Copley Scout Centre is the home of Cromwell Scout District. with a building and campsite set in four acres of woodland on the outskirts of St. Ives and next to the Great Ouse river.
We look forward to welcoming you!
To check availability simply take a look at this on-line calendar
If available then the next stage is to download, complete and e-mail this booking form
There is a badge available to purchase (with proceeds used to help maintain the site). These can be ordered when you submit your booking form and will be supplied on arrival, ready to hand out at the end of your visit.
This lovely four acre woodland site has one border provided by a small backwater of the Great Ouse, which leads directly to the main river.
There are a variety of different sizes grass clearings which provide a range of different sized camping areas amongst the trees. Each camping area has a permanent concrete fire pad. There are dedicated backwoods cooking areas and a campfire circle. A supply of firewood is usually available, although campers are asked not to be wasteful (cutting and felling of trees / scrub is not allowed).
Wet and dry pits are not permitted. Recycling is encouraged, with the provision of sperate bins outside the main building. Dogs are not allowed on the site.
Fencing surrounds the other three sides of the site, and a locked double gate provides access to the limited gravel parking area. There is ample additional parking 100 yards away, next to the Leisure Centre. Access from the road is down a narrow paved track which is unsuitable for double height buses or caravans, and for access for heavy vehicles or coaches please e-mail us to discuss.
The building consists of a large hall (which has 40 chairs, 6 tables plus basic crockery and cutlery), a kitchen, an upstairs meeting room, toilets and showers. The building is heated and designed to allow disabled access throughout the ground floor, with ramps at all doors and a suitable toilet and shower.
The main hall has a pull down screen, with a projector available on request.
The kitchen has a serving hatch into the main hall. It contains two domestic electric cookers (both have four rings, a large oven and a small oven / grill), a domestic fridge/freezer, water heater, microwave, toasters, kettles and a limited selection of pots, pans and utensils (sufficient to cater for an indoor sleepover).
The site is suitable for a range of scouting activities, including backwoods skills, wide games and bivvie building. It also makes a great place for young people to aim for as part of Expedition Challenges (including Duke of Edinburgh).
You are welcome to bring your own small boats, canoes or kayaks and launch them from the bank of the backwater or down a launch ramp close by.
There are several trollies for transporting kit to / from / around the site.
Large pioneering poles, plastic barrels, a limited amount of rope, cargo net, fire buckets, 6 tables, 12 benches and plastic stacking crates are available for use on the site.
The Ouse Valley Way passes the site entrance and a six mile round trip hike route is available.
There is often an opportunity to carry out tasks on the site, which help maintain things for all users and can be linked to certain badges.
Address and map reference
- The address is Copley Scout Centre, Thicket Path, Westwood Road, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire PE27 6DT
- The O.S. grid reference is TL 307716 (Landranger 153, Explorer 225)
- By road – really easy connections from the A14, A1 and M11
- By rail – Huntingdon station is the closest (15 mins by vehicle), but Cambridge, Peterborough and St Neots are also within reach
- By bus – the St Ives bus station is just 15 minutes walk from the site, and there are frequent buses to / from Huntingdon, Cambridge and Peterborough.
The number of vehicles on the site car park is limited but there is ample parking just 100 yards away, by the Leisure Centre.
If you need access for heavy vehicles, coaches or buses (noting that caravans and motor homes are not permitted on site) please just contact us for advice.
St Ives is a small historic riverside market town located in the heart of Cromwell country. The centre is just a short 5 minute walk from the site and has a good range of small supermarkets, local shops, restaurants, takeaways and a launderette. There is a small museum of local history, and a tiny chapel built into the side of the 15th century bridge.
The St Ivo Indoor Leisure Centre is a few minutes away and has an indoor swimming pool, bowling alley and a range of sports facilities.
Cambridge is only 13 miles away and has a range of activities, museums and colleges to explore plus there are wildlife parks, zoos and other places slightly further afield.
The Imperial War Museum at Duxford is only 23 miles away, providing an excellent day out – with discounted rates available to groups.