Canoeing at Rock & RiverRock and River are experts in running outdoor and adventurous activities right across the North West. You can choose from over 15 different activity sessions to customise your very own special Outdoor Activity Day. All of these activities are situated here on our 180 acre site. We have activities for all age groups and abilities. We are able to design your visit however you like. So if you and your group want to come along and just have some fun then Rock and River can accommodate this. If however, you want your day to have a team-building or competitive element to it, then we would love to arrange this for you too.

You can choose from either land-based activities or water-based activities. Each activity has a different type and degree of challenge. We adopt a ‘challenge by choice’ approach at Rock and River and we will never force you to do anything you don’t want to do. What we do ask, is that you at least have a go at stepping outside of your ‘comfort zone’ whilst you are with us. Our instructors, who are fully qualified and very experienced, will do their best to make you feel as comfortable as possible and will always encourage you positively.

We also run activities within our Woodland Learning sessions that are designed to stimulate curiosity and imagination, inspire creativity, and educate you, as well as increase your awareness of the natural environment.

We believe that engaging in outdoor activities benefits you in so many ways. Take a look below at just some of the benefits a visit to Rock and River could provide! So if you would like to reap some of the following rewards contact us on 01704 822644 or e-mail us at

Inspires confidence, develops self-esteem, improves problem solving, increases self awareness, enhances communication, promotes team working skills and helps you to gain leadership skills. 


TIme Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
10.00 - 11.00 Climbing Archery High Ropes
11.00 - 12.00 Orienteering Climbing Archery
12.00 - 12.30 Lunch
12.30 - 13.30 Canoeing Orienteering Climbing
13.30 - 14.30 High Ropes Canoeing Orienteering
14.30 - 15.30 Archery High Ropes Canoeing
15.30 End of Activities

On-Site Activities



     An individual challenge, Balance Beam comprises two parallel beams fixed across two vertical poles. One beam is approximately 4m (13ft) off the floor whilst the other beam is a more daring 10m (33ft). Your challenge is to climb up to the first beam and then using co-ordination and balance walk across this beam to the other side. Do you have what it takes to go to the next level? If so, climb even higher to the second beam and once again, balancing delicately walk across to the other side. Once you've reached the other side you're almost done, but not quite. Your instructor will ask you to make a final walk back to the middle of the pole and then ask you to lean backwards in order to be lowered safely down to the ground! A personal challenge that requires nerves of steel!

  • Canoeing

    Open canoes are designed for two people. This makes them great fun, ideal for less confident groups or those wanting to practice their teamwork. The session will include an introduction to your canoe and a safety talk, followed by instruction and activities and games to enable you to get the most out of your paddling experience. All participants must wear a buoyancy aid throughout the session; these will be fitted and checked by our qualified and experienced staff. Please bring footwear for the water and a change of clothing.

  • Indoor climbing parties

    Learn to Climb


    Climbing is fun, healthy and safe! We’ve got everything you need to get started from an indoor bouldering wall to an outdoor climbing tower above the treetops.



    Another exciting team event designed for up to four people. Crate Stack is a test of balance and co-ordination. You are attached to a wire suspended above via a rope and work either alone or in pairs (maximum of four people). Your objective is to stack as many milk crates underneath you as you possibly can and to build your tower as high as possible! If working in pairs you must put the ultimate trust in your partner, balancing yourselves delicately and positioning the crates with care underneath you. 

Off-Site Activities

  • Off-Site Activities - Canoe & Kayak Courses


  • Off-Site Activities - Hill Walking


    A series of single or multiple day treks set within beautiful locations including the Lake District, Yorkshire and Wales. We tailor-make your trek taking into account your level of fitness, experience and what you would like to achieve.

  • Navigation Courses

    We run a series of navigation courses in moorland and mountaineous areas. These courses are designed to meet the needs of anyone interested in navigation. Do you go to the mountains regularly? Are you skilled enough in your navigation to get yourself off the mountains or hills if visibility becomes an issue?  Whatever your skill level we offer courses for the complete beginner to the more advanced navigator.

  • Rock Climbing Courses

    Rock and River offer one and two day climbing courses set in stunning locations within the Pennines, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire. We will introduce you to climbing equipment, good climbing technique, rope work, all related health and safety issues and etiquette at the crag. So whether you are a complete novice or an experienced climber wanting to brush up on your skills contact us today to book your course.

If you would like more information about our activities, call us on
01704 822644