Barmoor, N. Yorkshire
Barmoor, in North Yorkshire, is accessible from the East Coast rail line, North of England, Scotland and with good rail links to Manchester Airport (UK).
Full details of directions and items to bring with you can be seen lower down this page.
Travelling to Barmoor
Barmoor is in a beautiful location a few hundred meters to the north of Hutton le Hole in the North York Moors. Locate Hutton le Hole on google maps using the postcode YO62 6UE. Follow Keld Lane out of the north of the village and take a left turn onto Lowna Rd. Immediately on the left is a lane which divides and is signed to Barmoors (to the left) and Barmoor (to the right). Follow the sign to Barmoor.
From the South follow the A1M or M1 to the A64. Follow the A64 East past York towards Scarborough and take the Pickering turnoff north on the A169.
From Pickering travel west towards Kirkbymoorside on the A170 and look out for a turning signposted to Hutton le Hole on the right.
From the North follow the A1M/A1 or A19 and turn off for Thirsk. Follow the A170 east, continue through Kirkbymoorside and look out for the turning to Hutton le Hole on the left.
There is plenty of parking.
If you are lucky you may be able to get a lift. Contact the Membership Secretary who might be able to put you in touch with someone who is driving to the retreat.
There is a bus #176 from Malton, at 4.00 pm on Saturday (the day the retreats start) which arrives at Hutton le Hole at 5.15 pm. There is no bus out of Hutton le Hole on the last day of retreat, but it should be possible to arrange a lift back with another retreatant who could drop you in Malton or York. Otherwise it will be possible to arrange a taxi to Malton. Barmoor is within walking distance of the bus stop (about 800m).
Enter route "176" which goes to a new page and the details can be opened as a pdf file.
Please check the timetable to make sure these times are up to date, you need to scroll down to the page that deals with the Saturday bus.
For most rail journeys change at York to get a local train to Malton.
If you plan to rely on public transport in the UK, choose an airport that has good rail links to York. Manchester is probably best because there is a train straight from the airport to York rail station. After that, Newcastle, Edinburgh and the two main London airports (Heathrow and Gatwick) are also good.
Arrival and Departure Time
Please aim to arrive by 5.30 pm at the latest in time to settle in and for the first evening meal which will be at 6.00 pm. Earlier arrival is fine if you need to arrive sooner due to public transport arrangements, someone will be on site for most of the day of arrival. But if you are travelling by car please aim to arrive after 4.00 pm. If you are flying in to the UK to attend and need to arrive on Friday evening please contact the Membership Secretary to make the arrangements.
The retreat will close before midday on Thursday.
Delicious vegetarian and vegan food will be served. Please advise of any special dietary requirements. Alcohol is not permitted.
Barmoor is a non-smoking centre. Smoking is permitted off-site in rest periods, but not in the house or grounds.
Sleeping is in comfortable single-sex rooms each with two or more single beds; a blanket and pillows are provided but not linen. Bring your own duvet, sheets and pillowcases or a sleeping bag and pillowcases.
We provide Zen mats, cushions and stools. If you have your own Zen cushion/stool/mat then please bring them. The North York Moors may be cold and wet at any time of year, particularly in the winter but also in summer.
Bring the following essential items:
- loose clothing for meditation
- good sleeping bag or single duvet
- a pillow-case and sheets if required
- warm sweaters especially to keep warm for sitting meditation early or late in the day
- good rainwear and outdoor clothes
- walking boots (and/or wellingtons)
- slippers or thick socks (outdoor shoes cannot be worn inside)
- all toiletries
- You may want to bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper and would be disturbed by snoring in the dormitory accommodation.
It is a condition of attendance that mobile phones are not used at any time during the retreat for texting or calling. A phone alarm is not necessary, because we will use retreat signals for waking up.
Accommodation is in shared dormitories and there are no secure facilities for personal possessions, so you should not bring any valuables. We accept no responsibility for loss of any kind following this warning.