brushes and Materials – £25  Donated by B&Q Kendal
5 volunteers to help us complete this project

Can you help?
Donate towards the cost of this project here.
If you’d like to volunteer for the painting party please email Kate with your details

Project 3 – Oakwood revamp

Our Oakwood building needs kitting out ready for our residential volunteers who work alongside our tutorial team with our groups who stay on site.

What we need

2 x double bed frame (£367) Grant from Cumbria Community Foundation
Skip Hire (£250) Donated by Think Recycling
3 x single bed frames (£360) Donated by Sealy + 3 new single mattresses!
Cleaning materials – £30 Donated by Sarah from Sweet Wheels
4 x duvets (£10 each – £40) Donated by Asda Kendal
4 x double bedding (mattress protectors £5 each, sheets £5 each and duvet covers £15 each – £100) Donated by Asda Kendal
Rollers Blinds / curtains for 7 short windows – £250 Donated by Homebase Kendal
Paint, Rollers, Trays, Sandpaper, filler – £100 Donated by B&Q Kendal
A new kettle £20  Donated by Tricia Wood

UPDATE : We are so grateful to the amazing teams from Cumbria County Council and Amphigean who have signed up to volunteer and complete the work needed for this project.

Amphigean have also donated £200 towards the cost of the project
ASDA Kendal has donated Duvets and Bedding
Homebase Kendal have donated Roller Blinds
Cumbria Community Foundation have given a grant for 2 double beds
Think Recycling have donated a Skip
B&Q has donated paint and materials
Sealy have donated 3 Single Divans + 3 Single Mattresses

We now need to raise the funds to purchase the items above or have them supplied by a company as gifts in kind. Can you help?

Project 4 – Green Fingers

Can you lend a hand and help to get Bendrigg back to its best by sparing a day to weed, sweep, plant and tidy? Sign up with your family and friends to volunteer and bring along your gardening gloves, a spade and a bucket and get ready to muck in and make a difference.

Please email to register your interest in volunteering on Saturday 12th June. Toilet facilities will be provided and volunteer numbers will be limited with people spread around our grounds to ensure your safety and make social distancing easy to accomplish.

What we need
Approximately 25 volunteers
Tea, Coffee, Biscuits £10 Donated by Sarah from Sweet Wheels
Milk and Cakes £10  Donated by Tricia Wood
A selection of outdoor hardy plants & compost £250  Donated by Homebase Kendal & Jenna Wood
Tractor fuel – £100
Total remaining £100 + staff time

Can you help?
Sign up to volunteer or let us know if you can give a gift in kind here

Project 5 – Reboot Refresh

The Lodge and Kinross exterior walls are showing the effects of the Cumbrian weather and as a result of having no regular maintenance last year they need to be painted.

What we need
To hire a painter and decorator with scaffolding, paint and materials will cost around £5000

Can you help?

We’d really appreciate your donation towards our reboot project.

Staff time – £1500

In order for these 5 projects to take place we also have to cover our staff time which goes into the planning, marketing, coordinating volunteers and our maintenance man overseeing the projects.

To donate to the Reboot Project and see how much we’ve raised here >

Thank you for your support with our Reboot Project!


Read about the Impact that your support will have here.

There are lots of ways you can get involved with supporting Bendrigg. Find out more here.




Your Movement Matters

Your Movement Matters

Guest Blog by Emily Ankers & Chris Kay

It is clear that we have an issue with diversity and inclusion in the outdoors in the UK. The information that we have tells us that in England, those from an ethnic minority background are 60% less likely to visit the natural environment than the rest of the population [4], the existence of personal disability or a long term-illness can be a significant constraint to participation in outdoor activities [5], and women tend to participate in outdoor recreation at lower rates than men for reasons including societal gender expectations, lack of exposure and fear [6]. These are of course not extensive statistics, just some examples.

However, we do also have some significant data gaps. We have limited data of varying quality on participation in walking and climbing related activities by different faith groups, those who identify themselves as outside of the binary genders (female and male are the binary genders) and LGBTQIA+ participation, amongst other aspects of identity.




The Your Movement Matters survey has been commissioned to investigate participant demographics in walking and climbing activities. The survey data will give us a better understanding of who is and who is not participating in walking and climbing related activities in the UK and Ireland. We need as many adults (age 16+) as possible to take part in the survey. This means no matter what your background, age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, faith, socio-economic status, if you have a disability or not, mental-health condition and wherever you live within the UK and Ireland, we want to hear from you. If you’re a seasoned mountaineer, you walk your dog in the local park, you climb indoors occasionally or regularly all year round or, you don’t do any of these activities. We cannot stress it enough, there is literally no adult in the UK or Ireland who is not welcome to take part.

Often, data is lacking because either the groups have not been reached by research projects, the question have not been asked before or people skip the questions. The ‘Your movement matters’ survey contains questions that you can skip, we can’t make anyone answer a question that they don’t want to (*important* all data and information will be anonymous). People have perfectly valid reasons for skipping questions but sometimes, it can be a case of personal perception on how important you think a question is. For example, you see a question asking for gender and you may think “oh, well gender is not important to me because I think that all genders are equal and I treat all with respect.” Gender equality, we like it, but that’s not a reason to skip a question. It removes detail from our data when we really need to know what the gender participation in walking and climbing related activities is. We need the most accurate and detailed data to help us make sure that all people can access the opportunities they need to participate in activities.

The data will be used by the funding partners to help develop policies, resources and implement change to support in the improvement of inclusion and diversity within the outdoors.

The Your movement matters survey is now live and we would be grateful if you could take the time to complete it. All survey respondents will be given the opportunity to enter a prize draw for a £100 Ellis Brigham voucher.

Click HERE to participate in the survey.


This research is funded by Mountain Training, the British Mountaineering Council, the Association of British Climbing Walls, NICAS, the Ramblers, the Camping and Caravanning Club, the Outdoor Industries Association and Plas y Brenin.

This research is being conducted by the Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University.

Contacts: , and


[4] S. Evison, J. Burt, S. Preston, Kaleidoscope: Improving support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities to access services from the natural environment and heritage sectors. Natural England Commissioned Reports, 2017.

[5] OIA and Sport England, Getting Active Outdoors: A study of Demography, Motivation, Participation and Provision in Outdoor Sport and Recreation in England, 2015.

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This is a guest blog written for the Bendrigg Trust by Emily Ankers and Chris Kay.

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Spring & Summer Services at Bendrigg

Spring & Summer At Bendrigg Trust

We hope you’re all ready and raring to get back outdoors and take on some of your favourite adventure activities at Bendrigg once again. Here are the services we are offering over the Spring and Summer Months in 2021.

*Subject to availability and changes in government guidance

Free Grounds Access Days (March – April)

After the demand in 2020 for a safe, accessible outdoor space, Bendrigg once again are opening up our 15 acre grounds to families with disabilities to access between March and April.

The grounds have accessible paths running throughout, with a woodland trail, musical instrument garden and a wheelchair accessible roundabout and swing. You could bring your bikes, a picnic or just yourselves and enjoy exploring the beautiful natural surroundings alongside your family or friends.

You must book for your group in line with current government guidelines. As of the 29th March you will be able to meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible) New dates will be added each week on a rolling basis.

Find out more, check availability and book your place here >

Day Activities (April – June)

For Families

Funded For Local Families

Thanks to funding we have been able to offer some subsidised rates for families from local areas to take part in Day Activities.

Each day available is for one group which can be up to a maximum of 12 people from 2 families/households and at least one member of your group (adult or child) will have a disability.

Day activities will run from 9.30am – 4.30pm and could include a selection of activities such as canoeing, cycling, sensory room, archery, zip wire, orienteering, sensory swing and tube slide. Activity availability depends on a number of factors so not all activities may be available on each day. After booking, one of our team will be in touch with you to discuss your individual requirements and suitable activities.

Check if your from an eligible location, check availability and book your place here > 

Funded For Families (any location)

Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Foundation, Bendrigg are able to offer several Day Activities for disabled people and their families/support bubble from any location.

Each group can book for 2 households up to 12 people and at least one member of your group (adult or child) will have a disability.

Day activities will run from 9.30am – 4.30pm and could include a selection of activities such as canoeing, cycling, sensory room, archery, zip wire, orienteering, sensory swing and tube slide. Activity availability depends on a number of factors so not all activities may be available on each day. After booking, one of our team will be in touch with you to discuss your individual requirements and suitable activities.

Check availability and book your place here >


For Schools, Colleges & Groups

We offer bespoke half and full days of adventure activities for schools, colleges and organised groups.

Families are also welcome to book Day Activity sessions on other dates outside of the funded dates offered above.

There is a minimum charge of 12 people (charges for additional 6 people thereafter)

Half day £270+VAT (up to 12 people)

Full day £368+VAT (up to 12 people)

Please contact us for bookings and availability 

Self-Catering (April Onwards) & Facilities for Hire

Self-catered breaks are available to book in our Acorn House fully accessible building and Fell End Bunkhouse.

We also have number of facilities and spaces available for hire including our state of the art sensory room and accessible meeting facilities. For more information click here > or contact us for a quote.

Acorn House


Residential trips

We hope to resume residentials for families and individual groups in May 2021 depending on the government guidelines.

We are planning to reopen for school and educational residential trips from the 21st of June onwards.

Please contact us directly for more information on availability, quotes and school residential trips.


You can contact us via our online contact form or call us on 01539 723766 Mon – Fri 9-5