News & About

 

Welcome to the Barnswood website, we hope that this is just a trailer before we welcome you to Barnswood Campsite itself.  Barnswood is now in “Summer” state with water throughout the site and extra waste bins.

Clarifications around usage

  • The kitchen in the warden’s lodge is available for all leaders personal use
  • Barnswood can not recycle waste, so please take cardboard and plastics home with you to recycle.
  • Chemical toilets must NOT be emptied into campsite’s flushing toilets 
  • All leaders must operate to all the current Scout Association cards (yellow, green, white, purple) .
  • Kitchen ovens and fridges are to be cleaned by users.  If not left in a fit state for the next user, the booking deposit will not be returned, instead will be used to pay professional cleaners.

General information

Barnswood Scout Camp site is set in the Staffordshire Moorlands, just outside of Cheshire and is the District scout camp site for Macclesfield and Congleton Scouts, Barnswood is open to all Scouting, Guiding and Youth groups for camps of all sizes.

Barnswood Scout Camp Site is 63 acres in size and consists of mixed woodland with 22 open grassed camping sites and a selection of buildings.

In addition to the camping, Barnswood offers 3 buildings which are for hire to groups.  For more information about our camping check out campsite section and information on the accommodation can be found at indoor accommodation for hire section.

Barnswood has fantastic on site facilities with 2 camp fire circles, one under cover, altar fires available for open fires, also three toilet blocks on site 1 of which has male and female hot shower facilities which are really appreciated if you’ve taken advantage of Rudyard Lake (which Barnswood overlooks) and the water activities it can offer.

Barnswood is in an ideal location for many off site activities.  It’s ideal for hiking groups as it’s surround by some of the best walks that Staffordshire and Cheshire have to offer, the Roaches is only down the road which is a fantastic for outdoor climbing and bouldering.

For those that want to go to Alton Towers, Barnswood is only a short journey away.  To find out the many other fantastic activities that Barnswood is near to, check out our links page.

If you have any question or queries that our website doesn’t answer please contact us.

Clarifications around usage

  • During winter, typically November to March, Barnswood is put into winter mode which means closing down water supply on the northern and southern loops. This means that toilet block 2 and toilet block 3 are closed. All buildings, toilet block 1, and main drive taps have water.
  • The kitchen in the warden’s lodge is available for all leaders personal use
  • Chemical toilets must NOT be emptied at Barnswood. This includes down the toilets and directly into the septic tanks.
  • All leaders must operate to all the current Scout Association cards (yellow, green, white, purple) and COVID policy.
  • Kitchen ovens and fridges are to be cleaned by users.  If not left in a fit state for the next user, the booking deposit will not be returned, instead will be used to pay professional cleaners.

Volunteering Opportunities

Barnswood is operated by volunteer wardens. If you would like the chance to enjoy time at the site without the responsibilty of looking after children, then offer to warden. Contact us on barnswoodwarden@gmail.com

Much of the maintenance work is done by volunteers, each of whom offers whatever time they can afford and whatever skills they have. All that is required is a willingness to get stuck in and smile. The range of maintenance activities is broad and includes;

Project work – building new toilet blocks, creating play areas/trails/activities

General Maintenance – including Mowing (ride on), clearing undergrowth, painting, jet washing, machinery repair, etc.

This is coordinated by our maintenance manager. Contact him via Barnswood Maintenance & Wardening Group

Service Opportunities

In anticipation of groups returning, the Warden has identified a number of service opportunities for different age groups and they can be seen here.  As always, there are a number of tasks available for adults, just contact the chief warden on barnswoodwarden@gmail.com  

New things you will see

  • War Memorial
  • New area designated as Beaver fun area
  • Gas tanks and septic tanks fenced off
  • Brand new Toilet Block 1 – 5 unisex cubicles
  • New alarm system in all residential buildings
  • New area for collecting altar fires from and returning to 
  • Designated hammock area
  • Old office turned into a reception for all visitors
  • Old kitchen in warden’s hut made available to all leaders
  • New signage
  • New entrance gate

Things no longer there

  • Tuckshop
  • Beaver play area (replacement being built)
  • Low ropes course