Project Description

Climbing out
  • When: Various dates, see below for details

  • Who: 18 to 29 years

  • Location: The programmes are based either at Dukes Barn Outdoor Centre, School Ln, Beeley DE4 2NU, or at Yr Hafod Scout Centre in North Wales

  • Cost: Free (participants must make their own way to the venue)

Climbing Out runs five-day outdoor activity programmes aimed at rebuilding confidence and self-esteem in people who’ve been through a life changing injury, illness or trauma. The programmes give participants the opportunity to take part in fun and challenging activities whilst meeting others who’ve been through shared experiences. All the activities are adapted to meet people’s needs and capabilities, so everything is achievable whilst stretching people’s boundaries too. Climbing Out aims to support those involved to start to see a new way forwards. All places are fully funded.

Find out more about Climbing Out here:

Please note: no VICTA staff or volunteers will be present on Climbing Out programmes. Climbing Out programmes are not exclusively for people with a vision impairment but for people from a full range of backgrounds, experiences, abilities and impairments.

Location and Accommodation:

The programmes are based either at Dukes Barn Outdoor Centre, School Ln, Beeley DE4 2NU, or at Yr Hafod Scout Centre in North Wales ( ) The bedrooms are all dorms and you will eat at the centres too.


The programmes running in the Peak District will consist of a wide range of outdoor activities including climbing, kayaking, gorge scrambling and hill walking, all of which are adapted to meet the needs and capabilities of the group.

The North Wales programmes will be based around walking and climbing only and will be a more physically challenging week. Please don’t worry about any of the activities, Climbing Out’s highly trained staff will support you throughout the whole week and to keep everything achievable.

There’s also a strong focus on personal development, so there’ll be fun and light hearted sessions at the start and end of each day to give you tools in your tool box to apply to life outside of the five-day programme.

Evening activities include a BBQ, quiz and inspirational talk.


The programme begins at 1.30pm on Day One. You’ll need to bring a packed lunch with you or get something to eat on the way there. If you’re coming by train Climbing Out will do a pick up from the local train station at 1.30pm.

Relevant details will be sent by Climbing Out if you’re allocated a place on a programme.

For the rest of the week, breakfast will be at 8-8.30am and you’ll meet to find out about the day’s activities at 9am. These times may change through the week depending on activities, the weather and energy levels!

Tea will be back at the centre at the end of the day and there’ll be various evening activities running for a bit of fun and relaxation!

You’ll be finished between 1-1.30pm on day 5. Climbing Out can drop people back at the train station for 2pm.


Climbing Out will provide all the food for the week and will keep you well fed and full of energy. If you’re coming on the North Wales programmes you’ll be in teams that are responsible for helping with the cooking and washing up each day.

You’ll be making your own packed lunches, and then you’ll come back at the end of the day to a delicious evening meal. You definitely won’t go hungry! If you’ve any specific dietary requirements please just let Climbing Out know in plenty of time.

Bring any snacks you want to keep you full of energy.

Clothing etc

A kit list will be sent out nearer the time, but you’ll need enough clothes to keep you warm and dry including:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Suitable footwear for walking/climbing
  • Long trousers(not jeans)
  • Long sleeved top
  • Clothes to relax in
  • Water bottle
  • Money (just in case)

Climbing Out can provide some rucksacks/waterproofs for anyone who doesn’t have them.

Don’t forget any medication you may need.

Climbing Out Programme Dates 2020

Prog 1 – 22 to 26 June 2020 
Walking and climbing programme in North Wales for 18 to 30 years. Higher levels of physical challenge involved

Prog 2 – 6 to 10 July 2020
Walking and climbing programme in North Wales for over 30 years

Prog 3 – 27 to 31 July 2020
Peak District (For those with higher level of physical challenge including wheelchair users)

Prog 4 – 10 to 14 August 2020
Walking and climbing programme in North Wales for 18 to 30 years

Prog 5 – 24 to 28 August 2020
Peak District for 16 to 30 years 

Prog 6 – 24 to 29 September 2020
Level two walking and climbing programme in Scotland. For people who’ve been through a 5 day programme. The aim of the programme is to increase the levels of progression, development, responsibility and challenge. (18 years and over)

Prog 7 – 19 to 23 October 2020 
Lake District walking and climbing programme. Elterwater Hostel, Cumbria. Provisionally emergency services programme

Prog 8 – 20 to 24 November 2020
Peak District for over 30 years


Application process

Complete the attached Independent Referral Enquiry Form and return to

Download the self-referral form
Back to the full activity calendar

Activities for 18-29 years