Camping Facilities


Scout Camping...what Gradbach is all about!

Although Gradbach is able to offer impressive indoor accommodation facilities for Scout groups, Schools, Clubs and other visitors to the site, it's finest assets are its unique Camping Grounds.

Those who visit Gradbach to camp return year after year to enjoy the idyllic surroundings, the fresh country air and the unique environment that envelops this most enchanting of Scout Camps.

Nestling on the valley side above the Dane and Black Brook with its views out over Back Forest towards the Roaches, there just isn't a better place to wake up in a morning!

You're certain to discover your own 'favourite spot' to camp on one of Gradbach's 20 sites. Each has its own individual charm and setting.

Whether you'd prefer to pitch your tent on one of the high plateaus with panoramic views or set up camp beside the river and perhaps test your pioneering skills building a rope bridge across the Dane, we're confident you'll create treasured memories at Gradbach.

 

 

Toilets & ShowersLocated close to the Camp HQ the toilet & shower block* offers separate male and female toilets and showers, disabled facilities and a pot washing area, available for use by campers. The block is open all year, is fully heated and offers free hot showers. 

*The development of the new toilet and shower facility has been supported through LEADER in the Peak District Rural Action Zone. The project is part of the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union  and is delivered by the Derbyshire Economic Partnership. We are very grateful for the support provided by LEADER and also that of the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Drying Room - Developed with funding kindly donated from the 4 Inns Walk Committee and opened in Spring 2009, we can now offer a small drying room facility for campers and building accommodation customers alike. Situated at the end of the Camp HQ building, the drying room offers the facility for drying wet clothing and boots (not that it ever rains at Gradbach!).

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Camp Site 1 : Situated on a flat camping area with the River Dane running along one boundary and Hawthorn bushes on the other. A water tap is in close proximity and there is access for vehicles for dropping off equipment. The site can be accessed if the adjacent Camp Site 2 is being used. The site is ideal for group camps and activities.

Camp Site 2 : Situated on a flat camping area with the River Dane running along one boundary and Hawthorn bushes on the other. A water tap is in close proximity and there is access for vehicles to drop off equipment. The site is ideal for group camps and activities.

Camp Site 3 : Situated on a flat camping area at the junction of the River Dane and Black Brook. A water tap is in close proximity and there is access for vehicles to drop off equipment. The site is ideal camping for group camps and activities.

Camp Site 4 : Situated on a levelled flat plateau with additional shallow gradient space below. Surrounded by fir tree plantation on two sides and next to a water tap, the site is ideal for small group camps or up to 10 hike tents (on the plateau). There is access for vehicles to drop off your equipment.

Camp Site 4a : Situated on a level and is surrounded by a fir tree plantation on three sides. The site is ideal for small groups wanting to experience more ‘backwoods camping’ rather than on manicured mown fields. The access is down a short slope from the main track and is situated close to a tap.

Camp Site 5 : Situated in an isolated area close to a river crossing on Black Brook. Level, but rough ground mainly used for those who like to get away from maintained fields and convenient amenities. Hike tents only and carrying you equipment to the site is necessary.

Camp Site 6 : Small flat camping area situated close to the Camp Fire Hollow. Only access is by foot, or by requesting Camp Staff tractor and trailer transport if you need equipment to be transported there. Often used for Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

 

 

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Camp Site 7 : Large flat camping area ideal for group camps. There is access for vehicles to drop off your equipment.

Camp Site 8 : Large flat camping area ideal for group camps and activities. A flag pole is located on the site splitting this site and Site 9. There is access for vehicles to drop off your equipment.

Camp Site 9 : Similar to Site 8, a large flat camping area ideal for group camps and activities. There is access for vehicles to drop off your equipment.

Camp Site 10 : Small flat camping area. Ideal for small group camps with plenty of space for activities. There is access for vehicles to drop off your equipment.

Camp Site 11 : Large flat and slightly sloping camping area ideal site for all types of camping with plenty of space for activities. There is access for vehicles to drop off your equipment.

Camp Site 12 : Large sloping camping area with water tap close to hand. There is access for vehicles to drop off your equipment.

Camp Site 13 : Rough camping area situated amongst a copse of trees. Used mainly by hike tents. Close to a water tap and has access for vehicles to drop off equipment.

Camp Site 14 : Large camping area with slight North Westerly slope. There is a water tap on site and access for vehicles to drop off your equipment.

Camp Site 15 : Small plateau ideal for hike tents or small group camp. A water tap is close by, but access for vehicles on to the site is not possible (1 minute walk).

Camp Site 16 : Large plateau ideal for group camps and activities. There is access for vehicles to drop off equipment and is close to the Camp HQ. There are some fantastic views over the surrounding areas.

Camp Site 17 : Two tiered flat camping areas mainly suited to overnight Duke of Edinburgh expedition walkers and hike tent users. There is a tap close by and access for vehicles to drop off equipment.

Camp Site 18 : Small plateau ideal for up to 6 hike tents or a small group camp. There is a tap close by and access for vehicles to drop off equipment.

District Camp Sites : Four levelled plateau camping areas in secluded spot close to the Camp HQ. Although designated as District camp sites they are open for use by any camp pre booking them. Close access for vehicles to drop off equipment.

Open Fires / Wood Supply: We remain one of the few Scout Camp sites who will still allow you to dig pit fires. Please ask the camp staff for guidance on digging pit fires, or alternatively we have a number of altar fires that you can borrow.                                                                

Whilst we normally have a small amount of wood on site for fires this cannot be guaranteed and it is getting increasingly difficult to obtain. Therefore if you intend to use a quantity of wood during your stay, or are intending cooking on wood, then we ask you to bring your own. Alternatively it can be ordered (with free delivery to the site) from a local supplier T&M logs:

Email: tws860@fsmail.net  t: 01298 78211  m. 07821 282648

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Risk Assessment - Camping at Gradbach