Getting there

How to reach the Ashram

If you come by car, you may like to share with someone else coming to the Ashram. If you are able to offer a lift or are looking for a lift, please use www.blahblahcar.co.uk (link is external)

To plan your journey

Traveline Cymru (link is external) has a useful journey planner. If you are coming by public transport please plan your journey here and home again before you come. The Ashram is located in a rural area so services are limited on Sundays.

By Air

You may come via any of these airports:

  • London Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted (it is possible to come via Luton but the train journey requires several changes)
  • Birmingham
  • Manchester
  • Cardiff
  • Bristol

You will then need to catch a train (see below) and taxi (also see below) – or hire a car.

By Train

You will need to come on the 'Heart of Wales' line to Llandovery, Llangadog or Llanwrda railway station. This railway runs from both Swansea and Shrewsbury. Then you will need to take a taxi (see below).

For train times and tickets:

The Heart of Wales Travel Centre (link is external) or 01597 82 20 53. This travel centre often offers tickets which are significantly cheaper than standard rail fares.

National Rail (link is external) or call 08457 48 49 50

Train routes are:

  • from London Paddington: to Swansea; then take the train to Llanwrda. (via Heart of Wales line)
  • from the Midlands and North of England: to Shrewsbury; then take the train to Llanwrda. (via Heart of Wales line)
  • from Heathrow airport: bus shuttle to Reading Railway Station (this is a regular service; takes about half an hour); then get the train to Swansea; then take the train to Llanwrda.
  • from Gatwick airport: train to Reading; then get the train for Swansea; finally take the train to Llanwrda.
  • from Stanstead airport: train to Birmingham New Street; then train for Shrewsbury; finally get the train to Llanwrda (via Heart of Wales line)
  • from Manchester airport: train to Crewe; then change train for Shrewsbury; at Shrewsbury, get the Heart of Wales line to Llanwrda (via Heart of Wales line)
  • from Bristol airport: take a bus to Bristol Temple Meads train station; then take the train to Swansea; finally take the train to Llanwrda (on Heart of Wales line)
  • from Cardiff International Airport: train to Bridgend then change for Swansea; finally take the train to Llanwrda.

By Coach and Bus

Take a National Express coach (link is external) to Swansea then the bus to Llandeilo (link is external) then taxi (see below).

Taxi

Llandovery (Towi Taxis): 07544 62 44 11

Llandovery (Ray's Taxis): 07775 210900

It is best to call the taxi service in advance and ask them to meet you – this is important as there are no taxis waiting at the station. If you come by train, ask the taxi to meet you at Llanwrda train station. It takes about 15 - 20 minutes from there to the Ashram. If you come via coach and bus to Llandeilo, the taxi takes about 20 minutes to the Ashram.

By car

The coordinates of the Ashram are: N 51 degrees 59'32.9" W 003 degrees 55'21.8" (or N51.99247 W3.92272)

From the London, the South East or South West:

  • M4 to Junction 49.
  • A483 to Llandeilo.
  • A40 towards Llandovery.
  • 6 miles after Llandeilo, just after Abermarlais Caravan Park, turn left (signposted Llansadwrn).
  • Turn right at the T junction in Llansadwrn village.
  • After Llansadwrn village take the first left (signposted Carmel).
  • Continue for 2 miles.
  • Turn left into the Ashram - there is a small white signpost on the right-hand side of the lane.
  • Drive carefully up the track - watch out for sleeping policemen, culverts and sheep!

From the North or the Midlands:

  • From Llandovery A40 towards Llandeilo.
  • 4 miles after Llandovery, turn right onto A482 towards Lampeter.
  • Just less than 1 mile after Llanwrda, turn left towards Llansadwrn.
  • Take the first right (signposted Carmel).
  • Continue for 2 miles.
  • Turn left into the Ashram - there is a small white signpost on the right-hand side of the lane.
  • Drive carefully up the track - watch out for sleeping policemen, culverts and sheep!

To get directions to the Ashram via Google maps, click on the "View larger map" link below the Google map widget on this page.

Have a safe and comfortable journey. We looking forward to welcoming you at the Ashram.