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

Call The Office on 01629 823 702


Mount Cook is the perfect base for groups looking for an exciting break in the Peak District. Each of the modern bedrooms sleeps up to 4 guests in bunk bed accommodation, with complimentary bedding and an ensuite bathroom. The Centre also offers 2 wheel-chair accessible bedrooms, which sleep just 2 guests. Just outside the Centre are 10 unique Glamping Pods which sleep up to 4 guests with a USB charging point, a small heater, complimentary bedding and an en-suite toilet and wash-basin. Showers are located on the ground-floor of the Centre, just a few steps away. The secure, onsite camping paddock sleeps a further 40 guests, with tents, sleeping bags and other camping equipment available to hire from the Centre. In the evening, groups can sit back and relax around Mount Cook designated campfire pits. Mount Cook offers a wide variety of onsite and offsite activities, available to book for groups no smaller than 8 people. These include the Rooftop Rider Zip Wire, High Ropes, Indoor Climbing, Bush Craft & Den Building, Orienteering, Team Challenges, Archery & Archery Tag, Rock Climbing & Abseiling, Caving and Water-sports. Surrounding the Centre is the pedestrianized High Peak Trail for walking and cycling, Cromford Mills World Heritage Site, the Heights of Abraham, Chatsworth House and Carsington Reservoir. Nearby is the quaint market town Wirksworth, which offers a selection of country pubs and restaurants. This accommodation is featured on our map of the Peak District and here is its own website.


  • Rooms & Beds:

    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

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is in a National Park, is available only to groups, is an 'Eco Hostel' and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the map of accommodation for school groups, the Wedding Venue page, the Hostels that welcome stag and hen parties map, the Hostels with Camping map and the White Peak Loop.


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
rDisabled Access
dBedding provided
gFully heated
mMeals available (with notice)
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
iDrying room
ZDogs by arrangement
wGroups Only


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News & Offers from Mount Cook Adventure Centre

Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life with a unique Glamping Pod experience at Mount Cook.

August 18th 2019

Perched on a hill between a traditional Derbyshire Dales market town and the village that started the industrial revolution, Mount Cook looks out onto the two strongest influences of rural Derbyshire’s historic culture. Read on for an insight to the range of accommodation and educational packages.

Mount Cook is surrounded by spectacular views, historic towns and a range of fantastic facilities, which are all tied together by the friendly and fun atmosphere. The happy staff work as a team and creating a warm and friendly environment for the guests, creating a real sense of community.

Mount Cook offers a range of engaging and informative educational packages, which aim to inspire both pupils and teachers! Using interactive and hands-on outdoor activities, costume, reconstructed artefacts and local historic features, we bring Prehistoric Britain, The Romans and The Industrial Revolution to life for children and young people.

The famous Glamping Pods provide accommodation for up to 40 guests, each with an ensuite toilet and washbasin. Check out their main page for the rest of the accommodation offers!

In addition to all the incredible onsite activities, the location is a natural attraction itself! The pedestrianised High Peak Trail runs parallel to the Centre, where guests can hire bikes, ride horses or go on hikes into Derbyshire. Carsington Reservoir, located 15 minutes from Mount Cook, is ideal for water-sports which include canoeing, kayaking and raft-building. And Black Rocks, a five minute walk from Mount Cook, is a unique prehistoric rock formation in the landscape, ideal for climbing, bouldering, abseiling, rock scrambling, or simply exploring!

The Centre’s closest market town, Wirksworth, is a historic and quaint place to visit with quirky shops, cute pubs and great places to eat.

From Mount Cook, guests can visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cromford Mill – the heart of the industrial revolution during the 19th Century.



Mount Cook, BAPA accredited School Accommodation in the Peak District with CLOtC Quality Badge.

June 11th 2019

Mount Cook knows that learning beyond the classroom walls and into the great outdoors transfers into a wealth of life skills, and changes in attitudes and behaviors.

Primary Schools.  Mount Cook  provides a safe, friendly environment where children have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, try out new activities, and develop their self confidence away from home. Tailor made class activity day or residential specifically to your learning objectives and aims.

Secondary Schools.  Mount Cook are dedicated to providing unique and challenging experiences which will broaden the horizons of your pupils.  Activities help young people to discover new opportunities, expand their appetite for learning, develop key skills and increase attainment.

Outdoor Learning CPD for Teachers! Mount Cook supports school staff in overcoming the barriers to teaching and learning in natural environments. Its Outdoor Learning CPD programmes are designed to develop teachers’ confidence, competence and self-efficacy for delivery high quality lessons in the outdoors.

Find out more here.

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Mount Cook new in the Independent Hostel Guide

June 7th 2018

Outdoor adventure centre Mount Cook is perfect for groups.

Outdoor adventure centre Mount Cook is brand new into the Independent Hostel Guide. Perfect for groups looking for a stunning location or exciting outdoor activities. In a stunning location near Wirksworth in Derbyshire so within easy access of the Peaks for climbing and cycling and Carsington Water for water sports. It even has it’s own 108metre zip wire for the intrepid in your group!

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