Gorge Walking

Mobile Climbing Wall


Sea Cliff Traversing

Single Pitch


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1992 – 2016 Outdoor Activities Service is celebrating 24 years of providing high quality outdoor education and outdoor activities.

Alternative Adventure specialise in organising activities using venues that are within easy reach of your location. Hotel & conference centre grounds delivering team building activities, school & youth centres delivering outdoor team building activities, local parks delivering teambuilding & outdoor adventurous activities canoeing, earth ball, mountain biking, raft building, orienteering, mountain rescue, urban countryside venues throughout the Northwest of England delivering rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, gorge walking, orienteering, mountain biking, raft building, caving, problem solving, archery, mountain rescue exercises, etc., Residential courses are tailor made around your aims & objectives & can be delivered at venues throughout the country. 

All tutors employed are full time professionals, suitably experienced & highly qualified (Teaching - Primary, Secondary, further education, Special Needs & Youth Work qualifications) in both the skills of group dynamics & the activity skills (MT, BCU, NCA, BO BSCA, RYA, etc. qualifications) of the particular activity along with their caring & friendly attitude. Tutors have worked with individuals & groups of all ages from 5 to 85+, Senior Managers, Families, Schools, Charities, Adult (Friends, workmates, Stag & Hen) Groups, Disadvantaged Young People, Young Offenders, Young People with Challenging Behavior, Voluntary Youth Organisations, Colleges, Special Needs Organisations. During this time, staff have developed a great understanding of the benefits of personal & social development training using the outdoor environment. This is the essential ingredient to gain satisfaction & value in outdoor adventure education programs.

Course director Stuart Igoe has been a professional in the field of Outdoor Education since 1981.
Stuart is: 

A member of the The Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) 

A member of the Mountail Leader Training Association (MLTA) 

MT Single Pitch Award course provider 

MT Climbing Wall Award course provider 

MT Hill and Moorland Leader Award course director 
MT Lowland Leader Award course director 

MT  Summer Mountain Leader Award course director 

British Orienteering course tutor for Teaching Orienteering Part 1 & 2 

Coach Level 1 and 2 Awards 

National Naviagaton Award Scheme - course provider Bronze, Sliver and Gold 

Institute for Outdoor Learning Member 


He holds the National Governing Body awards from:- 

UKMTB Mountain Instructor Award

MLTB Summer Mountain Leader Walking

SMLTB Winter Mountain Leader Walking

MLTB Single Pitch Supervisor Award

TDLB NVQ Assessor awards D32, D33, D34 & D36

BOF Coach Level 3 Award

BOF Coach Level 4 Award - Training

NCA Local Cave Leadership Certificate Scheme - Training Level 1

RYA National Powerboat certificate - Level 2

RYA National Powerboat certificate - Level 4 Fleet Rescue Coastal

BCU Proficiency - Inland Kayak

BCU Proficiency - Sea Kayak

BCU 4 Star Open Canoe

BCU Level 2 Inland Kayak

BCU Level 2 Coach - Open Canoe 

BCU Level 3 Coach Kayak - Training

BCU Level 3 Coach Sea - Training

BCU Level 3 Coach Open Canoe - Training

BCU Canoe Safety Test  Trainer/ Assessor

BCU White Water Safety

BCU Bell Boat Helm           

16hr First Aid 

1st4sport Level 3 Tutoring in Sport


He is a technical advisor for a number of local authorities and outdoor centres. 

Energize Oldham (Oldham Outdoor Pursuits Club) 

Galloway Sailing Centre 
Madlow Youth Zone

Trafford Council   

Rochdale Council


About Our Staff:- 

for information about are staff click the links below. 

Why not visit us at Facebook Outdoor Activities Service and see what we have going on. 

Stuart Igoe

Outdoor Activities Service & Alternative Adventure
New Meadows Gap Cottage,
Cranberry Lane,
Cranberry Fold,
Tel 01254 704898
Fax 01254 774420





deliver professionally run outdoor pursuits activities for the widest possible range of groups

We deliver professionally run outdoor pursuits activities for the widest possible range of groups. This includes corporate events, management groups, Over 50's clubs, hen parties, stag parties, adult and junior birthday parties, fun days for family groups, primary schools, junior schools and secondary schools, pupil referral units, special needs organisations, further education and sixth form colleges and youth groups.

Our activities include Rock Climbing, Open Canoeing, Orienteering, Abseiling, Archery, Gorge Walking Caving, Mobile Climbing Walls, Problem Solving Exercises, Mountain Biking, Sea Cliff Traversing, Team Building Exercises, Kayak Canoeing, Mountain Walks, Winter Skills, Navigation, Raft Building and more.

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1992 – 2015 Outdoor Activities Service and Alternative Adventure are celebrating 23 years 

of providing high quality outdoor education and outdoor activities.


We specialise in delivering outdoor adventure activities, outdoor pursuits and outdoor adventures qualifications (National Governing Body Awards) courses for all ages and abilities at venues around the UK , primarily the North West of England, Greater Manchester (Bury, Bolton, Rochdale, Oldham, Ashton Under Lyne, Tameside, Wilmslow, Stockport, Manchester, Trafford, Wigan, Salford), Cheshire, Merseyside (Liverpool, Sefton, Southport, Knowsley, Halton, St. Helens, Warrington, Huyton, Birkenhead, Maghull, Kirby, Haydock, Prescot, Widnes, Runcorn, Halewood, Bebbington, Wallasey),  Lancashire (Preston, Blackpool, Colne, Blackburn, Nelson, Rawtenstall, Bacup, Accrington, Burnley, Clitheroe, Garstang, Lancaster, Leyland, Chorley, Darwen, Longridge, Morecambe, Leyland,  Fleetwood), Cumbria, West Yorkshire (Huddersfield, Halifax, Todmorden, Kirklees, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Calderdale, Brighouse), Lake District, local parks, school and youth club grounds.