Outdoor Skills Courses Designed for You

In addition to the ‘open’ accredited courses, which individuals and groups can enrol upon, we can run a range of bespoke courses and training opportunities by demand. We are able to tailor skills courses for individuals, couples or small groups with your specific needs in mind either here at Thornbridge Outdoors or at a venue of your choice. Activities include:

Rock Climbing and Bouldering Skills Courses

Do you want to make the move from climbing indoors to climbing outdoors?

Do you want to learn to lead a climb?

Do you want coaching to improve your climbing?

Do you just want to experience outdoor climbing in some amazing locations?

Do you need a birthday present idea for your friend(s) and think they’d appreciate one of the above?

Bespoke climbing and bouldering training is available for individuals and small groups – please contact us to discuss the different options.

We are well set up for Mountain Biking with our fantastic location, great coaches and excellent facilities.

Onsite we have open spaces, a 850m bike trail and a bike pump track that are used by a variety of groups, from 8 year olds learning to ride a bike to Olympic development squads.

In easy riding distance, accessed by the traffic free Monsal Trail or quiet local roads, we have good trails and bridleways for mountain bike journeys.

Our central Peak District location means that we’ve various classic mountain biking trails within driving distance.

Options for bespoke mountain biking training include:

  • Onsite skills sessions – tailored to the group’s needs and ranging from learning how to ride a bike to jumps and drops skill coaching.
  • Journey skills training – following some initial onsite skill assessments and training go on a mountain bike ride & have a great time whilst being coached in riding technique, navigation, bike repairs and more.
  • Guided classic mountain bike rides – meeting at the centre or elsewhere in the Peak District, our instructors can ensure that you have a great day out riding the best of what the area has to offer.

Walk into the dales of the White Peak District from the centre or take a short drive to the extensive moors and gritstone edges of the Dark Peak District.

If bigger mountains are calling then training can be arranged in Snowdonia, the Lake District or Scotland.

If lowland walking is more your thing then training can be delivered around Sheffield, in the White Peak or elsewhere if more convenient to you.

Courses will be tailored to the participants and their objectives.  Skills that may be developed include:

  • Navigation – from the very basics of map reading to micro navigation in the dark.
  • Route planning and choices.
  • Moving on steep ground.
  • Scrambling.
  • Wild camping.
  • Exciting and enthusing others about their surroundings on a walk – e.g. flora and fauna, local history etc.
  • Relocating yourself when you get lost.

Canoeing skills training can be arranged for individuals, couples or small groups and will be designed to meet the specific needs of those involved.

Courses may be taken on nearby lakes, canals or rivers.

These courses could cover such areas as:

  • Personal paddling
  • Rescues
  • Navigation
  • Paddling on moving water



With both cave and mines, including horizontal and vertical systems, to explore in the area around Thornbridge Outdoors we are well placed to provide caving skills training.

Caving skills training can be arranged for individuals, couples or small groups and will be designed to meet the specific needs of those involved.

These courses could cover such areas as:

  • Planning a caving trip
  • Equipment required
  • Navigation – both above (you need to find the cave…) and below ground
  • Dealing with hazards underground
  • Emergency procedures
  • Cave conservation
  • Vertical caving experiences and skills
Adults on a bouldering skills course
Adventure canoeing in the Peak District

Some examples of Outdoor Skills courses to date

First aid courses for schools as part of school INSET days, groups of D of E leaders and a course tailored for Pony Club leaders

Lowland Leader and Hill and Moorland Leader courses for school and university groups

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