Bendrigg Trust specialises in delivering high-quality activity courses for disabled and disadvantaged people. We aim to promote inclusion, encourage independence and build self-confidence through the safe provision of adventurous activities.
Bendrigg opened its doors in 1978 to challenge historic perceptions of disability and bring about social change through the integration of able-bodied and disabled people in adventurous outdoor pursuits – activities previously thought to be the remit of able-bodied people only. Since that time, Bendrigg has become one of the leading outdoor disability specialists in the country, constantly striving to pioneer and promote inclusive and innovative ideas. Over 83,500 people with disabilities, supported by 32,500 leaders, carers and volunteers, have worked together to not only develop the confidence, self-esteem and mental health of individuals but to bring about a greater awareness and understanding of the needs of others.
Our unique location, in a rural setting but just a few miles from the M6 motorway and the main West Coast train line, means that we are easily accessible from any direction. Situated between the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks, Bendrigg serves as the ideal base to explore some of the country’s finest landscapes. We have two accommodation units: Bendrigg Lodge caters for up to 40 people. Accessible bedrooms are available on the ground and first floors, accessed via a ramp or lift and include ceiling-mounted hoists and profile beds. The balcony from the dining room offers the best views over the Howgill Fells. Acorn House is a 24-bed, completely accessible accommodation unit separate from the main Lodge. With two accommodation ‘wings’, a central lounge, kitchen and dining area as well as a games room our newest accommodation block caters for all abilities. Acorn House has 10 en-suite bedrooms sleeping 2-4 people in each.
We pride ourselves on our flexible, affordable and innovative approach to high-quality residentials. Our group residential courses do not come as a standard package and are fully flexible to meet your needs. Whether you want to stay for one night or more, we work with you every step of the way to tailor your programme to meet the specific needs of your group. Our qualified and experienced staff work closely with group leaders in planning your course and a pre-course visit to the Centre can be arranged to meet the staff and view our facilities first-hand. This is particularly valuable for first-time users.