Outdoor centre ready to open doors to public

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The team behind a brand new, start-of-the-art adventure centre is celebrating its completion less than a year after receiving planning approval.

The eco-friendly Wirksworth centre can sleep up to 140 guests with wheelchair access, an indoor climbing wall, on-site high-ropes course and a 10m high rooftop terrace,

Mount Cook marked the achievement with an open day attended by over 250 guests, including councillors and shareholders as well as local schools, youth groups, contributors and friends.

The opening marks an exciting year as the Mount Cook team prepares for the arrival of residential groups from the National Citizen Service, the Prince’s Trust, Scouts and local school groups.

Co-founder 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.”

The centre is part of a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to provide access to the outdoors and outdoor activities for all, especially young people and those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to access them.

Mount Cook provides a wide range of activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, caving, orienteering and high ropes and draws inspiration from the surrounding rural landscapes, encouraging visitors to explore the natural environment and learn about local history and heritage.

Colin, along with co-founder Robin Sibson has also revealed plans to install ten eco-friendly wooden camping pods on site by spring next year, in order to create space for a further 40 guests and offer an alternative style of accommodation at the centre.

Set in five 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.

For more visit www.mountcook.org or follow @MtCookActivity on Twitter.