The Artle Beck
Littledale Activity Centre, formally the T. W. Helme Memorial Campsite, is in Littledale near Brookhouse, Caton, in the delightful Lune Valley. (OS Ref: SD 5538 6231)
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Site Public Tel: 01524 770268.
Littledale Scout Activity Centre is situated south of the village of Brookhouse and is eight miles from Lancaster and the site is only eleven miles from Morecambe Bay. It is set in the Forest of Bowland, which is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Littledale is ideal for most Scouting and Guiding pursuits and for DoE expeditions.
The campsite is set in fourteen acres of pleasantly wooded valley, bounded on the west side by Artle Beck.
To the South of the site are the moorland fells of the Forest of Bowland and to the North you may go down to the Lune Valley and the River Lune.
The camping areas are suitable for all types of camping.
The beck is not suitable for kayaking but this is available on the river Lune.
“Long Panther” Lodge
The building has accommodation for 30 people, in six dormitories with wooden bunk beds with mattresses.
Room sleeping sizes (4 x 6, 1 x 2, 1 x 4).
The kitchen has been updated with stainless steel worktops, 6-burner gas cooker and a water heater.
There is also a small commercial fridge and freezer.
Crockery and cooking utensils for 30 people are provided. A new entrance and outdoor coat room with heaters for drying wet coats and boots.
For the colder weather central heating is installed within the lodge.
The lodge has its own indoor toilets suitable for wheelchair users, two washrooms and three showers.
The 25 ft square dining room can double up as an activity room, if needed, in bad weather.
The lodge is also a suitable venue for larger training courses for youngsters and adults alike.
The doors on the (4 x 6, 1 x 2, 1 x 4) dormitories have been widened to allow access for wheelchair users.
The Lodge has been approved as a suitable place for Brownie Pack Holidays.
Items that you need to bring to the campsite.
Tea towels, sleeping bags, pillows, personal washing equipment, matches for the gas cooker, food and drink.
The Toilet block
The toilet block with hot showers is available for groups that are Camping.
There are toilets available for wheel chair users.
There are water points on site by the main buildings.
The barn is an open sided barn, which was part of the old mill complex.
It is a multi-purpose area for wet weather activities.
It is open for all to use, both campers and groups using ‘Long Panther’ Lodge.
The Main Field
This is ideal for camping with large numbers, or two small camps.
It is suitable for team games or large group activities.
This is near to the beck and is ideal if you wish to include for example:
A small raft building while on your camp. It is large enough for Troop or Pack Camps.
Is suitable for small Troop or Pack Camps.
The camping area is also near the beck and is an ideal area for trying pioneering whilst on you camp.
The Top Field
Has direct access from the Littledale road. The camping area is suitable for one large camp or two small camps with enough space left for team game or activities. There is a toilet block located between the Top Field and Silver Birch.
Has access from the Littledale road by a single small gate.
The area is large enough for Troop or Pack Camps.
Is the flat area by the beck at the far end of the campsite. suitable for backwoods camping.
A car park has been made on the Littledale road for cars to use when we open this part of the campsite for camping in the near future.
At the moment people using the campsite can use it for special activities that they may need to do away from the camping areas, e.g. wide games. At certain times of the year the greenery can be used for making bivvys.
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The campsite has an open air Chapel and a campfire circle set on a wooded hillside.
The main field is ideal for having joint activities, team games etc with other campers.
The beck is suitable for bridge building, pioneering, small rafts but NOT canoeing.
The wooded areas are great for tracking, nature trails, ornithology etc.
The cliffs along the beck are not safe for climbing or abseiling, but the crags nearby (1.5 km) are suitable.
We also have a telephone call box on the campsite. Please note that there is no signal in the valley for mobile phones etc.
Wood fires are allowed on all camping areas by using altar fires only, which we have available for the campers only. Fires must NOT be lit directly on the grass.
There is also a campfire circle and seating area near to the beck, to the left hand side of the Barn and ‘Long Panther’ Lodge.
Groups should provide their own general first aid equipment.
Any accidents must be reported to the campsite warden.
Souvenirs & Tuck Shop
The shop has Scouting and other souvenirs and badges, sweets etc.
The Warden will arrange for it to be opened during your visit.
Places of Worship
Brookhouse (2 miles) and Caton (2.5 miles) have churches for major denominations.
Caton village has a Co‑op Late Shop, newsagent, butcher, chemist and a post office.
Littledale is within one hours drive of the Lake District. The Trough of Bowland is about half an hour away.
Lancaster, Morecambe, Blackpool, Ingleton, the Yorkshire Dales and the caves at Clapham are ideal for day trips out.
Kayaking can be done on the River Lune, which is two miles from Littledale.
Please consult our local Activities Advisor before you come if you wish to go kayaking.
Archery, shooting, and bouldering are also available through the warden.
An assault course is also available at no extra cost.
A full copy of the Campsite Health & Safety Policy Document is available at the Campsite.
Just in Case
Caton Health Centre, Hornby Road, Caton Tel: 01524 770718.
Open Monday to Friday but the times may vary.
Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Ashton Road, Lancaster Tel: 01524 65944.
Campsite Rules & Brochure
and a full printable copy of the brochure is available here.
Bookings can be made online, where you can also check to see what facilities are available. The booking calendar is updated as soon as possible after a booking.