1st Grange & Cartmel Scout Group
South Lakeland Scout BaseAccommodation
South Lakeland Scout Base is the headquarters of the 1st Grange and Cartmel Scout Group. It provides simple indoor accommodation for groups of up to 40, with up to five tents allowed near to the building.
Please note that we do not have a camp-site as such and have no rights over the surrounding area, which is part of Cartmel Park - owned by the Holker Estate and permanently open to the public.
The main room (11m x 9m) has a large open fireplace, four Calor gas heaters, chairs and tables. The hall can be divided with a little ingenuity; many groups bring and use the inners from lightweight tents to create ‘bedrooms’. No beds or bedding are provided.
There is a separate carpeted leaders’ room (2.9m x 2.7m) with an electric heater and a couple of camp beds and some inflatable mattresses.
There is an indoor W.C. with hand-basin and an adjacent toilet block available in the non-winter months.
There is a separate well-fitted kitchen (4m x 2.2m) which has two Calor gas cookers, microwave, large refrigerator (with a small freezer compartment), double sink with electric water heater, worktops, cooking utensils, pans, crockery and cutlery.
The Base is delightfully situated in a secluded position on the edge of the historic village of Cartmel, and is surrounded by parkland and woods, suitable for many activities. The park also contains the famous Cartmel Racecourse.
The village has a 12th century priory, market square, historic gatehouse, four inns, two cafés, and variety of shops including a Spar shop and the famous Sticky Toffee Pudding shop.
There are many interesting places to visit, several within walking distance: Holker Hall (home of Lord Cavendish) with its gardens, and deer park; the limestone promontory of Humphrey Head; and Hampsfell with its panoramic view of the Lakeland Hills and Morecambe Bay from the top of its unique tower called ‘The Hospice’.
Three miles from Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands has good recreational facilities including tennis, putting, and bowls, and a wide variety of shopping experiences.
Many of the Lake District fells and lakes are within easy reach and the southern end of Windermere (lake) is only six miles away near Newby Bridge, with a Country Park for rowing and lake swimming, and a steam railway.
Road: Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow the A590 signed to Barrow. After approx 9 miles, keep to the A590 at Meathop roundabout. Continue along the dual carriageway for approximately 2 miles to the Cartmel Lane Interchange and turn left by the road signed to Cartmel (3 miles).
On entering the village, turn right at the Pig and Whistle [the Spar Shop is just before the turning] and right again at the T junction. Follow the road through the Village Square to the far end aiming to the left of the phone box out-side the Sticky Toffee Pudding shop.
Drive into the Car Park and go through the white metal barrier on the right and proceed alongside the car park. Bear left along the unsurfaced track and Stop before you reach the grass outside the Base. (GR SD 376786)
You may unload from here but not take vehicles onto the grass. After unloading all vehicles need to be moved to the agreed parking place [P].
Rail: Cark (2 miles) and Grange-over-Sands (3 miles) with direct services from Preston and Manchester. There is a direct path from Cark if you wish to walk to the Base.
Charges (as at January 2008)
Site fee £4.50 per person per night.
This includes gas and electricity.
A small extra charge is made for logs.
Use of tents (up to a maximum of 5) must be notified in advance.
We charge (on behalf of the racecourse) an additional £ 3.00 per tent per night.
Any use of tents must be notified to the Booking Secretary in advance.
If you intend to use more than 5 tents you and we would need prior permission from the Racecourse Manager.
A deposit of £10.00 per night is payable on booking and the balance within a week after your departure.
Cheques should be made payable to: 1st Grange and Cartmel Scout Group
Enquiries and Bookings
Mrs C Beckett, Stone Lea, Newton-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6JG. Tel 015395 36388
Information is also available on the ScoutBase UK Campsite Directory at www.scoutbase.org.uk
In case of difficulties regarding your arrival or anything during your stay contact John Shippen (the Base Warden) on 015395 33039.
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