Aldwark Scout Centre

One of Yorkshire’s premier water activity and outdoor education centres, Aldwark specialises in offering high quality tuition and accommodation. Owned and managed by Central Yorkshire Scouts, Aldwark regularly welcomes parties from the Central Yorkshire area, plus other Scout and uniformed organisations travelling from further afield.

We are proud that Aldwark is a centre of training excellence with frequently assessed, highly qualified volunteer instructors providing quality tuition for activities.

Aldwark has more to offer…

More flexible and affordable than ever, why not come and see what we are about and take advantage of Central Yorkshire Scouts’ watersports activity centre – giving your group the adventure of a lifetime!

We cater for all age groups from the smallest Beaver to the tallest Explorer, and we don’t forget about the leaders who we know love to join in the adventure. We have adapted our offering to make the centre more accessible to every group size, and with flexible visit durations.

Check out the below for some options for your next visit…

  • Indoor Accommodation & Camping Options
  • Do your own thing – camp it or dorm it for 1 night, 1 week or longer!
  • Catered, Watersport or Multi Activity Weekends
  • Day Visits
  • Archery
  • Raft Building
  • Canoeing & Kayaking
  • River cruises on our pilot boat
  • Evening Activity Visit
  • Duke of Edinburgh Camping Venue
  • Group size of just ten or more – share the mill or the camping field with other groups
  • Beaver Groups Welcome
  • More land based activities being added to the portfolio

We are able to offer bespoke itineraries so no one stay will be the same, and this we can really tailor to what you want.


Aldwark Scout Activity Centre is located just next to the Aldwark Toll Bridge on Boat Lane.

Boat Lane,
Great Ouseburn,
YO26 9SJ

What’s more, Aldwark is located in an area with plenty to see and do, located on the banks of the River Ure – and we’re only 8 miles upstream from the historic city of York. [Grid ref: SE 466 621]


Aldwark Activity Centre

Aldwark Activity Centre

The Mill Accommodation

Our refurbished Mill is one of the focal points of Aldwark Water Activity centre.
Boasting sleeping accommodation for 58 people! The building also houses a full kitchen, and indoor spaces for groups to utilise during their stays with us. We also are able to hire these spaces out for groups that are camping to use if they require the indoor space.

The sleeping accommodation is split between two dormitory style sleeping quarters, The Main Dormitory and the Cloth Workers Wing. The Main Dormitory boasts 26 beds with a further two beds for adults in an adjacent room. Whilst the Cloth Workers Wing has one 20 bed dormitory, two 4 bed rooms and one 2 bed room. These various size rooms offer lots of options for groups of all shapes and sizes coming to stay with us. The all rooms have bunk beds with mattresses, however groups are asked to bring their own sleeping bags and pillows!

The Galley (Kitchen)
The Galley comes complete with a large oven, hot cupboard, refrigerator and separate upright freezer. The Galley offers spacious cooking facilities for 58 people and a dining area big enough to serve them in one sitting. All equipment is provided in the kitchen to help you prepare the days meals!

The Cahill Room (Indoor Space within the Mill Building)
A place of serenity, relaxation and recreation after the hectic excitement of a day on the water. The Cahill Room offers a quiet area for discussion, study or reading in comfortable surroundings. A television and DVD player are available to all visitors, whether you want to hold a training session or simply chill out after a fun filled day!

Activity Room (Indoor Space within the Mill Building)
A place that is easily accessible from the car park without having to use the main Mill entrance door, the activity room is a great space for groups to use to congregate for indoor craft activities, leaders meetings, and training.

As well as the The Mill we also offer camping to our visitors the opportunity to camp at the side of the River Ure. Our camping field stretches over two large fields adjacent to the river with room for over 300 campers! Bring your tent, pitch up and enjoy a weekend on the water in tranquil* surroundings.
* Tranquil surroundings not guaranteed with Scouts!

Contacting Us

For more information, to check availability and to make a booking please contact our booking secretary at

To find out more about the centre, its history, and our plans for the future please visit our website at

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Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls