Kingston Ridge Scout Campsite is just shy of 8 acres
of fields and woodland owned and managed by Basildon District Scouts.
It is situated in the Langdon Hills area on the outskirts of Basildon
Location of site (OS177/689872, post code SS16 5PW).
For satnav users, enter the postcode and select
'1 Lee Chapel Lane'.
Your satnav will declare your destination part way along the lane, continue along the lane until you arrive at the lane gate, let yourself through and close the gate behind you then proceed to our main gate.
How to find us.
From Basildon Town Centre roundabout take the road (Laindon Link B1007) signposted to Laindon.
Go straight on at the traffic lights and turn left at the mini-roundabout at the top of the hill onto Mandeville Way and over the railway bridge.
Bear left onto Staneway at the traffic lights.
Continue along Staneway for approx 1 mile, turning left into Victoria Avenueand then left intoLee Chapel Lane.
Continue down Lee Chapel Lane until you come to a gate across the lane. The sign in the picture has now been removed but the gate is the same. It is the left hand of two gates, side by side. The right hand gate is for access to a fishing lake. If
we are expecting you then this gate will be shut but unlocked, continue
down this unmade road, shutting the gate behind you, and you will find
us after approx half a mile on the right. If the gate is locked then
call the telephone the number on the booking form John Dodd, Bookings Secretary on 07757 810891 or Ron Acton, Bookings Manager, on 07958 318379 if John is unobtainable.
Please note that the speed limit
along the lane past the gate is 10 mph. The lane is a dirt track with an irregular surface. Whilst a bit rough, it is easily negotiated with care. It
is very likely that you will encounter horse riders, cyclists and
walkers, with and without dogs. Please drive carefully and slowly if you need to pass other
users of the lane. The speed limit on Kingston Ridge Campsite is 5 mph.
Kingston Ridge Scout Campsite main gate.
Note that the old gates have been replaced and the new gates are wider making it easier for long vehicles to get onto the site. Note also our new Kingston Ridge sign.
Lee Chapel Lane - leading to the campsite
For a number of years the site suffered a certain amount of neglect but that is now behind us. We have a determined and effective management team and service crew that have successfully turned the fortunes of the site around. Significant development work has taken place in a thoughtful and sensitive manner so as not to spoil the area. This means that we have resources and facilities to match the best sites. Yet one of the best features of this site is it’s unspoiled nature. A lovely little oasis of peace and tranquility just two miles by road from the centre of one of the biggest towns in Essex.
We have excellent camping facilities with places for open fires available in both large fields and small patrol sites. We can offer these facilities:
* rifle range for air-rifle shooting * archery range * climbing tower, traverse wall * 'leap of faith', 'crate stacking' and other climbing tower based activities * mega zip wire * slack lines * Soft Archery * adventure playground * mini zip wire For Beavers/Rainbows: * Beaver Tower playgoround climbing equipment * Beaver Crag - abseiling * Nerf Guns * Sucker Crossbows * backwoods activities area * water and electricity points available in all main fields * flush loos * gents urinals * showers and handbasins with hot water.
The site is Located in Langdon Hills surrounded by open countryside and woodlands belonging to Essex Wildlife Trust. It is just a short drive to Basildon Town Centre and Laindon (both within longish walking distance) where there are shops and railway links to London and Southend. Swimming facilities and other leisure resources are available at Basildon Town Centre, refer to www.basildon.gov.uk for more information. Westley Heights Country Park is just a short walk from the campsite.
Please click here for a map of the local country parks and wildlife reserve showing the location of the campsite and the layout of local footpaths.