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Driving from Edinburgh to Greater London.

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Kaffiene Fri 27-Sep-13 14:35:39

DD (5) and I are driving from Edinburgh to just outside London in a couple of weeks. I was going to leave a early as possible, stop every couple of hours as DD has a medical condition that means she needs to be careful about her circulation. But she has been invited to a party that finished at 12 on the day we go.

Would I be crazy to collect her at 12 and head off then?
Also which way do people recommend - not done this route in a very very long time.


OldBeanbagz Fri 27-Sep-13 15:19:16

I assume you're travelling at the weekend? In which case it shouldn't be too bad although it is about 7 hours travelling time.

Does you DD need to get out and stretch her legs? Or would she be able to stretch them in the car? Is it just the two of you travelling?

Personally i'd head out of Edinburgh on the A702, join the A74 which becomes the M6 and stay on that until you hit the M1. It's more scenic south of Edinburgh on the East coast but loads more speed cameras.

Have you looked at getting the train instead? With a Family Railcard, you could probably get quite a reasonable price on the tickets if you book it soon and your DD will be able to wander about whenever she like.

And it'd be loads less stressful than driving!

Kaffiene Fri 27-Sep-13 16:13:53

Sorry it's a Thu.

That is the route I used I take, the A1 drives me slightly mad smile

She needs to get the circulation going again so thinking it will be 9/10 hrs including breaks. Unfortunately we are doing a multi stop tour so need the car. Also she is a wheelchair user, travelling across London with a small person in a wheelchair and lugguage just isn't an option sad

So what do we think of the start time? Early or let her go to the party ??

Kaffiene Fri 27-Sep-13 16:17:14

Yes just the 2 of us, if DH was coming i would just leave later and he would deal with her once we got to the hotel and I could flake out.

northernlurker Fri 27-Sep-13 16:25:12

I would let her go to the party. Then she'll be tired and can sleep for a couple of hours when you set off.

I agree go M74/M6. The A1 is tiresome!

OldBeanbagz Fri 27-Sep-13 19:43:40

I would let her go to the party, it would be a shame to miss it.

Hopefully you'll be past the worst of rush hour by the time you hit Birmingham!

preggersbycheggers Sun 29-Sep-13 19:51:50

Agree with the OP re route. And I would recommend using the toll road on the m6. It's worth every penny.

Nice places to stop off are tebay services in Cumbria and brockholes in Preston.

LifeofPo Sun 29-Sep-13 19:54:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Kaffiene Mon 30-Sep-13 11:58:26

Thanks. Going to let her go to the party and leave after that.

Am looking forward to it in a warped kind of a way ;)

We always stop at Tebay but have seen very mixed reviews of Brockholes - is parking a long way from services?

LifeofPo She uses a wheelchair/ walking frame so getting around London by public transport just isn't a option.

cestlavielife Tue 01-Oct-13 15:59:59

with blue badge you should be able to park close to facilities

cestlavielife Tue 01-Oct-13 16:01:24

and you can apply for m6 toll exemption too

cestlavielife Tue 01-Oct-13 16:02:38

would you be better stopping o/night at a premier inn or similar sat evening en route?

CMOTDibbler Tue 01-Oct-13 16:15:24

I'd do it, having factored in short stop at Tebay, then Stafford or Keele, then Toddington with the thought of staying overnight somewhere if you felt too tired

Kaffiene Wed 02-Oct-13 12:05:33

Thank you for the info about the toll, have applied and also for the London Congestion Charge exception.

Any other suggestions of good places to stop off?

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