Christian Activities Lake District

About us

About us

CAH is a registered charity.
(“Christian Adventure Holidays CIO” number 1163263).

We organise adventure holidays in the Lake District for young people aged between 12 and 17 years old. The holidays are based at Bassenfell Manor and run through July and August.

The focus of these holiday weeks is to encourage fun, friendship and faith. They are packed with lots of great outdoor activities such as sailing, kayaking, cycling and mountain walking; as well as quality time to explore a relationship with God, the Christian life and all that it offers.

Established in the late 1940’s as a camping holiday for boys only (girls were admitted in the 1970’s), we no longer live completely under canvas but use the comfortable venue of Bassenfell Manor. All our Directors, Leaders and staff are DBS checked and hold the appropriate qualifications for their role. We hold a licence from the Adventure Activities Licensing Service (AALS) which allows us to provide the range of activities offered during each adventure holiday and we are inspected regularly (Licence no. RO157).

Over the summer we organise six weeks of Adventure Holidays which are staffed by a different team of volunteers. Each week has its own Director and, in addition to the core activities, will offer a range of extra activities which vary depending on the skills and qualifications of that week's staff. These activities may include open canoeing, ghyll scrambling, rock climbing, raft building, windsurfing, off road biking and an overnight wild camp. A young person may attend only one week each summer. You can find out more about our Activities and what a typical day looks like by going to our Activities Page.

All our Leaders are active Christians and are as enthusiastic in that part of their lives as they are when they are out on the water or up in the hills.


After a day out on the lake or up in the hills, we come back to our base at Bassenfell Manor Christian Centre.

Bassenfell Manor has everything that we need to be comfortable; all rooms have either en-suite facilities or a dedicated bathroom and our team of volunteer cooks provide excellent meals.

Most of the bedrooms accommodate between two and five people.

Male and female campers are accommodated separately.

For more information about the venue please go to Bassenfell Manor


We have a large store of up-to-date, good quality equipment to make the activities safe and fun. You don’t have to have specialist equipment to come but if you do have your own boots, waterproofs or wetsuit then please bring these with you. If you would like to view our kit list it is on the Ready to Go page.

Data Protection

As part of the Booking process we will need to collect some personal data about the young people who attend our holidays. We only collect the information needed during the holiday to ensure their safety, health and security. None of the information is shared outside Christian Adventure Holidays, apart from medical data with medical practitioners if this is needed. Any individual information is shared with staff on a need to know basis only.


All the leaders and staff who are involved with Christian Adventure Holidays are unpaid volunteers. All have the required experience and qualifications and all are enthusiastic about what they do and what Christian Adventure Holidays have to offer young people.

James Place: Director of Operations
James has been a Director for Christian Adventure Holidays since 2000 and is an RYA Dinghy Instructor.
His professional background is in engineering and he currently works in management in the gas turbine industry.

Dave Forrest: Training week Director
ML's (Winter trained), BASI Alpine L2 ski instructor, UKCP L1 race coach, DofE trainer/supervisor/assessor, UKCC L1 paddlesports coach, SPA trainee, site specific ghyll scrambling.
Currently work as freelance outdoor instructor. Previously worked in industry as management accountant, project manager and risk manager. Part of senior church leadership team.

Dave Stone : Week Director
Dave is a qualified Mountain Leader and has been involved with Christian Adventure Holidays since 1998. He enjoys walking in the hills and cycling.

Dave is a chartered engineer, but is now studying at a theological college in North London.

Ian Knight : Week Director
Ian has been a Kayak leader at CAH since 2000 and took over as a director in 2014.

He works as a project manager in the Construction Industry and is currently based in Manchester. He enjoys most outdoor activities particularly running, cycling and kayaking.

Martin Varey : Week Director
Martin is an Assessment officer for the Local Authority, for children with special needs.

A Kayak coach, summer Mountain Leader, Mountain Bike Leader, and has volunteered with CAH for 22 years.

Matthew Curry : Week Director
Matthew has been a Director for Christian Adventure Holidays since 2009 and is an RYA Assistant Dinghy Instructor

He has worked in the Agricultural Industry for over 10 years and now works within the dairy sector. Originally from the North East of England he is now based in the South Downs.

Peter Curtis : Week Director
Peter has been a sailing leader at Christian Adventure Holidays since 2004 and a Director since 2012.

He works as an Engineer in the Automotive Manufacturing sector and has recently returned from a 1 year secondment in Japan.

Steve Durr : Technical Support
Steve was responsible for the booking system and looks after our technical requirements.

Steve's company, This is Kode, is based in the East Midlands and supports Christian Adventure Holidays with all their web and booking requirements.

Kathy Bradley : Bookings Secretary
Kathy helps to answer any questions and co-ordinate the Bookings, working in conjunction with Steve.

She is a retired Specialist Advisory Teacher of children with additional needs.