It’s a well-known fact that you can’t function properly on an empty stomach. So a key part of our programme is re-establishing life skills such as planning and undertaking food shopping for the week, considering other people’s likes and dislikes and creating dishes that everyone will eat and of course tidying up after each meal. And that’s exactly what we do at Old Windebrowe. Participants take it in turns to plan, shop and cook for each other supported by our staff.


The Stables

The Lake District Calvert Trust Riding Centre is situated on the outskirts of Keswick at the foot of Latrigg Fell (postcode CA12 4NT) and is a British Horse Society-approved riding establishment. It is fully accessible with instructors who are both British Horse Society and Riding for the Disabled Associationqualified and are able to take people of all abilities for a riding or trap driving session.

The facilities themselves are purpose built with indoor and outdoor arenas, viewing gallery, state of the art lifts and electronic hoists.   For those unable to ride, we also have adapted wheelchair accessible traps, but please note there is a weight limit of 83kg (13 stone) for horse riders and 114kg (18 stone) for trap drivers.

The Water Centre

Our state of the art Water Centre is available for Reconnections participants to use in the evening.

This revolutionary purpose-built facility opened in 2011 as part of a £3.5m development and provides a complete sensory experience for users both with and without disabilities. The pool’s sensory features include a spa, bubble pads and a water fountain – all activated by poolside buttons, with a wall mounted ipad controlling music, blinds and lighting.

The centre includes:

  • A fully accessible 12x6m multi-sensory hydrotherapy pool, combining ‘state of the art’ technology with the warmth of hydrotherapy, being heated to 32o
  • A Poolside Sauna.