Mount Cook Adventure Centre and JCA join forces to enable children to experience the Peak District

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Wirksworth and Shrewsbury, 25th May 2016 – Derbyshire’s new not-for-profit adventure organisation, Mount Cook, has partnered up with leading activity trip provider JCA. This exciting new collaboration will provide children and young people from across the UK the opportunity to visit the Peak District, to experience a range of adventurous outdoor activities and learning.

Mount Cook’s brand new eco-centre will make an exciting venue for JCA’s school residential trips, which will take place in the Spring and Autumn of 2017 and 2018. Mount Cook Adventure Centre, due to be completed in June this year, can sleep over 130 guests in en-suite rooms, and offers numerous unique features from an indoor climbing wall, and onsite high-ropes course, to a 10m high rooftop classroom.

Architect's impression of Mount Cook Adventure Centre 

Architect's impression of Mount Cook Adventure Centre 

Joint founder and director of Mount Cook, Colin Adams said: “I am thrilled by our new partnership with JCA. This is a fantastic opportunity for the Mount Cook team to work with an experienced school trip provider that has been established for well over 20 years. Our two organisations complement each other well, and we share a joint passion for getting children outdoors and allowing them to gain confidence through taking part in adventurous activities. Together we can reach out to pupils from all across the UK, and give as many children as possible the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful area.”

JCA operates from five centres nationwide. It’s flagship, Condover Hall, underwent a multi-million refurbishment in 2011. Following the successful reopening of the Centre, JCA has partnered with Mount Cook to offer new accommodation options in a more northern area of the UK.

Condover Hall, Shrewsbury

Condover Hall, Shrewsbury

JCA’s General Manager Andrew Smeed-Curd said: ‘Opening a new centre in the stunning Peak District is fantastic for JCA. We’re looking to grow our operation, increase our capacity and give more schools and groups access to outdoor activities and learning in more parts of the UK. Mount Cook’s great location and quality of product has helped tick all the boxes! We can’t wait to start our adventure in this fantastic new outdoor centre in 2017.’

Set in five acres of grounds, Mount Cook Adventure Centre is a short distance from Black Rocks climbing area, the High Peak Trail, Carsington Reservoir and UNESCO World Heritage Sites Cromford Mill and Derwent Valley Mills. Under the terms of the partnership, JCA will utilise the abundance of local facilities to provide engaging activities ranging from kayaking, rock-climbing, caving and orienteering. The Mount Cook team will also offer an educational programme, allowing children to learn more about the local geology, history and rich mining heritage of the area.

Black Rocks climbing area 

Black Rocks climbing area