Peak Activities has often been featured on BBC1, BBC2 and other national television programmes and on national radio.  Click on this image for more information about television and raido coverage...As featured numerous times on national radio & television.

Established in 1980, Peak Activities Ltd. offers safe, reliable professional indoor &
outdoor training courses & a wide range of fun, safe, adventurous outdoor pursuits
for groups and for
individuals visiting our bases in the Peak District. There are lots
of tiny new companies now copying our products and using trading names very
similar to ours in and around Derbyshire - but we hope you'll agree that whilst we
may often have been copied, our levels of safety, customer care, total quality & value
for money are rarely surpassed and help us stand out from the crowd.

We have always promised not to let our customers down. We're simply sold on service.
The expertise of our
unique team of over 20 dedicated full time & part time staff built up
over 30 years & our unique products and excellent service levels are our greatest strengths.
We own our highly accalaimed centre
Rock Lea in a simply perfect accessible location in
the middle of
Hathersage - in the Hope Valley in the heart of the Peak District National Park.

As well as supplying open events which individuals can book we also have an excellent track
record designing & running successful team building and training events for private groups large
and small. We cater for all kinds of group clients and have staff specialising in designing and running
bespoke events for SME's & large blue-chip clients. We pride ourselves on consistently supplying
excellent service & a broad range of safe, reliable
events all year round for all our customers.

All year long in the Peak District National Park we offer : -

1 ) SPORTS WEEKENDS - sports events  just for fun - for individuals & for private groups.

2)  CORPORATE EVENTS -  for unique company sponsored entertaining & jolly incentives !

3)  DEVELOPMENT TRAINING - serious longer bespoke events boosting business performance !

4)  COMPANY TEAM BUILDING OUTDOORS & INDOORS informal & more serious programmes.


Click to go to our booking page. Making a booking is easy. All you need to do is cal us on 01433-650345. Click for comments from some of our delighted customers. .T

Photograph of James Powell - our company's lawyer potholing in England's deepest cave.  James is seen descending a slim electron ladder to explore beyond Garlands Pot. If you click on the image you will go to a page of information about caving and potholing with Peak Activities Ltd's DCA qualified instructional staff...We are members of the Heart of England Tourist Board...Photo of an abseilier descending like a spider on a thread. from a disused viaduct over a river gorge. Click on this button to go to a page of information and more photographs of abseiling and rappelling activities with Peak Activities Ltd's qualified climbing and caving instructors.


      We are not the cheapest providers in the area but we like to think that over the years we have established an 
      excellent reputation for looking after our customers - whether they're here as part a large corporate hospitality 
      event over several days or a small private group or individuals just out for a day. 

Check out current deals on our  great "Open" Sports Weekends for individuals. 

Tailoring events for private parties on the dates of your choosing...




Please click here for some glowing endorsements from lots of our delighted clients 
    and other travel media or scroll down this page for more information.

Our excellent staff,  products & services have been frequently been highly acclaimed
in media such as The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and the Daly Telegraph & have 
been featured at length in numerous ITV & BBC television & radio documentaries.
   ............  .........................Peak Activities Ltd are committed to making as many of our activities as possible accessible to people with physical or other disabilities.  In particular we are strongly involved in designing mixed age, mixed fitness and mixed ability events for groups with a wide spread of abilities and interests.

Photograph of a very posh training room. Welcome to one of the many different conference and training rooms we can provide for our clients who are using us for corporate training, corporate hospitality, product launches, etc.  Phone us to discuss your specific needs and interests on 01433-650345.




We offer over 25 years experience in the field of arranging top
quality residential and non-residential training courses and
corporate events - as well as enjoyable "just for fun" sporting
& corporate entertainment and team building events...
Peak Activities Ltd have become the first choice for many
people who need to organise 100% reliable events that will
work safely "right first time" and safeguard the organisers'
and stakeholders' credibility at a very competitive and attractive
overall cost.

Our activities have often been highly acclaimed in the national press
and on numerous national
BBC and ITV tv and radio programmes and
are highly regarded by the many companies and individuals who
repeatedly use and who volunteer to endorse our services.
We're not the cheapest provider in this area - but the facts that we
have successfully operated
here for over 25 years in a fiercely
competitive market and are often the first choice of many of our
many discerning clients speak
volumes about the level of care
and attention we spend to
make sure we don't let our customers
down - well except on the end of a rope when we're out abseiling !



Peak Activities Ltd offers clients first-class safe events, expert staffing,
patient close personal attention and a wide range of tried & proven
high quality training & flexible tuition services which can be carefully
tuned to suit various budgets and achieve different aims and objectives.
Our friendly, highly qualified tutors offer events such as beginners
sports weekends all year around
designed especially for individuals
but much of our work is running tailored events & bespoke training
programmes for private groups. We are specialists in tailoring unique
"one-off" corporate group
events, in spectacular scenic locations in
the UK and in the Austrian Alps.
Because we'd rather sit under trees and admire them than chop them down and turn them into brochures this is a big web site intended to serve as a fairly comprehensive introduction to what we can do for customers who can afford our services. We hope you enjoy browsing this website. Please use our alphabetical index to find what you're looking for. This site now also serves as a knowledge base for people researching best practise and due diligence in the field of outdoor sports and training provision. If you like what we have to offer and if you are a budget holder - please give us a call on 01433-650345. Peak Activities logo. Copyright.......AALA logotype WEB SITE INDEX & MAP OF THE LINKS AROUND THIS SITE
All Peak Activities Ltd's many different activities carry full insurance.  
We run our events very safely but nonetheless we carry the very best 
insurance that  money can buy.  All of our our programmes are 
well managed and supervised by first-class, well trained and highly 
qualified and mature non-machismo staff.
Please click on the underlined links to see details of some of our many well- known corporate clients & some of the many endorsements we have on file from senior execs from corporate clients such as Orange, Mitchells & Butler, Rolls Royce, British Gas, Transco, Powergen, TXU, Lever Faberge, Legal & General Insurance, Norwich Union, NHS Trusts, several major government departments and many other organisations. .Click for news about people and services at Rock Lea..Click for clients' comments on our people, products and services..
Getting to our base Rock Lea in Hathersage by road, rail or by air is quick & easy !

Click here for travel information,  location maps, street plans,  train times, etc.
"Off-the-shelf" OUTDOOR SPORTS SESSIONS for parties of friends 
- such as rock-climbing, caving, abseiling cycling,  potholing,  
treasure hunts  Nordic walking, scrambling,  & many more 
adventurous open country pursuits... 

Adventure Activities suitable as TEAM BUILDING EVENTS for 
groups from industry & commerce. Light-hearted, Jolly Team 
Building Events Outdoors - including orienteering, treasure hunts, 
trailquests, watersports.... Tailored Jolly Team Training Courses 
& more serious Team Development Programmes. 

Inter-team challenges and problem solving 

Outdoor-based Corporate Hospitality Events, Group Activities 
& Incentives. Made-to-measure bespoke Management & Leadership Training 

Workshops with our Chartered CIPD-registered 
training and development training consultants.  

Sophisticated Training Consultancy & Facilitation Services.


Click here to see endorsements from some of our custmers and course participants. Peak Activities Ltd's team has been established for over 25 years and we pride ourselves on planning and running safe events that don't let our customers down - well except on the end of a rope !

Peak Activities is structured & organised into 4 operational  departments : -

1 ) SPORTS  - just for fun !
2)  CORPORATE EVENTS - for fun, entertaining and incentives !
3)  CHARTERED TRAINING & TEAM BUILDING  - to boost business performance !
4)  YOUNG PEOPLE  - safe events, licensed & designed for under 18's...



      Director : Tony Kendall MIST MISM FRGS,
We offer Outdoor Pursuits & Sports Events designed especially for individuals : 
      Click for dates & prices of our adventurous outdoor activities events in Derbyshire

Sports Events off the shelf or tailored for Group Organisers :  pick your own date/s for private functions

Sports Events designed especially for individuals :

Click here to see some of the events we offer individuals coming on our Open Courses.
Open Courses are open to members of the public coming on their own or with friends
and they include Beginners Rock Climbing & Abseiling Weekends,                        
Novice's Multiactivity weekends,   Weekends learning to cave and pothole,                        
Weekends learning how to lead rock climbs ....and much more !  
These events  usually involve two days of tuition and do not include accommodation
in the price, so guests are free to stay under canvas camping or sleep in lavish hotel 
luxury - or maybe a B&B or a local youth hostel.

As highly acclaimed on BBC and ITV television and in media such as the 
Sunday Times Travel Guide and the Sunday Telegraph Travel Section.
         We also offer individuals and very small groups tuition under our popular Guiding Service.
         This allows people to book one-to-one or  very small group private coaching lessons.

    You can hire a senior tutor to take you out climbing, caving, abseiling, or to show you how 
          to use a map and compass or GPS whilst walking on the local mountains and hills.

        Private Lessons & GUIDING Services
A day of personal instruction caving or abseiling or climbing with one of our senior staff
makes a really fabulous and unique Christmas or birthday present for an individual who
wants 1:1 tuition - or a small exclusive party of, say, two or three people.!
Image of man abseiling in the rain and using a large umbrella. Clicking on this image will take you to a page full of more pictures and information about abseiling with Peak Activities Ltd's NGB qualified instructors.
Just for the fun of it  - whatever the weather !
Sports Events for Private Group Leaders : 

We have loads of different outdoor pursuits on offer in the Peak Park from abseiling 
to gorge walking and from caving to orienteering.  Our instructors are in demand from
organisers of informal exclusive days out and weekends for stag parties, hen groups, 
private company events sports clubs trips, and outings for families & groups of friends.

Check out our new Stag Group Page on one of our other websites

If you can tell us how much you want to spend and what dates you want and we can 
let you know what choice of activities you can choose from for mid week or weekend

Alternatively, if you tell us exactly what you want to include over, say, one or two days 
of sports activities & we can give you a written  E-MAIL quotation for exactly what's 

Click for endorsemenst & opinions from numerous group customers who have used 
this service.  A large number of corporate customers have used us to supply them
with totally safe, reliable sports weekends away. Click here for samples of their
feedback comments.

Phone us on 01433-650345 for some sample quotes for action-filled two days 
courses for private parties of 6 to 60 people.

The Sports Division of Peak Activities Ltd runs fun, safe, high-quality off-the-shelf 
"fixed price" non-residential sports sessions which are normally booked by fax or 
phone for groups of 6 to 30+ people who make their own group  accommodation 
arrangements independently or with help from the friendly and helpful people in our office. 

We can also tailor sports events over one, two, three or more days for private groups 
wishing to organise tailored programmes involving activities such as abseiling, 
orienteering, climbing, abseiling, caving, potholing, mountain biking...and many 
other OUTDOOR  activities.  We have over 40 different activity sessions on offer in
the UK and a growing number on offer at our new base in the Alps..

Typically clients include groups of friends, informal groups from work, stag groups, etc.
The sports staff are also involved with organising tailored events for schools, colleges
and university parties both during the midweek and at weekends.


    Director responsible : Caroline Jennings BSc PGCE
Peak Activities Ltd's Corporate Division runs both light-hearted off-the-shelf
and tailored "jolly" social and team build events for exclusive groups from 
organisations such as banks, utilities, factories, accountancy firms, consultancies, 
charities and so on. 

Our corporate customers generally wish to book events in the form of complete 
packages including accommodation, meals in private function rooms, coach
or minibus transportation, liability insurance, team prizes, etc.  However, we are 
always happy to quote for just simple sessions of activities - such as an afternoon's
treasure hunt, an evening's caving trip or a morning treasure hunt on bikes.

Some of our regular  corporate clients are listed on a separate page.   
This web site contains several pages of customers' thank you comments 
and open letters of endorsments.

Cartoon of man having his knees oiled.  We welcome enquiries form people organising group events for people who are not quite so fit as they used to be.  Telephone 01433-650345 to discuss your specific requirements with one of our experienced group events managers. Copyright Jim Watson. reproduced by kind permission of Jim.Champagne image. Choclates and champagne are a populkar prize for the winner sof our mixed age, mixed fitness trailquests and treasure hunt competitions.

Our Corporate Department is very experienced in running top quality events for mixed 
age, mixed fitness parties, and groups with people who have limited mobility and 
other disabilities or special needs. We do ask all group organisers, however, 
to discuss fully with us any special needs well in advance of running each event.
Peak Activities are positive about including people with disabilities and low levels of fitness.Click here to see some of our clients & their comments....

Popular events include Treasure Hunts and Group Challenge Competitions 
and incentives and rewards for staff groups who are celebrating achievements.

We are also often asked to tailor events when clients wish to entertain guests
and VIP's and are keen for everything to go right first time without any glitches.

Well known clients whoi have been delighted using us for their inter-team events 
for their VIPS include AVIVA,  Bosch, Union Railways / Channel Tunnel Rail Link, 
Lloyds Bank, Lufthansa, Boots the Chemists, Lucas, Egg, CapitalOne Bank and 
Unilever.  ( clients )

 In additional to our normal range of sports events, other group 
activities can be incorporated into corporate clients' programmes 
to suit mixed ability, mixed fitness groups. Many projects can be booked
over the phone, but for those wanting something really special we also offer 
a face to face planning service  allowing customers to tailor events. However, 
clients need a budget and must be prepared to pay for the extra fees involved 
in our sitting down and spending time with them and going over their specific 
requirements beforehand. Planning things out in fine detail is something we're 
very good at...and it is crucial very often in the successful implementation of our
customers' wishes.  Delighted feedback from customers over 25 years has
proved to us the importance of good planning and preparation.
Indoor swimming pool at the Marriott Hotel we use for some of our training  and conference work.  Click on the photo to go to a page with more information and pictures.

Peak Activities corporate clients tend to stay in a wide range of different types of accommodation
to suit the needs, moods and interests of the custom er's participants.  We have some very nice
conferences centres and four and five star hotels for our discerning groups. These offer excellent 
en suite bedrooms, swimming pools, bars and facilities such as steam rooms and gyms. 
We have preferential discounted rates in place for people who are booking their evewnts with 
our team of trainers and outdoor instructors.  These rates are very low and may surprise you..for
example you can stay in the hotel with the pool shown above for as little as juyst £45 per person 
per night which is almost as inexpensive as staying in a local youth hostel AND we can provide the 
transfers to ghet you out to our base each morning by minibus if needed.

We offer an accommodation booking service for our training and coporate entertainment customers 
which works well. Some corporate clients ask us to arrange different accommodation. The choice 
is all yours - whether you want to enjoy hotel luxury or camp out under the stars in tents or in a camping 
barn or stay in a local inn or youth hostel.  We even have a "hire fleet" of new tents and sleeping bags 
and bag liners for groups who want to camp but who may not have the right equipment.
Peak Activities logotypoe - copyright.


Senior Consultants include : 

Dr.  Iain Jennings BSc PGCE PhD FRGS, Chartered FCIPD 
Wing Commander  Pete Daughtrey Chartered MCIPD MRAeS RAF (retired)
Dr. Andy McLean BSc PGCE MSc PhD, Dip.Outdoor Ed.

    Peak Activities Ltd has over 25 years of experience in providing
    powerful opportunities for training professionals who are serious 
    about using our unique blends of indoor and outdoor training & 
   development programmes to help increase the performance and 
   effectiveness or attitudes or behaviour of their teams and individuals.

    Over 25 years our training experts have carefully researched, 
    designed and run bespoke, tailor made programmes for an
    impressive portfolio of clients including : -
* Personal Development Experiential Learning Courses
* Leadership & Management Skills Development Programmes
* Confidence Building & Skills Development Training
* Team Performance & Continuous Improvement Initiatives
* Bespoke Team Building Courses
* Change Management Programmes

Click this button to see a list of our corporate customers....Click this button for information on how to get to our accessible base in the Peak District National Park - Rock Lea....Click this button to go to a page of customers endorsements and testimonials.
Over the years, the open feedback from the senior stakeholders 
who've booked this kind of serious training has been very positive.
OMD with Peak Activities is a very cost-effective tool for change
management and for boosting good communications. 

It will hopefully encourage you to speak with us if you wish 
us to help you make a difference in your own organsation.

Some of our senior "hands on" staff are expert, highly qualified CIPD Chartered 
training & development consultants who have many years experience of designing,
running & benchmarking & evaluating  sophisticated high value, tailored events for 
our corporate clients. These bespoke events are often designed to help to change the 
attitudes and/or behaviour patterns or skills of their colleagues and themselves to boost 
the effectiveness and performance of individuals and teams.  Whether you require 
a simple team building event or a more sophisticated team development 
programme - please talk to us about your requirements.

See our other website http://www.iainjennings.co.uk for further information.
Call 01433-650345 to speak with one of our trainers.

Clients using us successfully for their diverse training and development projects over the 
past 25 years have included numerous NHS organisations including Acute Trusts and the
NHS Supplies Authority,  Lucas Aerospace,  BP, Kellogg's, Rolls Royce, Boots, 
TXU, Eastern Electricity, the Commonwealth Development Corporation, 
HM Department for Education & Skills, e.on ( formerly Powergen), Transco, Land Rover, 
Robert Bosch GmbH, the Royal AIr Force, Astra Zeneca, CDC, Birmingham Cable, 
Legal & General Insurance, Lever Faberge, Mitchells & Butlers, Orange, Conoco Philips, 
Hyperion, Avon Cosmetics,  Ordnance Survey, The Dept for Employment & Pensions, 
PriceWaterhouseCoopers Norwich Union Healthcare  and many other household names.

This work of this Division has been officially audited & approved many times 
by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and has also been 
featured on national television on national radio and in numerous articles in 
the international training press and in numerous articles published by our delighted
customers.  Click here to check out some of the comments from delighted 
customers from these and other corporate client organisations.

Our bespoke training courses over three or four days have been found to be 
extremely effective in producing the results which discerning clients are seeking. 
However in a world where an hour or two of paintballing is sometime claimed to 
be "serious" team building, and where many non qualified trainers and consultants 
are offering "team building " events that include fire walking and other somewhat 
questionable jolly activities - you'll find that Peak Activities Ltd's team building 
courses are run by Chartered training experts using very carefully tried and proven
techniques and thoroughly researched and refined methods.  

As you'll gather from reading the many endorsements and letters of support
from our fans, Peak Activities Ltd's expert trainers are VERY serious about 
improving and then benchmarking the performance of our clients'  teams'
and individuals'  training investments - and are keen to avoid being confused 
with the plethora of less effective training courses often offered elsewhere.  
Sadly, not all Outdoor Development Training Courses on offer in the UK
are the same.  In recent years we have become aware that there has been
a huge variation in the quality and reliability of courses being offered by the
staggeringly high ( over 3,500 ) number of "providers" of OMD courses. 

Photo : Ladybower Reservoir from Bamford Edge.Ladybower Reservoir is close to our centre in Hathersage.

Typically projects use our Consultancy Branch's tried and proven outdoor training methods and indoor 
techniques will examine the management of change, improvement of communications, development of 
leadership skills, and/or the inculcation of processes which will enable teams to initiate or develop further 
continuous improvement processes... very often through use of models such as the European Foundation 
for Quality Management Business Excellence Model.  Peak Activities Ltd's Training Division's customers
are invariably senior managers, directors & CEO's of some of the UK's leading commercial and industrial 
organisations...many of whom have written some very kind endorsements of our services.  Our most senior
training staff charge daily & hourly rates similar to those charged by accountants & lawyers.

Groups are offered a wide range of different training centres and conference centres and hotels - and can
even chose to be based on a camp site or in a camping barn if it's deemed an advantage.  Clients can
usually book their conference centre and /or and hotel accommodation through us or they may wish to
book their training acommodation independently,

AALA logo.

Top quality and safe serious training events for apprentices, 
police cadets, colleges, including all our services for under 18's

Common to the work of this field is a focus on the wellbeing and needs 
of the individual participants and a desire to do a professional 
job safely and effectively at all times. Our staff are highly trained, highly 
qualified and thoughtful professionals ...many of whom are former lecturers
and teachers with BED's PGCE's and MEd's - registered with the Department
for Education.  These staff are well paid professionals who are always in demand 
and consequently the courses and events under their aegis are not the cheapest
in the area...but many of our customers feel their work is excellent and offers 
very good value for money.  

Please don't take our word for that though - please have a look at the many 
clients' comments and endorsements published elsewhere on this website 
from lots of delighted customers who've used us again and again.

Click on this button to see a list of Peak Activities Ltd's corporate clients.

The successful  work of our AALA licensed centre in Hathersage with under 18's 
goes back to before 1980 when many of our current team worked as consultants 
for the CHA & YHA.   We now run short and longer events and courses for groups 
of under 18's all year round. Clients from prestigious, quality conscious organisations
using us to help train and develop their young people include several police forces 
( training groups of cadets ), as well as manufacturing businesses such as GEC, 
Bosch, Rolls Royce, Range Rover, Lucas  & Babcocks.  Several HE and FE organisations 
use us too. 

Click here please to see a typical feedback report from a delighted lecturer at a 
college in the W. Midlands.

Click here to see one of our windsurfing pages.

Youngsters can attend events designed to increase their interest in particular sports 
( for example we've run hundreds of starter courses in potholing and caving for schools 
colleges and scouts groups who do not have their own DCA qualified staff or specialised 
equipment ).  

Other training and development events on offer include events to increase personal skills
and qualities including leadership skills, confidence, team working skills, motivation and 
improve communications between and within groups.

Special tailored events have often been run for groups wishing to develop language skills, 
first aid skills and problem solving, decision-making and other technical skills.  Other work 
with young people has aimed to increase awareness and decrease demand for illegal drugs.   
Clients using us for the delivery of such specialised courses for under 18's include overseas
education and uniformed organisations.


Have you noticed how so many people nowadays - including school 
children and students - go off for short "team building" events ?  
We would be the first to say that going off for a jolly time paintballing 
or going 10 pin bowling is fine if an organisation wants people to 
attend an informal "team jolly"  to help folks gel together better 
( we too often run similar events ourselves, of course ) but in our 
view such simple one day or two day " team building events" 
should not be confused with the much more serious and carefully 
planned & structured team development programmes run by 
training and development or change management speclalists.  
We often getting people asking us to quote them for a team-building
event  or team build without being very specific about what they really
mean...and it can be quite an issue.

Similarly, whilst  the expression "outward bound course" is commonly in
general use by English speaking people referring to outdoor pursuits  
courses - the terms Outward Bound is actually the registered trading 
title of the Outward Bound Trust established by the efforts of training and 
development specialists such as Kurt Hahn.  We all know what people 
mean when they refer to the family's "Hoover " or  the  office's "Xerox" 
machine when in general conversation - and we have noted that even 
HM UK Government's Department for Education has often published 
White Papers and invitations for tender and other important documents 
with general text referring generically to (quote) "Outward Bound " Training 
Courses and Team Building Events in a rather loose way. We hope our 
clients won't mind us routinely telling them we don't run "Outward Bound" 
events here at Rock Lea - but we know what they mean.  We also trust 
clients will be happy for us to make a firm distinction on this website 
between general sports activities and team-builds and the very carefully 
structured serious events we run here which are definitely not all corporate 
"jollies".  On this website we will try to refer instead to "serious" training or 
to O.M.D. (outdoor management development ) to indicate courses which 
are designed to ( and which actually do ) change people's attitudes, 
skill sets or / and behaviour patterns.


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Table of Contents Site Navigation Guide Rock Lea Activity Centre, Station Rd, Hathersage, The Hope Valley, The Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, S32 1DD. Telephone Hope Valley +44 (0)1433 650345 Fax 01433-650342 Mobiles 07774-112204 & 07771-855105 Peak Activities Ltd is a company registered in Cardiff No. 2270004 Peak Activities Limited, also trades as "Rock Lea Activity Centre" and "Iain Jennings Associates" Company Directors : Anthony Kendall MIST MISM FRGS ; Caroline Jennings BSc PGCE ; Iain Jennings BSc PGCE PhD FRGS Chartered FCIPD Copyright : Peak Activities Limited 1997 - 2011 All rights reserved on all our copyright images, copyright text and all intellectual property contained herein. We have recently been awarded damages following people stealing out intellectual property & copyright images. Special thanks are due to artist Jim Watson for giving his permission for us to use his cartoons to liven up parts of our website.