Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre at Ashe Hall is a beautiful and peaceful venue in the gentle, rolling countryside of South Derbyshire. The Centre has 38 acres of gardens and woods to enjoy, which are particularly stunning in the spring-time, as well as the very popular World Peace Café in the old coach-house in the courtyard. Tara KMC is the ideal place to get away from it all, relax and be inspired.
Close to the M6 and M1 as well as to East Midlands Airport, Tara KMC is easily accessible from throughout the UK and internationally.
Find out more on Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre’s website.
Tara Centre is approximately 2 hours drive from London, 40 minutes from Birmingham and 1 1/2 hours from Manchester. From the A50 junction 5, take the A516 to Derby, then turn left, signposted Sutton-on-the-Hill. Tara KMC (Ashe Hall) is 500 yards on the right. Please see the map below for detail.
Derby is only 8 miles away from the Centre and has excellent rail (08457 484950) and bus connections. East Midlands Airport is just 20 minutes drive away. A bus from Derby to Etwall (Spread Eagle stop) costs under £3.00. Go to Bay 22 at Derby Bus Station and catch the V1 or V2 bus, which runs every hour or so – check the timetable here. Alternatively, catch a cab (which costs about £15) – there is a rank at the train station.
Local cab firms include:
ADR Cars 01283 814937
Mickleover Cars 01283 736777
Swift Cabs 01332 366266
Walking from Etwall
By the bus stop outside the Spread Eagle public house near the village church, there’s a large map with Ashe Hall marked on it. With your back to the Spread Eagle, turn right and walk from the centre of Etwall up Main Street, past the Blenheim Hotel. Turn left down Sutton Lane (at Point A) and proceed for about 350 metres, through a gate/stile, until you come to the bridge over the old railway (Point B) with some wooden steps leading down to your right. Walk down the steps, turn right and continue on through the underpass (Point C) under the A516. Emerging from the underpass turn immediately left and follow the path beside the main road. Just as you cross the stream, don’t take the first gate on the right signposted “Tara Centre” (this path leads into our woods), but continue up through the gate onto Ash Lane (Point D), by the entrance to the Barleyfields Equestrian Centre. Turn right on Ash Lane and keep walking, past Barleyfields Equestrian Centre on your right and after 20 metres you’ll see a second gate (Point E) signposted “Tara Centre” and “World Peace Cafe” on your right. Go through this gate into the field and head for the big house (Ashe Hall) through the trees. The main entrance is to the rear of the property as you approach (Point F). The whole walk takes about 20 minutes from the bus stop.
There are 3 airports that are reasonably close to Tara Centre: