Botany Bay Training and Activity Centre

COVID recovery

The site is now open for day camping and sleeping indoors.

The site is situated in Wales, and therefore subject to Welsh Government regulations. Visiting Scouting groups must check the current readiness levels on the Scouts website, and where cross-border travel is involved (if currently allowed) follow the stricter of the applicable rules

Further details and FAQs on the situation in Wales can be found on the ScoutsCymru Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions page.

Use of the site can arranged through the Booking Secretary as usual. Hand sanitiser stations are available outside the toilets and lodge. Please be aware that unless you book the whole site, there may be other groups on site at the same time.

Users of the site are reminded that they are responsible for

  • creating a written risk assessment for all aspects of their stay at the site, including specific COVID risks, as legally mandated by Welsh Government regulations
  • providing all cleaning materials, soap, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues etc
  • ensuring that areas used are cleaned on arrival, during their stay, and just prior to departure
  • ensuring that all members of their group adhere to the COVID security safeguards, including maintaining social distancing indoors and regular hand-washing / hand sanitation
  • updating their first aid kits to include items needed for COVID security, including masks, aprons, etc
  • informing "Test, Trace, Protect" and the warden as soon as possible if anyone gets ill with COVID during or within 21 days of their stay at the site

If you have any questions, please contact the Warden by email at

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. We are open to Scout, Guide and all other youth organisation groups. The site is not for adult-only groups.

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

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.


For bookings please contact

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

This should be confirmed by completing the booking form and sending with a 25% deposit.

Keys are only available by prior arrangement with Mr Hillard. Please phone a few days before arrival to arrange to pick the keys up. Please also note that the neighbours do not hold keys to the site.

For more general information on the site you may also contact the warden on


 Gwent Scouts and GuidesOther groups
Site users (per head per night)£1.50£2.00
Use of Lodge (per day) - now inclusive of electric costs£40£50
Use of Zena's Chalet (per day)£10£12
Use of cabin (per day per cabin)£15£20
Day use of field (per person)50p50p


The postal address for the campsite is:

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

OS Grid SO526022 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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