News & About


We regret to announce that Barnswood has had  to move to Yellow status following The Scout Association’s announcement on 2nd December 2021.  Groups are responsible for following Scout and Government guidance to decrease risk of transmission through putting procedures in place to increase airflow and decrease contaminated surfaces.  During the slack period of winter Barnswood will contact those who have booked in, to allocate toilets and areas they may use, and possibly restricted pick-up and drop-off times.  See the draft Yellow (from Green) Risk Assessment  02.12.21 .


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  

New things you will see

  • War Memorial
  • 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 (COVID compliant)
  • Designated hammock area
  • Old office turned into a reception for all visitors
  • New signage
  • New entrance gate

Things no longer there

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

Clarifications around usage

  • The toilet in the warden’s lodge is available for all 
  • The kitchen in the warden’s lodge is available for all leaders personal use
  • Personal toilets must NOT be emptied into campsite’s flushing toilets if any chemicals are used  (if chemicals are used a greenfield or lightweight Expedition permit is required, and the waste must be taken offsite)
  • 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 has undergone a transformation and the information throughout this website has not yet fully caught up.  So users should only use it as indicative of what is available.

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, alter 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 section to the left don’t answer please contact us.