Contact Details & Directions

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Higher Ashton

Visiting us

To arrange an appointment to visit please call 01647 252983 or email

If you would like to experience the magic of spending time at Embercombe you are welcome to join one of residential programmes on our What’s On page.

Contact & Directions

The closest airports are Exeter and Bristol. Bristol is a two hour bus ride from Exeter. A taxi from Exeter bus station or airport to Embercombe is about £25 each way. Contact Apple Taxis on 01392 666666.

If you are planning to travel to the UK from abroad please check the latest information on entering the UK here.

Exeter St David’s is the closest station to us which serves most of the UK. It’s approximately 7 miles from Embercombe. There is a taxi rank outside or you can walk to Exeter Central Bus Station which is approximately a 1.5 mile walk into town.

A taxi from Exeter to Embercombe is about £25 each way. Contact Apple Taxis on 01392 666666.

There is a 360 Dartline bus service from the Central Bus Station in Exeter which stops 1.3 miles from Embercombe. Look for route name Exeter-Dunchideock-Bridford and get off the bus at the Belevedere Castle stop.

On leaving the bus, continue along the top road. After 400 yards you’ll reach the Belvedere Castle entrance on your left. Opposite, there is a little road going down to the right, signposted Trusham and Ashton. Follow this road for approximately 20 minutes until you reach Embercombe’s main gate on the right.

From Exeter St. Davids:
* Come out of the station and turn right onto Bonhay Rd (A377)
* Turn right onto Alphington St (still A377) following signs to Okehampton (A30)
* Landmarks: B&Q on left then Sainsbury’s on right
* Take 2nd exit at roundabout following signs to Ide and Okehampton (A30)
* Go straight through the village of Ide and up the hill
* Continue straight for 3.5 miles – through Dunchideock and past the Post Office
* Take the next sharp right turn after the Holden Bellevedere (a tall white tower on the left) – the turning is called Holden Gate and marked towards Ashton and Trusham
* Follow road for 1.5 miles – there is a yellow aa sign on the left, Embercombe is on the right
Taxis are plentiful at Exeter St David’s and Newton Abbott and do not need to be pre-ordered. Taxis cost approximately £20 – £25. Eco-Cars run a service from Exeter St David’s with a hybrid electric vehicle (01392 259880).  Apple Taxis has an office outside of Exeter St Davids station (01392 666666).

From the Southbound A38

Follow the signs to Exeter Race Course. Climb the hill slowly and get into the left hand lane, at the top of the hill (Haldon Hill) take the left exit marked Dunchideock and Exeter Race Course. Pay particular attention as you do not get much warning of the exit!

Turn right at the roundabout at the end of the sliproad towards Dunchideock and follow this road through Haldon Forest. After 1.7 miles, the road goes downhill into trees and just opposite is a forest car park area on your right. Take the sharp left turn signposted Trusham & Ashton. Entrance to Embercombe is 1.2 miles down on the right.

From the Northbound A38

At the top of Haldon Hill (A38) take the exit marked Dunchideock and Exeter Race Course immediately after the petrol station. At the ‘T’ junction turn left and follow the road through Haldon Forest. After a 1.7miles, the road goes downhill into trees and just opposite a forest car park area on your right, take the sharp left turning signposted Trusham & Ashton. Entrance to Embercombe is 1.2 miles down on the right.

Satellite navigation systems
We recommend that you don’t use your Sat Nav system to reach Embercombe. Google Maps has the correct address postcode EX6 7QQ but it can be difficult to get phone signal in the area and other sat nav systems often lead users to the wrong address.

The geographic coordinates of the main entrance are 50º38’53.3″N 3º36’19.8″W

The What3Words reference of the main entrance is reframe.hometown.buzzards

It would be great if we could minimise the environmental impact of travel to this event. If you are driving and are happy to offer a lift to someone travelling from the same area please post any offers and requests on the event on our Facebook page!

On Arrival

When you arrive and see the breath-taking view please don’t forget to close the gate. The car park is down the drive way and is the first turning on the right. Please keep your speed to 5 mph as there may be children and animals crossing.

Leave the car park at the furthermost end and the first building you pass is the Dining Yurt on your right. Our man offices are situated in the timber clad building after this. Please sign in at the office and familiarise yourself with the emergency information and safety guides displayed in the lobby.  All visitors have a personal responsibility to use the site safely.

If you are staying for an event please be aware our site is wild in places and appropriate clothing is essential. We encourage you to bring a torch, walking boots/wellies/waterproof footwear and a water proof jacket to ensure your safety and comfort whilst you are here.

Due to the muddy nature of our site, in each of our meeting spaces we ask people to remove their shoes, so if you suffer from circulatory problems or cold feet, we advise you bring warm socks or slippers!

At Embercombe we hold a duty of care towards each other and make every effort to ensure all of our activities are safe. Having said that, final responsibility for children and young people who visit the site lies with the parent or guardian. Children under the age of 13 should be supervised at all times.

Embercombe is a busy site enjoyed by many different groups, on occasion more than one group will be present. Please be sensitive to this by using the site in a respectful way that does not spoil the experience for others.

Sustainability and consumption are issues we hold close to our hearts here at Embercombe. With this in mind, when using the facilities onsite please be mindful of the energy you consume. This includes not having over-sized fires and using compost toilets instead of the flush toilets. We rely on solar power for some of our hot water so please try to avoid long showers and be considerate of the resources you are leaving for the next person.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to welcoming you onsite!