Pit stop between Maidenhead and Ilfracombe

Discussion in 'Bristol and South West' started by QueenOfGoths, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Fuck you Dave!

    We are heading to Ilfracombe tomorrow on holiday taking the M4 then M5.

    We're basically looking for somewhere to stop for lunch and a wander as we don't need to be in Ilfracombe until 4.00pm which is when we can pick up the keys for our holiday let.

    We're familiar with Bristol as we have had family who lived there and friends that still do so as much as it's a great place we're not looking to stop there. However that's my knowledge of the south west finished :oops::oops::facepalm::facepalm:

    Any suggestions for places that might be nice for a quick visit, or anywhere that might do us a nice lunch?
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  2. souljacker

    souljacker Esquire

    We quite often stop at Clevedon to have a look at the pier and grab a sandwich from a coffee shop we like there. It's just off the M5 after Portishead.
  3. felixthecat

    felixthecat are we there yet?

    Off the M5 at Bridgewater, head to Minehead, fish and chips and a trip on the steam train. Then continue in around the coast to Ilfracombe.
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  4. Chemical needs

    Chemical needs stirring

    Kilve beach is nice. It has fossils and unusual rock formations.
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  5. strung out

    strung out (",)

    Take a detour through Cheddar Gorge and stop there for lunch
  6. Plumdaff

    Plumdaff joy in people

    If you're a National Trust member Dyrham Park is not far off the M4 near Bath, it has play areas (it's a child airing steep walk down to the house and back) you can get the usual NT tea and baked potato type lunch although it's a nice spot for a picnic and there's likely to be cows and deers to spot. The house is very scenic too.
  7. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    Or...5 minutes off the M4 at the Marlborough turn off (iirc) you could go to the Three Trees farmshop "services". Terrible coffee, decent breakfasts...and then wander up to the Ridgeway for a walk. There's a hillfort there (you can see it from the Three Trees cafe I think).
  8. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    The M5 between Bristol and Taunton was horrible yesterday btw.
  9. Chemical needs

    Chemical needs stirring

    Ahhh, yeah, don't think Kilve is a quick detour. Could be okay depending on how much time you have.
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  10. King Biscuit Time

    King Biscuit Time Well-Known Member

    Do not stop at Bridgewater services. Just keep going. Whatever you need can wait.
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  11. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Fuck you Dave!

    Thanks all, some really great suggestions :):oldthumbsup:
  12. Libertad

    Libertad Would it help?

    This. The place is an open sewer.
  13. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank If it's alive, don't lick it.

    Fine today, I'm on that stretch atm.
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  14. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    And visit

    Dunster Castle
  15. hash tag

    hash tag member

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  16. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Fuck you Dave!

    Thanks again for all the suggestions, after a lot of thought we stopped at Clevedon and it was wonderful.

    A fantastic lunch and then a lovely wander on the pier.

    Thanks souljacker we would never have thought of going without your suggestion and it was a great start to the holiday. :)


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