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Copley Centre

The Copley Scouting Centre is based on the outskirts of St. Ives

The site

Situated adjacent to the River Great Ouse (a backwater of the river with access to the main river, forms one boundary), this is a small wooded site of four acres in a very attractive setting. The camping areas are grassed clearings of varying size.

The site is suitable for all Scout activities including boating and canoeing as small craft can be launched from the bank of the backwater or down a launch ramp close by. Pioneering poles, pallets, milk crates etc. are available for use on the site.

Each camping area has a permanent concrete fire pad and there are dedicated backwoods cooking and campfire areas on site. A supply of firewood is available but campers are asked not to be wasteful. Cutting and felling of trees and scrub is not allowed. Wet and dry pits are not permitted. Recycling is encouraged with the provision of separate storage bins.

Male, female and accessible toilets and showers are situated in the HQ building. All doors to the building have ramped access.

The kitchen in the HQ building is equipped with two domestic electric cookers, a domestic fridge/freezer, water heater, microwave, kettles and a limited selection of pots, pans and untensils sufficient to cater for a sleepover.

The number of vehicles on the site car park is limited but there is ample parking 100 yards away by the Leisure Centre. Arrangements for heavy vehicles, buses or coaches are to be made with the Warden. Caravans are not allowed on the site.

Dogs are not allowed on the site.

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Local activities and facilities

This is Cromwell country on the edge of the Fens and there is much of interest to see in the area. The historic riverside market town of St. Ives is only three minutes walk from the site with good shopping and a small museum of local history.

St Ivo Leisure Centre with swimming pool and sports facilities is two minutes walk away. The Ouse Valley Way passes the site entrance and a six mile round trip hike route is available.

Cambridge (13 miles) has the colleges, the famous Fitzwilliam museum and Scott Polar Research Institute.

The Imperial War Museum at Duxford (23 miles) is well worth a visit with special rates and resources provided for Scouts working on Air Historian and other airmanship badges.

All food supplies can be obtained from local shops in St. Ives. There are also a laundrette, food restaurants and take-aways and hardware store in the town.


Camping   2018
  Site Only £4.50 per person per day
  Site and Building £6.50 per person per day
  County Events £2.00 per person per day(including building use)
  Cromwell Groups £1.00 per person per night plus £20.00 for use of kitchen and/or hall
  1/2 Day £40.00
  Full Day £80.00
  Evenings £40.00
  Large Events £2.00 per person per day
Beaver sleepovers and Pack holidays    
  Beaver Sleepover £6.50 per Beaver per night
  Pack Holiday £6.50 per Cub per night

document Booking Form Rev G (36 KB)


Location and Address

O.S. Grid Reference: TL 307716 (Landranger 153, Explorer 225)

Copley Scouting Centre, Thicket Path, Westwood Road, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire PE27 6DT

pdf Copley Site Map 1 (162 KB)

pdf Copley Site Map 2 (262 KB)

pdf Copley Site Map 3
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St Ives can be reached easily by road.
• From London and the South East via M11 and A14 or the A1 via Huntingdon.
• From the North via A1 and A14.

Huntingdon Railway Station (one hour from Kings Cross) is six miles from the site and bus services operate between St. Ives, Huntingdon, Bedford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

For further information and bookings email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.