Wharfedale District

Wharfedale District Scout Council - Charity Number 524827

West Yorkshire County

Curly Hill Scout Centre

Wharfedale District Scouts

The Scout Centre at Curly Hill is situated on the wooded slopes of the Wharfe Valley overlooking Ilkley Moor and the famous Cow & Calf Rocks.

The Campsite occupies around 4 acres and while surprising close to the town of Ilkley it is a true country hideaway and a haven of adventure and fun for all ages, with the potential to see wild life at first hand.

It contains several discrete and separate camping grounds situated within the woods.

Note: We are not a commercial campsite. Our Child Safeguarding Policy prevents us from taking bookings from the General Public. Sorry – Scout Guide, DoE. Youth Organisations and Schools only.


The space in front of the building is kept clear for sports, games and other activities.

Bookings can be taken from multiple groups but total numbers are limited to prevent overcrowding:

The maximum number of campers is set at 75.

Your Duty Warden will attempt to match your preference for a particular site but this will depend on issues such a ground conditions etc. at the time of your visit.

Should it be desired, it is possible to book exclusive use of the whole Centre, including the main building – see ‘Fees’ for more detail.


Amenities Block: There is a modern heated Amenities Block, providing toilets, hot and cold washing and shower (x4) facilities for both male and female campers.  The block also contains a DDA compliant wet-room, providing full washing, shower and toilet facilities for a disabled person.

‘Pot Wash’: A covered area with sinks and hot & cold water is provided alongside the Amenities Block.

Wood Fires: Altar fires are on each site for open fires. Depending on availability a stock of wood may be at hand though visitors may wish to bring their own supplies. The camp-site has a camp fire circle, which doubles for that quiet period of reflection or as a centre for group meetings.

Cooking Stoves: All sites have level hard standing for  use with cooking stoves.

Water: As well as the Amenities Block there are water points situated at Field, Scott & Sunrise sites

Centre Rules:

A Duty Warden is on call for your stay - but not necessarily on site - we like you to feel ‘free’ to enjoy your stay.

The rules of the Centre are simple: leave the Campsite as you would wish to find it. Please - No grease pits or fire areas to be dug. Keep disposable BBQs off grassed areas.

Noise: Please be aware that we do have some close neighbours and we would be grateful if noise could be kept to an absolute minimum between 23:00 and 07:00 hours during your stay.

Middleton Woods below the site are administered by Bradford Metropolitan Council, and they ban the use of hand axes.

Rubbish: Ideally taken this home! – or place in the segregated bins at the bottom of the drive.