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Where to take a break on A303 with 17m-old?

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MiriamW · 31/08/2002 12:10

We're off on our first long car journey with my rather active 17m-old ds. We want to take a break somewhere halfway between London and Cornwall to let off steam - any suggestions? I'm almost tempted to take M4/M5 in order to get the benefit of the service areas (yes I'm desperate!), but that would make the journey longer, as we're in the very South of London.

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SoupDragon · 31/08/2002 13:09

There's not a lot on the A303 up to Stonehenge and that's as far I as I travel along it from S London. There are small service stations with Little Chef "restaurants".

We used to travel this route to Cornwall for our family holidays when I was little and we used to stop on Dartmoor and have a picnic. Sometimes there were ponies there to look at.

We used to leave at 4am or something ridiculous!

Have fun! I have many many fond memories of Cornish holidays and in my memories, it never ever rained

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fairy · 31/08/2002 14:49

There is a Little Chef and Burger King about 2 miles onto the A303 when you join it from the M3. There are them all the way along really, another one soon before Stonehenge I think?

But there are plenty of services and petrol, also once you hit Wiltshire you also get alot more lay-bys. Hope this is helpful, we go down there regularly from Hampshire with our ds's and we have never had a problem so far.

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helenmc · 31/08/2002 21:36

Really really a nice pub at Wanborough next door to swindon - its got a great play ground and I think a it might have a bouncy castle and rabbits/chickens/pony, a couple of miles off junct 15 on the M4. I think it's called teh King's Head.

If you want a stopover (would recomend as it is a LOOOOOONG way to get to Cornwall) - Roves Farm outside Swindon is another briiliant farm with B&B.

This year we stooped at Stourhead (NT) which is just gardens with restaurant , toilets but great to run round.

Have a lovely holiday - Devon and Cornwall are one the best places in the world!!!

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allatsea · 01/09/2002 11:17

There are some Little Chef's on the A303, I stopped at the Countess Services recently and they were excellent with me and 6 month dd, although there isn't a lot of running around room for your 17mo. The A303 also goes near Longleat safari park

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charliesmummy · 03/09/2002 23:15

If you want to stop and let off steam, just past Stonehenge there are signs for Farmer Giles Farmstead, £4.95 for adults and under two's free. Its about 5 miles off the 303. We go about once a week and its a good way of letting my ds have a run around and see some Tractors and horseys at the same time!.

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