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Cycling and Climbing weekend

4 tandems in bike racks with cyclists sitting behind at picnic tables



Rock Climbing and Cycling Weekend   Cost £280

October 30thth to 1st Nov 2020. (Friday to Monday)

This course will consist of one day of tandem cycling and one day of rock climbing.

This weekend course will be based at Acorn House, Bendrigg Trust.

Pick up will be from Oxenholme station at 5.30pm on the Friday. Drop off at Oxenholme will be 9am Monday. If you are unable to fit in with these times please discuss with us before booking. Of course you are welcome to arrive by your own transport but please note the accommodation will not be available till 5pm on the Friday.



We will have a full day expedition to a crag. Climbing will be top roped. As an indication of effort levels, it involves a similar amount of effort to a day’s hill walking.

We will be using a venue with easy access to the crag and at the base of the crag. This is to minimise the necessity for close guiding.

This may be a venue that you have been to before, there will be a range of grades.

When walking to the crag guiding will be by means of holding on to the guides rucksack.

We are not able to clean the ropes etc between each participant. Therefore you will need to take responsibility for sanitising your hands before and after handling equipment, before eating, touching your face or personal belongings etc.

Belaying will only be done by Instructors or competent others who do not need a back up.

You will need to fit your own harness and helmet – we give verbal instructions and check it for you.

Harnesses and helmets will be issued to individuals for the duration of the course. They will have been quarantined for at least 72 hours before the course.

Climbers will be attached to the rope by a carabiner rather than by tying on.


We will be riding tandems. Each VI will be paired up with an experienced tandem pilot. We will need to know your height and weight in order to pair you up with a suitable pilot and get the right tandem.

On the evening before we will set the tandems up to fit each rider.

On either Saturday or Sunday we will aim to cycle around 40 – 50miles. The area is rolling with a few challenging hills. We will be aiming for a sociable pace rather than race training!

We will carry lunch and will not be going to cafes.


All equipment will be provided – feel free to bring your own if you have it (harnesses and helmets need to be serviceable and less than 10 years old)

Clothing – it’s the Lake District so please bring warm clothing and waterproofs if you have them. We can lend you waterproofs if requested in advance.

Jogging pants or running leggings and long sleeved T-shirts and fleeces are ideal for climbing.

You’ll need trainers or walking boots to walk to crag and a small rucksack to carry your lunch and personal gear on the climbing day. Let us know if you don’t have a rucksack as some may be available to borrow.

If you have specialist cycling clothing please bring that. If not then jogging pants or running tights will surfice along with tee shirts and fleeces. A pair of padded cycling shorts will add to your comfort. We do have a selection of donated cycling gear which is available to borrow.

If you wish to use your own pedals and cycling shoes please bring them along, otherwise the tandems are equipped with flat pedals and you will need trainers to ride in.

Please bring a pair of gloves that you can cycle in.

Please bring your own water bottle. In addition we can provide a flask if you don’t have you own.

Please make sure you have a face covering with you and a small bottle of hand sanitiser that you can keep on you at all times.

General information

To keep overall numbers down instructors may also be guiding and piloting.

All participants will be expected to respect the arrangements made to keep everyone as safe as possible. These will include more remote guiding, face masks in transport and when close contact is required, regular hand washing and sanitising and social distancing wherever possible.

We also expect that participants have been living carefully and minimising their risk of contracting Covid.

Once a guiding pair is established that pair work together for the whole course.

Guide Dogs. We would prefer if they do not come as we would need to find a dog sitter (most of our regular dog minders are in the older age group and are therefore unavailable at the moment) and even if we are able to do that it would introduce another person into the group.

If you have any symptoms or have had contact with anyone with covid symptoms or a positive test you should not attend the course. In this case we will refund your course fee.

If a participant develops symptoms during a course they will need to isolate in their room until their return train (or an earlier train if possible), they will then need to travel home as safely as possible.

Residential Information

Everyone will have their own room and bathroom.

VIs will need to be independent moving around the building. Guides will give verbal orientation at the start of the course and as necessary.

High touch areas in communal areas will be frequently cleaned.

The only people operating in the kitchen area will be staff.

We will prepare and serve all the food including packed lunches and flasks (wearing appropriate PPE). This may mean a slightly later morning start to activities than usual.

Participants will be allocated seating in the dining room and will need to stay seated during the meal.

Face coverings will need to be worn when moving around the building.

We will be keeping the communal areas well ventilated so please make sure you have some warm clothes for wearing indoors.

We are taking Covid security very seriously, if you don’t feel able to comply with all these conditions and procedures please don’t come!