Driving through England at night.
Will be driving through England in the summer to get to Dover most likely through the night.Posted 3 years ago
Will come down the M74 on to the M6. Then from Penrith is it quicker/ better to carry on down the M6 to Birmingham to then join the M1 down to London. Or is it better to take the A66 from Penrith to join the A1 and head to London from there?
Google maps suggests there is not much in it and I reckon the M6 option is probably better.
Any advice appreciated.
A1 is crap but check for M6 roadworks as they can scupper you. Also nighttime roadworks are liable to send you off route at a very low speed.
Some usual advice is along the lines that driving through the night can be more dangerous and you run the risk of falling asleep at the wheel much more. Lots of hotels near the ferry/tunnel if you can leave earlier.Posted 3 years agopondoMember
Think I’d M6 – M42 south – M40. But then I don’t know what those A roads oop north are like – if you can bez along happy enough at 70, it’d be worth it to cut 20 miles off the journey.
Edit – if you DO M6 it, I’d give the toll a swerve. But be advised – heading south you have to get OFF the motorway to avoid it, it’s sneaky like that.Posted 3 years ago
but as above check for night closures as the English always seem to be fannying about with some part of the motorway network.
Well as we have more than 2 it does take a bit more looking after than the couple of hundred miles over the border (unless you want half the motorways too)Posted 3 years agobigGMember
Last summer on my way to Folkestone I did M74, M6, M6 Toll, M1, M25 then M20. I left home at 7pm expecting to arrive in Folkestone at 0430 / 0500 depending on traffic. Instead I arrived at 0210 and slept in the car until the first tunnel crossing in the morning.
Distance is just under 500 miles so I was quite happy.
I’d avoid the A66 at night as it can be rammed with trucks, they are about to start construction work on the A1 just south of Scotch Corner. If those works are any like the ones further south were then it’ll be bedlam and well worth avoiding.
M74, M6, M6 toll (it’s well worth paying for) is the way to go.Posted 3 years agotimmysSubscriber
You’ve got lots of info above but for future reference the route TomTom route planer here;
is a lot better than using Google maps as it allows you to plan your route for a specific time and day and it will use the appropriate average road speed data for that time/date when calculating a route.Posted 3 years agocrikeyMember
We used to drive from Manchester to Dover a number of times a year and the top tips include thinking about where the potential delays might be. I always looked at when we would be on the M25 and aimed to be there during quiet times. Even Dover to Manchester is usually a 6 hour slog, and getting stuck in heavy traffic for 30-60 minutes is a pain. Limit the number of stops, synchronise bladders, and keep on keeping on. I’ve done a 14 hour drive back from Maastricht with two under threes and a preggers wife, never again….Posted 3 years agosenor jSubscriber
I (very) regularly drive m6 Penrith to that there London via M1. Usually depart @1900 hours getting home at 12.30/0100.Just listen to the traffic reports for road closures and you’ll be right.Plenty of options to divert east if there are problems. 9 times out of 10 it’s super quiet.Posted 3 years agobutcherMember
I once took the M1 back from the London and got stuck there all night with a hangover, due to closures. Should’ve been home about 10pm. Rolled in around 7.30am. Mate was supposed to be at work for 9!
So yes, check for disruptions, it’s a nightmare to get off once you’re on it.Posted 3 years agoSandwichSubscriber
A14 Full of average speed cameras along with the M11 not saying speeding is right but when it’s empty it’s nice to be able to make a bit of progress.
Well the bit between the Huntingdon and the M11 has them otherwise theres a Gatso at Kettering and one on the approach to Molesworth. So yes it’s full of speed cameras!Posted 3 years agotimmysSubscriber
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I’m sure in the past there’s been an article in Singletrack about riding routes starting from the Tebay services car park.Posted 3 years agodragonMember
I’d go M74, M6, M42, M40, M25 etc. I’ve done this route from Aberdeen to London and only dodgy bit is Manchester to Birmingham, and at night it should be OK. Going the A66 A1 route is sh*te IMO, hard work and slow even on a good run. Long night trips are all about making it as easy a drive as possible mentally and keeping your average speed up, so good motorways are your friend.Posted 3 years agosomoukSubscriber
Check in advance as we have roadworks on the M6 at the moment as they’re working on the gantries for the managed motorways.
There are diversions in place or alternatively take the Toll which bypasses the road works.
My route would be M74 – M6 – M42 – M40 – M25 and onwards at night.Posted 3 years ago
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