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Route advice 4 weeks 1 day ago #454577

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We are travelling down later this week from Hope Valley, Derbyshire to Pembrey Country Park South Wales. We are trying to decide which route to take - A483 or motorways M6, 5 etc. For those who have done similar trips what would you advise please and your reasons for your choice? Many thanks we have never towed this length of trip before and we have dogs with us so will need to stop periodically.
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Route advice 4 weeks 1 day ago #454579

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Google maps is looking at it as the M5 M6 M42 down towards the coast that way at about 5 hours but be careful when you leave Hope Valley as we were down there a few years ago and if you are using a normal car sat nav it may take you through some very thin country lanes which you don't want to be doing with the caravan on the back !
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Route advice 4 weeks 1 day ago #454581

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Thanks Craig - we live in the valley so have come across some of those roads ha! Just can't decide between a motor way route or the A roads?
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Route advice 4 weeks 1 day ago #454584

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We were at castleton 5 year ago for the week , loved the area . Quickest route for us with the kids , no back roads . I go the way the caravan sat nav tells me to go ! It's actually set to to quickest and safest route for our outfit
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Route advice 4 weeks 1 day ago #454585

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M42,M5 M4 would be the easiest towing route but of course any accidents and the motorway sytem comes to a halt. A less fragile route would be leave M5 at Strensham and take M50. The south from Monmouth to Abergavenny. Then take Heads of Valkeys road past Merthyr Tydfil and rejoin M4 near Swansea. You are then only a few miles from Pembrey. That route is a little longer in time but has the advantage of numerous diversion options should there be motorway hold ups around Bristol. It also misses the notorious Brynglas tunnels at Newport. We take it when travelling from the Midlands to our son in South Wales.
The other option is leave very early and have your ISTAR sensors on. IE satnav DAB and TP, phone traffic etc and be wise to diversion options. :-)
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Route advice 4 weeks 1 day ago #454587

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otherclive wrote:
M42,M5 M4 would be the easiest towing route but of course any accidents and the motorway sytem comes to a halt. A less fragile route would be leave M5 at Strensham and take M50. The south from Monmouth to Abergavenny. Then take Heads of Valkeys road past Merthyr Tydfil and rejoin M4 near Swansea. You are then only a few miles from Pembrey. That route is a little longer in time but has the advantage of numerous diversion options should there be motorway hold ups around Bristol. It also misses the notorious Brynglas tunnels at Newport. We take it when travelling from the Midlands to our son in South Wales.
The other option is leave very early and have your ISTAR sensors on. IE satnav DAB and TP, phone traffic etc and be wise to diversion options. :-)
This is the best and easiest route missing out the Bristol area bottlenecks. Do a Clive :cheer:
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Route advice 4 weeks 1 day ago #454591

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Cheers! I lived in Bristol for 11 years and so remember those bottlenecks well - a 10 min journey could take 1 hr easily :(
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Route advice 4 weeks 1 day ago #454598

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I take the A483 regularly, in fact every time I travel to South Wales as it’s a refreshing change from the usual motorway slog (in this case, M6, M5, M4). However, I would not take that route when towing the van.

Due the twisties, short climbs and at times, narrow roads, I think what is usually a rather enjoyable drive would be unnecessarily taxing, not to mention the burden to other non-towing road users.
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Route advice 4 weeks 18 hours ago #454614

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Icaru5 wrote:
I take the A483 regularly, in fact every time I travel to South Wales as it’s a refreshing change from the usual motorway slog (in this case, M6, M5, M4). However, I would not take that route when towing the van.

Due the twisties, short climbs and at times, narrow roads, I think what is usually a rather enjoyable drive would be unnecessarily taxing, not to mention the burden to other non-towing road users.

I think you have got your road numbers confused. The Heads of the Valleys is not the A483. It is a much improved main trunk route the A465.
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Route advice 3 weeks 3 days ago #454820

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Our regular trip from the east mids to relatives in Wales always took us down the M50 as Clive recommends. I would agree that it is the way to go. Pembray is lovely, at least it was when we last went, which I now realise (with horror) was 10years ago. :unsure: Have a good trip.
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