We currently provide outdoor courses in canoeing, climbing, tandem cycling, caving, triathlon, open water swimming and multi-activity for adults who are blind or with a visual impairment. If you’d like to do something else then we are always open to suggestions. If we can’t do it ourselves then we’ll try and point you in the right direction elsewhere.
We also help individuals or groups put on private courses or events, which are independent of us. We have finite resources and can’t put on every course we’d like to do, so we assist and encourage others to arrange their own. The charity does not get involved in the financing of these type of events but offers assistance by connecting people, etc. We can supply instructors and equipment if required.
The activities we arrange
We are based in Kendal in the Lake District. We don’t have our own accommodation and arrange courses where we can obtain suitable accommodation for the activities involved. So, for something like climbing it would be in the Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District. Canoeing it would typically be in the Lake District, unless it was an expedition on the River Spey or the Wye. For Cycling, it could be anywhere!
Our courses are primarily aimed at blind and visually impaired participants. But to run them we need the assistance of volunteer sighted guides. Our normal ratio of numbers between them is one to one (you definitely can’t do tandem riding without a sighted guide!) so we need a large pool of volunteers that we can rely on to assist us. Indeed, we cannot run the charity without their invaluable help.
We offer a range of courses from complete novice ‘taster’ activities to ones requiring specialist techniques and equipment that you have learnt how to use on earlier courses . So you don’t need to be an ‘expert’ to come along. Instructors will equip you with suitable clothing and they will teach you the skills required.
Our instructors all have the appropriate outdoor professional qualifications and have many years of teaching and working in the outdoors. They are all experienced in instructing people with disabilities, especially visual impairment. You should be safe and have an enjoyable time.
Having said this, our courses can be ‘full on’. We don’t wrap participants up in cotton wool. The chances are you are going to get wet! You might get cold and wet from the rain (it’s not all sunshine up here in Cumbria!) or from crawling along a streamway inside a cave. You could even capsize if you are canoeing! Tiredness will also affect you. A long day canoeing or a 40-mile plus tandem cycle ride can be very tiring. As can just a day in the fresh air!
Basically we’d like you to go home happy, feeling as if you’ve been challenged and wanting to come again.
These are open to all unless a certain level of experience is required. Our adventure courses for the 2020 season are shown below. If the course is shown as Full its still worth getting in touch to put your name on the reserve list. A number of courses are cancelled due to the Corona Virus. We are hoping to reschedule them for later in the year.
|Cycling||Cancelled – Corona Virus||starting Fri 3rd April for 3 nights. Based at Witherslack Cycling Barn, near Kendal. Price £270.||More Info|
|Canoeing||Cancelled – Corona Virus||starting Fri 17th April for 3 nights. Based at Witherslack Cycling Barn, near Kendal. Price £270.||More Info|
|Cycling||Cancelled – Corona Virus||starting Fri 24th April for 3 nights. Based at Yealand Old School near Carnforth. Price £270.||More Info|
|Caving||Cancelled – Corona Virus||starting Fri 1st May for 3 nights. Based at Witherslack Cycling Barn, near Kendal. Price £270.||More Info|
|Cycling||Cancelled – Corona Virus||starting Fri 29th May for 3 nights. Based at Wayfarers Hostel, Penrith. Price £270.||More Info|
|Rock Climbing Intermediate||Cancelled – Corona Virus||starting Fri 12th June for 3 nights. Witherslack Cycling Barn, near Kendal. Price £270.||More Info|
|Triathlon Training||Cancelled – Corona Virus||starting Fri 19th June for 3 nights. Based at Borwick Hall, near Carnforth. Price £270.||More Info|
|Open Water Swimming||Cancelled – Corona Virus||starting Mon 29th June for 2 nights. Based at Isthmus House, near Keswick. Price £270.||More Info|
|Rock Climbing Mixed Ability/ Relaxed||Full||starting Fri 3rd July for 3 nights. Based at Yealand Old School, near Carnforth. Price £270.||More Info|
|Rock Climbing Intermediate||Full||starting Fri 10th July for 2 nights. Based at Wayfarers House, near Penrith. Price £270.||More Info|
|Rock Climbing Beginners/ Relaxed||Available||starting Fri 17th July for 3 nights. Based at Yealand Old School, near Carnforth. Price £270.||More Info|
|Caving – SRT||Full||starting Sun 26th July for 3 nights. Based at Pinecroft, near Ingleton. Price £270.||More Info|
|Canoeing||Likely to be Available!||Starting Fri 21st Sept for 4 nights. River trip details tba.||More Info|
|Multi-Activity||Full||starting Fri 2nd October for 3 nights. Based at Borwick Hall, near Carnforth. Price £270.||More Info|
2021 Courses – We hope to publish our 2021 courses sometime towards next Christmas. We expect demand to be great and we want everyone to have an equal chance to apply for a place. So, just as in earlier years, courses can be applied for, but won’t actually be allocated until application closure date. Please keep on checking the website for updates!
Events are not courses! Vision of Adventure participates in Events – it doesn’t organise them – it just supports your participation in them. Any Vision of Adventure staff at these events are there purely on an unpaid voluntary basis and will often be competing in the event themselves. So our support is assistive in nature and certainly less formal than on our courses. But you should still have a great time!
The Events we are going to help support in the 2020 season are currently:
|Cycling||Available||Sat 28th March, for the Wheelbase Spring Classic Event (but event is Sun 29th ). Based at Witherslack Cycle Barn near Kendal (for 1 or 2 nights!). Price to be advised.
|Cycling||Available||Sat 27th June, for the Escape to the Dales (but event is Sun 28th ). Based at Witherslack Cycle Barn near Kendal (for 1 or 2 nights!). Price to be advised.||More Info|
|Triathlon||Available||Provisional dates Sat 5th September, for the Lancaster Triathlon (but event likely Sun 6th ). Price to be advised.||More Info|
|Further events||Planning in progress!|
Availability on our courses above often fills very quickly and individuals or groups come to us to enquire how they can arrange their own courses or events. These Courses can be ‘private’ (just a grouping of friends) or open to all, depending on what the organiser wants. Vision of Adventure helps by advising on activities, accommodation, etc. The charity can supply instructors and equipment if required. Basically, we work closely with the organiser to provide the best solution to their needs.
Examples of previous Private Courses we have helped include a 2-day caving/rock climbing event based in Yorkshire Dales, rock climbing weeks in the Spanish winter sunshine and a cycle touring trip across England. At present, we are assisting groups with a winter triathlon training camp in the Canaries.
These ideas work, but if you have a new idea or concept and want to explore it further please get in touch – we’d love to help.