“Well he has clearly never traveled with children” I hear you mutter….. And yet, Hemingway does have a point. Why ‘waste’ what can easily be a day there and a day back, when the journey itself offers various opportunities to turn the journey into part of your holiday.
For some, this would mean opting for travel by train. Leaving the stresses of busy roads behind, and have the ability to fully enjoy the scenery on offer, or read a book, whilst sipping a hot coffee or a refreshing drink.
But for those coming by car, we thought we list some things you may wish to consider doing whilst traveling to us. Given where most of you come from, we provide information on three different routes. Please note this is work in progress, so if you have tips we should add, please drop us a note with your suggestion(s).
Traveling from London & Home Counties
We recommend using the A303 over M4/M5: yes the journey can be slow at times (Stonehenge!), but it is some 50 miles (!!!) shorter, and so much prettier. Also, the M5 between Bristol and Exeter has its fair number of accidents, and being stuck on the M5 is much worse than a delay on the A303. We would strongly recommend though that if you plan any stops, try and get past Stonehenge first, as this stretch tends to get busier the later it gets.In fact, the earlier you are able to set off, especially in July and August, the quicker your journey is likely to be.
Things to do en-route:
- Stonehenge – you get this thrown in for free. No need to make a stop unless you really want to. Do book tickets in advance if you do!
- Stourhead (BA12 6QF) – beautiful National Trust property, with fantastic lake side walks allowing you to stretch your legs, and a great pub on site too, offering hot and cold food
- Village of Hindon – just beyond Farmer Giles, this village is just one short hop off the A303, and offers two great pubs if you fancy something to eat and/or drink: the Angel Inn and the Lamb.
Traveling from the North, using M5
- Bristol – just an hour and a half North of Mazzard Farm, Bristol offers a wealth of things to do. Allow us to list just two: Brunel’s SS Great Britain and We The Curious. The latter pipped us to the post recently as most Sustainable Tourism Business in the South West!
- Cheddar Gorge (junction 22 on M5)
Traveling along the South Coast, using A35
- Lulworth Cove (BH20 5RQ) – probably a 30 minute detour of the A35, but so pretty, it is worth your time if you are traveling this way
- Lyme Regis – yes you have almost arrived (another 30 minutes), but this gem of a seaside town is worth a stop
Will you let us know if you have tips we can add here? Many thanks!