Top Ten Things To Do During Your Stay at Mount Cook


Our Family Adventure Weekends mean that you have an action-packed weekend full of adventure, discovery and most importantly, time to spend with one another. However, Mount Cook want to ensure that you can make the most out of your time with us and enable you to create new experiences, not just within our activities but in the heart of Derbyshire too. 

Therefore, this is the perfect guide to the ten best things to get up to during your stay at Mount Cook Adventure Centre;

Black Rocks allowing little ones to become pro-explorers!

Black Rocks allowing little ones to become pro-explorers!

1. Black Rocks

A five minute walk away from Mount Cook, Black Rocks is a small outcrop of natural gritstone situated next to the High Peak Trail. Find your inner explorer, and walk around the cave-like formations overlooking Wirksworth and Cromford, demonstrating the beauty of nature around the Derbyshire Dales! 

2. Matlock Farm Park

 A twenty minute drive from Mount Cook, Matlock Farm Park is a family friendly venue ensuring everybody can get a taste of farming life! Suitable for all ages, it is the perfect place to cuddle some lambs and learn in the rural countryside, accompanied by a lovely cafe, parents can relax while the children can play on a large variety of equipment.

Heights (Literally!) of Abraham

Heights (Literally!) of Abraham

3. Heights of Abraham

Situated in Matlock Bath, the Heights of Abraham takes you on a cable car journey up to a hilltop park in which children can explore the outdoors at great heights. As well as this, visitors can have a guided tour of the hilltop caverns too, allowing families to delve deeper into the history of lead mining. 

4. Matlock Bath

A 5 minute drive away from Mount Cook Adventure is the small village of Matlock Bath. Labelled, "the seaside without the sea", Matlock Bath has a trail of arcades and quirky cafes tailored to provide families with a feeling of escapism and contentment during their stay in Derbyshire. 

5. Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is a Stately Home, 3.5 miles North East of Bakewell and is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The Chatsworth Estate offers guests the chance to explore the house, visit the stunning gardens and get their hands dirty in the Adventure Playground. 


6. Crich Tramway Museum

Set in a stunning location, pay the conductor your tram fare and travel back in time to the Crich Tramway Village. Featuring a woodland walk, as well as a brand new outdoor playground, Crich Tramway Museum is the perfect day out for those interested in historical Derbyshire. 

7. Cromford Mill

Cromford Mill is a multi-use visitor centre and is the centre-piece of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The birthplace of the modern factory system is a fascinating family day out for all, enabling an understanding as to how Arkwright's factory system changed the world that we live in. With cafes, exhibitions and quirky shops, Cromford Mill is a site not to be missed out on. 

8. Dovedale

A National Trust attraction, Dovedale is an idyllic spot for all. Follow the famous stepping stones across the river and take a stroll along, Dovedale is the perfect location to capture the beauty of the Derbyshire Dales and is only a 30 minute drive from Mount Cook. 

9. National Stone Centre

Across the road from Mount Cook Adventure is the National Stone Centre, a local attraction run by a small group of volunteers. The Stone Centre has a Gastro Pod offering food from locally sourced produce and provides guided trails around it's very own, "Geo-Trail", The National Stone Centre is the perfect place to visit during your stay at Mount Cook. 

10. Carsington Water

Located between Wirksworth and Kniveton, Carsington Water is a reservoir full of action-packed adventure. With a visitor's centre, huge playground, sailing club and cycle hire - Carsington is the place to visit during your stay at Mount Cook. Explore the grounds and discover more through the Severn Trent Water visitor site.