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Travel News!

If you are travelling to Gaia House during February and March please be aware that the recent bad weather may impact your journey. Please be assured that Gaia House is still accessible and running the retreat programme as usual. You may wish to consider starting your journey earlier than planned to ensure you arrive in good time.
 
If you have not yet planned your journey we encourage you to take advantage of our Lift Share message board.
 
There is currently a disruption to the train service between Taunton and Newton Abbot. Please refer to the First Great Western website for up-to-date information.
 
A local taxi company, D&M Taxis, offer a taxi share system and are able to arrange transport from Taunton or Exeter. Please call them direct on 01626 441170.
 
For those of you planning the journey by car please be aware that the roads around Gaia House can be subject to some localised flooding. We recommend taking the route indicated here from Newton Abbot which is less liable to flooding. (Feb 2014)

Location

Gaia House is a historic listed building set deep in the peaceful countryside of South Devon, UK, with views of the scenic wilds of Dartmoor National Park. We are a mile from the nearest village of Denbury and four miles from the nearest town of Newton Abbot, about half way between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth.

Car Share and Taxi Share
Please consider sharing a lift to make your journey as carbon neutral as possible. To arrange this leave a message on our Car Share Noticeboard  or join a Taxi Share from Newton Abbot train station.

Please do NOT make any travel arrangements until your retreat place has been confirmed by Gaia House.

Please check the time you need to be at Gaia House for Registration – for most Group Retreats this is between 2pm – 5pm. 

How to Get Here by Car:

If coming from north (e.g. London, Bristol):

  • Stay on M5 until it ends and becomes the A38
  • Take A382 to Newton Abbot (for 3 miles)
  • At roundabout take 2nd exit A383 signposted Ashburton
  • After just over 1 mile turn left on to Orchard Grove leading to Chercombe Bridge Road (Opposite Newton Abbot Car Centre)
  • Take 1st left to stay on Chercombe Bridge Road
  • Follow road for 1.5 miles past sign for East Ogwell, turn right at signpost
  • Continue down here for 0.5 miles and through the hamlet of West Ogwell
  • Gaia House is on right, up a sweeping drive and next to the church.

If coming from south (e.g. Plymouth):

  • From A38 take A383 to Newton Abbot
  • After just under 4 miles turn right on to Orchard Grove leading to Chercombe Bridge Road (Opposite Newton Abbot Car Centre)
  • Take 1st left to stay on Chercombe Bridge Road
  • Follow road for 1.5 miles past sign for East Ogwell, turn right at signpost
  • Continue down here for 0.5 miles and through the hamlet of West Ogwell
  • Gaia House is on right, up a sweeping drive and next to the church.

Please avoid driving on the grass verges in West Ogwell. In wet weather particularly they quickly become rutted and unsightly, which upsets local people who tend these areas and destroys flower bulbs planted in the soil.

In snowy or icy weather, drive first to Denbury (the roads are always gritted to Denbury), and then from Denbury to West Ogwell (see map).

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