Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Bendrigg Trust, Bendrigg Lodge, Old Hutton, Kendall, Cumbria LA8 0NR

Contact: 01539 723766



Bendrigg Trust is a registered charity and specialist disability outdoor centre situated between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.  For over 35 years we have been challenging perceptions of disabled and disadvantaged people through adventurous activities. 

Located just 10 minutes off the M6 and just 15 minutes from Oxenholme train station on the main west coast mainline, Bendrigg is the perfect base for your residential trip.

At Bendrigg Trust we believe in equality. We provide a wide range of adventurous activities, led by highly qualified and experienced tutors, for all ages and abilities. Outstanding indoor facilities compliment our beautiful outdoor venues and provide opportunities for active participation in all weather conditions.

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What group sizes do you cater for?

Bendrigg can cater for up to 64 people in two main buildings. The Lodge holds 40 people whilst our new accommodation block, Acorn House (due to be open from May 2017) holds an additional 24. There is no minimum group size although minimum charges may apply.

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

Accommodation is based in two main buildings;

Acorn House (available from May 2017) consists of 10 bedrooms on one floor, all of which are en-suite. Inter-connecting doors allow maximum flexibility for young people who want their own room but require additional care. Rooms can sleep from 2-4 people in single or profile beds (no bunks). This building also contains a lounge, kitchen and dining area and games room.

The Lodge consists of 11 bedrooms over three floors; 3 of which are en-suite, 5 have access to their own bathroom and 3 have shared bathroom facilities. Rooms can sleep from 1-6 people in single, profile and bunk beds. This building also contains a lounge, dining area and our main kitchen. Ramped or lift access is available between floors.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Bendrigg Trust prices do not change during high or low season but may change from year to year so please contact them for up-to-date prices. Programmes are designed to suit the needs and aims of each group and include food, accommodation and a fully staffed programme of activities (morning, afternoon and evening).

Prices for 2016 are below. Groups receive 1 leader’s place at half price for every 5 students (applies to groups of 10 or more only). For groups of people fewer than 10, prices are increased by £10 per person to cover administration costs.  

Groups can secure 2016 prices for their 2017 visit by returning a booking form and deposit before Christmas 2016. If a group is likely to struggle to afford the prices they are encouraged to get in touch with Bendrigg direct.

1 night only £108.00 per person + VAT

2 nights (e.g. Weekend) £194.00 per person + VAT

3 nights (e.g. Fri - Mon) £266.00 per person + VAT

4 nights (e.g. Mon - Fri) £328.00 per person + VAT

5 nights (e.g. Sun - Fri) £384.00 per person + VAT

6 nights (e.g. Sat - Fri) £441.00 per person + VAT

7 nights (e.g. Fri - Fri) £489.00 per person + VAT

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Bendrigg Trust are specialist providers of outdoor activities for people with disabilities and are a leader in their field. They believe in the benefits of adventure and learning to manage risk. Everyone’s wellbeing is paramount in everything Bendrigg does. A full set of safe operating procedures and risk/benefit analyses is in place for all the activities undertaken by visiting groups.

These are updated whenever necessary and all documents reviewed on an annual basis. These documents are available in the Bendrigg office for viewing at any time. As this document is under constant review, it is not available to download but a summary can be downloaded from their website.

Bendrigg encourages groups, especially those visiting for the first time, to arrange a pre-course visit to meet the staff and see the facilities first hand.

Bendrigg Trust are inspected on a biennial basis by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service and hold a current licence to operate number: L8732/R0314. Bendrigg Trust is one of the first outdoor education centres in the UK to be awarded the AHOEC GOLD standard badge. This also entitles Bendrigg to display both the ‘Learning outside the Classroom’ and the‘Adventuremark’ badges. The AHOEC GOLD standard is awarded for excellent standards of safety and quality in all areas of its provision.

Fire alarms in all buildings are checked on a weekly basis.

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?

To book, or enquire about booking, please contact Jo Winchester, Bookings Administrator, on 01539 723766 or email

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All members of tutorial staff hold an up-to-date First Aid qualification.

Please list facilities available.

Bendrigg Trust’s specialist facilities allow everyone to enjoy an outdoor adventure experience.

Accessible accommodation including en-suite bathrooms, profile beds and ceiling mounted hoists cater for people with even the most severe and profound disabilities. Acorn House has its own kitchen allowing groups to self-cater if desired although full board is provided as standard on all courses. Both accommodation buildings have a lounge and dining area and wi-fi provision which can be turned off if required. Acorn House also has a games room. A tuck shop is available at times agreed with the group, selling souvenirs, drinks, snacks and limited toiletries.

The Kinross Building houses a unique climbing wall, indoor cave, sensory room, sports hall and meeting facilities with wi-fi.

What are your disabled facilities?

Acorn House (available from May 2017) is completely accessible including a number of rooms with ceiling mounted hoists, accessible shower/toilet rooms and profile beds.

The Lodge has accommodation over 3 floors, 2 of which are accessible via a ramp or lift. Ceiling-mounted or mobile hoists are available as well as profile beds and accessible en-suite shower/toilet rooms.

Activities are fully inclusive thanks to portable hoists, specialist equipment and the expertise of staff.

What are your opening days and hours?

The main office is open Monday – Friday 8.45am – 5pm with a contact number (for emergencies only) outside of office hours when groups are residential on site. The centre closes for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period but otherwise is open all year round.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

"I have been coming to Bendrigg for 28 years with groups from different schools with lots of different needs. Bendrigg staff are fantastic and everyone can participate and reach their full potential in all activities, no matter what their level of ability. Everyone should have the chance to come!"

Cath Williams, Glendene Arts Academy

"The staff team made this experience a truly amazing one. They adapted their activities to meet the needs of our Young People. They were always happy and enthusiastic and asking if all was good. We never felt rushed or pushed to be back on task when dealing with the different challenges/needs of our Young People."

Blackburn & Darwin Young People Services

"We loved the lodge, we loved the location and activities and more importantly we loved the people! Our children are complex and range widely in their needs and abilities, however that was never an issue and every child got something from the week. It was fantastic to see the children out of their comfort zones, smiling, laughing and enjoying new experiences."

Springwood School

"The whole experience has been impeccable. Your staff are fantastic, so understanding and caring and the love of their job shines through. The management of our varied diets within children has been brilliant. Food was delicious - we all feel 5 stone heavier! You continue to impress us each year. "

Horton Lodge Special School

"I would just like to thank everyone who played a part in making it, yet again, a fantastic week! I have been lucky to enjoy many different residentials but Bendrigg is something special. Please thank the whole team on our behalf; it is their passion & enthusiasm which makes it what it is."

Joe Greensides, Ravenslciffe High School

"Thank you so much for a fabulous week. Staff were excellent, very encouraging and really good with our students with autism. The activities were spot on - challenging, exciting and very well supported."

Dawn Green, The Melrose Centre

"We have been attending Bendrigg as an organisation for many years. I cannot speak highly enough of the professionalism of all members of the staff team. Everyone is treated as an individual and encouraged to participate and, more importantly, to enjoy each activity. We have watched people achieve things we never thought possible. We traditionally have a follow-up meeting after our holiday to share photos and talk about all the things we have done and achieved; the happy smiling faces tell their own story of yet another fantastic Bendrigg holiday. Looking forward to our next 'experience'."

Paul Cottingham, Sunnyfield Support Services

"I would not hesitate to recommend Bendrigg Lodge to other colleagues looking for an outdoor education centre for people with disabilities. I have used this centre countless times for over ten years and already have my bookings confirmed for next year. The centre and grounds are always clean, well maintained and constantly being developed to continue achieving the highest possible standards whilst ensuring the Health and Safety for everyone. All of the centre staff always uphold their professional standards but also see nothing as too much trouble to help in any way possible. They are both experienced and knowledgeable which is reassuring when participating in outdoor activities with vulnerable young people. Thank you so much for all your support over the years and we look forward to many more."

Cathy Pratt, Redbridge High School

"After numerous successful visits to Bendrigg spanning over two decades Trafford College are still dedicated to the Bendrigg Trust’s ethos. Our diverse post 16 learners gain invaluable skills and experiences while building their confidence and self-esteem. With the encouragement of the supportive Bendrigg staff and volunteers the students’ horizons are broadened by the personal journey."

Trafford College

"I have been organising Phab holiday projects at Bendrigg Lodge for over 10 years and every time I attend they never cease to impress! The amazing facilities ensure that everyone who comes away with Phab, no matter what their impairment, can participate 100% and although the activities can be challenging, the encouragement and support shown by the Bendrigg team gives our members the confidence to have a go. Every single member of staff goes that extra mile to ensure that my role as Project Leader is made as easy as possible and that the children and young people achieve a huge amount whilst having the time of their lives. Bendrigg Lodge is a very special place and I look forward to working with them for many years to come."

Rebecca Hargreaves, National Projects Manager, Phab

"‘In January we brought 29 Key Stage 4 pupils with a range of learning difficulties for a three night residential visit to Bendrigg. The pupils gained so much throughout the visit, from developing independence skills to overcoming their fears in certain situations. Bendrigg's fantastic facilities and surroundings are clear to see but the factor that has taken us back to Bendrigg for the last seven years is the quality and professionalism of all the staff; from the admin team, the cooks and the instructors. Throughout our stay the staff at Bendrigg ensured all the pupils were given the best opportunity to succeed in a supportive and rewarding environment. Bendrigg is a special place and we feel very fortunate to be able to take our pupils there each year’."

Park School

"The Bendrigg staff are outstanding and experts in the field of outdoor education for students with disabilities. Their passion and enthusiasm never fails to amaze me. A truly magic atmosphere around the whole centre, which creates lasting memories. Overall I cannot fault anything about our week at Bendrigg and feel it is now an essential part of our School's curriculum. Thanks for a great week!"

Tom Rogers, Melrose School

"I just wanted to let you know what a fabulous time Green Class had on our 3 day residential. We are all still buzzing with excitement! So how did Bendrigg measure up? Well ....if a picture says a thousand words then Green Class now have the Encyclopedia Britannica on a handful of memory sticks! We are so proud of the photos showing Green Class facing a challenge and succeeding time and time again. The food was excellent, the views were breathtaking, every member of staff was welcoming and the personalization and attention to detail couldn't be faulted. It can be the small things that make all the difference and Holly's Dolly getting a certificate made a world of difference to Holly. We'll be back! "

Sue Thompson, KTS Academy

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

We’d always encourage people to come and see Bendrigg for yourself, meet our staff and see our facilities first-hand so if you are in the area please pop in for a chat and a cup of tea!

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres

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