Peak uni in top ten for climbing

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Climbers looking for a degree education with good peaks on the doorstep should consider the University of Derby Buxton, suggests a new British Mountaineering Council (BMC) ‘top-ten’ list.

The new list of ‘climber friendly’ universities in England and Wales – ranked by factors such as a proximity to crags, hills and mountains and provision of specialised outdoors courses – puts the university’s Buxton campus in a healthy sixth place.

Outdoor Leadership Instructor Victoria Foxwell said: “Oaklands Manor is not only set in 58 acres of countryside but also within the magnificent Peak District, which has great opportunities for climbing on the doorstep. We know a lot of students come to the Peak District for the climbing.

“There is also our great facility at the Harpur Hill site in Buxton. It includes features like the small bouldering wall which a lecturer in a classroom, talking about movement on the climbing face, could pop out to and show the practice behind the theory; which is all part of our real world learning ethos.”

The list was compiled by the BMC following input from real climbers on Facebook.