Stag do or Hen do in the Peak District

Stag Do or Hen Do?

If you have responsibility for organising a stag do or hen do in the Peak District then you face the same dilemma as others before you. Where can you stay? what activities can you do? what is the best location? where can we go on a night time and How much will it all cost?

Activity Options

We will talk through your activity options to help you decide whats best for you. These may include Abseiling, Mountain Biking, Caving, Rock Climbing, Competitive Team Challenges or  Ghyll Scrambling.  All of these activities can be run across the Peak District. Therefore some of it will come down to where you decide to stay. We can help you with this and point you in the right direction based on budget and location.

Hen party waving and smiling


There is numerous group accommodation available within the Peak District National Park. Companies like, Peak Venues offer quality accommodation but Airbnb has proved popular as well. Sometimes a bunkhouse is all people need and plenty can be found. Others may want to camp and again there are plenty of sites available. Places like Castleton or Bakewell have more to offer at night time for food and drink options. And remember, you have a playground for adventurous activities on the doorstep with a wide range to choose from.

Ability Level

Dolomite Training have been running Stag and Hen parties in the Peak District for 10 years now. As a result, we have worked with thousands of people and have lots of ideas to make your day even better. We also understand that not everyone in the group will want to Abseil off a viaduct or go Rock Climbing. With this in mind, we tweak each course to be as inclusive as we can. Consequently you get a better day and you can have a laugh in the pub about your adventures.

Stag and Hen party in wetsuits

How do you book

It is always easier to talk through what adventurous outdoor activities will work for you and then come up with a plan. Even if you don’t know where you are staying yet why not get in touch for an informal chat. we can suggest options that might work and ideas of where would be best to get group accommodation in the Peak District

For more information why not visit our Stag and Hen page and complete an enquiry form.

To Buy a New Mountain Bike or Upgrade?

Mountain Biking

Buying a new mountain bike or getting an upgrade for your old one is a key question everyone faces sooner or later. As everyone knows Mountain Biking has really taken off over the last decade with  huge investment in R & D in bike technology. This means choices for people wanting a new bike are limitless especially with the advent of good quality E-Bikes thrown into the mix. By the way,”I cant wait until I can justify getting one of these …pedal assist, Turbo settings!!”

However you still cant beat nailing that technical climb under your own steam. Especially, feeling your legs and lungs screaming for more oxygen before hitting the next descent.  After all this is what Mountain biking is all about isn’t it?

Mountain Bike Options

Choices for new bikes include 26, 27.5 and 29 inch wheels in hardtail or full suspension. The other consideration is what type of mountain biking you mainly do? Is it Downhill, Cross country, Enduro or Trail riding as this will start to limit your choice of bikes. What is your budget? What are your suspension preferences? If you are not sure which to go for it is best to get out there and try them all.  You have options including manufacturers bike demo days, which are generally free. Just visit their websites as they travel up and down the country.

Alternatively you can try good local bike shops such as Peak District based Bike Garage in Bamford or 18 Bikes in Hope were in theory you can pay for a days hire but try multiple bikes. This is limited by how much fun you have on each one! If you are riding trail centers then they tend to have offers on demonstration bikes. Consequently, if you end up buying a bike you can get the cost of the hire fees refunded.

How Much to Spend?

The important thing is to be honest with yourself. If you ride twice a month at a trail centre can you justify spending £6K on a carbon framed full suss bike? or would you be better upgrading components on your current bike and upgrading your skills and knowledge of how to ride better? Mountain Bike Skills courses are popping up all over the country and can be a great  way of getting more from your riding. We all develop bad habits and sometimes it is worth getting that feedback and making corrections at a much smaller cost from qualified instructors. Internet retailers all compete on component costs so upgrading your current bike can be very cost effective.

We all want the best but what do we really need to make our experience better? Better skills or better bike or a new mountain bike or upgrade? To book a course with our instructors just email

Alum Pot and Long Churns caves connection window

Caving Underground beneath the Peak District Limestone

Caving in the Peak District.

Have you ever wondered what lies beneath the ground you are walking on? Well if you happen to visit the Castleton area of the Peak District then you should. Beneath you are a series of Caves and Caverns climbing down into the deep darkness below. They offer fresh exciting opportunities for fun, adventure and new experiences.

Read more “Caving Underground beneath the Peak District Limestone”