July Blog: Grand Opening of Mount Cook, Derbyshire’s Newest Adventure Centre

The team behind Derbyshire’s newest not-for-profit adventure centre, Mount Cook, marked the launch of the eco-friendly, 38-bedroom site in style on Sunday, with an open day attended by over 250 guests.

Guests included town councillors and shareholders as well as local schools, youth groups, contributors and friends.

The Mount Cook team offered guests a tour of the Centre, which is the largest of its kind in the area, as well as activities including archery and rock climbing, with music provided by local brass band Carlton Brass.  

Mount Cook received planning permission in July 2015, and the eco-friendly Centre, which can sleep up to 140 guests with wheelchair access, an indoor climbing wall, onsite high-ropes course, and a 10m high rooftop terrace, has been completed in less than a year.

The opening event marks end of a busy year for the Centre, but the start of an exciting future as the Mount Cook team prepares for the arrival of residential groups from NCS, the Prince’s Trust, Scouts and local school groups.  This summer will see the Centre host a nature photography weekend, ‘Survival in the Wilderness’ experience and two summer camps for children aged 7-11 and 12-16 years over the six-week holiday. The Centre has also already been booked for birthday parties, corporate team-building events, the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Annual AGM and even a wedding in the autumn.

Founders Colin and Robin gave a speech on the day. 

Founders Colin and Robin gave a speech on the day. 

Founders Colin Adams and Robin Sibson also revealed plans to install 10 eco-friendly wooden camping pods on site by spring 2017. These new ‘glamping’ pods will create space for a further 40 guests, and will offer a fun and alternative style of accommodation at the Centre. 

MP Patrick McLoughlin said: “I was very pleased to hear about the opening of the Centre. The facilities and accommodation sound excellent and I hope it will encourage more people to come and enjoy the many outdoor activities Derbyshire has to offer. I am looking forward to seeing the centre soon and I wish it every success.” The local MP and his family will be attending Mount Cook later on in August for a private tour of the Centre and its facilities.

Colin Adams said: “I am so proud of everything that the Mount Cook team has achieved so far, it is fantastic to have seen the Centre progress from an initial idea, to this point where we are ready to welcome groups of all ages, with more exciting developments to come. It is our hope that Mount Cook will become a real asset to Derbyshire, the Peak District and the local community.”

Set in 5 acres of ground, Mount Cook 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. The Centre will provide a range of adventure activities from rock climbing, kayaking and orienteering, and will also offer an educational insight into the local history and mining heritage of the area.

To see the Centre from a bird’s-eye perspective, watch our latest ‘Flying High’ video!