Peat Rigg’s Staff Members

Peat Rigg is an Outdoor Centre with an intimate, family feel. We want a close, productive and enjoyable relationship with everybody that comes here. Therefore the quality of the staff is everything: Feedback from clients consistently rate the quality of our staff as one of the key factors in the success of their residential…and the dog Stan gets the odd mention also!

Ian Thorpe

After pursuing careers in recreation management and research, Ian decided to turn hobby into full time lifestyle with a move into Outdoor Education. 27 years later he is now very happy and settled at Peat Rigg. A perfect spare afternoon would be spent walking or mountain biking on the Moors with Claire and Stan (our dog!)

Office Manager

Gina brings a wide range of skills into running every aspect of the administration at Peat Rigg: From the increasingly busy bookings and client liaison, to managing the farm operations and the biomass boiler and ground source heat pump systems. Her previous experience as a veterinary nurse is also occasionally called on for injured animals.

Georgie Maris
Catering Manager

After running pubs, cafes and working in care, nothing is going to phase Georgie! She is passionate about proper, home-cooked food. Whether it is for six or sixty she goes out of her way to make sure that everybody is well fed at Peat Rigg.

Dave Shields
Senior Instructor

Having served as an aircraft technician with the Royal Air Force Dave changed careers to follow his passion of the outdoors. When not at work he can be found out on the local trails on his mountain bike though is also a recent convert to road biking...

Dave Townend
Health and Well-being coordinator

'Diggin Dave' delivers Health and Well-being education through our adventure programmes. He looks after the farm animals and vegetable plot. Dave has worked as a horticulture lecturer at Askham Bryan College and studied for a career in the Outdoors in Ambleside. When he hasn't got his head in a bee hive, he is quite happy carving green wood or foraging in the forest.

Outdoor Instructor

craig surf.jpgCraig - Outdoor Instructor

Craig got passionate about the outdoors whilst studying Outdoor Education in the South West. He loves to get out climbing on the local crags whenever possible and is always on the lookout for the perfect wave to surf.


Edward - Outdoor Instructor

Edward has recently completed his degree in outdoor studies and has decided to share his love for the outdoors with younger generations. As a British-Italian mountaineer, he enjoys pursuing his passion for adventure photography, savouring life, every hundredth of a second



Stan tried a career as a sheep dog in his younger days but decided that sheep were just too aggressive. He re-trained as an assistant Outdoor Instructor and has excelled in this role. He used to specialise in canoeing and mountain biking, but nowadays he is more of a zip lining expert.