Botany Bay Training and Activity Centre

Botany Bay is situated in the beautiful Wye Valley above the village of Tintern, approximately 8 miles from Chepstow and 9 miles from Monmouth.

The site covers 27 acres and, for the main part is steeply wooded, providing an excellent environment for traditional Scouting activities such as cooking, pioneering, conservation, and woodcraft.

The site has a large camping field, lots of woodland for Scouting activities, and several buildings including a lodge and training cabins.

Travel alert

The A466 Wye Valley Road will be closed from Tuesday 7 May for 12 weeks. The closure is between St Arvans and Tintern.

If you are coming from Monmouth along the Wye Valley Road, the closure will not affect you.

If you were planning to come from Chepstow, you will need to follow a diversion. Please be aware that there are some very steep, narrow lanes around the site, so I strongly advise that you do not rely on your sat nav.

Instead, go past Chepstow Race Course, and at the first village (St Arvans), turn left on the sharp bend, and head towards Devauden. Continue through Devauden and on to Trellech (8 miles from St Arvans). Once in Trellech, you can rely on your sat nav again. Just as you enter Trellech, turn right and then turn immediately left. Continue down this road for around 3 miles. When you see the Whitestone picnic spot on the left, take the right hand fork to Tintern (rather than continuing down the hill to Llandogo). The centre is about half a mile down the hill on the left.

On the map, this may look a long route, but it will avoid you getting stuck in traffic on single track roads, and also avoid potential damage to larger vehicles on the very steep and narrow lanes in the area.

Alongside the campsite runs the Wye Valley Walk, a 36 mile route from Chepstow to Ross-on-Wye, offering some spectacular scenery. Just over the River Wye is Offa's Dyke long distance footpath, 186 miles from Sedbury to Prestatyn in North Wales. It is possible to plan many circular hikes using parts of both these paths.

Botany Bay is suitably located close to the range of activities provided in the Forest of Dean, cycling, climbing, caving, canoeing and more. The peaks of the Black Mountains or the Brecon Beacons are easily accessible for more adventurous activities.

More relaxed activities are not forgotten, Chepstow castle, the Forest of Dean Railway and the magnificent Tintern Abbey are just a few examples of the variety of days out in the area.

An orienteering course has been laid out on site and a map is available, also under construction are information points about the birds and trees on site.

The permanent Chapel and campfire circle help provide a traditional Scouting environment.

Please note - the electricity meter in the lodge now takes £1 & £2 coins only (was 50p coins only)


For bookings please contact

  • Alan Hillard, 3 Park Glade, Tintern, Chepstow, NP16 6TX, Phone 01291 689772

For more general information on the site you may also contact


The postal address for the campsite is:

Botany Bay Activity Centre, Botany Bay, Trelleck Road, Tintern, Chepstow, NP16 6SN

OS Grid SO527024 Landranger 162 or Outdoor Leisure 14 (Wye Valley and Forest of Dean)

Map showing location of Botany Bay


From Monmouth, follow the A466 south, turn right on entering Tintern at the Wye Valley Hotel, signposted 'Catbrook 2'

From Chepstow, follow the A466 north, turn left just before leaving Tintern at the Wye Valley Hotel, signposted 'Catbrook 2'

Continue up the road for 1 mile, (ignoring the left turn signposted 'Botany Bay') the camp site is on the right just past the white bungalow


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