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Driving from St Mawes to Bath

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Driving from St Mawes to Bath

We are going to drive from St Mawes to Bath (in summer) on a Tuesday morning. How long will it take? Happy to hear suggestions for places to stop along the way or to have lunch. Thanks!

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1. Re: Driving from St Mawes to Bath

Away from the weekend allow 4 hours.

Just under half way, and worth a couple of hours stop I wonder if this might be of interest (with a decent cafe too) https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo

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Castle Drogo and the story of its construction/ownership are amazing. Well worth a visit.

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Direct via A30/M5, 200 miles, about 4 hours plus stoppage time.

But dual carriageways and motorways are dull so I'd make a full day of it and see something en route. Start early and maybe divert over Dartmoor and take in short stops at places like Postbridge (picturesque clapper bridge), Grimspound (atmospheric prehistoric village) and Moretonhampstead (pretty town).

Then I'd drive past Exeter, take the A30/A303 to Montacute and have a lengthy stop at this lovely old Tudor mansion. Off to Bath on the A39, which is the old Roman Fosse Way, arriving Bath in the early evening.

These are just a few suggestions, as options are infinite and a lot depends on what you like doing and seeing

(Be aware that Castle Drogo is currently under restoration and, although open, was surrounded by scaffolding last time I visited. Not sure of precise situation now but I'd check)

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4. Re: Driving from St Mawes to Bath

thanks for your responses - greatly appreciated. I've check Castle Drogo website and it's open but still seems to have plenty of scaffolding.

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5. Re: Driving from St Mawes to Bath

An alternative might be Knightshayes. It is another NT property. Or Killerton but that's a bit more out of your way. If you are not in a rush, the Dartmoor suggestion is a good one.

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7. Re: Driving from St Mawes to Bath

Dear breadamac, you are likely to get much better answers if you start a new question rather than leapfrogging onto another. People who are interested in Newquay or Devon may not read a thread with the current title.

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8. Re: Driving from St Mawes to Bath

Castle Drogo is down some interesting narrow lanes so if you go there you may get some nice little scratches for the hire company to overcharge you for. However you will hopefully be used to the lanes by then. Hope you've taken out excess insurance.

If you haven't got National Trust membership this is the same area and the reviews say it all https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Rev… If you go there have a look in the village hardware store while you're passing- It seems to go on forever and sell everything.

@6 Newquay would not generally be recommended to those looking for a quiet time.

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