Girl Guiding Manchester - Outdoors


Get out and about with your unit

Looking for somewhere to take your girls climbing or do they fancy some raft building or canoeing? Our downloadable files gives details of services that are available locally, many offering group rates. To download information on water sports providers click here To download information on climbing and high ropes activity providers click here For information on ratios outside the meeting places and qualifications needed for activities please consult the on-line Guiding Manual.

Taking your girls away

Going away with their friends is the reason most girls say that they stay in Guiding. Gaining a Camp or Holiday Licence will enable you to offer a wider programme to the girls in your unit. Girlguiding Manchester runs training sessions for anyone working towards their licence and help is on hand from any of the County's residential advisers. If you would like more information on how to go about gaining a residential qualification then please contact our Residential experiences adviser on [email protected]

Places to stay with your unit

We have put together a list of approved places to stay within the County. To download the list click here For ideas on other places to stay, including those outside the County click here.


Interested in walking but not sure what qualifications you need to take your girls out. Click here to contact our Walking Adviser to find out more. Why not get out and about in the city and take your girls on the Manchester Trail. The trail is designed for all sections and will take you to some of Manchester’s lesser known monuments and attractions. To download a copy of the trail click here and for more information and the leaders notes click here.

Duke of Edinburgh Award and Discovery Award

Did you know that you can complete your Duke of Edinburgh Award or Discovery Award (similar to Duke of Edinburgh but for the over 50's) through Guiding. To find out about trainings and opportunities in Manchester click here.

Get away from home badge

To take part, complete the Get Away Badge Record Card every time you go away for one night or more on a recognised Guiding event. This could be a sleepover, camp, holiday, international trip etc. Once you have reached the requisite number of nights you can apply for the badge.To download the record form click here and to download the order form click here.

Region Outdoor Bursary

Did you know that outdoor bursaries are available to members of Girlguiding UK to attend courses and obtain qualifications in outdoor activities. These include qualifications of the recognised national governing body of an outdoor activity such as the British Canoe Union, Mountain Leadership Training Board, Grand National Archery Society. They can also be used to gain any Girlguiding UK qualification for which there is no equivalent offered by a national governing body for the activity concerned such as the Walking Scheme and Rowing Scheme. Click here to find out more about and apply for a region bursary

Seven Springs Outdoor Activity Centre

Seven Springs Campsite and Outdoor Activity Centre is located in Disley, on the edge of the Peak District. It has a range of accommodation from equipped and unequipped campsites to indoor accommodation sleeping from 6 to 25 people. A wide range of activities are available on site such as archery, grass sledging, a Rainbow/Brownie trail, orienteering and pioneering as well as sports equipment and games. Have you thought about becoming a "Friend of Seven Springs" - help us to make sure girls and young women can continue to enjoy the site for many years to come! For more information including how to book please visit the Seven Springs website.