Address and Map

Embercombe map
Click to view more detailed map

Higher Ashton

tel: +44 (0) 1647 252983


By train

Exeter St David’s is the closest station to us which serves most of the UK. It’s approximately 7 miles from Embercombe.

We will be running an hourly minibus from the station from 2-6pm on Friday and back on Sunday from 4pm, as well as early Monday morning. If you book a place on the bus there will be someone from Base Camp to greet you in the main pick-up area and be able to give you information and times. Afternoon arrivals are advised.

(Note: if you have bought a weekend meal ticket, you should aim to arrive no later than 6pm for your Friday meal).

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.

By bus

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.

By taxi

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).

By bicycle

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

By car

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 end of the slip road 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. They’ve been found to be unreliable in the rural areas around Embercombe and visitors often arrive at the wrong address.

Lift Share

If you need a lift or could  give someone else a lift to or from Embercombe, you could try the Embercombe Faxi group. This is only for people travelling to, or travelling from Embercombe.

Car Parking and Campervans

Car parking is free but there is a limited capacity for campervans and small caravans, so you will need to buy a ticket for your vehicle here.

A note on travelling from afar

Base Camp is a rare opportunity to gather the Dark Mountain clan and, as such, we recognise that people are willing to travel long distances to be there. We’re glad that our work is valued beyond the UK and we’re grateful for our friends in Europe and further afield, many of whom have contributed to our books and previous events. If you are coming from afar, we ask that you plan your journey in the least polluting way possible, and if you are travelling within the UK, please look at the options for car-share, etc. We would also encourage those who live a great distance away to consider, as an alternative, setting up their own events. Sharing the Fire, which took place last year in Canada, is a fine example of the ways Dark Mountain has seeded gatherings in other lands. Read more about that here: