Anyone travel in summer hols to Devon/Cornwall at "silly o'clock"?

(14 Posts)
tiredmumma Mon 07-May-12 21:27:04

After getting stuck at Bristol last year for over 2 hours crawling along in the August traffic have decided to leave mega early.

What's he best time to get to Bristol (This seems to be the problem area) to beat all the traffic.

We are travelling from East Midlands, and usually takes us 2 hours to get to M5

BornSicky Mon 07-May-12 21:28:38

avoid being anywhere near Bristol 7am - 10am and between 3.30pm and 7pm and that should help!

Ragwort Mon 07-May-12 21:29:15

I usually get through Bristol around 6.30am with no problems - would that be too early a start for you grin? My brother always goes late at night but personally I prefer a really early start. smile.

BornSicky Mon 07-May-12 21:30:53

oh and always check for any particular festivals/surfing events in cornwall/devon around the days you want to travel. the traffic from run to the sun is ridiculous.

Queenofcake Mon 07-May-12 21:31:56

No later than 6am IMO.

lagoonhaze Mon 07-May-12 21:36:18

Its because everyone is travelling on same day! Can you come down a day early and stay extra night in a travel lodge?

tiredmumma Mon 07-May-12 21:39:05

cripes...that would mean leaving around 2am - get to M5 at 4am, then Bristol is about another hour and a bit so 5.30/6am

gosh thinking how else we could do this - perhaps staying in a travel lodge Friday night near Bristol - couldnt do late night trek

LeeCoakley Mon 07-May-12 21:47:35

Not for everyone I know but we travel late, get to Gordano services just past Bristol on the M5 about midnight and sleep in the car until early morning. There's an overnight fee of about £15 iirc. On the road again by about 8.00am and don't encounter any traffic problems.

ivykaty44 Mon 07-May-12 21:48:28

get to the gordano services at 5 and you will be fine

ivykaty44 Mon 07-May-12 21:49:45

whta junction do you get on m5? Its an hour and a quarter from 8 to 17 without speeding

tiredmumma Mon 07-May-12 21:53:29

have decided to go down Friday and stay at Days Inn at Bristol Junction 19 and sounds ideal - fab reviews on trip advisor as well - £50 sorted!!!

GrimmaTheNome Mon 07-May-12 21:57:22

Good idea to avoid saturday. The last couple of years when we went to cornwall DH found sunday-sunday bookings..

We also used to leave cornwall at about 3 or 4 am.

Fridays coming into Cornwall are pretty bad too, I live there so get stuck in the imcomming traffic.

tiredmumma Tue 08-May-12 10:39:43

eatyouwithaspoon - I meant we will stay over Friday then get up at 5am onto M5 at Bristol and head into Devon then - no rush as cottage isnt ready until 2pm

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