Although getting to Land of Joy can often seem daunting to those who don’t have a car, it’s often more straight forward than people might expect. As we only have a very small office team, we ask that you please take a look through the options below and do your best to plan your trip yourself. Of course, if you come across any issues you are very welcome to contact us for assistance.
We also do our best to help people attending the same retreat to arrange to share lifts or taxis themselves. Please look out for the question on the retreat booking form which asks if you would like to share your email with others on your retreat for this purpose.
Train & Bus…
The cheapest way to get here by public transport is by train to Newcastle or Hexham station, depending on where you’re coming from, then a bus to Bellingham (except on Sunday’s & Bank Holidays), then a short (10 minute) taxi ride to Land of Joy or a 40min – 1hr walk if you’re feeling energetic!
Virgin Trains East Coast stop at Newcastle from London and Scotland. From there you need to change onto a smaller train to Hexham.
Click here for Virgin Trains East Coast timetables and booking to Newcastle, and onward to Hexham.
Click here for Northern Rail for timetable of trains Newcastle to Hexham. It is easy to buy a ticket at the station if you haven’t pre-booked.
Alternatively, buses run from Newcastle to Hexham, and then from Hexham to Bellingham (but not on Sundays or Bank Holidays). Download the bus timetables here.
If you have a bigger budget, you may choose to get a taxi from Newcastle or Hexham to Land of Joy. Please be aware we also do our best to connect people travelling to the same retreat in advance so they can try to arrange shared taxis.
There are two local taxi firms who give discounts to those travelling to Land of Joy. One of them only has one car, so you’ll need to book in advance.
Bellingham Taxis: 07815 503 927 or 01434 220 570
Tarset Valley Taxis: 01434 240 935 or 07711 400 152 (larger discount)
Average costs of taxis:
Newcastle to Land of joy: £40-50
Hexham to Land of Joy: £30-40
Bellingham to Land of Joy: £10
Newcastle is the nearest airport to Land of Joy and flights can be quite cheap with EasyJet from certain UK and International locations. From Newcastle airport, you can get a train to Newcastle Central Station and then follow the directions in the train and bus section above. Some people have hired a car from Newcastle airport or booked a taxi to Land of Joy itself to avoid the connections.
If you’re going to be travelling by car, the easiest thing is probably to look us up on google maps or something similar.
Our address is:
Land of Joy
Northumberland NE48 1PP
Due to our limited number of volunteers with cars, we can’t pick people up from Newcastle or Hexham. We can sometimes pick you up from Bellingham or Lanehead if you arrange this with us in advance. Please also note we only have a small admin team and so don’t have much time to assist people with their travel plans. We therefore ask that you please use the information above to plan your journey as best you can. Of course, if you have difficulties or need any extra information you are welcome to contact us.