Scary Dorset holiday relieved I'm home

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Molly333 Thu 25-Aug-16 23:05:53

Hi this may sound pathetic but I've just got back from a holiday with my two children and me in Dorset ( Lyme Regis) and was scared witless ! The reason being was the journey . The hills and roads . It started when I met many diversions when just past Yeovil on the way in and as a result had to drive many windy roads up and down hills some with sheer drops !!!!! Utterly hidious and not a place I will ever visit again , I've never been so scared

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Stylingwax Thu 25-Aug-16 23:06:47


IsItMeOr Thu 25-Aug-16 23:08:36

I love Dorset, but it sounds like you need to stick to more urban holidays as a nervous driver.

PurpleDaisies Thu 25-Aug-16 23:09:58

If you're not used to those sort of roads they can be scary. Growing up in rural Wales and learning to drive in them was a big bonus for me! The good news is the more you're on country lanes the less intimidating they get. I hope it didn't ruin your holiday too much.

Molly333 Thu 25-Aug-16 23:15:01

Guess I'm just not used to it it. It's pretty flat where I am and I should hv considered the terrain but defo anxiety provoking to a score of 10 at times !

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PurpleDaisies Thu 25-Aug-16 23:18:16

The main thing is you managed it. It won't be as bad if you have to do it again. Many people feel a bit like that driving on motorways.

Molly333 Thu 25-Aug-16 23:45:55

Thanks folks for being understanding I felt like a total wreck

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Glittermud Thu 25-Aug-16 23:47:59

I felt the same in cornwall a week ago. I love somewhere v flat and v rarely have to do hill starts so was stalling all over the place. V humiliating. And the endless single track roads were terrible.

I've never been so happy to see a motorway...

Glittermud Thu 25-Aug-16 23:48:26

*live not 'love'.

megletthesecond Thu 25-Aug-16 23:51:12

They do take practice. My advanced driving teacher took me on lots of wiggly country roads so I'm ok these days.

At least you did it. Bit of bonus driving experience under your belt, they won't be so daunting next time.

PurpleDaisies Thu 25-Aug-16 23:55:12

Honestly, it does get better. I almost had panic attacks after I nearly fainted at 70mph through illness and I just couldn't drive past where it happened. CBT really helped.

It sounds like you're being really hard on yourself. You didn't enjoy the driving but you did it. That's a huge achievement.

LordTrash Thu 25-Aug-16 23:57:52

I live in Dorset and I find Lyme stressful to drive through. Try the east of the county before you abandon us altogether though. Totally different and much flatter.

MaybeDoctor Fri 26-Aug-16 08:05:14

I began driving in London, with one of my first regular routes being the Hammersmith and Chiswick roundabouts, then the A4. The Hangar Lane Gyratory was no problem, but then I went to a rural area for a few days and was really nervous about driving on country lanes at night. So it is just a matter of what you are used to.

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EBearhug Fri 26-Aug-16 08:28:21

Lyme wasn't designed for car driving. It does depend what you're used to, though. I remember taking a friend home (to central Dorset) and we did a tour of West Dorset. He commented that he wasn't sure he'd like driving round those roads - I hadn't thought anything of it. Driving in central Birmingham was a lot scarier for me, and that's after I'd had a lot of motorway and big town practice.

NicknameUsed Fri 26-Aug-16 21:52:46

They aren't that bad. I live in a rural area in South Yorkshire where narrow windy roads are the norm. The roads that make me nervous are the Devon and Cornish lanes with the high "hedges" which are really solid banks covered in vegetation.

EBearhug Fri 26-Aug-16 23:22:19

The roads that make me nervous are the Devon and Cornish lanes with the high "hedges" which are really solid banks covered in vegetation.

That's what west Dorset's like, too.

(My father never quite forgave my mother for writing off the convertible he had before they married on those roads, too.)

blueskyinmarch Fri 26-Aug-16 23:29:18

It depends what you are used to. My DD1 was travelling today from London to the Lakes by car. She and her friends shared the driving. She opted to do the section off the motorway through the little roads and hills as that is what she was used to when she learned to drive in rural Scotland. That is less scary to her than the motorway or town driving.

NicknameUsed Sat 27-Aug-16 09:57:57

We had a holiday in West Dorset a few years ago and didn't find the lanes as bad as the Devon and Cornwall ones.

Molly333 Sat 27-Aug-16 10:59:17

Devon and Cornwall are now out then , defo got me scared 😭

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NicknameUsed Sat 27-Aug-16 15:28:29

I am currently on holiday in a very rural part of Cheshire and there are some very narrow windy lanes with high hedges.

I have been gingerly driving around at about 30 mph, but most of the other drivers have been driving way too fast for the roads.

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