Mount Cook appoints new Centre Manager ahead of July opening

Mount Cook Adventure Centre, a new not-for-profit organisation in the Peak District, has recently appointed a new Centre Manager in anticipation of the first guests arriving in July. The Centre, which is currently under construction to be completed by the end of June, seeks to provide access to outdoor adventurous activities and learning for all. 

Colin Adams (left) and Matt Burton shake hands outside of the Centre 

Colin Adams (left) and Matt Burton shake hands outside of the Centre 

Matt Burton, who has over 10 years’ experience working for the Youth Hostel Association, previously managed Ravenstor Youth Hostel based in Miller’s Dale, Buxton. His new role as Centre Manager at Mount Cook will initially include the recruitment of both full-time and part-time staff to join the team. On opening Matt will ensure the smooth operation of all aspects of the Centre, alongside designing and running activity days and residential trips.

Matt Burton, Centre Manager, Mount Cook said: “I am excited to be part of an organisation so committed to providing opportunities for outdoor learning and adventurous activities. The Peak District has a lot to offer, with its rich history and heritage, fascinating geology, abundance of wildlife and potential for adventure, which I believe everyone should be able to enjoy. I hope to recruit an enthusiastic team who share my values and look forward to working together to make Mount Cook a success.”

Founded and directed by Colin Adams and Robin Sibson, the eco-friendly Centre will accommodate 130 guests in en suite rooms with wheel-chair accessible facilities, and will sleep a further 40 guests in the secure camping paddock on site. The Centre’s unique features include an indoor climbing wall, an onsite high-ropes course, numerous indoor and outdoor workshop spaces, and a 10m high rooftop classroom.

Architect's impression of the completed Centre

Architect's impression of the completed Centre

Colin Adams, Director, Mount Cook said: “Matt’s experience, enthusiasm and determination made him the ideal person for the Centre Manager role. We have already received bookings from school groups, National Citizenship Service, Prince’s Trust and Scouts for the Summer and into the Autumn. We have also just launched two Summer Camps for the six-week holiday, which have already proven very popular. Matt has a very busy year ahead, but I am confident that he will do a brilliant job.”

Set in five acres of grounds, the 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. Mount Cook has partnered up with local activity provider Acclimbatize, who will provide a range of adventure activities from rock climbing, kayaking and orienteering. The Mount Cook team will also offer an educational insight into the local history and mining heritage of the area. The Summer Camps will offer children and young people an exciting five-day itinerary of adventurous activities over the course of the six-week break.

Mount Cook is also seeking volunteers to assist in events and activities taking place at the Centre. Anyone who would like to get involved can email

All job vacancies can be found on the Mount Cook website:

Click on the following links to read more information on our 2016 Summer Camps, or email:

Eco Explorer Camp (6 - 11 years)

Action Adventure Camp (12 - 16 years