Meet the Team: Matt Burton

With the summer months rapidly approaching, we thought it was about time that we expanded the Mount Cook team and appointed our new Centre Manager. Matt Burton has over 10 years’ experience working in the Youth Hostel Association, and previously managed Ravenstor YHA based in Miller’s Dale, Buxton.

There’s a lot to do over the next coming months, but we know Matt has what it takes to help make this new, exciting venture a success! 


Where did your passion for the outdoors come from?

I grew up in rural Hampshire countryside so always played outside with friends and explored woodlands and paths. I started to go on family holidays to the Lake District in my teenage years and I ‘fell’ in love with the area instantly and have had a passion for walking ever since.


What is your favourite outdoor activity, and why?

I love walking in the hills, after that it has to be a ride on my road bike around the beautiful country lanes in the Peak District.


Is there an adventurous activity that you would love to try, but haven’t yet had the chance?

I would like to go paragliding, it looks so peaceful and you get great views. I would also like to get an adrenaline rush from White Water Rafting at some point before I get too old.


What’s been your greatest outdoor experience in Britain?

Tough question, a memory I always smile at is wild camping in the Lake District and getting up early and walking up to the top of Hart Crag at dawn and having an amazing view of Windermere with a cloud inversion in the lowlands and roar frost on all the rocks.


Where is favourite place to travel, outside of the UK?

France is a popular destination for me having spent over a year in the country renovating a farm house and cottage there after I finished university.


If you were a British wild animal, what would you be?

I would like to be a squirrel because they have great bushy tails, leap fro tree to tree and can ‘fly’ through the air.


What’s your favourite food to eat in Derbyshire?

Bakewell Pudding…yummy!


What’s the best thing about Derbyshire as a whole?

Easy access to the beautiful Peak District from many towns and cities with so many tourist attractions in the county.