Mount Cook Adventure Centre Derbyshire

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Mount Cook Adventure Centre Porter Lane, Wirksworth, DE4 4LS

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Our new environmentally friendly Centre is on the outskirts of the Peak District using the abundance of natural facilities to provide a range of outdoor adventure activities and learning.

Listed under: Accommodation & Residential | Outdoor Residential Centres

What we offer

Mount Cook Adventure Centre is based on the outskirts of the Peak District, and uses the abundance of natural facilities to provide access to a range of outdoor adventure activities and learning. Our new environmentally friendly Centre is just minutes from rock-climbing area Black Rocks, water-sports area Carsington Reservoir, the High Peak Trail, World Heritage Site Derwent Valley Mills and Cromford Canal. For less physical and more educational activities, we take full advantage of the rich mining heritage and fascinating geology evident on our site. We have our very own preserved mine-shaft and set of post-medieval Q-pits at the Centre, used to bring the mining history of the local area to life.

It is important that everyone is given the opportunity to take risks and experience the thrill of adventure sports and activities in a controlled and safe environment. Consideration for your safety and security is inherent in everything we do. That's why all our activity providers are professionally trained and qualified, with full DBS checks, and First Aid certificates. Our Centre also undergoes regular risk assessments and health and safety checks, carried out internally by our team and by external organisations to ensure we remain at the forefront of good health and safety practice.

During your residential, there will always be a 24hr member of the team on call for your assistance.

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Group Sizes Catered For

Our Centre can sleep up to 140 guests, and a further 40 guests on our secure onsite camping paddock. When delivering activities, we normally recommend splitting a larger group into smaller teams of 10 - 15 people.

Risk Assessment Details

The welfare of participants is our prime concern and we invest heavily in our duty of care. Due to the individuality of our Centre, a site specific 'Group Stay Risk Assessment' is available on request from a member of the Mount Cook team. If you require additional assistance with preparing risk assessment documentation, the Centre Manager will be happy to support you during a FREE planning visit to assess the site.

Fire Risk Assessments are carried out and reviewed regularly with the co-operation of the local Fire Department to ensure the safety of our employees, guests and visitors at all times.

Pricing Information

1 night full board accommodation starts from £29.00 p/p> + VAT. This includes a cooked breakfast, a packed-lunch and a hot two-course dinner per day.

We offer teachers free accommodation at a ratio of 1:10.

We also offer Carers free accommodation at a ratio of 1:4.

First Aid Information

First aid kits are available in the Centre and all members of the Mount Cook team are first Aid qualified. If the group go on an excursion off site, then we recommend the that you bring your own first aid kits. Mount Cook operates an incident and accident report system so that Centre Manager is informed swiftly of incidents.

Available Facilities

Mount Cook Adventure Centre has full catering facilities. We are passionate about the meals we produce and that's why all our food is prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients, sourced locally where available. We offer flexible meal times to fit in with your itinerary and with prior notice we are happy to cater for any special dietary requests.

Sample Menu


A selection of hot foods including sausage, bacon and eggs.

Toast with preserves




Fruit juice / Coffee and tea


Fresh Sandwiches

Fresh fruit

A packet of crisps

A Bottle of Water



Soup of the day

Penne bolognese with garlic bread and salad

Jacket potatoe with various toppings

Vegetarian curry with rice and naan

Apple crumble with custard

The price for catering is included in our full board accommodation price. Groups who would like to bring their own packed-lunch are very welcome.

Within the Centre we have numerous indoor spaces available for evening activities, watching DVDs, playing table-tennis and board games. Our small hall? is also the perfect space for lessons or revision, as it is equipped with an overhead projector and screen. Teachers and group leaders are provided with quiet areas in the evening to relax. Wifi is available throughout the Centre, along with phone-charging plug points in the bedrooms.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Mount Cook has two disabled rooms within the Centre, and a secure access corridor on the ground floor for more vulnerable groups. We also offer numerous activities which are suitable for wheelchair users.

Opening Hours & Information

Our Centre is open 7 days a week with reception open from 9.00am - 5.00pm.

Room Sizes and Facilities

Each room can sleep up to 4 guests, with two bunk beds per room. All bedrooms at Mount Cook are equipped with en-suite bathroom facilities, and we also offer wheelchair accessible rooms. To ensure your belongings are kept safe whilst you're out and about, all of our bedrooms are secured with special access key cards, and personal lockers are provided for your personal possessions.

Booking information

Please contact our Marketing Officer, Victoria Cox, on: 07808883942 or our Executive Coordinator, Mary Reynolds, on: 07470 193943 or 

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