Visit to Gilwell Park, how to get there and ordering info
Jim McMaster (mcmaster@SWENG.STORTEK.COM)
Mon, 20 Jul 1998 16:43:44 -0600
I have been an involuntary lurker on this list for the past two months, able
to read but not to post. My employer sent me to England to work on some
software, and I had a chance to do some sightseeing, including a visit to
It is truly a beautiful place, and it was exciting to walk around the White
House and the campground, and to see all the places I had heard so much about.
Some scouters in Boulder, CO, found out I was going to England, and asked if
I could purchase Wood Badge paraphernalia for them. I found that Gilwell
Park sells things by mail, fax or phone. Here are the details for any
interested Wood Badgers:
All orders must include a description of the items requested and a credit
card number to be charged.
Orders may be mailed to:
Chingford, London E4 7QW
England, United Kingdom
Prices (all British Pounds Sterling):
Wool Necker: 10.64
Cotton Necker: 6.81
Set of two beads: 2.98
I found general directions to Gilwell on Professor Beaver's page at:
This gave me a general location, but did not really tell me how to get there
by car. Here is the information from the handout they gave me at Gilwell, in
case any of you ever get the chance to visit. (If Professor Beaver is
listening, you might want to update your page with this information)
Directions to Gilwell Park:
Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: TQ 383696
By Road: From M25. Leave at junction 26 and follow signs towards WALTHAM
ABBEY, proceed to traffic lights at T junction. Turn left at traffic lights
(A112). After approximately two miles turn left at Pillar Box into Daws
Hill. Follow the road for about one mile, ignoring the entrance at the crest
of the hill. Go past the duck pond on your left, the main entrance to
Gilwell Park is on your right.
Coaches: In order to avoid tight bends in Daws Hill, should leave the M25 at
junction 26, but follow signs to LOUGHTON (not WALTHAM ABBEY). Proceed for
one mile to large roundabout, taking fourth exit onto A104. Continue along
this road for three miles until you see CHINGFORD signed to the right. Turn
right into RANGERS ROAD (A1069) and continue for one mile before turning
right again into BURY ROAD. Gilwell Park is one mile on left.
>From North Circular Road (A406): Follow signs to CHINGFORD AND NORTH
CHINGFORD, beside Parish Church turn into STATION ROAD. Pass Britis> Rail
Station (on right) and turn left after petrol garage into BURY ROAD. Gilwell
Park is one mile on left.
By Rail: British Rail from Liverpool Street to Chingford.
Underground: Victoria Line to Walthamstow Central then change to British
Rail to Chingford
N.B. Gilwell Park is approximately one mile (1.5 Km) from Chingford Station
- there is a map in the Station ticket hall.
I did not manage to visit Baden-Powell's house in London, but did find it on
the map. It is just south of the Kensington Gardens, near the Royal Albert
Hall. I do not know its post code, but it is definitely not the one on
http://www.usscouts.org/profbvr/scouting_museums/england.html. That page
shows it as being the same as Gilwell Park's, which cannot possibly be
I know this is long, but I thought it might be interesting for some of the
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