Buxton In Top Ten For Climbers Looking To Scale University Heights

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Date posted: 5 November 2013

Climbers looking for a degree education with good peaks on the doorstep should consider the University of Derby Buxton, suggests a British Mountaineering Council 'Top Ten' list.

The new list of 'climber friendly' universities in England and Wales - ranked by factors such as a proximity to crags, hills and mountains and provision of specialised outdoors courses - puts the University's Buxton Campus in a healthy sixth place. The list was put together by the British Mountaineering Council, the national representative for walkers, climbers and mountaineers, following input from real climbers on social media site Facebook.

Reasons given for the University of Derby Buxton's inclusion in the Top Ten list included:

  • its location in the heart of the Peak District, with "classic gritstone crags such as the Roaches and Stanage a stone's throw away";
  • a 58-acre outdoor pursuits centre, Oaklands Manor, linked to the Buxton Campus used by students - containing mixed woodlands, a 30 foot high climbing wall and an artificial underground caving course - officially opened by world class climber Kenton Cool in October 2012;
  • climbing walls at the linked Harpur Hill site in Buxton;
  • a student club, the University of Derby Mountaineering and Climbing Club;
  • degree courses such as the BA (Hons) in Adventure Tourism and Countryside Management.

Victoria Foxwell, the University's Outdoor Leadership Instructor, welcomed news of the University's inclusion in the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) list.

She said: "Oaklands Manor is not only set in 58 acres of countryside but also within the magnificent Peak District, which has great opportunities for climbing on the doorstep. We know a lot of students come to the Peak District for the climbing.

"There is also our great facility at the Harpur Hill site in Buxton. It includes features like the small bouldering wall which a lecturer in a classroom, talking about movement on the climbing face, could pop out to and show the practice behind the theory; which is all part of our real world learning ethos."

The University also has a mobile climbing wall which can be taken out to schools, saving them the expense and time of taking pupils out to its Buxton facilities.

For further details on the Top Ten list see the BMC website at www.thebmc.co.uk/ten-great-universities-for-climbers-and-walkers

For details of University of Derby Buxton outdoor courses see www.derby.ac.uk/outdoor

For further press information please contact John Phillips, University of Derby Buxton Community Liaison Officer, on direct dial 01298 330461 or email: j.phillips@derby.ac.uk

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