Region: Yorkshire

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Cropton Pickering, , North Yorkshire YO18 8EX

Contact: 01751 417 112



Peat Rigg Outdoor Training Centre comprises a beautifully renovated eighteenth century farmhouse together with our brand new Eco-building: The Green House.

We are located on a 97 acre farm, on the edge of Cropton Forest in the North York Moors National Park.

We have an established reputation as a perfect environment to run personal development courses for young people: the isolated setting creates a real sense of adventure and allows complete engagement the rural environment.

Peat Rigg aims for excellence in all aspects of its provision: Every course aims to make a strong contribution to improving the self confidence, self esteem, and health and well being of every young person.

The Farm House and the Green House are adjacent and can be booked together providing mostly en-suite dormitory style accommodation for up to 70. Alternatively they can be booked separately – each accommodating 35 guests. Each part has a separate kitchen and dining room as well as a comfortable lounge/multi-purpose training room and a games room.

Outside there is a large barn, a drying room and equipment stores and 97 acres of our land all within Cropton Forest and the National Park.

Feedback from clients is consistently high (and we are always looking to improve). These are the following average ratings from teachers who came to Peat Rigg in 2013.  Scale 1 – 5,   Poor to Excellent

    Overall safety                     5

    Opportunities for learning    4.8

    Overall enjoyment              4.7

    Administration                    4.7

    Course content                   4.6

    Accommodation and food   4.8

We look to establish long term relationships with clients and provide exactly what you want. That may be why 95% of our clients re-book. Our new Eco centre – the Green House has increased our capacity, and that is why this is our first advertising in 8 years. You are very welcome to come and check out the place yourself, to see how Peat Rigg could work for you.


Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

    Very high quality accommodation and facilities

    A superb location: a 100 acre site in the North York Moors National Park

    A great range of challenging activities - on site and off site
    Courses that provide powerful learning experiences

    Safety first in everything: staffing, equipment and procedures

    A maximum of two groups on site at any one time, and courses are designed so that you virtually won’t see the other group all week

    A great place to engage young people about sustainability through our energy use, provision of our own food and engagement with the countryside

    As a Social Enterprise we aim to deliver the highest quality at affordable rates

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Your Course Director will discuss your requirements and help you to plan a residential that allows you to meet whatever objectives you have.  This will determine which activities or locations that we utilise, the level of challenge, personal responsibility or duration of an activity. Therefore each course that we plan is different.

We run courses for groups from KS1 to KS4 and each may have a particular emphasis; Special programmes that link to specific parts of the National Curriculum or the every Child Matters Agenda.

As we take students into some very beautiful environments often we hope to create an engagement with the natural world. Many Schools now incorporate the John Muir Conservation Award into their programme. The courses are as varied as your needs, whether it be intervention programmes, Leadership courses for School prefects, GCSE PE, Asdan awards or pure Challenge and Adventure.

Mid week courses start on Monday morning, through to after lunch on Friday. Some Schools split the week so that a second group swaps with the first on the Wednesday lunchtime.

Two night courses can either be Monday to Wednesday, Wednesday to Friday to Friday to Sunday.

Our prices are fully inclusive: Sole use of either the Farm House or the Green House (or both if you have 40 or more students booked in), excellent home cooked food, all instruction, use of facilities and in-course transportation.
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This venue has the following accreditation:

    Adventurous Activities Licensing Scheme AALS

    Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge

    Social Enterprise Mark

    The Adventure Mark

    The Institute of Outdoor Learning

    Investors in People Award

    The Duke of Edinburgh Award Accredited Activity Provider


What size groups do they cater for?

Up to 70 in two linked buildings – The Farm House and the Green House, that can either be booked together or separately

Minimum booking number for the whole Centre 40 paying guests

One free adult place for every 8 paying guests


What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Once you have booked, we will provide you with a teachers pack that will give you a wealth of information that will make it easier to organise your visit.

Much of the information is also available to download on our website

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Provided that it fits in with you Schools’ policy and all students have permission we are very happy for you to take photos or videos: It can be a valuable resource for you to use later.


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Risk assessments and operating procedures are available to download on our website

We also encourage teachers to make a pre-visit inspection to complete any other risk assessments they feel necessary.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

All Instructors are involved in the Education process. To talk to one of us phone,  01751 417112 or e mail


What does it cost?

The price will vary depending on the time of year and the duration of your stay.

Low season prices start at £99 for a weekend or two night stay .

Is specific clothing required?

A suggested kit list is available to download from our website


Do you have first aid on site?

All instructors hold current first aid qualifications. In addition there is always a member of Peat Rigg staff on site 24 hours a day.


What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Peat Rigg is based on a working farm in the North York Moors National Park. The two accommodation blocks – the farm House and the Green House provide very high quality facilities:

The centre is cosy and warm with mostly en-suite dorms for 4 students and close-by staff rooms.

There is ample space inside with dining rooms, lounge and games rooms and plenty of space to let off steam outside. There is a payphone for students and staff to use.

Peat Rigg has a unique and tranquil feeling. We are on a beautiful site in an isolated position away from outside distractions.

We have a small souvenir shop. £5 to £10 is probably the maximum that anyone could need to bring.

Are there disabled facilities?

In the Farm House one dormitory section has disabled access and also the the whole of the ground floor. The Green House is better suited for disabled guests with more accessible dorms, bathrooms and all of the downstairs area.

We have welcomed many less-abled students to Peat Rigg. Many activities can be adapted to make them more suitable for less mobile individuals. We suggest you visit the centre and talk to us to see what is possible.

What are your opening days and hours?

7 days a week. All year except for Christmas and the New Year


Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

To follow shortly.


Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

We love it: It is a beautiful place to work, play and share the experiences with our visiting friends.  Peat Rigg is a unique resource and it is difficult to describe that magic quality in words: Come and visit us, and once you have been here you will see why.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres

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