How to find us

Access from A56 Dunham Road, Altrincham: Site postcode: WA14 4SP for sat nav
Farm Walk, off Dunham Road, Bowdon, Altrincham
From M56 junction 7, turn onto A56 towards Altrincham, turn left 400yds into Farm Walk (Private drive to Home Farm)
From Altrincham : A56 towards M56, past the Texaco garage and the flower seller.
Turn right at the traffic island opposite Bowgreen Road into Farm Walk (Private drive to Home Farm)
Follow the drive towards the large white gate, taking care as there are young children and animals about.
The farmer has dairy cattle and on occasions you will be delayed to allow the herd to cross the drive.
At the white gate turn left and pass through the five bar gate into the campsite.

If you follow the brown tourist signs for Dunham Massey Hall to the end – you will go past the campsite!

Room for upto 8 coaches – please advise if you are arriving by coach to ensure turning space available.

About the site

It is managed by Greater Manchester West County Scouts on National Trust land – providing outdoor activities on Stamford Estate land since 1922.

  • Manager:      David Vost       0161 746 9546

Site payphone : 0161 928 1699 (Only at weekends – when staff on site)

Leader-led Activities

  • Access to the National Trust deer park adjacent to the site is direct from the site via a stile in the park wall. This restricted in June and July due to the fawning season for the deer, and again in October and November during the rutting season.  Access is always available via the stile to the rest of the deer park (even during the restricted months. We can put you in touch with National Trust rangeers who offer guided walks in the adjacent deer park for groups with due notice. Tents may not be erected in the Deer Park.
  • The area at the bottom of the site is ideal for tracking and pioneering.
  • Wet weather shelter and a traverse wall.
  • Adventure playground for Cub Scouts and Scouts.
  • There is a campfire circle which doubles as a chapel.
  • Parker’s Pool is Class C water and provides opportunity for water activities, the site has seven canoes available for hire. Three barrels and spars are available for raft building. Pond dipping is available for younger members.  The pool has a number of fish, but no fishing or swimming is allowed.  Beyond the Pool is a conservation area in the south west corner of the site with many species of wild flowers and birds 

Adventurous Activities

  • Archery range + equipment
  • Air Rifle range + equipment
  • Climbing & Abseiling tower + equipment

We can usually provide activity instructors with sufficient notice.

Dunham Park Scout Camp is proud to be able to offer the services of adventurous activity instructors to Groups without their own, but we are always looking for new instructors to join our team. If you or anyone in your Group has an adventurous activity authorisation for ARCHERY   CANOEING  CLIMBING & ABSEILING RIFLE SHOOTING and would like to instruct young people and Leaders at Dunham Park Scout Camp, please contact the Activity Manager (details below). There is a £15 payment (per each session – 2 hours minimum) available to instructors if they wish to claim it. Otherwise, it is donated back to the campsite. Thanking you.

Please contact the Activities Manager, Mick White.

Please note that only members of the Scout Association are covered by Scout Insurance.  We therefore cannot allow non-members to take part in site activities and that non-members are not insured for personal injury.  Non-members include sons, daughters and spouses of leaders, mothers and fathers of members.  You can extend your cover for such people through Scout Association Insurance at Lancing.  We need documentary proof of such cover prior to any event.  Suitable evidence of leader’s authorisation for activities must be produced on demand. Leaders are responsible for obtaining parental consent for all activities.  Every young person under 16 must have a written note from their parent to take part in any adventurous activity.  Such written consent can only be given if parents are aware in writing of proposed activities.

Activities can be booked prior to the camp for a maximum of 2 hours per group.  This allows each group of campers to share the activities over the weekend.  Use of Site Instructor (needs pre-booking) £15.00 per session of two hours (fixed fee).

You will be required to provide documentary proof that your instructor complies with Scout Association requirements.  All activities must comply with the up-to-date Policy Organisation and Rules of the Scout Association.  Leaders are responsible for ensuring that all activities comply with current Policy Organisation and Rules of the Scout Association and any additional Fact Sheets.


Outdoor camping is available from Easter to the end of October in 10 small sites around a central activity field. These sites offer space for patrol / section / group camping or can be linked together for District camps.

There are some 12 acres of mixed wood and open land with a steep drop on the western edge. The main camping area is open from Easter to the end of October. There are nine individual sites surrounding a large activity area with 4 additional sites in the wooded area.  Each site is suitable for Patrol, Troop or Pack camps and can be combined for District Camps.  There are 3 water standpipes on the camping field.

Indoor Accommodation

Indoor accommodation is available year round in Frank Harrop Lodge with 20 beds in bunks (two 8 bed rooms and two 2 bed rooms) together with kitchen, large room for activities / dining and associated single toilet and washbasin. Plates knives forks pots and pans cater for 50.

Blanshard Cabin: smaller accomodation for nine people.

The Frank Harrop Lodge
The Frank Harrop Lodge is available all year round and sleeps 20 in four bedrooms – 2 rooms with 2 bunks, and 2 rooms with 8 bunks.  All beds have mattresses but no sheets.  Campers should bring sleeping bags. Additional tents can be pitched on the adjacent Site One.  The lodge has a fully equipped kitchen with gaz cooker, electric fridge/freezer, pots, pans, cutlery and crockery for 50 people. The main room is carpeted and suitable for indoor activities and eating, with tables and chairs for 50 people.  Wipe boards and pull down projector screen enable the room to be used for training events.  There is a toilet and separate washbasin within the building.  Full facilities including toilets, washbasins and showers are available for visitors nearby.  Restricted facilities are available in winter months.  The Lodge is fitted with fire exits, smoke alarms and emergency lighting and is inspected by the Environmental Health Dept of Trafford Borough Council. The building is fully centrally heated with hot water available at all times


  • Seperate toilet, washing and showers for adults and young people. Hot water on demand – no extra cost
  • Well stocked tuck shop available for sweets, drinks, pocket money toys and souvenirs. Open after flag break, 2pm , 7pm or by arrangement.
  • Weekend wardens on site most weekends during camping season.

Fees and Booking

All our camp fees / Harrop Lodge fees are per 24hours – not per night. Minimum booking period at weekends is two days ie Friday teatime to Sunday teatime. We are unable to accept bookings for a single day/night at weekends.

We charge different rates for Scouting and Guiding groups compared with other organisations.

You must book to come to the campsite at least 14 clear days in advance of the event. Any parties arriving without prior booking may be refused access. If you don’t book, then you are considered as trespassers on the site and not convered by insurance. There are times when the site is closed or being used for other events which preclude camping  / scout activities.