In the beautiful secluded valley of Edale high in the hills in the northern Peak District of Derbyshire.
Since 1969 we have enjoyed offering hospitality and service to many tens of thousands of young people and adults.
Community living, discovery and growth is at the heart of the Peak Centre's Christian ethos.
The Peak Centre at Champion House offers comfortable, warm and welcoming group accommodation maintained to a high standard. The accommodation is offered in two wings, John Champion's Barn and Grindslow Wing. You have exclusive use of your part of the Centre if you are a small group and of the whole Centre, including the Broadlee Wing if you are a large group. Look at our Centre Plan to assist you in planning your visit.
We give preference to young people and children: school groups, groups from faith communities, colleges, secular youth groups and uniformed organisations. However, we also encourage Adult and Family groups to enquire about staying at The Centre.
The Peak Centre links with the Youth Office of the Diocese of Derby in running Events specifically for young people and youth leaders from parishes in the Diocese of Derby. Sometimes we are able to make places available to others, so do please enquire.
The Peak Centre offers a wide range of activities both at the centre, we have our own climbing wall, and in the surrounding Peak District National Park. We are registered with the Adventure Activities Licensing Service for single pitch rock climbing, abseiling and hill walking - AALS licence no R0642.
The Peak Centre is a unique place and a wide range of possibilities exists for your residential experience.
If you want activities, we will provide activities for you.
If you want to use the centre as a base for your own programme, whilst making the most of our grounds and resources, then you are free to do so.
If you want to explore spirituality or the Christian faith, we welcome that and can help by providing a conducive environment and suitable resources. If you are a secular group or from a different faith community, we aim to help you in whatever way we can to fulfil your requirements.
We like to work in partnership with leaders and teachers to help you achieve the aims of your residential too. This means that with the exception of our “in house” events, you retain control of the “what and when” leaving us to support you in your endeavours.
This has been our strapline for many years now, and these three ideas are integral to our aims and vision. Our central aim is to offer a comfortable and well-resourced centre which will meet the needs of any type of group who reside here, be it for a couple of nights or a whole week, and one where young people and adults alike can explore, learn and grow together.
Living together as a community is a powerful way to shape relationships, providing the opportunity for young people to develop life skills, and to learn more about themselves.
We are all very proud of The Peak Centre, and recognise how lucky we are to manage and take care of a residential centre in a place as breath taking as the Edale valley.
The hopes we have for our centre, and where our vision lies, is in providing a venue where everyone who stays here can benefit from the beautiful location we are blessed with, embrace the challenges offered through outdoor pursuits opportunities and grow together in their own communities.
The "We" consists of our Centre Manager (see News page for details of vacancy); Chris, our Assistant Warden; Lesley, our Finance & IT Manager/Administrator; Sam, our Administrator; Julie, our Housekeeper; and Georgina and Joy, our Assistant Housekeepers. We are a working community and enjoy each other's company, make work interesting and fun and are committed to providing the best service we know how.