On and Off Site Activities
The best routes at the Roaches
are generally VS and above. It is split into three main areas,
the Lower Tier, Upper Tier and Far Skyline. At VS there is
Valkyrie plus Black and Tans, at HVS The Sloth and Saul’s
Crack are the most famous and testing.
There are a good number
of epic struggles on the Lower Tier, Valkyrie direct and the
Mangler spring to mind. Whether you are teaching beginners
the art of climbing or abseiling or seeking adventure as an
experienced climber, you'll find what you're looking for at
This pretty outcrop is where
ex-1st Buxton Scout and 'old boy' of Gradbach Simon Nadin
learnt his craft before going on to be the first Climbing
World Cup Champion in the history of the sport.
Need help? The
Climbing (Scout Active Support Unit) offers a selection of
rope based activities for all ages. This includes indoor &
outdoor climbing, abseiling, crate stacking, training and
assessments for permits.
Whether you are a long distance
walker, a mountaineer, a gentle stroller, walking in the Peak
District is for you.
Walking in the Peak
District offers a diverse and delightful mixture of countryside
from which to choose. You may prefer to trek across exposed
moorland where walkers now have more freedom to roam, thanks
to the recently introduced Access rights. Alternatively there
are easier paths to pursue, especially around the White Peak
where walkers can descend into the Derbyshire Dales and follow
riverside paths, woodland tracks or simply cross fields and
stiles over an undulating landscape with glorious far-reaching
Sailing, Windsurfing &
Water has been host to training courses for professionals
and amateur enthusiasts for many years in water based activities.
They offer training in a wide variety of disciplines, using
a diverse fleet of modern equipment. The Carsington Water
centre is a Royal Yachting Association (R.Y.A.) recognised
training centre, and also a British Canoe Union (B.C.U.) approved
centre. This means that all equipment reaches a high standard,
and that all training at the centre is conducted by qualified
The centre regularly runs R.Y.A. Sailing, Windsurfing and Powerboat courses, in addition
to these they also provide British Canoe Union B.C.U. Kayaking
Also, check out
for a range of water sports even closer to home including
Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Kayak Fishing,
Sailing, Windsurfing, Dinghies and Raft Building
Pot Holing and Caving tours
and instruction is provided by a number of local organisations
Peak Activities and
Alternatively, everyone can explore
Cavern in Buxton, a 2 million year old natural
limestone cave situated in the beautiful woodland of Buxton
Northfield Farm Riding &
Trekking Centre is about 2.5 miles away at Northfield Farm,
Flash Village, Quarnford, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0SW. Tel:
Hacking and trekking
on an hourly or daily basis. British Horse Society Approved.
Weekend trail rides through the Derbyshire Dales and Chatsworth
estate, with overnight stay in Bakewell. Horses for all ages
over 7 years. Groups and disabled riders welcomed. Open all
year round. Telephone for current rates.
The terrain around Gradbach
is a favourite destination for cyclists of all types; the
ruggedly diverse landscape provides an excellent challenge
for road cycling and, Mountain biking alike, and supports
many scenic cycle-routes which run through the heart of the
for details of some popular routes.
Ape is an award-winning high wire forest adventure
course of rope bridges, Tarzan Swings and zip slides up to
40 feet up in the trees. Appealing to a wide age range, customers
are fitted with a climbing harness, given instructions, and
then trek from tree to tree high above the forest floor.
Go Ape is located
by Poole's Cavern and Buxton Country Park which is 1/2 mile
from Buxton town centre on Green Lane.
From A6 and A53 follow
brown direction signs for Poole's Cavern to B5059 / A515 junction
and follow Green Lane for 1/2 mile. Bus and rail links to
Buxton town centre are 15 minutes walk to Poole's Cavern.