April Blog: Have a Micro Adventure at Mount Cook!


Daffodils and snowdrops are blossoming all across the Peak District – a sure sign that Spring is fully underway. I’m already looking forward to longer and lighter evenings where you can go for a run, walk or cycle after work, and still enjoy a trip to the pub without it getting dark!

It’s also that time of year when thoughts turn to travel plans, new adventures and booking holidays…

I recently came across the term ‘Micro Adventure’, which was coined by British adventurer and author Alastair Humphreys. He defines it as an overnight outdoor adventure that is "small and achievable, for normal people with real lives". These breaks act as a “refresh button” for people with busy schedules, and offer an opportunity to escape the daily routine. For those of us who can’t spare more than a couple of days off work, going on a Micro Adventure is a fantastic way to fully embrace your time away from the 9-5.

Its these Micro Adventures which also encourage people to take positive steps towards challenging themselves, stretching beyond their comfort zones, improving their physical health, mental well-being, and achieving that all important work-life balance.

If you are looking for a Micro Adventure, packed with exciting activities and beautiful countryside, we might be just what you’re looking for…

Our Mount Cook short breaks are a chance to go wild and enjoy new experiences with friends and family. You can stay in our centre in one of our en-suite rooms, with full catering facilities. Or if you want to be really adventurous, you can camp in our secure wooded camping paddock on site complete with camp-fire pits!

What you do during your stay with us is entirely up to you… and there is certainly plenty to do!

Canoeing on Cromford Canal 

Canoeing on Cromford Canal 

You can join us on Cromford Canal for some gentle canoeing, reach great heights on Black Rocks with some rock-climbing, or escape into the beautiful wilderness on a walk down the High Peak Trail. Our friendly team can work with you to create a programme of activities which will suit everyone.

Wirksworth Art Festival Parade 2015.

Wirksworth Art Festival Parade 2015.

The Peak District also has plenty to offer, with an abundance of quaint towns and breath-taking landscapes to explore. Historic market town, Wirksworth, is just a few minutes’ walk from our centre and definitely worth a visit! From 9th-25th September, this cultural town becomes a buzzing hub of art, performances and events as it plays host to one of the most renowned rural arts festivals in Britain. We also have two UNESCO World Heritage Sites Cromford Mill and Derwent Valley Mills not far from our site, which offer a fascinating insight into the rich industrial history of the local area.

Beautiful Derbyshire! 

Beautiful Derbyshire! 

We think its important to embrace the beautiful countryside, and try new experiences - even if it is just for a weekend!  Who knows what you could discover? If you would like more information on our Mount Cook Micro Adventures for your friends or family, please email explore@mountcook.uk.


You can also check out the following information sheets for more details on what we have to offer:  

'Family Activity Holidays' 

'Celebrations, Parties and Events

'Business Conferences

'Activities and Educational Programmes


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