MOUNTAIN BIKING & CYCLE BASED TREASURE HUNTS
Ltd runs safe, reliable Team Building & Groupining Events on mountain bikes all year round...
All year round, from our long established little outdoor centre
( Rock Lea ) in the centre of the UK's accessible Peak District
village of Hathersage, Peak Activities Limited offers groups
and individuals a wide range of outdoor sports activities
including Easy & Harder Cycling & Mountain Biking Safaris
and Cycle based treasure hunts and Trail Quest Challenges
for adult groups.
We also arrange team builds which include
cycling and mountain biking in Ellmau in the Austrian Alps.
You can expect very friendly, expert tuition plus a variety
of special reliable backup facilities such as our minibus
"get you home" service & roadside assistance from our
experienced cycle mechanics. Unlike many providers in
this area we own our own extensive bike fleet, so we are
not reliant on third parties when a prompt, rapid start is
needed for your prestigious corporate event.
Activities Ltd offer lots of other outdoor pursuits & adventure
in the Peak District National Park
...and over in Tyrol in Austria too !
From our friendly little base in Hathersage ( Rock Lea Centre )
Peak Activities Ltd can offer group organisers mountain biking
and easy cycling sessions along scenic trails in and around the
lovely Hope Valley and elsewhere.
You can enjoy enjoy mountain biking with us just for fun... or as
a part of a group training programme arranged by our centre's
resident CIPD qualified and quality assured training specialists.
Unlike some activities which need good weather to work right first time...
YOU CAN ENJOY CYCLING RAIN OR SHINE !
We welcome corporate away days, group incentives and
inter-team challenge events ...or maybe just come along
for fun as part of a sensible stag or hen weekend in
Derbyshire's Peak District National Park !
We are open for group bookings every week of the year and
have a enviable record for safety and customer care. Unlike
many fresh freelance providers in the local market who offer
biking but don't have their own bikes, we own & service our
own large fleet of reliable, well maintained bikes with a wide
choice for all shapes and sizes plus our own competent bike
technicians on site....and the extra facilities of our own
minibuseses, bike trailers & roadside minibus support facilities
When you book a group in to our centre there's no waiting
for other groups to be served - our staff will be ready to brief
you and get your party fixed up with your safety equipment
and any required group training resources as soon as you 're
Call us on 01433-650345
To make the most of your trip out exploring the Peak District
on our bikes, we strongly recommend you take your time and
spend a little more time than you might imagine to get around
some of the scenic routes that start on our doorstep at Rock Lea
in Hathersage. Cycling is so much more fun if you can stop and
take in the view now and again.
You can book all day treasure hunts and trailquests or sessions
of a shorter duration. All trips are prefaced with a safety talk from
an experienced cycle instructor. You will need at least 3.5 hours
for a decent trip. A top tip for Group Organisers is to make the most
of your bike sessions by giving yourselves more rather than less
time. Rushing is not a good idea - If coming out for a whole day
you'll get much more out of combining a 3.5 or 4.5 hours bike ride
with a shorter session such as a quick abseiling session or one
of the many other short sessions which can be outlined if you
call one of our UK staff on 01433-650345.
If you're looking to organise an event with no safety worries and
no mechnical problems call us first to outline the dates and the
kind of event you have in mind ! All of our cycle based events
in the Peak District National park carry £5 million Public and
Third Party Liability Insurance Cover. Click for more details.
As featured on BBC Television with Damion Johnson
Mountain biking in the Peak District for corporate groups with
Peak Activities Ltd. has been featured on BBC television's
Eleventh Hour and also on BBC's Look North programme
...& on Radio Four's Breakaway Travel & Leisure Programme.
Touring on bridle ways above Edale in the winter time.
Spend a long half day or a full day setting your own pace
and exploring this lovely part of the world on a cycle...or
perhaps combine your cycle session with one of our other
popular sports activities such as orienteering, abseiling or
caving. Price of top quality team building events for corporate
groups ( including treasure hunts astride bikes ) start at around
£69 per person plus VAT. Call 01433-650345 for more information.
Please call 01433-650345 for a group quotation.
Overlooking Hathersage during a winter trail quest ride.
Frequently asked questions answered
lower down on this page include : -
What kit do we need for mountain biking in the Peak District National Park ?
Do we have to be able to ride a bike?....YES !
Do we have to wear mountain bike safety helmets ?
Are your bike riding activities in the Peak District properly insured ?
Can we run inter-team challenges and competitons using your bikes ?
Can Peak Activities Ltd help with charity fund raising in the Peak District ?
Can we just hire bikes from you and go off where we want ?
SOME PEAK DISTRICT MOUNTAIN BIKING HISTORY & FACTS
Peak Activities Ltd. was one of the pioneers of mountain biking
for groups in the accessible scenic Peak District National Park
in the late 1970's. when we were setting up multisports courses
at Edale YHA with YHA Warden the late David Nicholls and
Keith Hannah who nowadays is the boss of Trailways.
At our current base in Hathersage, we've just augmented
our existing modern bike fleet with some excellent new
Dual Suspension all terrain bikes imported from Austria.
Call us on 01433-650345
Minibus support and backup from highly experienced bike
mechanics dedicated to looking after your party means you
and your participants will be well looked after and don't have
to worry in the very unlikely event of a breakdown or tyre
puncture or one of your party getting tired. One of the snags
in the Peak Park whenever you go biking is hitting a thorn
and msuffering a flat tyre. We have several tried and proven
"trade secrets" for avoiding such probems - but nobody is
immune from punctures ( unles syou use solid rubber tyres ).
Check out the endorsements and "thank yous" from group
organisers and corporate clients who have used our facilities
over the past 21 years at our current site in Hathersage.
Go now to our main mountain biking page...
Above : One of our air-conditioned VW caravelles towing one of
our bike transporters to a quiet roadside starting point alongside
one of the beautiful banks of a nearby scenic reservoir.
If you would like a mainly downhill route talk to us !
Our bike transporter facility enables us to give you
a help getting up the hills and allow starts to be held
in unusual locations.
Our UK based bike fleet now includes comfortable De-Luxe
Dual Suspension Bikes which have the very latest Pentangle
frame design. * 21 gears with Shimano Derailleur and easy to
operate twist grip changers * Very powerful V-style brakes
with alloy levers * Aero alloy rims * Colour line all terrain tyres.
For those who prefer a rigid frame our standard bikes offer
18 and 21 speeds using thumb shifters and cantilever brakes
on traditional frames by Raleigh, Coyote and Exel. We stock
several sizes to suit most adult sizes....big and small and for
softies we have very luxurious gel filled saddles too !
Peak Activities Ltd's experienced instructors
know this area really well and know which trails
are quiet or completely traffic free. Using a
mountain bike trailer can helps us start and finish
bikes trips in some really fabulous locations
surrounded by wildlife & incredible views.
Bone fide group organisers are welcome to arrange
an appointment to come and see for themselves on
a pre-event inspection / event planning visit !
Above : a Hen Group setting out on a bike based
Treasure Hunt organised by our instructors.
Just turn up with a smile and we'll supply you with
everything else you'll need for a really good day or half day out .
One of the great things about mountain biking is
that it's a great activity whatever the weather !
Unlike sailing that needs wind - you can bike rain
or shine and still have a great time !
Our senior associate Frank Kent loading up a group's bikes on one
of our versatile bike transporters for a party of 20 people taking
part in one of our Mountain Bike Treasure Hunts . This session
started after breakfast at the local inn they were staying at nearby.
We have recently supplied bikes for parties of 8 to 80 people.
Our base Rock Lea in the heart of Hathersage in the Derbyshire Peak District
is ideally located for a wide variety of easy or tougher cycling routes.
We run a substantial well-maintained fleet of safe all-terrain mountain bikes
and hybrid bikes, and we are licensed by AALA to run bike treks all over
the UK all year round for under 18's. For larger groups (such as mountain
bike challenges & Treasure Hunts for over 100 people ) we'll procure
additional bikes & trailers.... but we will need plenty of notice please.
Advance booking is essential. Booking is really easy.
Mountain Bikes being towed up from Hathersage out to
near Ashopton Viaduct. It's a mainly downhill run from
here back to our centre in Hathersage.
Rock Lea's fleet of 15, 18 and 21 speed mountain bikes can be used for
a wide variety of tried and trusted activity breaks, management training
exercises, light-hearted team builds & for group events such as
Treasure Hunts, Trailquests, Cycle Orienteering, Problem Solving
Tasks & unique Mystery Tours and inter team Challenge Events..
How to make learning & recreational trips FUN is always a good
question and we have developed over the years a wide range of
team events - including trail quests that involve cycling on easy
trails around pine fringed reservoirs and along traffic free wo
woodland trails. Using our bikes is a good way of livening up
a treasure hunt or a journey between other team tasks.
All events are supported by our team of friendly and experienced
instructors and our bikes are kept in tip top condition by our own
cycle mechanics based at Rock Lea.
ALL OUR ACTIVITIES INCLUDING BIKING ARE COVERED BY
£5 MILLION PUBLIC AND THIRD PARTY LIABILITY INSURANCE
Accidents on bikes are rare and will usually occur when people
are doing something they've been asked not to do ( such as
macho men racing ! ) We have some tried and proven pedagogic
strategies for preventing such incidents, but nonetheless if
you're organising an event for work colleagues it's good to
know you have the best possible available insurance cover
in place as well.
A lot of firms nowadays are using bike rides for informal
corporate hospitality events. It's a very good way to spend
quality time with like-minded customers in tranquil and
pleasant surroundings. Ideal for relaxed team building
away days and other training events !
Corporate hospitality customers and training clients
who have enjoyed using Peak Activities bike based events
over the years include Bosch, Transco, Rover, Norwich Union,
ICI, Barclays Bank, Ernst & Young, Boots the Chemists,
Powergen, Fairclough Engineering, Lucas, Rolls Royce,
Data Connection, Price Waterhouse, Ernst & Young,
PriceWaterouseCoopers, the Environment Agency,
Wind River Systems, the DfES, the Royal Air Force,
English Tourist Board, NHS Supplies & many, many others.
Click here to read some of the recent thank you's
we've received from our appreciative customers.
All Peak Activities cycle trips for novice adults
can be accompanied by our centre's experienced
bike guides / mechanics. Some of the bikes
can also used for hilarious obstacle course
& hill trials during inter-team "activity day"
inter-syndicate challenges. Self-directed trips
around the more or less traffic-free trails
along the pine-fringed banks of the nearby
Ladybower and Derwent and Howden Dams
combined with Treadure Hunts in the lovely
Hope Valley are especially popular with our
customers wanting something different.
It doesn't have to be all macho Blood Sweat & Gears !
Bike safaris can be tailored to suit the mood and the
fitness (or otherwise) of all the people in your party.
Rides usually start and finish in Hathersage. Most take
about 3 to 4 hours, but all-day trips and shorter sessions
are possible too.
We often arrange to drop off and collect bikers
& their cycles using our special trailers towed behind
our centre's Land Rovers and 4 x 4 minibuses.
Everyone is provided with drinks bottles and drinks and
an ANSI/SNELL & DIN standard safety helmet. We can
also supply waterproofs., Packed lunches, can be fixed up
for a modest extra fee too.
If you're planning a wehole day trip bringing along your
own padded cycling shorts is a very good idea ...and cycling
gloves and sunglasses or cycling glasses to keep insects out of
your eyes are very useful extras to bring along if you have them !
See our suggested kit list.
Our experienced instructors will be pleased to take you out
for gentler or more demanding half day or full day rides over
local trails and tracks around nearby pine-fringed reservoirs.
We have a team of very experienced mountain bike leaders who
accompany groups and provide navigation and technical support.
Left : Lesley, one of our part-time instructresses
Staff carry radios and tools & first-aid kits, so any problems along
the way can be addressed immediately. All our tutors have first-aid
qualifications,but spills are rare when the group has been properly
shown how to safely ride off road and avoid common mistakes. However,
just in case, wearing a helmet is plenary. A centre 4x4 minibus and
driver are usually standing by in support in case spare bikes, etc.
are needed during your trip.
For straightforward sports events, bike fees for non-residential corporate clients
start at c. £69 +VAT per person per day for simple rides for a party of 6 or
more people. Quotes for shorter sessions and combinations of activities on request.
Fees will depend on group size, season, lead time and whether lunches, minibus
rides to and from hotels etc. ,are required. Discounts are available for prompt
payment with advance orders.
Training groups using our bikes will normally pay different levels of fees.
Ask us for a quotation over the phone f you have a specific date you want.
KIT & INSURANCE PROVIDED
We have different sizes of bike available for adults and
teenagers and we can usually offer enough bikes and helmets
for groups of 30+ people, but given enough notice, groups of
up to fifty + can be accommodated.
We would always suggest, however, that larger groups work in
much smaller syndicates for safety reasons...so a "Round Robin"
might be more appropriate. Please let us know will in advance if
you have anyone in your party who needs an extra small or extra
large bike. Given plenty of notice, Tandems or rickshaws may
sometimes be hired in if anyone in the team is visually impaired.
For something completely different for your team building activity,
check out TREASURE HUNTS USING BIKES ( ...and/or feet... and canoes
..or even helicopters )
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WHAT KIT DO WE NEED TO ENJOY MOUNTAIN BIKING ?
All our guests are recommended to bring along stretchy trousers
or even shorts in hot weather ( something like track suit bottoms are ideal )
and a pair of sunglasses to look trendy and keep flies out of your eyes.
A pair of cycling gloves is also useful. Padded cycling shorts with
Chamois leather gussets and loads of Lycra are only de regeur if you
can actually ride the bike quite well !
On your feet you can wear trainers or boots or shoes. Footwear without
laces is best but oytherwise we'll be asking you to tie up your shoelaces
to keep them well out of the way of getting caught in the front chain set
and causing an accident.
Your kit could get a tad moist or muddy even on a sunny day
- so a change of gear ( no pun intended !!! ) is always a pretty
good idea too. On really hot days some sun tan lotion is also
worth having along. Sweets and chocolate are great for bribing
the instructors and renewing your energy levels. We have
water bottles on many of bikes - so if you have some soft drinks
with you it will be possible to put them into your cycle bottles.
Talk to us nicely and we'll provide you with some orange squash
or water before you set off from Rock Lea.
DRINKING & DRIVING...
Under our terms of business we have strict policy regarding
drug and alcohol-induced-accident avoidence, so leaders of
Hen and Stag groups etc. should note that we cannot allow our
bikes to go out with anyone who seems to be worse for drink...
If you're planning a weekend programme, we'll fit in the biking
on Saturday afternoon rather than on Sunday morning if anyone's
planning a heavy drinking session on Saturday night !!!
MOUNTAIN BIKING IS POTENTIALLY
We regret that for safety reasons we do cannot normally
offer mountain biking as an option to persons aged
under 11, or those who are seriously unfit or non-riders, etc.
Special bikes can sometimes be arranged ( given prior notice )
for visually impaired people and folks with special needs.
MOUNTAIN BIKE SAFETY HELMETS
All our guests are issued with Safety Helmets and are expected
to wear them at all times, please. Except for Sikh guests wearing
turbans, who are exempt, the wearing of our safety helmet is plenary
at all times. This is for safety & insurance reasons. If you don't want
to wear a helmet you'd be better off contacting another supplier - as
we will always enforce this safety procedure !
CAN WE JUST HIRE A BIKE AND GO OFF WHERE WE WANT ?
SORRY NO YOU CAN NOT !
We only offer organised cycle events for groups & off-the-shelf
open events for individuals where we know where people are
travelling and can cover them with our insurance. We regret we
are an events company running events with technical support,
meals, rescue backup, etc. - so our bikes are not available as
" hire bikes " which you can just pick up and take anywhere
you want. People wanting cheap bog standard bike hire facilities
will need to call elsewhere ( try the Tourist Information Centres
listed on the TIC link ) .
We cannot recommend other firms or assist people wanting ad hoc hire.
If you want to hire a bike on an ad hoc basis and go off where you
like you'll need to contact one of the Tourist Information Centres
listed on our "links" page.
CLICK HERE TO SEE INFORMATION ABOUT
THE MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE
WITH PEAK ACTIVITIES AT OUR UK SITE.
Climbing, Caving, Abseiling, Potholing, Orienteering, Treasure Hunts,
High Ropes, Nordic Walking, Scrambling and much more.
Go now to our web site's other mountain biking information page...
Click here please for more pictures and further
information about cycling with Peak Activities Ltd.