Throughout July and August, we have been running a special £100 Holiday which is a two night adventurous stay at the Centre. One of the families on our most recent £100 Holiday has shared their action packed weekend with us! If you are wondering what’s available and open around Mount Cook, read on for some great ideas for your very own £100 Holiday!
We checked in a 3pm and noticed 2 hand sanitisers and a clear plastic screen at reception. We were shown to our funky Glamping Pod and shown which shower we had been allocated just for our family. We put in our dinner and breakfast orders with the friendly reception team, and went to settle into our home for the weekend!
After check in, the sun was shining so we decided to go for a walk to Black Rocks to stretch out our legs after a long drive. It’s a famous rock climbing location and has amazing views from the top! You can reach Black Rocks by walking about 10 minutes up the High Peak trail, so it’s perfect for a little explore if you’re working up an appetite for dinner.
Cost of Activity – Free!
After dinner, the bar staff recommend a White Peaks Distillery gin and tonic, and borrowed a game of Boggle from Mount Cook.
We started off the day with a fantastic breakfast – sausage and egg cob for the meat eaters, and veggie sausage and mushrooms cob for our vegetarians. It was great to see everyone being catered for! There was also plenty of fruit and cereal to get us fuelled up for the rest of the day.
We definitely needed the calories for Canoeing with Acclimbatize! They met us at Darley Bridge and shuttled our car back to our landing area, so we’d have all our clean clothes and towels at the other end of our journey. Our instructor was knowledgeable and patient, and the small group ratio means we got loads of coaching and attempted some more complicated manoeuvres. We fell in more than once, but our spirits weren’t dampened at all! Cost of Activity - £170.00 for up to 5 people.
We then stopped in Matlock Bath for dinner, which is about a 5 minute drive from Mount Cook. The town is famous for being a ‘seaside away from the sea’, with loads of arcades, fish and chip shops, and even an aquarium! We stopped at the Fishpond for some delicious stone baked pizzas, and HAD to try a freshly made waffle cone from a stand on the ‘pier’.
We had another hearty breakfast and returned our keys to reception. We didn’t have to check out until 10am, and we spotted a lot of other families having a relaxed morning on their designated picnic tables outside the pods.
However, the sun was shining, so we decided to make the most of our final day. We headed up to Middleton Top to hire some bikes. If you’re bringing your own bikes from Mount Cook, I recommend driving up. Google Maps says it’s only a 10 minute bike ride away, it’s up a steep hill!
You don’t need to pre-book your bike hire, but we got there early to make sure we had a good parking spot and could enjoy the open trail. There was a real range of cyclists, from children with stabilisers to cycling clubs in full lycra, so we can definitely say the trail is suitable for all ability levels! The countryside scenery was glorious, and cycling the High Peak Trail meant there was no traffic to watch out for. Cost of Activity - £14.60 per adult bike hire.
From there, we headed home. We’ve already booked again for August to try out all of Mount Cooks Onsite activities – we couldn’t resist coming back to try out the Zip Wire and Low Ropes! "