The team behind Derbyshire’s newest not-for-profit adventure centre, Mount Cook, marked a successful first year in operation in style on Saturday, with an open day attended by over 150 guests.
Attendees included MP Patrick McLoughlin, Wirksworth Town Councillors and shareholders, as well as local schools, youth groups, charities, contributors and friends, many of whom have been visitors to Mount Cook in the last 12 months.
The Mount Cook team offered guests a tour of the Centre, which is the largest of its kind in the Peak District, as well as activities including bush craft, indoor rock climbing, team challenges, fencing on the roof, circus skills and face-painting, 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, was completed in less than a year.
Since opening in July 2016, the Centre has welcome 3,500 young people from 47 schools and youth groups from all over the country. It has hosted more than 10 events including a series of successful holiday clubs, a charity murder mystery which raised £825 for Help for Heroes, corporate team building, conferences including the Human Appeal AGM which brought guests from Australia, Canada and US, foraging and outdoor cookery, photography, bush craft courses and two weddings! From January 2017, Mount Cook has welcomed over 3,300 people through its doors.
Co-Founder and Director, Colin Adams, said: “I am so proud of everything that the team has achieved in such a short time. It has been fantastic to see Mount Cook progress from an idea to a buzzing Centre full of groups of people from all over the UK. We still have big plans for Mount Cook and many exciting developments still to come, including a rooftop zip-wire due to be built at the end of the Summer.
“Our mission is to provide access to the outdoors for all, especially those who would not otherwise have the opportunity. It has been a pleasure to work with so many charities and youth groups in the local area and beyond, and we look forward to continuing to provide young people with new experiences in the great outdoors.”
In Spring 2017, the Centre announced the completion of 10 brand new wooden Glamping Pods, providing an alternative, unique accommodation option for a further 40 guests. Each pod can sleep up to 4 guests, and includes an en-suite toilet.
Looking forward, Mount Cook will host an International Youth Conference in collaboration with the Language Department at Antony Gell School in Wirksworth this July. Pupils from Italy, Germany and France will be staying at Mount Cook and exploring the local area through a variety of outdoor activities. The Centre will also be running its popular Summer Camp from 31st July – 4th August, which offers a full five-day itinerary for children aged 8+. Activities include water-sports, rock climbing, archery, high ropes, orienteering and rocket building, plus a packed lunch each day.
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, bush craft and orienteering.
Photos: Robert Morris, at www.robertmorrisimages.co.uk