Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Indietracks Festival: How to get to the Campsite on Public Transport

Are you going to Indietracks for the first time?  I did last year and found it a real pickle to work out how to get to Golden Valley Campsite on public transport.

As my gift to fellow Indietrack-ers, here's how to do it:

When you get off the train at Derby station, do not wait at the bus stop directly outside.  That is the WRONG place to be.

You need to turn right and walk down towards Derby bus station.  It is about 10-15 minutes walk.

Once you reach the bus station, you're looking for the H1 bus towards Alfreton Bus Station.  There's only one an hour that stops at the campsite so be sure to check the timetable.  Get on it and squeeze your camping stuff on board.

A single ticket is £4.20 so you should probably get a Plusbus ticket with your train ticket.

You'll need to get off at a stop called 'Golden Valley Caravan Park'.  Sadly, the bus stops are not very clearly marked and you can't see the campsite from the bus!  So look out for an old derelict building called 'Newlands Inn' on Newlands Road.  When you see it, get off the bus.

Newlands Inn

You'll see a little lane coming off Newlands Road.  Walk up there and you'll see the campsite.  Just go in to the wooden building to find the site reception.

Arriving at Golden Valley

To get to the festival site from Golden Valley, do a left out of the campsite.  Follow the path along until it turns right.  Turn right and keep going.  You'll feel like you're in the middle of nowhere (clue: you are).  Then you'll come up to a car park and you'll see the entrance to the festival site, plus a load of trains.  It seems like a stupidly long walk the first time but is actually only about 15 minutes.

Map of the Festival Area

The main entrance to the site is via steam train from Butterly Station.  This is a bit of a detour from the campsite but totally worth doing at least once during the festival.  Instead of turning right towards the festival, carry straight on. You will go past some fields and a police base (!!) before reaching a new-ish housing estate.  Keep going until you reach a main road.  Do a right here and you'll see Butterly Station.  Alternatively, turn left and head into Ripley for some shops and cafes.

Enjoy, and I'll see you at the Indiepop sing a long!

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