Chilton Farm Campsite is a traditional well equipped camp site in 2 acres of tree-lined sloping land. The site boasts beautiful views over Wiltshire countryside, but is just 10 minutes away from the M4 and Swindon.
Chilton Farm’s facilities include a modern toilet and electric shower block, a brick-built hall with fireplace and pantry area, kettles, fridges, microwave and hot water boiler. There’s also a pizza oven, assault course, slacklining and geocaching with further activities possible close by.
We welcome use by Guiding and Scouting groups as well as by other not-for-profit organisations.
The campsite is situated on the Downs, ½ mile west of the A361, and 5 miles south of Swindon, with grid reference SU 127799.
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Small enclosed car park which, when empty, is large enough for a minibus to turn in, and will easily hold twelve properly parked cars
Wood pile – please leave stocked as found
Large altar fire suitable for central cooking
4 patrol altar fire places
Washing up area
Hall with large sliding doors, pantry and storage
Fireplace, fireguard, chimney
Pantry: 3 fridges, microwave, kettles, tea urn, hot water boilers, kitchen sink
Tables – 5
Benches – 10
Landline telephone. There is good mobile phone reception across the site.
OS maps available on request
Toilet and shower blocks
Toilet block comprising 3 toilets and 3 basins on one side, and single toilet and basin on the other
Shower block with 3 electric showers and 2 basins
Electricity charged based on use
Equipment included in hire
1 World Flag
6 washing up bowls
6 chopping boards
6 water buckets
1 large altar fireplace
4 patrol altar fireplaces
4 sets of patrol billies
1 large kettle
Selection of cooking utensils
Selection of plastic mugs
Two 15m slacklines
Additional equipment available for hire
2 gas boilers, 4 large gas rings and gas cylinders £2/day per item
2 marquees (guiding use £20/night, plus £50 returnable deposit, payable in advance)
Please note that there is no First Aid kit on site, users should make their own arrangements for First Aid.
From the original programme from the inauguration for the campsite:
In 1938 North Wilts Girl Guides Association began to think of a Division HQ in the Borough and in 1939 the ground had been purchased and a building fund started. The war stopped these activities, the ground proved less suitable than was hoped and was therefore sold, and the Division was left with funds, but no prospect of finding any site in the Town Planning Scheme. To these funds were added a bequest by the late Mr AJ Coleborne of £2000.
Meanwhile our thoughts had turned to a permanent site. This was obtained through the courtesy of the Wilts County Council and Messrs I & E Dixon at Chilton Farm, Wroughton. The Trustees of the bequest gave permission to use the money for a HQ on the campsite. Miss MA Crowdy, for many years a very active Guider in the Division, became Chairman of the Building Committee and thanks to her untiring interest the Camp HQ is now ready for use.
The campsite has been in use since 1952 when it was rented by Old Town Rangers. The group wanted a campsite, knew Mr Dixon in the big house at Chilton Farm and rented the field that is now the campsite. Rangers went up there with bell tents and paillasses; it cost £50 a year for the use of the field.
The hut was built in 1952 on land owned by Girlguiding.
Girlguiding Wiltshire North bought the site from Wiltshire County Council in 1995.
The nearest village is Wroughton, which has ample shopping facilities, places of worship, a swimming pool, and buses to nearby Swindon. Swindon has a good shopping centre, with large sports and recreational complexes and has access to mainline bus and railway stations.
Within easy reach of the campsite are:
Coate Water, Lydiard Country Park, Barbury Castle Country Park, Savernake Forest, Wiltshire white horses, hill forts, walks along the Ridgeway, water parks at Ashton Keynes and STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway.
All of the major supermarkets can deliver to the site.
Fish & Chips
Great Western Fryer, 78 High Street, Wroughton, Swindon SN4 9JU, tel 01793 845678
Tesco Express (Open 6am – 11pm 7 days a week)
1-9 Ellendune Shopping Centre Wroughton, Swindon SN4 9LN
Morrisons – M Local (Open 6am – 11pm 7 days a week)
47 Devizes Road, Wroughton, SN4 0SA
Ridgeway Leisure Centre and swimming pool
The Ridgeway Leisure Centre, Inverary Road, Wroughton, Swindon, Wiltshire SN4 9DJ
Tel 01793 813280
Great Western Hospital
Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, SN3 6BB
24 hour Emergency Department
Urgent GP/Nurse walk-in centre 8am – 2am
18 minute drive / 6.8 miles
Telephone 111 for immediate medical advice and out of hours appointments
We welcome use by Guiding and Scouting groups as well as by other not-for-profit organisations. The prices shown below are for Guiding, Scouting and youth bookings. Please enquire regarding charges for private and commercial bookings.
“Our District has often camped at Chilton Farm and I have also camped there with school D of E groups (most recently three weeks ago). We like walking to Barbury Castle or to Wroughton for swimming. We especially like the ability to have wood fires and the rope walkways in the trees.”
Janet, Mannington District, Swindon, May 2015
“We had a great time at Chilton Farm Campsite for our summer camp. Three units joined together and there was plenty of space for us to pitch all our patrol, storage and mess tents. We especially liked the secluded feel to the campsite with all the trees around as well as the areas for cooking, washing-up as well as the campfire circle. The flexibility of being able to hire any extra equipment that was needed was also great.”
Rachel, 1st Purton Guides, stayed August 2014