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Welcome to Gradbach Scout Camp Website

The Peter Watson Scout Camp is located on the western edge of the Peak District National Park, nestled in the upper reaches of the Dane Valley, on the borders of Derbyshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire. The campsite is located close to both Buxton and Leek, but because of the nature of the Peak District countryside it appears to be in a world of its own!

The campsite is ideally situated for most Peak District activities including climbing, walking and caving and is a much used stopover point for Scout and Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions, as well as longer troop or patrol camps.

Whether you are hike-camping for a single night, or planning a week long camp, there's no finer setting to base your adventure!


Gradbach Scout Camp - site 4 by the River Dane


Our camping grounds cover a total of 48 acres. Of these, 23 acres are designated as plantation covering the southern end of the site along the northern slope of Black Brook River. The remaining area is split into 18 unique camping sites, offering a rich variety of environment for large static camps down to bivouacking.

If you are looking for indoor accommodation for a scout or cub residential experience, or an 'outward bounds' type course, then 'Peter Watson Scout Camp' at Gradbach is an ideal location.

Although designated as a ‘Scout ‘ camp site we welcome affiliated groups, schools and youth organisations from all walks of life.

Please note that we are not a commercial public camp site and reserve the right to refuse any bookings from non-affiliated groups or persons wishing to stay at the site.




The area that now constitutes the camp site headquarters was formerly known as Gradbach Old Hall Farm. The campsite Headquarters consists of three converted farm buildings known as, The Farmhouse, The Cottage and The Rover Den.

The Farmhouse and Cottage buildings have been converted into indoor accommodation and are ideal as a base for indoor and outdoor activities. Both of the buildings are suitable for all sections from Beaver sleepovers, through Cub pack holidays to Scout and Explorer camps. The Rover Den is also converted for indoor accommodation and is used as the Camp Headquarters and ‘home’ of the site service crew.