"Cotswolds" closest to Heathrow and Bath

Sep 20th, 2009, 07:20 PM
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OK - you want to rush out the door at 0800 (not easy even w/ a 07:30 breakfast service. Breakfast comes in courses. Cold things first, then they cook the eggs/bacon, toast etc. You will be lucky to get away by 08:30 - 0900 is more like it)

You may be used to early getaways when touring back home. But most B&Bs can't be rushed. Their other guests will want breakfast at a more human hour.
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Sep 21st, 2009, 12:15 PM
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I live in Chalford and even knowing these roads and the back lanes like I do having driven them for years, and being a speedy sort of person in a car, I would reckon on an hour from Winchcombe. You might do it in 45m if you don't get behind another car on the side roads, let alone a tractor, but the main roads will take you through Cheltenham, and that will take longer, just because there's traffic. BTW, the route you should take will bring you through Bisley on the way to Chalford. Try to park on the street and take time to see the Wells (which are dressed with flowers on Ascension Day each year), the Bisley Lock-up, the 16th century Bear Inn, and just admire the delightful little main street which is virtually unchanged from 100 years ago. IMO, Bisley has more to see than Chalford.

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Depends which route you take, and again you have to allow for being behind a tractor or horsebox. I always allow 20 minutes before I see my dentist in Minch - parking and walking takes less than 5 mins but you never know what might hold you up on the way. For example, if you drive over the Common (13,000 acres of grassland that local farmers and landowners have the right to graze cattle on) the cattle will still be out, and if they are lying in the road - as they do at times - then you have to slow right down to get round them.

They are a real hazard at the best of times - just last week one lurched up from the grass into the road and collided with my daughter's car in the dark - DD is OK, but the car is scrap, and the cow is steak. Not funny. So enjoy the views up there but take care and Beware of the Cattle! Note the cattle grids on every road round there!

You will probably be able to see all you want to, but as we have all advised you, it will be a rush.

BUT - I wish you a wonderful time and happy travels, and PLEASE post back to let us know how it all goes/went, and don't forget the Trip Report!
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Sep 21st, 2009, 12:48 PM
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julia_t is more than accurate about the driving times/conditions. Most any planned 5 min, or 10 min, or 45 min drive will take somewhat longer. Either because of uncooperative cattle, sloooow tractors, slow caravans, or just the ooh/ah factor wanting to stop and take photos along the way.

Between getting away from your B&B maybe a bit later than you hope, and the roads you'll be traveling, I don't honesttly think you can cover that much ground than fast.

Enjoy yourselves -- just don't over-plan your driving days, because reality tends to pop up around many curves in the road.
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Sep 21st, 2009, 02:14 PM
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Janis ~ Our B&B only has 2 bedrooms, both filled by me and my husband, and his sister. So if we feel like we want to get up early, we'll just let them know we would like to skip breakfast , and get something somewhere along the way..

So Julia, you are adding Bisley back into my route!!! I do see now that we go right by Bisley so we'll stop if time.

Who knows how far we get, but I will guarantee you one thing ~ we don't rush, and I don't drive fast, so it should prove interesting!

I "owe" several trip reports which I promise to do this winter when I'm off work. Thanks again for all the help, I'm really looking forward to seeing some of the smaller villages.
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Sep 21st, 2009, 02:51 PM
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Not to keep beating this poor dead horse -- but if you plan on leaving so early -- before your B&B serves breakfast -- you won't be finding any places open to eat til a few hours later.
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Sep 21st, 2009, 02:53 PM
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should have said "you won't be finding many places . . ."


There will be motorway service areas and such that are open.
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Sep 21st, 2009, 04:55 PM
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I think we have coffee making facilities in our room, and The Swan in Bibury serves breakfast Mon-Fri: 7:30am - 9:30am, so we will have a place if we get up REALLY early ( seeing as VM says 90 minutes to Bibury)
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Sep 22nd, 2009, 11:03 AM
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On a positive note, I don't think it will take you 90 minutes from Freshford to Bibury.

I don't know what route VM have got you on, but if it were me I'd...

...head north from Freshford to the A4, then up to Chippenham and on to Cirencester on the A429 - it's barely 15-20 mins from Chippenham to Cirencester. Then 10 mins to either drive through Cirencester - or round it on the bypass, then another 10 minutes to Bibury.

I wouldn't think it'll take you more than an hour, especially that early on a Sunday morning. If a weekday, then you'll have some traffic getting to the A4, and maybe a little around the towns but it still shouldn't take you 90 minutes unless there's some huge hold-up somewhere.
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Sep 22nd, 2009, 01:53 PM
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julia_t: Probably about right - especially on a Sunday AM. (As long as wrenwood is a better driver than SCQ - from my trip report. This drive would have taken her 2 or 3 hours. But I doubt wrenwood will drive THAT slow )
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Sep 22nd, 2009, 03:59 PM
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I only drive slow on beautiful back country roads!

That's good to know, should get us to Bibury in plenty of time for breakfast at the Swan!
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