Willersley Castle
Residential Activities in the Peak District
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  •  Exciting new centre on the edge of the Peak District
  •  3 Accommodation choices: The Castle, Mews & Tented villages
  •  Availability for 2022
  •  All outdoor pursuits on site
  •  Climbing/Abseling on Cliff faces + Canoe/Kayaking on the River Derwent
  •  All bedrooms are ensuite

Willersley Castle was built in 1792 by Richard Arkwright, the famous entrepreneur & inventor, from the industrial revolution. The estate offers exceptional facilities within a 65 acre estate on the edge of the Peak District. The grounds consist of woodlands, fields and gardens inhabited by an abundance of wildlife; as well as the the River Derwent which flows along 2km of the estate.

Willersley Castle provides a safe and secure environment for schools to enjoy outdoor pursuits. The centre operates within a very compact central area with the majority of the activities taken place within 10 acres.

Courses at Willersley Castle

At our residential centre in Derbyshire, we provide school groups with an introduction to outdoor pursuits, with each session lasting one and a half hours. For more information about our residential activity courses, please click the buttons bellow.


Accommodation Options

Willersley Castle can accommodate up to 200 pupils. Each separate high quality accommodation unit provides a Duty Instructor. Teachers are accommodated in twin bedrooms with tea/coffee making facilities and television. Teachers also have access to common rooms. Accommodation facilities include drying rooms for clothing, and also provide internet on site.


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On Site Facilities at Willersley Castle

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Water sports on the River Derwent

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking

Over 25 land based outdoor pursuits

  • Crate Stacking
  • High Ropes
  • Rifle Range
  • Climbing Wall
  • Bouldering
  • Potholing
  • Obstacle Course
  • Abseiling
  • Archery Range
  • Blind Trail
  • Zip Wire


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Centres of Excellence

Many of our competitors boast that they handle hundreds of thousands of school children each year. We believe that offering five quality UK and two quality French centres of excellence is far more important. All our management and financial resources are focused on achieving our very high standards. Click on the centres below to discover more about each location.