Let Open Gates Outdoors work with you, your employees or your members to improve wellbeing by developing a greater sense of place. 

Let Open Gates Outdoors work with you, your employees or your members to improve wellbeing by developing a greater sense of place. 

Open Gates Outdoors is committed to working with individuals and its corporate and community partners so they can enjoy exploring different types of outdoor space. Below are the main adventures we offer for corporate partners, community partners, and individuals. 
 
A contribution will be made from every payment received by Open Gates Outdoors from corporate or individual partners to enable Open Gates Outdoors to provide its services to its community partners free of charge, thereby widening participation in the outdoors. Corporate and individual financial support is the lifeblood of Open Gates Outdoors and is vital in enabling us to deliver our mission of widening participation in the outdoors. 
 
Open Gates Outdoors is committed to meeting your needs so let us know if you want an adventure in the outdoors not listed below. 

Activities for Corporate Partners 

Leadership and team building activities  

Leadership and team building activities  

Open Gates Outdoors works with its corporate partners to devise activities in the outdoors which will have a tangible benefit for their leaders and teams. These activities will enhance the effectiveness of leadership, as well as the cohesiveness, communication, trust, and problem solving skills within those teams. It is established that each of these factors affects staff turnover, absence, productivity and quality. Open Gates Outdoors appreciates that one size does not fit all and leadership and team building activities need to be tailored to your specific needs. Open Gates Outdoors will therefore work with its corporate partners in the planning, delivery and follow up of these activities to ensure that there are tangible benefits for their teams. 
 
Outdoor leadership and team building activities provided by Open Gates Outdoors can for example be based around group navigation exercises, wild camping, or activities such as fire-building, shelter construction, or outdoor cooking. 
 

Services for individuals, companies, and community groups 

Rural Exploring 

Rural Exploring 

Explore the so called "beautiful frame" of Sheffield, including the Peak District National Park. Sheffield is the only City in the UK to incorporate part of a National Park and this provides a unique resource. Dark Peak areas close to Sheffield such as Burbage, Froggatt and Stanage can be explored in depth with Open Gates Outdoors together with the more rugged and challenging terrains of Dark Peak areas further afield such as Kinder Scout, Derwent Edge and Bleaklow.  
 
We can also provide experiences of the more gentle White Peak in locations such as Dovedale and Lathkill Dale. 
 
Find ancient carvings, caves with mysterious pasts, and ruins that you wish could speak! Walks will be of a length and terrain best suited to you and we will work with you to ascertain this before embarking on your adventure. 

Urban Exploring  

Urban Exploring  

Explore urban areas in Sheffield such as the City Centre, Neepsend and the Don Valley. Rummage in Sheffield General Cemetery and learn about the catacombs and the famous and infamous of Victorian Sheffield interred there. Acquaint yourself with the several parks in Sheffield curated in the 1830's by nationally renowned landscape architect Robert Marnock such as High Hazels Park, Botanical Gardens, and Weston Park. These urban landscapes provide a rich source of understanding the unique heritage and culture of Sheffield. 
 
 
 

Edgelands Exploring  

Edgelands Exploring  

Explore areas on the edge of Sheffield such as Wincobank Hill, the site of a crucial iron age and roman fort located on the nationally significant "roman ridge". Discover Meersbrook and Gleadless woods, the site of the critical ancient boundaries between Mercia and Northumbria, then later Yorkshire and Derbyshire, and which formed part of the boundary of Hallamshire. Delve into Moss Valley, a frontier in the Jacobean uprising of 1745. Explore Parkwood Springs, the site of the now defunct Sheffield Ski Village which until the 1970s was a bustling vibrant residential community and has now been re-wilded but still contains tantalising traces of its former life. Trace the industrial landscapes of the Porter, Rivelin and Loxley valleys to learn about the geographical phonomena that made Sheffield perfect for the development of early steel industries in the 17th to 19th centuries. 
 
 
 
 

Themed Walks 

Themed Walks 

Let Open Gates Outdoors take you on a walk which develop a theme. Themes could be following in the footsteps of the Sheffield Clarion Ramblers, the original Sheffield rambling club established in 1900 by the legendary GHB Ward, the pioneer of pedestrian rights of way in the early 20th century.  
In one walk it is possible to visit the home of, and countryside that inspired, not only GHB Ward but also Edward Carpenter, the revolutionary socialist thinker, activist and writer, and member of the Arts and Craft movement. 
 
Let us take you on a walk on the theme of protest for example the Mass Kinder Trespass of 1932, or disaster for example the Great Sheffield Flood of 1864 (the worst civilian peacetime disaster in Britain). 
 

 

Forest school for adults 

Forest school for adults 

Open Gates Outdoors can use forest school principals to provide a unique space for skill development and the nurturing of a deep relationship with nature for teams, groups or individuals. Our programs will cater to our partners’ needs and motivations and will allow you to engage in hands-on learning to develop practical skills such as fire-building, shelter construction, and outdoor cooking or softer skills such as a knowledge of local flora and fauna or to simply finding solace in nature. The forest school sessions will encourage you as teams, groups or individuals to improve wellbeing by fostering a profound connection with nature, through mindfulness exercises and reflective experiences allowing you to appreciate the beauty and tranquillity of the outdoors. 

Special events for individuals and families  

Special events for individuals and families  

Let Open Gates Outdoors help you as an individual, a family, or a group of friends develop specific skills, get the most out of a holiday, or celebrate a special occasion with the following special services. 
 

Navigation Training  

Navigation Training  

Will you be safe if your GPS devise fails or there is no mobile signal? Will you be able to compete in an event that does not permit use of GPS? Whether it be to prepare for a specific event or simply to become a more independent and confident walker, let Open Gates Outdoors help you to improve your ability to navigate using a map and compass. 
 
 
 
 

Walking Holidays  

Walking Holidays  

If you are on a walking holiday Open Gates Outdoors can guide you through the most challenging and remote terrain in the Peak District. For example we could take you to the lesser known springs and wells on Kinder Scout or the lesser visited corners of Bleaklow such as the source of the river Derwent or the crucial 1894 boundary stone. 
 
 
 

Family Walks  

Family Walks  

There is more to the Peak District than Chatsworth and Bakewell! If you are holidaying in the Peak District Open Gates Outdoors can provide a fascinating guided walk with plenty of lesser known points of interest and fun for all the family. Let us take you straight to the Peak District's hidden treasures. Perhaps the cave that the legendary Victorian cat burglar and murderer Charlie Peace is reputed to have hidden in before escaping to London. Maybe the so called "rock canon" into which grindstone quarry workers would insert dynamite to play a tune to celebrate a special occasion. 
 
 
 

Celebrations  

Celebrations  

Whether it be a birthday, an anniversary or retirement, Open Gates Outdoors can organise an outing fit for any celebration for all ages, such as spooky caves, special stones, or vistas that inspired great art and literature. 
 
 
 

Night Walks 

Night Walks 

Experience the unique atmosphere of a walk in the dark. Open Gates Outdoors can help you to experience safely how sound, texture and smell all become more extreme at night. Bring a torch! 

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