The grand opening of Derbyshire’s first Rooftop Zip Wire was marked with a community celebration attended by 350 guests at Mount Cook Adventure Centre, on Monday 7th May 2018. Guests included town councillors, shareholders, contributors and friends.
The Rooftop Rider Zip Wire was officially opened by Amanda Brown, LEADER Manager at the Derbyshire Economic Partnership, who assisted with Mount Cook’s application for The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
The first of its kind in Derbyshire, the 108-metre-long Zip Wire starts 15 metres off the ground on the Centre’s roof and finish in Steeplehouse Quarry. Guests can expect to reach speeds of up to 40 mph!
The open day was a charitable event which donated 100% of the proceeds to Mount Cook’s charity of the year: Cancer Research UK. Over £1,100 was raised from the Zip Wire sessions and face-painting, plus extra donations kindly given by guests.
Other activities available at the open day included Archery Tag, a brand-new combat game where two teams shoot foam-tipped arrows at one another. Music was also provided by local brass band Carlton Brass, along with food and refreshments in Mount Cook’s glass fronted Main Dining Hall.
The opening of the Rooftop Rider Zip Wire marks the beginning of 3rd busy season for the Centre, which opened in July 2016. Mount Cook is preparing for the arrival of residential groups from primary and secondary schools from across the UK, youth groups, charitable groups which includes MIND – a national mental health charity, and an NHS team-building afternoon.
Mount Cook has also launched a range of all-inclusive Family Adventure Breaks in preparation for the summer, which offers accommodation in a cosy wooden Glamping Pod or en-suite bedroom, an afternoon of exciting outdoor activities including the Rooftop Rider Zip Wire and Bush Craft, evening entertainment including a campfire, full catering and a licensed bar. These will be available to book throughout July and August.
Co-founder and Director, Colin Adams, said: “The open day was a huge success, offering children aged 6 + and adults the opportunity to have a go on our new Rooftop Rider Zip Wire whilst raising money for a worthwhile cause. It is our hope that the Zip Wire will be valuable asset to Derbyshire and the Peak District by creating new jobs and boosting the local economy by encouraging tourists to the area.”
Set in 5 acres of land, Mount Cook is a short distance from Black Rocks climbing area, the High Peak Trail, Carsington Water and UNESCO World Heritage Site Cromford Mill and Derwent Valley Mills. The Centre provides a range of lower-level and high adrenaline outdoor activities which include rock-climbing, kayaking, archery and archery tag, bush craft and survival skills, indoor climbing, high ropes and team challenges. Mount Cook welcomes a range of groups of varying sizes, including schools, universities, youth groups, charities and corporates.