Stop over around Cheltenham / Gloucester on M5

(12 Posts)
katmunchkin Sun 12-Jun-16 18:44:35

Hi all. PIL are driving from the East Midlands to Cornish South Coast in a fortnight (a Saturday morning) with the dog, and are looking for a stop over around Cheltenham or Gloucester on the M5 for a short walk to stretch the legs and walk the dog and a coffee for an hour or so. Looking for somewhere a couple of miles from M5, where the dog can be off the lead for a run round. Any ideas? Thanks in advance smile xx

evilkitten Sun 12-Jun-16 18:49:18

Gloucester services? They're very nice.

Willowfrost Sun 12-Jun-16 18:50:47

Yes def Gloucester services 😀

Hughpughbarneymagrew Sun 12-Jun-16 18:50:47

Agree the Gloucester services. They are independently run and quite naice

katmunchkin Sun 12-Jun-16 18:53:11

They were thinking something more like a dog-friendly country park (even if dog can't be off the lead) but I'm sure Gloucester services are very nice!

TheHobbitMum Sun 12-Jun-16 18:57:46

I second Gloucester services, fab place! I go for the butchers etc and I live 30mins away. Its independent and not at all like the usual welcome breaks etc

AalyaSecura Sun 12-Jun-16 19:00:04

I agree Gloucester services are lovely, but I don't know about the dog coming off its lead. A country park close by is Crickley hill, just a couple of minutes off the motorway - lovely walks, toilets, but don't think there's anywhere to buy a coffee.

evilkitten Sun 12-Jun-16 19:18:37

www.gloucesterservices.com/need-to-know/families suggests there's somewhere to walk the dog.

Wolfiefan Sun 12-Jun-16 19:40:33

Westonbirt arboretum is a bit further but lovely.

CMOTDibbler Sun 12-Jun-16 19:45:43

Slightly further up the M5 (J7). Worcester Country Park is ideal. The dog can run off lead in the woods, and the cafe is lovely. Even if its not terribly nice weather, they have a large covered outside area so you can keep your dogs with you while you eat.

katmunchkin Tue 14-Jun-16 08:09:36

Thanks all for the suggestions smilewine

PeaceOfWildThings Tue 14-Jun-16 08:21:56

Robinswood Hill, Gloucester is a lovely place for dog walking There is a little cafe starting up there now (might be run by volunteers) . You could grab a coffee and snack to take out from Gloucester services (but beware they are getting well known and not that big, so long queues, even when well staffed, on a Saturday).
There's lots of pretty Cotswold villages along the way too, so you could look up dog walks and dog friendly pubs...

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