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

  • High Ropes - Leap of Faith


    Your challenge is to climb to the top of a 13m (42ft) pole reaching a tiny platform. The next step is to try and stand up on this tiny platform using all your coordination and balance. Once on top you will see a red balloon hanging down a number of metres away. Your final challenge is to build up the courage to leap off and hit the balloon! Feel the relief as you are lowered safely to the ground.

  • Orienteering

    Come and test your map reading skills on Rock and River’s 180 acre Orienteering Course. Our course is set out across the acres of fields that surround our centre. A superb team building activity for all ages; popular with schools and corporate groups alike. Use your map to find markers and gather information placed around the farm. The more markers you find the more points you score! Depending on the groups’ ability your instructor will provide as much or as little help as is needed to help them get the most out of their session.

  • Raft Building


    Improvised raft building is one of our most popular activities. Working with your team members you must design and build your raft from the materials provided. After a brief MOT by your instructor, if lake-worthy, your raft is launched and raced against other rafts within your group. This activity is suitable for all ages and is equally suitable for any group, whether it's a fun day or a more in depth team building event.  

  • A precarious balancing act! First you help your instructor set up the ropes over the water. Next you are attached to the safety line. Now you have to edge your way across the water – with a potential dipping along the way! Please bring footwear for the water and a change of clothing.

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