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Calvert Trust Lake District - Water Centre
Little Crosthwaite
CA12 4QD
Phone: 01768 772255
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The Calvert Trust is a registered charity that aims to enable people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure in the countryside.

Their new revolutionary purpose built water centre is set on the same grounds as their converted Cumbrian farmstead Activity Holiday Centre located within the Lake District National Park at Little Crosthwaite. At the foot of Skiddaw and on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, the centre is also close to the bustling old market town of Keswick. 

Open seven days a week to the centre visitors, self catering guests and the general public it provides a complete sensory experience for everyone with or without a disability. 
There is a 12m by 6m Multi-Sensory Hydrotherapy pool (33 degrees c) which can be accessed via the pool side manual or tracking hoist and for more ambulant users, via steps with railings. The pool is also home to a spa, bubble pads and water curtain that are activated by pool-side buttons. There is also lighting and sounds above and below water that can be changed by the pool user to flood the whole pool area with different colours and music, and computerised sensory programmes that will  automatically close blinds and project chosen images, sounds and light changes etc onto the walls and ceiling for those who need it (e.g. tropical jungle, seaside, night sky, pool parties).
The new centre also houses a Multi-Sensory room which can be used in conjunction with the pool or on its own. The room provides a place where the distractions of the outside world are completely absent. The colour of the room can be changed by applying pressure to simple switches or pressure pads. With a wide range of interactive equipment it presents people with moving colours and shapes, music, smells and textures.
Please note: A lifeguard is not provided and participants must be able to be self-supervised and all sessions must be booked in advance using the contact information above.
Please click on the links here to view listings for the centres Activity Holidays and their Self-Catering Cottages that are located at Old Windebrowe, an historic site three miles from the main centre. The centre also has accessible riding stables that are open to the general public but we do not have them listed as the demand is very high and they are usually fully booked.

Indoor Leisure Facilities

On - site facilities

  • Easy access around ground floor/area of site
  • Wheelchair access to other floors e.g. lift (Multi-Sensory Room)
  • Lift controls at accessible height
  • Room for carer/companion in lift
  • Assistance dogs welcome


  • Designated Disabled car parking
  • Hard surfaced car park
  • Level/ramped wheelchair access to entrance (Sloped walkway or lift from Main Centre Building)
  • Level/ramped wheelchair access into venue
  • Prebooking necessary for wheelchair users


  • Level/ramped access to cafe/tearoom
  • Sufficient wheelchair access to tables
  • Accessible counter/cutlery if self service


  • Wheelchair accessible toilet/toilets
  • Wheelchair turning space in accessible toilet
  • Room for carer/carers in accessible toilet
  • Space for left transfer to toilet
  • Space for right transfer to toilet
  • Easy access to hand dryer/towels
  • Easy access to wash basin
  • Grab rails in toilet
  • Changing place (2 x Poolside Rooms with Hoists and Changing Beds)