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Peak District Climbing Adventure
Friday 6th - Sunday 8th July 2018

Sorry, this adventure is now fully booked but you can still add yourself to the waiting list and be automatically notified if a place becomes available.

Get stuck into a real adventure this summer - try your hand at trad climbing on the Peak District's Staffordshire gritstone whilst staying in the famous Don Whillans Hut located right at the foot of the crag. Don't miss your chance to stay at one of the most sought after mountain huts in the UK!


The Roaches are famed for offering some of the best beginner, intermediate and advanced climbing in the country and with our accommodation being right at the foot of the Roaches Lower Tier, you're sure to get the most from your weekend. Your EC host will make sure you're well looked after with two cooked breakfasts and a home-cooked dinner on Saturday evening and your qualified and experienced instructors will make sure you're safe on the crag. Even if you've only ever climbed indoors, this is a great opportunity to try trad climbing on real rock.

The Peak District is in the heart of England and is incredibly accessible being just a short drive off the M1 or M6 making this a great weekend adventure suitable for all and the unique climbing hut you'll be staying in will truly immerse you in the scene.

This adventure is suitable for all abilities although having some climbing experience will help you get more out of the weekend. Why not visit a nearly indoor climbing centre to learn the ropes?

EC adventures are informal, friendly and great fun! They're made up of singles, couples and small sets of friends with ages typically ranging from mid 20s to mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome. Whether it's your first time exploring the outdoors or you're an adventure professional, EC adventures are a great way to meet like-minded people in a safe, welcoming and fun environment.


You're welcome to arrive at the accommodation from 7pm on the Friday where your EC host Alex will be there to meet you. She'll show you around the hut, allocate you a sleeping space and then you'll have the evening to settle in and get to know your fellow climbers. If the weather's nice, and with sunset being close to 10pm, you're welcome to explore your surroundings.

On Saturday morning you'll meet your qualified and experienced climbing instructors who will split you into two groups of six and get you ready to start a full day of outdoor climbing. At the end of the day you'll return to the accommodation where you host will prepare a home-cooked evening meal for you. Sunday gives you a chance to try out the new skills learnt the previous day with another full day's climbing.



You'll be staying in the unique Don Whillans Memorial Hut offering doorstep access to some of the Peak's best climbing crags. Managed by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), the hut occupies a stunning location just beneath the Roaches Lower Tier and is reached by a track of about 400 metres from the road. 

Situated in the Peak District National Park, approximately mid-way between Leek (Staffordshire) and Buxton (Derbyshire), the Grade II listed former game keepers’ cottage and later home of the legendary ‘Lord of the Roaches’, Doug Moller, was renovated in 1991 in memory of Don Whillans, one of Britain’s greatest Mountaineers. It has been extensively refurbished over the last few years and is only open to BMC members/affiliates and their guests.

There are two bedrooms sleeping 4 and 8 people respectively in ‘alpine style’ bunks. These have foam mattresses but no pillows or bedding are provided. Downstairs is a washroom, lounge and drying/storage room. 


All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your instructors (ropes, harnesses, helmets, etc) but you will need to bring comfortable shoes to climb in - trainers are ideal. If you're an experienced climber and have your own climbing gear please do bring that along.

You'll also need to bring bedding (sleeping bag and a pillow) and suitable clothing for climbing - stretchy sports gear or loose non-cotton clothing you can move around in is best. Our recommended kit list for hiking weekends is available to download HERE - you can use this as a base to help you decide what to bring. 

Lunch is also not included so you'll need to bring enough food to cover your lunch on Saturday and Sunday. If you fancy an extra bit of cake and beer there are the Roaches Tea Rooms and the Olde Rock Inn within walking distance of the hut. 


  • 2 nights accommodation at the famous Don Whillans Memorial Hut at the foot of the Roaches climbing area
  • 2 full day's guided traditional (trad) climbing with experienced instructors in two groups of 6 people
  • 2 day's use of technical climbing equipment (trad gear, helmet, harness, and ropes)
  • 1 x home-cooked dinner on Saturday night
  • 2 x breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday morning
  • EC Host for the weekend


BOOK NOW to take advantage of our discounted earlybird pricing!

  • Discounted Earlybird price for EC CLUB Members - £199 (if deposit paid before 13th April 2018)
  • Discounted Earlybird price for non EC CLUB Members - £214 (if deposit paid before 13th April 2018)
  • Standard price for EC CLUB Members - £214
  • Standard price for non EC CLUB Members - £229

You'll need to pay a £75 deposit when booking with the balance due eight weeks before the weekend.

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If you'd like to know more about this weekend or have a particular question about this or any of our adventures, please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com or call the office on 0117 405 7497 during normal office hours and we'll do our best to help you.