The Barn Retreat is part of the Tara Kadampa Mediation Centre. On arrival, please make your way to Tara reception. Directions below.
Tara Centre is approximately 2 hours drive from London, 40 minutes from Birmingham and 1 1/2 hours from Manchester. From the A50 junction 5, take the A516 to Derby, then turn left, signposted Sutton-on-the-Hill. Tara KMC (Ashe Hall) is 500 yards on the right. Please see the map below for detail.
Derby is only 8 miles away from the Centre and has excellent rail (08457 484950) and bus connections. East Midlands Airport is just 20 minutes drive away. A bus from Derby to Etwall (Spread Eagle stop) costs £2.40 or less. Go to Bay 22 at Derby Bus Station and catch the V1 or V2 bus, which runs every hour or so – check the timetable here. Alternatively, catch a cab (which costs about £15) – there is a rank at the train station.
Local cab firms include:
ADR Cars 01283 814937
Mickleover Cars 01283 736777
Swift Cabs 01332 366266
Walking from Etwall
By the bus stop, outside of the Spread Eagle public house, near the village church, there’s a large map with Ashe Hall marked on it. Please see the aerial photo / map below, showing the route from Etwall to Tara KMC. Walk from the centre of Etwall up Main Street, past the the Blenheim Hotel. Turn left down Sutton Lane at (Point A), proceed for 350 metres (through a gate/stile part way down) until you come to the bridge over the old railway (Point B) with some wooden steps going down on your right. Walk down the steps, turn right and continue on until you pass under the main A516 road, through the underpass (Point C). Then turn immediately left and follow the path by the main road, over the river up through a gate (Point D) onto Ash Lane by the entrance to the Barleyfields Equestrian Centre. Don’t take the first gate on the right signposted “Tara Centre” just as you pass over the river bridge – this is our woodland walk which runs along the bank of the river. Keep walking past the Barleyfields Equestrian Centre on your right up Ash Lane and after 20 metres you’ll see a second gate signposted “Tara Centre” and “World Peace Cafe” on your right. Go through this gate into the field and head for the big house through the trees. The main entrance is to the rear of the property (Point F). The whole walk takes about 15 minutes from the bus stop.