Mount Cook Adventure Centre, Porter Lane, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Matlock, DE4 4LS

Call The Office on 01629 823 702

Adventure Centre on the edge of the Peak District

Mount Cook is a spacious purpose built outdoor centre run on a not-for-profit basis. Completed in 2016, this wonderful centre oozing quality and serenity provides the perfect base for groups of 8 - 180 looking for an exciting break in the Peak District.

The main building sleeps 136 in 34 ensuite bedrooms and houses a large glass-fronted, licensed, refectory. There are a variety of meeting spaces available that can be equipped with projectors and screens for all your classroom or conferencing needs. Just outside 10 unique pods, with lighting, usb charging point, heating and ensuite WC each sleep 4 in bunks. Showers are a few steps away in the main building. All bedding is provided. BYO towels. B&B, half or full board. Self catering is available for sole use bookings.

Set in 9 acres of private grounds, there is a wonerful range of exciting outdoor activities on site, plus more off-site. These can be pre-booked for any group of 8 or more.

The Centre boasts direct access to the High Peak Trail & The Pennine Bridleway for walking and cycling, and Black Rocks for climbing. Cromford Mills World Heritage Site, the Heights of Abraham, Chatsworth House and Carsington Reservoir are all close by. While the quaint market town Wirksworth is with walking distance and offers a selection of lovely pubs and restaurants.

Popular with schools, clubs, corporate team building, weddings and gatherings of friends and families. There is ample free parking for up to 40 vehicles just a 2 minute walk away from the main building, as well as electric vehicle charging and accessible parking.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Peak District and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    180: 140 Beds: 34x4 + 2x2 (disabled access), 10 Pods: 10x4 + 40 Camping
  • Open:

    All year. Office hours; weekdays 9-5.
  • Price per night:

    Contact Mount Cook.
  • Booking:

    Book via email or telephone.
  • Directions:

    From A6 at Cromford follow signs to Wirksworth up Cromford Hill, at the top turn right onto Porter Lane (signposted Middleton By Wirksworth and Ashborne) Mount Cook well signposted on the left and shares the main entrance with the Eco and Stone Centres. From Wirksworth follow the main road towards Cromford, after the railway bridge in Bolehill turn left and follow the above instructions.
  • Public Transport :

    Train at Cromford (buses from Cromford Village), buses from Derby, Matlock and Bakewell.
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks The Pennine Bridleway Limestone Way White Peak Loop
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aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
rAccessibility features
dBedding provided
gFully heated
mMeals available (with notice)
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
iDrying room
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
ZDogs by arrangement
wGroups Only

r Accessibility Info

Mount Cook Adventure Centre is a non-for-profit activity centre based just outside of the Peak District. Their aim is to make outdoor adventure accessible to everyone. This is reflected in the measures they have put in place to accommodate a range of disabilities. ..Click for photos and more


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News & Offers from Mount Cook Adventure Centre

Just look at this! A hostel offering fab residential courses

May 17th 2022

The fabulous Mount Cook Adventure Centre has 3 super-interesting courses coming up over the weekend of 15th-17th July. Choose from: Nature photography with Guy Badham, Making it Wild with Netty Reddish or Bumblebees with Oliver Foulds. With just 8 places on each course they are sure to fill up quickly. So get in touch soon to find out more and secure your place.

The package includes all the learning and full board from Friday evening to Sunday lunch and costs £270 pp.

Advert for adult skills courses

Looking for a wedding with a difference?

May 17th 2022

If stuffy, formal weddings are not your vibe then you will love the atmosphere Mount Cook has to offer…

Tie the knot on the edge of the Peak District with panoramic views of nearby Wirksworth, Matlock, Riber Castle and Black Rocks. Followed by activites of your choosing that will make your wedding a day to remember. With zip wires, high ropes, indoor climbing, bush craft, den building, orienteering, archery & archery tag, rock climbing and abseiling on site, there will never be a dull moment.

On site accommodation means no added complications of guests finding somewhere to stay. The only decision will be where would you rather sleep? Hostel style dorms, under floor heated pods or camping!?

Mount Cook Adventure Centre can work in collaboration with you to ensure your big day is everything you dreamed it would be.

tables laid out for a celebration at mount cook
Set up for a celebration!
A bride and groom getting married and everyone is throwing confetti over them

All groups welcome this August!

May 16th 2022

Room rate now available for 22nd August – 26th August for medium sized groups.
Just £87.55 per room of 4 per night!

Our comfortable en-suite bedrooms sleep up to 4 people, making this a great value option for family groups. Book full board catering and exciting activities like Zip Wire, High Ropes, and Archery to make the most of your summer adventure.

Every room has a shower and sink, meaning no queues for the communal showers.
With access to the High Peak Trail, Carsington Water, and Harborough Rocks, Mount Cook is the perfect base for all your adventurous activities.

Minimum group size of 8.

Free WIFI & free parking.

Late Availability
THe exterior fo the centre

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