Please avoid driving on the grass verges in West Ogwell. In wet weather particularly they quickly become rutted and unsightly, which upsets locals who tend these areas and destroys flower bulbs planted in the soil.
Local Taxi Share:
- As part of our efforts to green Gaia House, we are trying to minimise traffic coming here at the start and end of retreats by working with a local taxi company. As well as offering us preferential rates, D & M Taxis organise taxi sharing when people arrive at Newton Abbot train station, or from the coach, at similar times. To join a taxi share, please book your taxi in advance, giving your name, date of arrival, train time and a contact telephone number. D & M Taxis will then meet you at the station with a board saying ‘Gaia House’ and the names of people to share the taxi (if others are arriving at the same time).
- Contact: D & M Taxis
- To request or offer a lift, please leave a message on the Lift Share Message Board.
By Local Bus:
- The Country Bus Timetable shows the times for bus 176, which runs between Newton Abbot and Denbury, but it is not a very frequent service. To get to the Sherborne Road bus station from the rail station in Newton Abbot, follow the walking route instructions below to step 3, but when you get to Courtenay Street turn right, then turn left along Sherborne Street to find the bus station.
- When you arrive in Denbury, use this route: South Street, then right into East Street, continue on this road (keeping left at a fork) until you reach a T junction, then turn left, and Gaia House is sign posted to the right. It is about a mile’s walk to Gaia House.
There are two possible walking routes from Newton Abbot Railway Station to Gaia House:
- Cyclists or walkers, especially for the muddy months, can follow small roads, using this Bing route (about 3.5 miles: 1 hour and 10 minutes) Please wear high visibility clothing, and watch for traffic.
- Using mainly footpaths, for the dryer months (or for the hardier types), here are some directions (about 4 miles: 1 hour and 25 minutes):
- Leave the station, cross the road, turn right (West).
- Walk down Queen Street past all the shops for about 0.5 miles.
- When the road ends at the junction, turn left onto Courtenay Street, then straight on along the pedestrianised shopping area.
- At the end of the pedestrianised shopping area, just before a clock tower, turn right down Bank Street (you pass a bookshop and the Country Table cafe on your right).
- At the end of Bank Street, you see an enormous Asda looming to your left: head towards the entrance.
- As you get to Asda, there is a river running parallel to the front entrance (the River Lemon): your route takes you along that river past Asda (heading West), initially following tarmac cycle lanes on its right (North) bank.
- Go under a bridge, carry on, following the river adjacent to some industrial premises. Don’t cross the footbridge on your left towards the houses.
- The path comes to a junction alongside another narrow bridge. Turn right past the backs of the houses, then follow the path around to the left.
- Carry on this path! Go around an open area past the entrance to Bradley Manor.
- Now follow the river through the woods and across open fields for about a mile, before crossing a narrow lane by a ford.
- Carry on following the river, over another field then back into the woods for another kilometre.
- The path brings you out through someone’s garden with lots of geese, chickens and turkeys in cages.
- Come out onto the road, turn left, go over the bridge, turn right up the steep muddy and rocky lane, and at the top continue to the right on the tarmac road.
- Follow this road for 500m until you get to a crossroads: a dirt road is on the left adjacent to a barn, and a tarmac road is on the right.
- Turn left, go through the gate and down the hill to the stream.
- Follow the footpath up the hill, through a series of fields, heading for the stiles or gates in a South-West direction.
- When you get to West Ogwell church at the top of the hill, go through the churchyard to come into Gaia House from the front.
Gaia House Buddhist Meditation Retreat Centre,
West Ogwell, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 6EW England.
+44 (0)1626 333613 ku.oc.esuohaiagnull@ofni