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Bala Brook

Retreat Centre on Dartmoor


By car

Driving south after Exeter, leave the A38 at Marley Head, (north-east of South Brent,) wriggle north-westwards around lanes following signs to Avon Dam. Arrive at Shipley Bridge public carpark, beside river Avon. At Shipley Bridge, cross the River Avon, follow the lane turning around to the left, southwards over a cattle grid. – After 2 minutes down the lane, go past one farm on your right, down a little hill over a little bridge and look out for ‘Bala Brook’ sign on your right beside a timber gateway. This is the second habitation on your right after leaving Shipley bridge.


Approaching on the A385 from Totnes, cross the A38 at Marley Head and follow as above.

Approaching from the South (from Plymouth) turn off the A38 for South Brent. But avoid going through the Village by taking a left turn soon after leaving the A38, where there is a big main sign 'South Brent twinned with...', and signs for Brent Mill Business park and Aish. Then you will definitely need our map to navigate the lanes. Go under the railway and around to the right to reach a T junction. Turn left up to Aish and thence on up, nearly 2 miles towards Shipley Bridge. After a 'weak bridge' , look out for Bala Brook on your left in a dip just before the little Bala bridge. If you arrive at Shipley Bridge, you have gone too far. (Please do not enter any unsigned properties).

By Train

Travel to Totnes station then take a taxi
(we can try to arrange sharing) it's about 8 miles. There is a half hour bus service to South Brent from Totnes

Satellite Navigation

Do not use the Bala Brook postcode as it is shared with other locations.
Use these co-ordinates instead.

50° 26.802'N 3° 51.710'W

Bala Brook

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