Multi Activity

Date: Saturday 28 Aug - Saturday 4 Sep 2021
Location: Lake District

Date: Monday 13 - Friday 17 Sep 2021
Location: Exmoor

We are thrilled to announce that Back Up courses are returning this summer!

We have prioritised people who had a confirmed space on a cancelled 2020 course meaning some are already full. This means that this year new applications are for a waiting list space. We advise that you still apply though, as spaces do sometimes come up and you may still get the chance to attend! Please read below to find out more about the courses.

Do you have a love of the outdoors? Have you always wanted to try abseiling or canoeing? Then our multi-activity course may be for you.

 ”This course enabled me to learn my capabilities and has brought me back to life. It’s the best thing I have done since my injury – I hadn’t belly laughed since my accident but I did on this course. I feel more comfortable with myself and that’s great.”

Donna (47), Lake District participant

All of our residential activity courses are packed full of exciting indoor and outdoor pursuits that enhance confidence and develop practical skills for daily life. The duration of the course will be spent at the Calvert Trust Centre, whose expert instructors adapt a whole range of outdoor activities so that you can participate as independently as possible, whatever your level of injury. You will also have the chance to share experiences and learn from other people with a spinal cord injury.

Participant on our multi-activity course getting ready to abseil

Participant and volunteer on our Exmoor multi-activity course

Course content at both centres includes:

  • Rock and rope activities such as climbing and abseiling
  • Water activities such as kayaking, canoeing and sailing
  • Other activities such as archery, blow darts, and hand cycling
  • Wheelchair skills training
  • A coastal push in Exmoor or a push up a hill in the Lake District
  • The Lake District courses include one night’s camping towards the end of the course (on a seven day course).
  • The Exmoor courses sometimes include horse riding or carriage driving.

In the evenings, you might have the opportunity to go swimming at one of the centre’s accessible swimming pools, put your newly learned wheelchair skills into practice, or just sit and relax in the lounge and share experiences of the day with fellow group members.

Safety is our top priority on all our courses. We will be adhering to government guidelines, as well as the procedures of the Calvert Trust. We will also have our own Covid safety policies, which will account for the needs of people with a spinal cord injury. We will be keeping a close eye on any Covid developments so please be aware that this information may change.


If you would like some further information please call the courses team on 020 8875 1805 or email us.


Please click here to apply online.