Highbury Farm, the location of BarnCamp 2017, is located in the Lower Wye Valley on a hill above the village of Redbrook, postcode NP25 4LX. Highbury Farm is actually located in Gloucestershire, although it should be in Gwent. (location of site on Wikimapia Bing and Google Maps also Aerial View Map of the site)
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BarnCamp 2017 will take place in different parts of the Farm:
- The barn: plenaries, Workshop Space 1, indoor entertainment.
- The gathering field: for camping, compost loo and very a stunning view up the Wye Valley towards Monmouth.
- The upper field: eco-wash appropriate technology hygeine solution, Workshop Space 2 and the fire space.
Highbury Farm is a vegetarian farm and the owners request that meat is not brought or cooked on site. There are two local pubs; The Bell Inn (English side of the river) and The Boat Inn, (Welsh side of the river) both within walking distance that serve the usual pub fare, The Boat being our recommendation as it also serves a good range of local ciders and has a fine outdoor space too.
The local shop also sells a good range of foods and snacks, beers/wines etc. so if you are allergic to Vegan food, you needn't starve!
Mobile phone coverage is sketchy so you may wish to choose your network SIM carefully if being contactable by mobile is important to you, see the Highbury Farm Mobile Phone Coverage page. In short Vodafone is about the best, with EE being pretty bad but not the worst. Forget 3G or 4G: phone calls and text only.
Getting to Highbury Farm
Everyone will be responsible for organising their own transport to the location.
There are various routes up to the farm (as shown on the map below). Please try to use the most appropriate route:
- GREEN ROUTE - pedestrians - it's a steep, but pleasant climb from the village up to the camp site and farm.
- CYAN ROUTE - live-in vehicles. Also car parking unless very wet (please park in the village in this case). Please don't park too far into the field in case you get stuck.
- RED ROUTE - for deliveries only. If you come up this way you'll then need to go back down and take the CYAN ROUTE.
There's more info on their web site at http://www.highburyfarm.freeserve.co.uk/visitingframe.htm and also here it is on the map:
- Barncamp on Google Maps - new full routes and locations marked!
- Google Earth .kmz file Google Earth .kml
- Bing Map
By Car or other motorised vehicle
Firstly, for those of you with satnavs, the postcode is NP25 4LX.
Secondly, if you are driving and have a space in you vehicle, please take a look at the lift-shares for BarnCamp to see if there's anyone you can take with you or to offer lifts.
From Bristol the farm is about 30 miles, over the OLD Severn Bridge (M48) (not Second Severn Crossing M4) and then taking the A466 past Chepstow and about 13 miles up the Wye Valley. The bridge costs something like £6.50 for cars and £13.10 for vans. Latest toll prices at their web site.
Following the A466 from Chepstow, almost as soon as you see the Redbrook sign, there's a turning off to your front-right. You then follow the CYAN ROUTE up to the camping field. Please note when faced with a right or left turn follow the CYAN ROUTE and not the RED ROUTE (unless you are making a delivery to site).
The access to Highbury Farm by vehicle is somewhat difficult as it is situated up a steep hill in the valley. Most motor vehicles should ideally be left at the bottom of the hill rather than be taken up the track. For small vehicles, carrying the minimum of passengers would help. There is a decent (though steep) footpath up from the village to the farm, so leaving vehicle at bottom and walking up via the GREEN ROUTE is a reasonable option.
If you get lost/stuck or need to get in touch see the Contact page from telephone numbers and more, but bear in mind, if you're lost, you may be better off asking someone where you are for directions that someone somewhere else who doesn't know where you are! You get the picture.
If you have a live-in vehicle and wish to park in the camping field, then follow the CYAN ROUTE on the map above. Be warned that there is a very steep incline on this road and a hair-pin turn into the field, so don't try it if you're articulated, or driving a heavily laden old combi!
If you do intend to park your live-in vehicle in the field, please do not drive too far in, stay near to the entrance. Thank you.
If you are delivering some infrastructure stuff to the Barn, Farm or Upper Field, follow the RED ROUTE, make your drop-off and then head for the car-park and walk up, or follow the CYAN ROUTE to park your live-in vehicle, though you'll then have to heft your stuff up the rest of the hill to the Barn.
If you are driving and have a space in you vehicle, or if you need a lift with someone else, take a look at our lift-shares for BarnCamp pad.
There's also Bla Bla Car where you might be able to find a lift off someone.
By Train, bus, bike and on foot
From Bristol you can also catch the First Bus Severn Express to Chepstow - PDF version of time-table here.
At Chepstow there is a bus service number 69 from Chepstow to Monmouth stopping at Redbrook village. Timetables listed on Monmouthshire Council's website as of May 2017:
Note: The last bus leaving Chepstow Bus Station Monday to Friday is 18:10 (6:10 PM) and Saturday even earlier at 17:40 (5:40PM).
For UK-wide public transport information, and updates about disruption, look at traveline
On on the bus, get off at the FIRST Redbrook stop coming from Chepstow (second stop if you're coming from Monmouth) at the Bell Inn, go round the road behind the Inn and follow the steps up and signs for Offa's Dyke Path, which is effectively the GREEN ROUTE up to the farm. If it's very wet then the RED ROUTE will be an easier, but longer, hike.
As you're following the GREEN ROUTE, at the top of the steps from Redbrook, turn right up the road behind the houses and then when you see a stile on your left climb over it and head up the steep grassy hill. Over the next stile and the camping field is on your right, back through the opening in the hedge. Once you're pitched up come on straight up the hill and visit the Welcome Desk.
There's no organised bike ride this year, like there was in 2013, but see the BarnCamp 2013 Bike Ride page for some tips or if you fancy organising one yourself.