Peak District Climbing Instructor

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If you are thinking of doing some rock climbing in the Peak District, then you should certainly speak to Dave Mathews. 

peak district climbing instructorDave is a Peak District Climbing instructor, based in Matlock, Derbyshire. Running a long-standing and successful outdoor adventure company, Aspire Adventure Activities.

Dave is one of the more experienced Rock climbing instructors in the Peak District. He has been involved in the Outdoor Activities Industry for over 30 years since graduating from teacher training college with a degree in Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies.

After a number of years working at the Storey Arms Outdoor Centre in the Brecon Beacons instructing in Rock climbing, Caving and Canoeing Dave went freelance working in various LEA Outdoor Centres and organising his own courses and basing himself on the Peak District.

Who can climb in the Peak District?

Anyone is welcome to come and climb with Dave. We organise all our day courses according to the needs and aspirations of individuals and groups and we are totally flexible in our approach.

Dave has worked with a wide variety of groups including schools, youth clubs, special needs, Scout and Air Training Corps, Stag and Hen parties, families and couples.

Where to climb in the Peak District
The Peak District is the home of single pitch climbing and the choice of venues is endless. For those new to climbing we use the limestone cliffs of Harborough Rocks, Matlock or the gritstone cliff of Windgather Rocks, Buxton For the more experienced there are the gritstone cliffs around Hathersage including the famous Stanage Edge.


Climbing For A Hobby As well as Work

After climbing extensively in the Uk. His interest in scaling difficult rock faces took him to many interesting locations including the French Alps, Swiss Alps, Kenya with an ascent of Mount Kenya, which is a 5000-metre peak.  He’s also been climbing in the USA with a trip to Red Rocks in Nevada.

Dave has climbed extensively in the French Mountains making many trips to the Nice, Monaco and Toulon areas as well as winter trips to the Calanques near Marseille.  He’s done the awesome Verdon Gorge where he climbed the longest route, ‘La Demande’ tackling the 500-metre long extreme climb.


In addition to climbing in France, Dave has climbed extensively in Spain since 1988. He likes to make a trip to Spain every year, where he has been exploring a number of different and challenging multi-pitch climbs around the Murcia area recently.

Other regions Dave has visited include Turkey, Croatia and Morocco and now visits the Island of Kalymnos at least once a year to climb. Perhaps his standout climbs were the ascent of the ‘La Demande’ the longest in the Verdon Gorge over 5oo metres in length and the famous Cenotaph Corner in North Wales.

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David Matthews is a qualified teacher having a BEd degree in Outdoor Education and has been involved in working with groups through outdoor activities for 25 years.