Instructor led activities
Lockerbrook Farm Outdoor Centre offers a unique location for adventure of all kinds. Our isolated location in the heart of dramatic countryside gives us unparalleled access to some of the great natural features of the Peak District National Park.
Lockerbrook Farm Outdoor Centre is fully licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) (Licence number L13180, expiry 20th December 2019) to deliver a wide variety of instructor-led activities, both on site and throughout the Peak District. The AALA framework of inspection and validation provides assurance for group leaders. Working with your group or school, we will develop a programme of activities which meets your needs.
We have a long established reputation as a safe and effective licensed provider of adventurous activities. We are able to deliver quality outdoor education to young people, whilst ensuring we assess and manage risk.
All of the freelance instructors have worked with us for many years. They are very experienced, hold multiple national governing body awards, and are engaged in continuing professional development. Their range of skills and expertise allow them to offer the full range of outdoor activities to groups that are based at Lockerbrook Farm Outdoor Centre.
No group is the same, so the programme is tailored to make sure that the mix of activities provided meets your learning and development objectives and fits with any programme content that school staff want to lead during the visit. Naturally the work is mainly outdoors but Lockerbrook Farm can also offer bespoke team development and team work indoors to meet group needs.
We will provide all the risk assurance documentation you require and meet all regulatory requirements of schools and groups, so you can be confident that all activities, although adventurous and challenging, are safe and risk assessed appropriately.
Some of the activities you can consider are:
- Stream Scrambling – as an activity on its own or as part of an adventurous walk this active and energetic (and wet!) activity involves a journey up or down a mountain stream. This is a very popular activity but weather dependent, as even in the summer streams are very cold.
- Rock hopping / Weaselling – Higger Tor’s dramatic landscape of grit stone boulders provides the perfect location for traversing challenging tunnels, passages, scrambles and squeezes.
- Abseiling – Towering grit stone edges (a unique characteristic of our National Park) provide varied abseils with descents ranging from modest to the more challenging. Groups routinely use a viaduct where adventurous descents over the river Wye are possible. We are also able to do an introduction to abseiling indoors at the centre which provides an ideal preparation for the more challenging descents in the National Park. This can also be offered to groups with special needs.
- Mountain and trail cycling – Lockerbrook Farm Outdoor Centre is situated on one of the most popular Peak District mountain bike routes and we have easy access to the miles of trails in the Derwent Valley below us. Even relatively inexperienced groups can circumnavigate the reservoirs below us on easy going trails with a wealth of local history – the huge dams themselves are of “Dambuster” fame.
- Canoeing, kayaking and raft building – Contact us to discuss your options involving these adventurous water sports. Please note that although we can include water sports into a programme, these will incur additional costs.
- Caving and mine exploration – Caving offers a unique experience exploring the depths underground in limestone caves (both active and fossil) and disused mine systems. For those going underground for the first time a half day is a good introduction to caving and for the more experienced we can offer more in depth training and adventure.
- Climbing – The Peak District grit stone edges attract top climbers who use the routes to hone skills and push harder grades. Among those higher grades are numerous climbs that can give your group their first experience of a top rope climb or advance you to leading a climb for the first time. Lockerbrook Farm Outdoor Centre has a climbing wall on site which can be used to familiarize groups with harness use, rope work and peer belaying. The wall provides excellent preparation for a trip to Burbage or Stannage edges close by.
- Crate stack challenge – Working in our wood adjacent to the centre, see how high you can build a tower before watching it tumble!
- Orienteering – We have a number of orienteering courses at Lockerbrook and in the land around us. Some of these can be led by school staff or group leaders. The differing levels allow you to introduce step by step the key skills for orienteering and navigation.
- Hill Walking – Our location provides a perfect jump off point for stunning hill walks through open moorland – crisscrossed by steep cloughs, woodland and valleys. We have easy access to the two great moorland plateaus of Kinder and Bleaklow and an adventurous walk over this ground can, when conditions are suitable, be matched with a stream scramble.
- Search and Rescue – Perfect for the whole group and we are happy to team up with teachers and group leaders to help us deliver this half day search and rescue simulation. We teach participants stretcher use (we have our own rescue stretcher), first aid and search planning. They then plan their role and present back to the whole group. We then go out on to the moor to find our “casualty” (one of your group), rescue them, give them first aid and then carry them to safety. We follow this with a whole group evaluation.
- Co-operative team challenges – Our organization (the Woodcraft Folk) works to cooperative principles and we extend this ethos to our problem solving challenges outdoors. Groups complete tasks with emphasis on co-operation, team work, engagement and skill sharing. We do this outdoors in all weathers and aim to bring this ethos and learning back with us to the centre.
All activities have varying instructor to group ratios. We will discuss these when putting together your tailor made plan.
If you want to arrange your own activities we can help you with some resources (charges may apply):
- Walks – we have maps to borrow and walk cards showing a variety of walks of differing levels of ability and length, from easy hour-long walks to all-day walks.With written instructions and maps you can’t go wrong, and hopefully can’t get lost. If any of your group have forgotten their walking boots, no problem: we can lend you all the equipment you need from boots to backpack for a charge of £5.00.
- Team-building activities – Lockerbrook has a wide variety of team-building equipment with instructions you can hire for a minimal charge (free to Woodcraft Folk groups). Whether you want to do a blindfolded walk through the woods, a giant marble run through the courtyard using guttering and tennis balls or use planks to get across the shark infested river, we have everything you need to keep your group happy and engaged. Just tell us the ages of the group and we can advise you which activities would be appropriate.
- Games and fun – we have lots of indoor games for use by groups, as well as pens, paper, jigsaws and dressing up clothes. A parachute is available for games, and with two full size table tennis tables as well, there are activities available whether it is rainy or sunny. How about pond dipping? With nets, magnifying glasses and collection trays, why not spend a few hours at the Locker Brook identifying bugs found in the stream?
- Sports – Lockerbrook is on a slope but we have a small field which, when not being used by DofE campers, is available for football, cricket or rounders. We also have two orienteering courses around the centre for groups to use.