Directions and Instructions

What to bring

If you are taking part in a residential course please bring your own sleeping bag, or sheets and duvet cover, pillowcase and towel. We have sheets to hire if necessary. In cold weather we suggest you bring a hot water bottle. We provide pillows, duvets and blankets.  Please feel free to bring any musical instruments, games, etc.  You may like to bring wellies or walking shoes.


By Public Transport

Swindon is easy to reach by train or coach. From London use Paddington Station or Victoria Coach Station. It may be possible to get much cheaper train tickets in you book well in advance.

You can then get to the farm by bus or taxi. It is cheapest to order a taxi in advance, and meet it up the stairs just outside the train station, or in the Taxi Rank at the Bus Station. Try SN1 Cars on 01793 523523.

It is about a 20 minute bus ride to the farm from the Bus Station which is 3-5 min walk from the rail station.

Bus numbers 1A and 1B leave from stop L which is near the bus station taxi rank, a few minutes walk from the station (walk straight ahead when leaving the train station).

If taking 1A get off at Ramleaze Village Inn, and walk past the shops, across a little side road and continue to the right of the sheltered housing along a tarmac path. At the end of the path turn right, and the farm is pretty much there!

If taking Bus 1B, get off at Brook Field school. The farm is opposite the school, with a tarmac path taking you onto Old Shaw Lane, and the Farm entrance.

Bus Timetable: Swindon Bus 1/1A/1B.

By Road

Lower Shaw Farm is situated 4 miles west of Swindon town centre. It seems to work best to put ‘Lower Shaw Farm’ into Google (rather than our postcode). . If you are coming by foot, or bicycle, please ask us for a cycle/footpath map.

From the M4 Motorway

Leave at Junction 16 and follow signs towards Swindon (A3102). At the first roundabout after the motorway, turn left. Follow this road (Whitehill Way) over several roundabouts, passing the ‘Link’ Sports Centre to your right. Carry straight on until you start seeing signs to Shaw (though ignore first sign to Shaw & Lydiard Millicent). Turn left as directed at a roundabout just before the big yellow ‘meccano’ building. Still following signs to Shaw turn left at the next roundabout. Then take the third turning on the left into Old Shaw Lane. The farm is on the right 500yds down the lane.

From central Swindon

Look for signs for the M4 (WEST) or West Swindon District Centre(Link Centre), then follow directions as above.

From Cirencester and the North

It is not easy to give directions, as road works have meant route changes. Just put Lower Shaw Farm into the sat nav and hopefully it will take you the quickest route!

If you really would like written directions, let us know and we will do our best!

Online Map

For a bird's eye view, see our location at Google Maps