Useful Information on River Cottage, Taxis, Car Hire & Cream Teas
Pre-book any taxis, particularly from train station and Sundays and reserve a table for any meals out or you may be disappointed.
River Cottage HQ at Park Farm on Trinity Hill (1.6 miles approx) or 32 minutes walk.
River Cottage Canteen in Axminster town centre (2.5 miles approx)
Please be clear when booking taxis which destination you are visiting.
Any taxis for a Sunday should be booked in advance or you won't get one!
Taxis for River Cottage HQ day courses, Axminster and River Cottage Canteen:
Terry's Taxi 01297 443167 (07502 262206) www.terrys-taxis.co.uk Uplyme:
£15 return to River Cottage HQ
(Note: many events finish late in the evenings. Compared to others we find this a very reasonable rate and most of all a reliable service).
Herbert's Taxi 07876 798770
Paynes Premier Travel 01297 35895 For Sundays you must book in advance.
Axminster Taxis: 01297 34000 Axminster Taxis
Floyd's Taxis on 01297 560733 mini bus/taxi
General Taxis to Lyme Regis and “Hix Fish & Oyster House”
Terry's Taxi 01297 443167 (07502 262206)
£18 return to Hix in Lyme Regis.
Paynes Premier Travel 01297 35895 * works Sunday mini bus/taxi
Train from London Waterloo to Axminster
Hourly service: see www.southwesttrains.co.uk
Walking to the River Cottage HQ
We are 1.6 miles away and one of the nearest recommended accommodation provider to River Cottage HQ. It is possible to walk in approximately 32 minutes to the HQ car park - but please note that the road is often busy. Only a short stretch of the road has a pavement or street lighting and the route crosses open heathland. For those who would like to walk, we provide hi-vis jackets and a torch in your room. Visit River Cottage for information on events, meals and courses.
Practical Car & Van Hire at nearby Marlborough Road, Musbury, Axminster EX13 8AX can organise a car for you. They will pick you up from the train station or Hedgehog Corner. Just 5 minutes drive/taxi from Axminster Train Station. Tel: 01297 553700 - www.practical.co.uk.
Driving to Axminster and the Jurassic Coast at Lyme Regis
Axminster and Lyme Regis are only about 5 minutes drive - some 2.5 miles away.
Lyme Regis Events:
Parking in Lyme Regis and Axminster
Lyme Regis: Holmbush Car park at the top of Cobb Road is £1.70 all day and a short walk to The Hix Restaurant. You can glide through the gardens down to the sea front or walk down steep Cobb Road.
The Cobb Car parks have blue badge parking but are £1 an hour in the day time. Park early during any peak periods to ensure you get a space. Or catch the 31 bus to Lyme from the stop near Hedgehog Corner.
Axminster has plenty of car parks. Those going for evening meals at the River Cottage Canteen can often park for free in the Square.
Axminster Railway and the 31 and X53 Bus
There is no taxi rank at the Axminster station so book a taxi to meet you or catch the 31 bus from outside the station to our local pub, Hunters Lodge just minutes from the B&B. Be aware there is no pavement or street lighting from bus stop to B&B. The 31 bus meets the London and Exeter trains which arrive just past the hour. The 31 bus stops at our local pub before continuing into Lyme Regis. From Lyme Regis you can catch the X53 bus which goes all along the Jurassic Coast from Bournemouth to Exeter and vice versa. You can purchase a get on /get off ticket.
For those arriving early there is plenty to see and do by the seaside in Lyme Regis.
For visitors travelling from the A303 via Crewkerne on the B3165 there is a fabulous light lunch and tea room on the left just past the village of Clapton at Lucy's Tea Room, Oathill Farm, Clapton which is quite divine with a traditional cottage garden and pets area. Fabulous Sunday Lunches but book first on 01404 30234.
Lyme Regis boasts the Alexandra Hotel with its fabulous decking area at the very end of their garden or the conservatory both with views over the Cobb and where you can enjoy a magnificent cream tea. Park at Holmbush Car Park as parking is not available at the hotel for non-residents.
The River Cottage Canteen in Axminster also serves light lunches, coffee and teas as well as evening meals.
Millers Farm Shop
This magnificent farm shop run by a local farming family is just 5 minutes drive. It's open 7 days a week and well worth a visit.
The Jurassic Coast just minutes away
Visit the Jurassic Coast Heritage Centre at nearby Charmouth
or join a guided fossil walk in Lyme Regis.