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Peak – Lands End to John O’Groats Charity Bike Ride

Peak has put together a team to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats. Covering 970 miles this will see the team cover a series of breathtaking highlights from the southern end of Cornwall all the way up to the very top of Scotland.
With just 9 days to complete the ride covering over 100 miles a day, it is by far the toughest challenge they have taken on, not just as team but individually.
The challenge will take place from 4th – 12th September 2021 and we aim to raise £5000.








The Route:

The 970-mile ride highlights include:

  • St Michael’s Mount
  • Ride through Cheddar Gorge
  • Crossing The Severn Bridge
  • Chepstow castle
  • Climbing Shap Fell
  • Stunning Lake District views
  • The Grampian Mountains
  • Cairngorms National Park
  • Conquering Glenshee and the Lecht Ski Hill
  • John O’Groats and views of the Orkneys

The Team: The team is a mix of Peak employees & family friends including:

  • Paul Ball – Peak MD
  • Andy Gray – Manager at Peak Riders and Striders
  • Craig Potter – Peak General Manager
  • Jonathan Gillie – Headteacher – Peak Education Stoke
  • Chris Bond – Assistant Head of Peak Education Stoke
  • Ash Ball
  • Steven Plant

Between busy work calendars and family commitments, we wish the team all the best with their training schedule and the final event.

The Charity – The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust:

Click here to find out more.

Get behind the team and show your support by giving a donation if you can. Every penny that you give will go directly to The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust and no donation is too small.

The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust, known locally as CAFT is based in Cheshire. With over 360 volunteers they provide free residential holidays and fun day trips for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from the North West of England and North Wales.

The team are putting the work in.  All is asked of you is to support them by donating whatever you can afford. CAFT do some amazing work and every child deserves a holiday. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity, making it the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Good Luck Team Peak!

To donate,click here!

5 Reasons why Indoor Climbing Rocks

THINKING about learning to climb?

If you are looking to challenge yourself and your fitness regime then get into rock climbing; a great way to build strength and endurance.
This doesn’t mean you have to channel your inner Stallone and scale a craggy peak.
Now you can learn to climb in the relative comfort and safety of an indoor climbing centre near you.
There are plenty of reasons for climbing indoors rather than out, because clambering up a wet cliff on a Saturday afternoon, avoiding hypothermia, avalanches and hazardous terrain is probably NOT your best idea.
On a serious note, there are plenty of benefits in learning to climb, both indoors and out.  Check out our Introduction to Outdoor Climbing for more information.

Appealing to a range of ages and abilities, rock climbing has evolved into an indoor sport that is accessible to the masses.

WHAT does climbing do for your body?

Indoor rock climbing offers the same health benefits as a good work out at the gym! Using multiple muscle groups in both the upper and lower areas of your body, this workout will definitely get your heart racing.
Burn through those calories! Rock climbing is pure cardio, flaming between 8 and 10 calories per minute.
Climbing strengthens muscles while having a really low impact on joints, appealing immediately to those who don’t want to pound the pavements, preferring to preserve their knees.
You will find that your strength and grip will markedly improve the more you practice.

5 Reasons why indoor climbing rocks

#1 Safety First
Come forward and step into your harness! Your climbing harness will be your new best friend, ensuring that you are safely secured as you enjoy your climb and descent. With indoor climbing, its safety first, ensuring the perfect environment for noobs to learn.

Top tip: Wear comfortable clothes that you can really move and stretch in.

#2 Any Weather
Come rain, shine, ice, snow and any other weather condition you can name; indoor climbing is accessible all year round. The indoor climb allows you to test your vertical limits no matter what the weather has planned.

#3 Social
Enjoy the support of experienced instructors and likeminded individuals who are learning the ropes as well as you. A great place to make new and lasting friendships, rock climbing is renowned for being a tight knit sport. Sharing wall space and controlling the rope for each other are all great ways to bond.

#4 Child Friendly
It’s not just adults who can ascend the wall, kids can too! Climbing enables children to discover problem-solving skills and refine coordination like no other activity.
Literally thinking on their feet, children will need to quickly figure out the best position for their hands to rescue them from tricky situations.
Get them involved with a climbing course specifically designed for younger children working towards their first climbing award. With climbing clubs running through most school holidays, this is a great way to keep kids engaged and active all year round.

#5 Never Boring
With a variety of walls available in each facility; from beginner to overhanging advanced, new moves to learn, techniques to improve, you can say goodbye to your repetitive weekend gym class. Adrenaline is a free perk of climbing so enjoy the rush!

Wondering how to try indoor climbing? We won’t leave you on a cliffhanger… head to Audley Climbing Centre.  From taster to fully coached, you can find the session that fits.

The guys down at Audley are committed to championing high-quality, indoor learning from dedicated instructors. Accredited to deliver both NIMBAS (National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme) and NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) courses, you are in experienced hands.

Bigger premises for Peak Riders and Striders Cycling and Running store at the Trentham Shopping Village.

The Peak Riders and Striders running and cycling shop continues to go from strength to strength and will be moving to new bigger unit on the Trentham Shopping Estate from Friday 29th July, just across from the old shop.

This is great news for the runners, cyclists, and triathletes in Staffordshire as the larger shop will boast an increased range of bike and running brands.

The Trentham Shopping Village based shop, will be selling everything from bikes and running apparel to clothing, accessories and more.

More great brands…

Peak Managing Director Paul Ball said “We opened in September 2020, and despite the Covid pandemic, the shop has continued to grow, to such an extent that we soon realised we needed a bigger store.  Having 3 times the space means we can offer a bigger range of brands, and also house our popular Cycle Repair Workshop in the shop instead of offsite.

We have worked really hard to build an engaged customer base and have had some fantastic feedback on our services such as FREE Gait Analysis to help improve people run quicker, along with Bike Fit to help people being more comfortable on the bike.  The industry has faced a challenge sourcing bikes; however we have been well stocked with brands such as Focus, Kona and Orange.  The shortage of bikes has also led to an increase in demand for Cycle Repair as people want to get their existing bike services.

Olympic Inspiration

Paul continued, “The Olympics are also a fantastic time to help boost demand for bikes and running equipment as people are inspired to get active through watching running, cycling and triathlon.”

Bike Repair, now in store!

Andy Gray, Store Manager said.  “The team are really excited about the new shop.  It means we can stock even more great brands.  We are really happy to stock the new Ron Hill range of running clothing, the only shop in Stoke to have Ron Hill.  We have a great range of bikes with everything from road bikes, mountain bikes, eBikes and kids bikes in stock.  We also have some great running brands including Hoka, Saucony and Asics.  We’ve helped loads of runners reduce injuries and run faster with our Gait Analysis and are looking forward to doing even more.  Having our Bike Repair workshop on site will mean we can get customers bikes fixed faster to keep our riders on the road. We want to help existing runners and cyclists, but also help people run and ride with local cycling or running clubs through our local club finder.”

Store Mechanic Paul Thorne said “The shop will be offering 3 levels of bike servicing and repair to help keep you on the road if your bikes need some attention.  Along with the government Cycle to Work scheme that helps you make savings on new bikes and accessories as an employee benefit.  This is great as the scheme aims to cut congestion on the roads, improve the health of the nation and have a positive impact on the environment.”

To find out more, visit the new Peak Riders and Striders shop at the Trentham Shopping Village, visit the website at www.ridersandstriders.com , call 01782 644861 or follow us on Facebook @PeakRidersandStriders

Chasewater Activity Centre now open for business with new School Holiday Clubs in Burntwood!

Peak are excited to announce they are now open for business with their first School Holiday Programmes at Chasewater Activity Centre.

Peak recently took over the management of the site and have been busy planning activities for the year ahead.

The School Holiday Programmes provide a fantastic experience for children aged 7-16, and also provide great value childcare for working parents over the school holidays.  They start when the schools break up for 6 weeks of summer fun from 19th July.

Peak Managing Director Paul Ball said “We are delighted to be able to offer the School Holiday Programmes at Chasewater. These are great fun, really popular with children, and we have already sold out for the summer at all of our other activity centres! They provide children with the things our company is all about.  Education through Adventure. Participants get to experience everything from climbing, archery, team building activities, bushcraft and more!  The week also provides great value childcare for parents as they juggle work and kids.  Parents can drop the kids off at 8.30am, pick them up at 5.30pm, all for £180 for five days of adventure. Just £36 a day!”

Peak have leased Chasewater Activity Centre from Staffordshire County Council and will be opening the new site from the Summer Holiday for leisure and group bookings. They also run 4 independent schools, with Peak Education students already using the site.

The site has great historic and scientific interest, abundant wildlife, and fantastic activities.  Chasewater is also the perfect place for a brilliant school residential, with c90 beds and will be available for residentials from 2022.  The centre is an all-year-round venue, offering an extensive range of both water and land-based activities.

Paul continued “Chasewater Activity Centre is a great opportunity for Peak. The new site will work very well with all other aspects of our existing business and complements the growth of our existing customer base which includes our very own Peak students, students, and teachers from local and national schools as well as corporate clients alongside our extensive range of leisure clients. The business is all about building a community. We want to work with existing site users, but also help grow participation at the site through holiday clubs, school and youth groups and corporate team building adventures. The site will continue to offer a wealth of fun activities such as Kayaking, Climbing, Bush Craft, Archery, Mountain Biking, DofE and more.”

Where is it?

The site is based on the shores of Chasewater, Chasewater Activity Centre, Pool Lane, Burntwood, Staffordshire, WS7 3QY.


To find out more and book head to our centre page & booking site today! 🙂

Outdoor adventure specialist Peak signs deal to reopen Staffs education centre

Please see below for the Staffordshire County Council release about our exciting new centre!


A growing outdoor adventure business has taken on a new site in Staffordshire.

Peak – which is known for delivering family-friendly outdoor activities and tailor-made adventure packages – has added to its national portfolio of activity centres with Chasewater Outdoor Centre in Burntwood.

The Audley-based company has signed a long-term deal with Staffordshire County Council for the four-acre facility, which is complete with dormitories for overnight stays and areas for teaching, dining and storage.

It is due to take over the site this month.

Peak managing director Paul Ball said: “Chasewater Outdoor Centre is a great opportunity for Peak. The new site will work very well with all other aspects of our existing business, and complements the growth of our existing customer base which includes our very own Peak students, students and teachers from local and national schools as well as corporate clients alongside our extensive range of leisure clients.

“The business is all about building a community. We want to work with existing site users, but also help grow participation at the site through holiday clubs, school and youth groups and corporate team building adventures.

“The site will continue to offer a wealth of fun activities such as kayaking, climbing, bush craft, sailing, archery, mountain biking, DofE and more.”

Established over 20 years ago, Peak employs 230 full-time staff across the country.

Its sites include Trentham Treetop Adventures, Audley Climbing Centre and Astbury Water Sports Centre near Congleton as well as the Trafford Watersports Centre and Trafford Treetops Adventures near Manchester and Underbank Activity Centre in Sheffield.

It currently operates across four sectors which includes outdoor adventures – including watersports, land activities and climbing – at seven locations across the UK.

It also provides education at four independent, Ofsted-registered schools where the emphasis is on an ‘adventurous’ curriculum, and is the UK’s largest provider of the expeditions section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Last year, Peak entered the retail market after it opened its first shop at the Trentham Estate, selling a range of products for keen cyclists and runners including e-bikes, clothing and accessories.

Darryl Eyers, Staffordshire County Council’s director for economy, infrastructure and skills, said: “The outdoor education centre at Chasewater is a great facility for young people to experience new adventures and I’m pleased it’s going to return to regular use.

“I’m also delighted that the new tenant is a Staffordshire-based company with such a strong reputation in this field and that it is committed to working with local groups.”

Driving Home the Road Safety Message for Education and Outdoor Activity Provider.

A Staffordshire company has scooped a major new contract to deliver road safety training for an education and outdoor activity provider’s fleet of drivers.

More than 160 drivers at Peak Education and Peak Activity Services are being trained on an E-learning road safety course developed by Cheadle based Adrian Hide Consultancy.

Audley based Peak have four registered independent day schools in Cannock, Gailey, Stoke-on-Trent and Audley.  Along with six activity watersports and outdoor activity centres in the Cheshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire. The company ethos is Education through Adventure. Their drivers transport up to 100 pupils a day to and from the various locations along with towing trailers including 6m mobile climbing walls!

Adrian was commissioned to deliver a customised course to include a personal message from Peak’s Transport Manager, a module specifically for young drivers because of their team’s demographic and downloadable personal action plans and vehicle safety check forms.

Health and Safety Executive and Department of Transport figures show:

  • Nearly three in ten collisions involve a young driver aged 17 to 24.
  • One in five new drivers will have an accident within their first year of driving.
  • More than a quarter of accidents will involve someone driving for work at the time of the incident.

Adrian who has more than thirty years working in road safety and delivering driver risk management services said:  I’m delighted to be working with Peak and providing their road safety training. Although I deliver face to face training as well, they needed something virtual so they could fit it around their working day. I’ve been able to tailor the course to specifically meet their objectives taking into account that many of their drivers are young and that demographic is more likely to be involved in an accident.

Adrian added: “Health and Safety law imposes duty of care responsibilities on employers, to manage work-related risk in all areas of the business, including driving activities. Sometimes employers don’t realise that they have a responsibility to help keep staff safe when they drive as part of their job. Figures show that one in four collisions involve someone driving for work at the time of the accident so you can see how important it is that employers support driver training.”

Peak’s Transport Manager Andy Foster said: “Road safety is of paramount importance to us not just for the students we transport but for our drivers too. I really feel that it’s out duty to ensure our drivers are as skilled as possible. We have a very young workforce and because we know that statistically you’re more likely to have an accident when you’re younger we want to make sure we give our drivers the best training possible.

“I’ve been looking for a virtual course for our staff to go on for a while when I came across Adrian’s work. He has been absolutely fantastic. He designed something specifically for us and nothing has been too much trouble. The feedback we’ve had from the drivers who have already completed the course has been brilliant. They’ve told us they already feel far more aware and are putting into practice the things they’ve learnt. We will carry on working with Adrian to deliver our training and have made his course part of our mandatory training for all new starters.”

Lauryn Winter, 18, Apprentice Inclusive Education Practitioner said: “The course has really opened my eyes. I’m not the most experienced driver yet but I honestly thought I knew what I needed to know to make sure I was as safe as possible. Adrian’s course has really opened my eyes, not only just about safety but about fuel saving and your carbon footprint. I’ve learnt lots and it was enjoyable too.”

For more information, please go to: www.adrianhideconsultancy.co.uk