Some bring their
Troops to Gradbach for a taste of
authentic Scouting and to practice
the old skills of Pioneering and
Backwoodsmanship. Whether this
means rope bridges across the
River Dane, Bivouacs in the
Training Ground or Orienteering
around Back Forest, Gradbach has
Others use our
beautiful site as a base to
explore the magnificent Peak
District and then there are the
thrill seekers who come to
experience climbing at the famous
'Roaches', pot holing, hang
gliding, canoeing or sailing at
Here we hope to
give you a taste of some of the
many activities available either
on the site or within easy reach
for weekend and longer term
you have any specific requirements
please ask. Our friendly and
experienced staff will be
delighted to share their extensive
local knowledge with you.
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contacts and events in Derbyshire.
Off Site Activities and Facilities...
routes at the Roaches are generally VS and
above. It is split into three main areas,
the Lower Tier, Upper Tier and Far
Skyline. At VS there is Valkyrie plus
Black and Tans, at HVS The Sloth and
Saulís Crack are the most famous and
are a good number of epic struggles on the
Lower Tier, Valkyrie direct and the
Mangler spring to mind. Whether you are
teaching beginners the art of climbing or
abseiling or seeking adventure as an
experienced climber, you'll find what
you're looking for at the Roaches.
pretty outcrop is where ex-1st Buxton
Scout and 'old boy' of Gradbach Simon
Nadin learnt his craft before going on to
be the first Climbing World Cup Champion
in the history of the sport.
you are a long distance walker, a
mountaineer, a gentle stroller, walking in
the Peak District is for you.
in the Peak District offers a diverse
and delightful mixture of countryside
from which to choose. You may prefer to
trek across exposed moorland where
walkers now have more freedom to roam,
thanks to the recently introduced Access
rights. Alternatively there are easier
paths to pursue, especially around the
White Peak where walkers can descend
into the Derbyshire Dales and follow
riverside paths, woodland tracks or
simply cross fields and stiles over an
undulating landscape with glorious
Windsurfing & Kayaking
provider for water activities is
Tittesworth Resevoir, just 7 miles by
road, between the Roaches and Leek. Open 7
days a week they offer a full range of
water sports, archery, axe throwing and
team building activities..
Water Sports and Activity Centre is a
British Canoeing Accredited Centre.
Bordering the Peak District National Park,
Tittesworth offers visitors a range of
water sports activities (including Raft
Building, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding as
well as, fishing and other tailored
Holing and Caving tours and instruction is
provided by a number of local
organisations including Peak Activities
Alternatively, everyone can explore
in Buxton, a 2 million year old natural
limestone cave situated in the beautiful
woodland of Buxton Country Park.
Farm Riding & Trekking Centre is about
2.5 miles away at Northfield Farm, Flash
Village, Quarnford, Buxton, Derbyshire,
SK17 0SW. Tel: 01298 22543
and trekking on an hourly or daily
basis. British Horse Society Approved.
Weekend trail rides through the
Derbyshire Dales and Chatsworth estate,
with overnight stay in Bakewell. Horses
for all ages over 7 years. Groups and
disabled riders welcomed. Open all year
round. Telephone for current rates.
terrain around Gradbach is a favourite
destination for cyclists of all types; the
ruggedly diverse landscape provides an
excellent challenge for road cycling and,
Mountain biking alike, and supports many
scenic cycle-routes which run through the
heart of the breathtaking countryside.
Go Ape is
an award-winning high wire forest
adventure course of rope bridges, Tarzan
Swings and zip slides up to 40 feet up
in the trees. Appealing to a wide age
range, customers are fitted with a
climbing harness, given instructions,
and then trek from tree to tree high
above the forest floor.
Ape is located by Poole's Cavern and
Buxton Country Park which is 1/2 mile
from Buxton town centre on Green Lane.
A6 and A53 follow brown direction signs
for Poole's Cavern to B5059 / A515
junction and follow Green Lane for 1/2
mile. Bus and rail links to Buxton town
centre are 15 minutes walk to Poole's
courses of varying difficulties are set
out within the camping ground boundaries.
Originally mapped out by Business and
Leisure students from Buxtonís High Peak
College and recently updated by the
University of Derby, the orienteering
course is ideal for passing a couple of
hours away whilst learning practical
participate in a traditional camp fire ?
Close to Site 6 (see camp site map) we
have a unique camp fire circle.
Constructed in an old stone quarry
crescent shaped hollow, the terraced
seating area gives an ideal location for
an evening activity around a camp fire.
association with the Peak National Park,
the site has its very own nature trail,
which takes in the various types of flora,
fauna and wildlife that can be found at
the Camp Site. Leaflets are available from
the Camp HQ, or can be downloaded here.
(to be done).
Providore is located at the left hand end
of the Farmhouse accommodation. It stocks
a wide range of souvenirs, sweets, drinks,
miscellaneous camping items and other
handy knick-knacks. There is no set
opening time, it is just a case of asking
a member of the Camp Staff if they will
open it for you at a pre arranged time, or
there and then.
payphone is situated in the entrance to
the Rover Den and is marked accordingly on
the door. The phone is only equipped for
out going calls and has the same
facilities as most public payphones found
mobile networks do now work in and around
Gradbach, although reception can
occasionally be poor, dependant on which
direction you are facing !
have a small selection of
pioneering poles available. If you
wish to use them, or require them
transporting to a camp site,
please ask a member of the Camp
Staff. For safety reasons we do
not supply ropes with the
pioneering poles, you will have to
bring them along with you.
Georgeís Camp Chapel was
officially opened and dedicated in
1966 by Reverend Craven of Buxton.
Situated off the lane behind the
Cottage, it is unique in that it
is an open air chapel and is ideal
for all types of services, we have
even had two weddings conducted
there ! Even if you are not
religious it is well worth 5
minutes of your time, especially
in the summer months when it is at
its most peaceful and tranquil.
We can offer
visiting Scouts the best and
most spectacular abseil in the
Derbyshire and the
Staffordshire Peak District.
Bridge spans the gap between
the two steep sides of the Wye
Valley a few miles south of
We have the
best kit, great instructors,
and at £20 per head, the
keenest prices on the net.
Booking and payment can all be
done on-line at
www.AbseilingDerbyshire.co.uk or phone Pete on 07831 840233.
We can cater
for groups of up to 15 in any
one session, and sessions can
be morning, afternoon or
is perfect to be combined with
cycling from Hassop Station
along the Monsal Trail.
Millers Dale is 25 minutes
from Gradbach Scout Camp.
Rock Climbing Peak
If you are
staying at Gradbach Scout
Camp, you just have to go rock
climbing at The Roaches, one
of the most iconic crags Peak
www.RockClimbingPeakDistrict.co.uk we have put together a crack team
of some of the best rock
athletes and instructors to
offer you a challenging and
rewarding experience following
in the footsteps of legends
such as Joe Brown and Don
Sessions can be a full day,
morning, afternoon or evening
and prices start from £25 per
head. This activity is perfect
to be combined with a walk or
navigation exercise to or from
Gradbach Scout Camp,
alternatively, archery or
bushcraft on site at the camp.
there is space, we can bring
to you at Gradbach Scout Camp.
Session times can be to suit
your needs and are usually 1
or 2 hours long and each
session can cater for up to 15
at a time shooting in 3
at just £8 per head based on 2
groups of 15 in a half day.
includes a safety briefing,
coaching and a tournament with
gold, silver & bronze
medallions being awarded to
the top 3 archers from the
This activity is ideal to back
up with a bushcraft experience
on site at Gradbach, rock
climbing at the Roaches or
abseiling at Millers Dale
can share their experience and
knowledge with visiting groups
on site at Gradbach Scout Camp
using the fabulous
surroundings of the
include fire lighting with a
fire steel or bow drill,
shelter building, the natural
woodland resources, knife and
axe skills and the law, making
woodland camp tools and
implements, Kelly Kettles and
the fire triangle.
at £15 per head based on 2
groups of 12 during the day.
is ideal to back up with an
archery tournament on site at
Gradbach, rock climbing at the
Roaches or abseiling at
Millers Dale Bridge