Our Story

My journey into the vertical

After breaking my leg for the second time playing rugby I was told by the doctors I would never play again. I got fat, depressed and felt as though I would never find anything to replace the sport I loved. Then by chance, a friend I met at Uni asked me one day if I wanted to go climbing. I was unsure at first, as I didn’t think I would be strong enough or brave enough to do it, but hey what else was I doing with my time? Studying?


Since that weekend in the Peaks I have never looked back. The climbing bug hit me hard! From then on every spare weekend, rain or shine, my new found climbing buddies and I were out 'cragging' as much as possible.


What started as a hobby turned into something more. I started travelling the world looking for more exciting places to climb. I met people from all over the world and with that came new friends and adventures. After a few years I wanted to pass on my knowledge, so I started to teach others. Eventually after 16 years of climbing, travelling and instructing, I came back to the place where it all started, The Roaches and set up The Peak Climbing School.


- Stuart Honick


As a team of super psyched climbers we wanted to do something different to other providers in the UK. As instructors we were frustrated when group sizes were too big and we couldn’t give people the time they needed to learn. We we're equally frustrated with kit used on courses, and that some customers had to rent shoes and gear even after they had paid for a course? 


So with the simple philosophy; keep group sizes small, provide all kit free of charge, to teach not just skills but the climbing lifestyle itself, The Peak Climbing School was born.


A locally run business aiming to provide fun, safe, professionally run training courses for all levels of experience. Our focus, customer service and delivery quality, therefore we encourage all participants to give feedback, either written or verbal so we can continually improve our overall customer experience. All our staff are qualified instructors / coaches, insured and super psyched. You couldn't be in better hands. 


From our training centre 'The Peak Climbing School', we base all walking and Climbing Courses in and around The Peak District National Park. Mountaineering courses are run in North Wales and Scotland. With highly trained climbing professionals teaching you at world renowned venues, we guarantee the best quality courses.

Our centre is situated a stones throw away from one of the most beautiful and best climbing venues in the UK, The Roaches in the Peak District National Park. Here we run the majority of our climbing a navigation courses. Surrounding us are some of the most beautiful landscapes the UK has to offer. Whether you're walking or climbing with us, we guarantee you wont be disappointed with the views.


As you arrive you will be offered a free coffee or tea before you start your course. Sit and relax whilst we brief you about the day ahead and get you sorted with your climbing equipment. We don't believe in you having to hire kit once you've paid for a course, therefore we provide it all free of charge for the duration of your course, climbing shoes, chalk and all. 


Finding accommodation for your course couldn't be easier, next door to us is the Roaches Bunkhouse; 200m up the road is a simple but beautiful campsite and surrounding us are some stunning holiday cottages. Please check out our accommodation recommendations page via the link below.

Accommodation suggestions

If you're looking for a place to stay whilst on a course we can recommend a few places we have used ourselves. Please follow the link below for a list of places to stay  

Bookings and payment

You can book and pay online for most courses if they have an open booking date, just click on the booking tab below the courses dates; or if you wish to contact us first we can advise you on which course is best suited for yourself and others. We use a secure booking payment system in which non of your details will be shared or disclosed with any 3rd party and is regulated by the UK financial services department

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