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Hesley Wood

at the heart of Outdoors Experiences


We believe that through adventure, young people learn, teamwork, trust, problem solving and many more skills. Hesley Wood offers a fantastic location to learn by doing in a safe, secure environment. With on site activities, which will challenge young people to try new things, develop confidence and above all have FUN!

Start your exploration of Hesley Wood here‌ About the site Activities Camping options Accommodation Programme options Local attractions Booking your visit

The team at Hesley Wood offer a vast experience in the delivery of activities from Climbing, Archery, Water based activities through to teamwork challenges. Hesley Wood also provides a range of accommodation, from basic buildings to a dormitory accommodation blocks. With supporting facilities on site, to make using Hesley Wood a great experience. Above all, Scouting is at the heart of what we do, creating the best outdoor experiences for young people.

Hesley Wood has changed with the times - however there’s nothing stopping you if you wish!

An extraordinary resource.... Hesley Wood Activity Centre is owned and managed by South Yorkshire Scout Association and is situated near the historic city of Sheffield. Here at Hesley Wood we have 132 acres of fields and beautiful woodland waiting to be explored by you. Boasting comprehensive bedded accommodation, to fit all types of circumstances, side by side with stunning woodland camping. Hesley Wood has something to offer everyone. The great thing about Hesley Wood is its potential, whether you are a small group, wanting to rule the roost, or have 2000 for an

event or activity weekend, we have the experience, knowledge and resources to handle it. The site has benefited over the years from healthy investment, which provides a wide ranging scope of on site activities. Delivering adventitious activities on site such as canoeing, orienteering or climbing, we are sure we can give young people a fun and exciting experience whilst learning in a new and challenging environment. Plus we’re accredited to deliver, with the Learning Outside the Classroom and Adventure Mark (Adventure Activity Industry Advisory Committee).

Lots of Outdoor space to start your Adventures, Plus its easy to get to!

activities to discover new boundaries

One thing which really creates great memories of a camp or residential experience, are the activities that you do as a group. Bringing out the strengths of the individuals to work as a team or to encourage others to do their best. Activities sessions are normally run for 1 hour. Special arrangements can be made subject to availability please discuss when you make your booking.

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Climbing A great activity promoting self-confidence and sense of achievement, team work, trust and encouragement from each other. The complete climb is 7m (22ft).


The Cube

A 3D Maze prom oting memory skills, communic ation and teamw ork as you work your way through the passages and tu nnels collecting hidden objects on the way.

Discover more about our activities get a taste of what to experience on the website. Or use the QR codes above to directly go to each activity /activities Or replace the /activities with the /activityname and watch it come to life. All Risk Assessments for all activities can be found on each activity page as well.

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Canoeing, Kayaking or Raft Building

All of these activities involve learning new physical skills, improving coordination, learning cause and effect and problem solving. Whilst kayaking is a more individual challenge, canoeing and raft building need good communication and co-operation within the team to succeed.


Cresta Run

A brilliant activity to let the group have some fun and excitement as they take a ride on our grass sledges down the 60m track.


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Anytime Activities

If you have spac e left within your activity program me, why not fill the gaps with two fr ee activities to ke ep the group busy? We have a 15 qu estion Hesley Wood Trai l which will take them on a hunt for answers arou nd the campsite or the Beaver Trail which leads them on a hunt for the bothersome beavers that are hiding in the tree s.

staying at Hesley Wood Hesley Wood with its 132 acres of space, can fit in LOTS of campers! We offer a range of sites, from small woodland clearings, great for Patrol camping, through to sizable clearings for Troop camps. As well as the long field, which can accommodate hundreds! Of course if you want to experience a real backwoods camp, some of our “off the beaten track� pocket sites, are excellent just for this. Giving you the room to pitch a tarp or build a shelter. If you want a supplier for the obligatory rabbit to skin, butcher and cook, just ask, we have some savvy butchers near by!


Most of the key camping areas are only 5 minutes walk away from a toilet block.

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ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS The Howard Walker Training Centre The largest building at Hesley Wood.

Key features: Hall Space 80m2 Dining Area 40m2 A versatile space, which can met your requirements with ease. Folding doors between both areas.


Ideally situated near camp centre.

Key features:

Hall Space 40m2 A great space, for dining for indoor type craft type activities.

The Fellowship Chalet Situated in its own camping grounds Key features: Hall Space 30m2 A useful space, for dining and using as base for camp.

Sleeps 40 20 rooms of 2

Ladies and Gents washrooms with showers, and toilets.

A comprehensive large kitchen, complete with equipment and pantry. Good servery into dining area.

Sleeps 34 2 rooms of 2 5 rooms of 6

Open plan kitchen into Hall space. Fully fitted and all equipment to cater for 34+.

Fitted kitchen, suitable for supporting modest events in the Chalet and immediate camping.

Sleeps 12 3 rooms; 6/4/2

Ladies and Gents toilets and a shower unit.

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Making the Programme happen outdoors!

Have you g reat programme ideas? Just ask we may be able to help.

Did you know that Hesley Wood could be the perfect place to give you a helping hand when planning activities to progress your group through their badge and awards? Below you will see some suggestions of awards that we could help you with for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. Outdoor Challenge, Adventure Activity and Explore Activity

Water Activities; Navigator; Camper Activity; Naturalist Activity; Outdoor Challenge; Promise Challenge

Camp Cook; Camper Activity; Naturalist Activity; Campsite Service; Outdoor Challenge; Outdoor Challenge Plus; Adventure Challenge

Scouting Skills Activity; Activity Centre Service Activity

Getting out and discovering… Hesley Wood is really fortunate to be situated with in South Yorkshire with many local attractions only a very short distance away. With Derbyshire and Leeds less 30 minutes away. Some of the attractions on our doorstep include: Hillsborough Leisure Centre 0114 231 2233 Elsecar Heritage Centre 01226 740203 Peak District Mining Museum 01629 583834 Rother Valley Country Park 0114 2471452 Blue John Mine 01433 620638

National Mining Museum Caphouse Colliery 01924 848806 Gullivers Kingdom 01925 444888 Speedwell Cavern 01433 620512 Aerial Extreme (Sheffield) 0845 6521736

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Site Rules and Facilities On arrival all groups must report to the reception building situated in the main car park.

maybe asked to leave the activity, or it may lead to the cancelation of the activity for the whole group

Campsite Allocation

Toilet Facilities

Where possible we will allocate preferred sites but this cannot be guaranteed. We reserve the right to alter sites allocations when necessary.


Our Buildings are regularly maintained and you are requested to leave them clean and tidy when you vacate the premises. All buildings and sites will be ready for occupation from 16:00 on the day of your arrival and should be vacated by 14:00 on the day of departure.

Vehicles At the discretion of the warden, heavy equipment may be transported to the PERIMETER of your site. All other vehicles must be left in the car parks. Fires

Open fires are allowed only on altar fires, which can be booked in advance.


Leaders will be responsible for the behaviour of their young people at all times.

Medical Facilities

The nearest medical centre is; Burncross Medical Centre Bevan Way, Chapeltown, Sheffield Tel: 0114 2329030 The Surgery is open between 08:30 and 18:00.


In the interest of security we strongly recommend that you do not leave any valuables in tents or in the buildings. Staff may challenge anyone walking around the site at any time. Please ensure that your party can be identified as campers or school pupils at all times by means of group neckerchief, t-shirts or name badges.

First Aid

Our First Aid centre and facilities are there to supplement your own. ALL accidents MUST be reported to the First Aid team or Duty Warden whose number can be found displayed in the reception window.


in the interest of safety, all participants must listen to and follow the instructions of the activity instructors. Participants who fail to follow safety instructions

There are two toilet blocks situated on the campsite. Both blocks have hot water and shower facilities are available in the main block. Please look after the toilet facilities and leave them in a state in which you would like to find them. Both toilet blocks are cleaned on a regular basis, however, if there are any issues please report these to reception.


Please burn as much of your rubbish as possible. The remainder must be put into bags, tied firmly and placed in the main bin located off the main car park.


Water taps are situated on the main tracks around site.


There are twenty-five separate camping areas in secluded woodland, from small patrol sites to large areas for district camping. We also have a twentythree acre field suitable for large events.


We sell a range of sweets, ice creams, drinks and many souvenirs. Shop opening times can be arranged for your group. Please ask in reception.

The Goodwin Club

The Goodwin club is a licensed bar situated in the camp centre. It is open to Scouters and visitors from the age of 18 years.


A campfire is held every Saturday evening at 20:00 in the campfire circle during the summer season. Please look on the site notice board for confirmation.

Worship in Camp The Chapel is open at all times for private prayer and meditation. Scouts’s Own is held on Sunday at 10:00 during the season. Please look on the site notice board for more information. Local Church Services St Mary’s (Catholic), Mortomley Lane, High Green Service times: Saturday 18:30 Vigil Mass, Sunday 09:20 and 11:20 St Saviours (CofE), Mortomley Lane, High Green Service times: Sunday 10:30 Worship for all ages.

Booking your visit Pre- visit Visit

If you would like to come and have a look around Hesley Wood prior to your visit, please contact us on 0114 2467912 or email us at enquiry@hesleywood. and we’d be delighted to show you our centre and help you plan your stay. We have a ‘pre-visit form’ that can help us plan your programme to suit your individual group’s needs and which is included in this pack.

Making a Booking

Our booking form can be found on our website; If you have any special requirements within your group, please let us know and record this on your booking form. An attendance sheet is also availably on our website, which must be completed and handed in on arrival.

Post Visit

We invite you to after your visit to complete our Evaluation form. Or use the feedback on our website. This helps us to monitor our services and facilities. We will use the information provided to continue to improve the centre and your experience in the future. The form is divided into 4 sections covering the topics; • Booking process • Accommodation • Facilities and • Activities If you have any specific comments, suggestions or concerns that you wish to discuss with the centre, please feel very welcome to contact us on the number above or write to us at; Hesley Wood Activity Centre White Lane, Chapeltown, SheffieldS35 2YH and we’ll be happy to help.

Cancellation & Booking Policy Campsites and Buildings

Provisional bookings will be held for 14 days only. A booking will be confirmed once the deposit has been received. The full cost of a building becomes payable if cancelled within 6 weeks of your arrival date (school holidays – 8 weeks).


All activities are charged per our price list for a maximum group of 10 and include equipment and instructor unless otherwise stated. Please forward a non-returnable deposit of 25% for your activities. Activities cancelled less than four weeks before arrival date must be paid for in full. Activities may be cancelled by Centre due to adverse weather conditions; in this case no charge will be applied. Please make cheques payable to:

South Yorkshire County Scout Council (or SYCSC). Deposits

Please note that a deposit of £25.00 per night is required to book any building and campsite reservations for over 100 campers. £20.00 for a standard campsite booking.

finding us‌ We are conveniently located near the M1, Sheffield and Rotherham, making it easy to get here from anywhere in the country. If coming from the M1, take junction 35 off the M1, follow the signs off the roundabout for Chapeltown A629 (Towler Hill leading to Cowley Lane). Enter Chapeltown, and at the next roundabout turn right onto the A6135 toward Tankersley (Station Road leading to White Lane). After 1000 yds, as you go up the hill, by a speed limit sign turn RIGHT into Hesley Wood Activity Centre (signposted at entrance).

Hesley Wood Activity Centre, White Lane, Chapeltown, Sheffield. S35 2YH Tel : 0114 246 7912 Email :

Hesley Scout brochure  

Hesley Wood Scout Activity Centre, is based in Chapeltown, Sheffield. Offering accommodation and adventurous activities to young people. We...

Hesley Scout brochure  

Hesley Wood Scout Activity Centre, is based in Chapeltown, Sheffield. Offering accommodation and adventurous activities to young people. We...