Arriving and departing: Our retreats begin with supper at 6.30pm. Please aim to arrive an hour or so before that and give yourself time to settle into your room, unpack and have a cup of tea. If you are going to miss supper, please leave us a message letting us know when you'll get here and whether you'd like some supper kept for you. Weekend retreats finish at around 3pm. Longer retreats finish at around 11am (please check your booking confirmation letter for definite starting and finishing times).
Lift Share: please consider using our lift share facility on the website – either to offer lifts or request a lift - http://www.taraloka.org.uk/travel/lift-share/find-or-offer-a-lift . Sharing lifts helps to reduce the environmental impact of travelling as well as providing a chance to get to know other people on the retreat.
Sat-Nav warning – our track is not on most systems or stops at the School House or directs you down Cadney Lane!! Taraloka is signposted with a wooden sign at the start of our track in between the canal bridge and the old railway track bridge.
From Whitchurch: Follow signs for A495 Oswestry. Turn left after about 9 miles, signposted Bettisfield. After about half a mile you will pass a church on your right and then go over an old railway bridge. About 200 yards after the bridge, turn left onto track signed Taraloka. At the end of the track drive ahead for a few yards and park on the right. The retreat centre is the red brick building.
From Shrewsbury: Follow signs for the A49 Whitchurch until you go through the village of Preston Brockhurst (about 8 miles). Turn left at the sign to Wem (B5063). After 3 miles turn right under the railway bridge at the T-junction. At the next T-junction turn left (a church is on your left). After 5 miles you will reach the village of Northwood. You'll pass the Horse & Jockey pub on your left, go over a hump-backed bridge, and on the next sharp left bend, take the right turn, signed Bettisfield.
In Bettisfield, go over the hump-backed bridge over the canal and past the village hall (on your left). After 100 yards turn right down the track with the Taraloka sign. At the end of the track drive ahead for a few yards and park on the right. The retreat centre is the red brick building.
The nearest train station is Whitchurch (Shrops). There are three other Whitchurch stations in the UK so make sure you get the right one! Our Whitchurch is about a 25 minute local train journey south from Crewe or north from Shrewsbury. It's about 30 minutes from here by road to the two nearest train stations. So please take these times into account if you're booking return train tickets.
You need to book a taxi in advance to get from Whitchurch station to Taraloka; arrange for it to meet your train. The drive from Whitchurch takes 20 minutes and costs about £15. Check out the lift share page to see if anyone else has booked a taxi/offered to share one from your train. The companies listed here are familiar with Taraloka and they may be bringing other retreatants, which will reduce your costs.
Taxi companies familiar with Taraloka
Powell: 01948 780380 or 01948 710798
Jim: 01948 663018 or 07739 813282
S&M Cars: 01948 666957 or 07908 778 564
The nearest airports to Taraloka are Manchester Airport and Birmingham International. Both are easily accessible by train, changing trains once. Journey times by train are approx 1 hr 30 mins from Manchester to Whitchurch (Shrops) station and 1 hr 50 mins from Birmingham. There are also good train connections from London. Trains from London to Whitchurch (Shrops) go via Crewe and take just over two hours. To buy train tickets for the UK you could try: www.thetrainline.com. Cheaper advance fares are usually released 12 weeks before the date of travel.