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Queens Charlottes’s Wood Campsite

Comprising of nine acres of undulating woodland it has sheltered grass sites that are suitable for Group or Patrol camping. Owned and operated by Mersey Weaver District.

Being positioned between the Frodsham and Helsby Hills at the end of the sandstone ridge that runs NW to NE across the Cheshire plain, it is an ideal base site for those wishing to walk the Sandstone Trail or the Delamere Forest.


Outside there is enough area for up to 150 people to camp on the field or on Patrol sites. Altar fires are available for most sites and the custodians prefer hirers to use these, but there are some ground level concrete slabs for those who prefer them. However wood is in short supply and campers are requested to be frugal in their usage or to bring supplies of their own.

The Hideaway

Indoor accommodation comes in the form of the Log Cabin that offers sleeping for up to 30, an activity/dining room, toilets, showers and a fully equipped kitchen. The building is heated all year round and is an excellent venue for Pack holidays.


  • Activity/Dining Room
  • Fully Equipped kitchen with industrial size cooker, grill, large fridge, warming oven and microwave. No freezer. All cooking pots, utensils, crockery and cutlery provided. Please provide your own cleaning materials and tea towels.
  • Two bunk rooms each sleeping 10. (Two bunks in each have a third tier)
  • Two bunk rooms each sleeping 4.
  • Leader’s room sleeping 2.
  • Male and female toilets. Showers. Disabled facilities.
  • Electric cooking, water supply and storage heating
  • All bunks have mattresses. (No bedding is supplied)



Fees for 2019: Camping (per person per night) The Hideaway (per night*) The Laavu (per person per night)
Scouts/Guides £4 £140 £5
Other Organisations £5 £150 £6

All fees for the Hideaway and camping are inclusive of electricity and use of showers. A deposit of one nights fee for The Hideaway and £15 per group for camping are required. These are non-refundable and cancellation under six weeks prior to your stay your group will be invoiced for the balance.

Opening Times

The Hideaway: February to November

Camping: April to October

Open 5.30pm Friday to 5pm Sunday.

Outside these hours the Hideaway and campsite gates are locked unless previously arranged with the booking secretary at least 2 weeks in advance


At Queen Charlottes’s Wood

  • Pioneering Poles are available but must be replaced in the racks after use.
  • Toilets and Showers for campers are available at the southern end of The Hideaway
  • The Camp Chapel is available for Scout’s Own and similar services. Please respect this tranquil spot.
  • An Orienteering Course for cubs is available on the Site. Ask the booking warden for details.
  • An Archery Range is provided but must be used under strict supervision. Permission must be obtained from our qualified instructor who can be contacted through the booking secretary.
  • Campfire Circles. The main circle is situated behind The Hideaway. There is a smaller circle at the western end of the Site between Badger’s Rake and the Alders.
  • Camp Blanket Badges. These can be purchased from the Duty Warden. See design on site map.

In The Surrounding Area

Climbing and Abseiling on crags at Helsby and Frodsham.
Adventure Trail at Manley Mere (charged)
Sandstone Trail can be picked up on the Ridgeway next to the caravan park.
Canoeing and Sailing at Chester steps and River Weaver
Delamere Forest. There are cycling and walking trails and a visitors centre
Windsurfing at Manley Mere (charged)

Place to Go

  • Mouldsworth motor museum
  • Norton Priory
  • Ellesmere Port boat museum
  • Blue Planet aquarium, Ellesmere Port
  • Beeston Castle
  • Candle Workshop, Burwardsley
  • Catalyst Museum, Widnes
  • Chester Zoo
  • Roman Chester
  • Beetle’s Museum and Liverpool Museum, Liverpool

Online Booking

Online Booking System


From Frodsham

From Frodsham take A56 past Netherton Hall Pub turning left on to Tarvin Road (B5393). After just over 1 mile fork left on to The Ridgeway. The Campsite is .75 mile on the right.

From Chester/Wirral

Coming from the Chester/Wirral direction continue eastward along the A56 through Helsby passing Helsby High School on your left and an ATS garage on the right. Turn right immediately after this garage and take the narrow road to link up with the Tarvin Road. Turn right at the T-junction and continue along Tarvin Road as described above to pick up The Ridgeway.

From Northwich

Approaching from the Northwich direction along the B5152/B5153 turn left just passed Five Crosses Church on to Manley Road. Carry on up the hill and after about 2.5 miles turn right onto Commonside then first right on to The Ridgeway. QCW is about .25 miles on the left.

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