Braziers Park is situated within the Chiltern Hills, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the village of Ipsden and close to the town of Wallingford. To the north lies Oxford and to the south, Reading.
There is a bus stop 5 minutes away and the best train station is Reading (3o minutes by bus)
Travelling by car
We encourage visitors to use public transport, car sharing and liftshare.co.uk if possible.
From London: Leave M4 at Junction 8/9. Proceed to Henley and then on through Nettlebed to the CROWMARSH ROUNDABOUT (A4130). Turn left onto the A4074 towards Reading. After about 5-7 minutes ignore 2 left turns signposted Ipsden, the next left turn at the bottom of a hill a few seconds later is for “Braziers Park” indicate early and turn left there. This will bring you to Braziers’ front gates. Please note 5mp speed limit and park carefully.
From Reading: Follow signs for Railway station and Caversham, over Caversham Bridge, then first left onto the A4074, signposted Oxford. Follow this road for around 15 minutes passing 2 signs for Woodcote on your left and then on a downward hill with open views you’ll see a parking layby with an airfield sign on the left and a ‘vehicles turning’ sign, if there is traffic behind its a good idea to start indicating right here, you will then see a signpost for Braziers Park on the right, ignore the small right turn before the Braziers sign (if you accidentally take this turn into Bottom Lane then continue to the first left up a rutted track and follow this to Braziers Park).
From Oxford: Follow signposts out of Oxford to Henley/Wallingford/Reading (A4074). Around 5-7 minutes after Wallingford (follow signs to Reading) you will pass 2 left turnings to the village of Ipsden which should be ignored – soon after there is a signpost to Braziers Park, indicate early and turn left into the small lane leading to Brazier Park.
From the West: Leave M4 at Junction 8/9 and proceed as from London.
Car parking is at owners risk, the speed limit is 5mph on the driveways, parking charges may be made for large groups and events.
Travelling by Train
Visitors travelling by train are advised to go to Reading central railway station and then catch the X39/X40 bus to Braziers Park, as these buses run from just outside the station. Goring & Streatley Station is around 40-60 minutes walk with steep hills, no buses, occasionally taxis.
Travelling by plane
The nearest airport is Heathrow. From there to Reading station are regular buses: railair.com/timetables_monfri.php
From Gatwick take the train to Reading: www.thetrainline.com/train-times/gatwick-airport-to-reading-station
Travelling by bus from Reading
The Braziers Park stop is not listed on timetables. It’s between Woodcote and Wallingford and is known as ‘Ipsden Turn’ by the bus drivers – but you should also ask for Braziers Park as there are 2 stops called Ipsden turn. It’s the first one if you are coming from Reading and the second if you are coming from Oxford.
- from Reading railway station, leave the station at the main entrance, cross the road opposite and you will see some bus stands, make your way to bus stop SB. The X39 takes approximately 25 minutes. The X40 turns off for a loop of Woodcote before rejoining the X39 route, so takes 5-10 minutes longer.
The bus drivers are usually very friendly and helpful – if you ask them to, they will try to let you know when they are approaching Braziers’ stop. If you’re on the X39, you will see a sign for Woodcote approximately 3 minutes before reaching the Braziers stop, you will pass a parking layby on the left with an airfield sign – ring the bell. The X40 will take the Woodcote turn and spend 5-10 minutes travelling to Woodcote and back, so when you reach the main road again and turn left, you’ll be 3 minutes from the Braziers stop and can ring the bell.
When you get off the bus, cross the main road and walk down the country lane immediately opposite the bus stop. This will lead you directly to Braziers’ main entrance. The main road can be very busy and traffic very fast, the speed can be deceiving so take extra care before crossing – there have been several accidents crossing this road. If it is dark you will need a torch to alert traffic in the narrow lane to your presence.
By bus from Oxford
Please click here for map showing route in Oxford from Railway Station to bus stop.
Go to bus stop H5 on St Aldates to catch the X39 or X40. The journey will take approximately 55 minutes on either bus, passing through Wallingford where it may stop for a while or change driver or bus. After leaving Wallingford it’s approximately 6 minutes before reaching Braziers’ stop. You will pass two roundabouts and turn right onto the main road (A4074), travelling straight for a few more minutes when you’ll see large black and gold gates on your left, followed by a small wooden bus shelter – this is the stop immediately before Braziers stop – don’t get off there or you could get very lost, we are not in Ipsden itself – ring the bell as you pass this stop, Braziers stop approximately 30 seconds later at the bottom of hill. If you’re unsure, ask the driver — it’s the second “Ipsden Turn” stop!
After getting off the bus, follow the lane on the same side of the road (signposted Braziers Park) and it will lead you directly to the main entrance of Braziers 5 minutes or so away just behind the trees you can see at the end of the lane.
If you have any problems in your journey, you can reach us on 01491 680221 or 01491 680481.
Bus times (X39 X40): www.thames-travel.co.uk/timetables-fares/oxfordshire-and-reading/x39x40/