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Grand South-Western Road Trip

Bristol - Bath - Clovelly - Newquay - St Ives - Fowey - Torquay - Exeter - Bournemouth

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Landscape Landscape
Benefit-stress ratio Benefit-stress ratio
Comfort Comfort
Security Security
Beach Beach
Road conditions Road conditions
Historical sites Historical sites
Urban life Urban life
Grand South-Western Road Trip ACTIVATE MAP Stages8 km960 h/stage2.6

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Road Trip Costs

How much does it cost to go on a Grand South-Western Road Trip in England?

Economy
Low budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 450EUR drive & more 125EUR sleep & more 792EUR eat & more 960EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,877EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 2,327EUR
Standard
Mid budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 720EUR drive & more 175EUR sleep & more 1,584EUR eat & more 1,440EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 3,199EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 3,919EUR
Premium
High budget options by car rental, accommodation and catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 1,260EUR drive & more 238EUR sleep & more 2,244EUR eat & more 1,920EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 4,402EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 5,662EUR
Camper
On the road in RV, overnight at camp grounds with self-catering. In- and Out-bound travel expenses are not included.
rent & more 2,250EUR drive & more 263EUR sleep & more 550EUR eat & more 960EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) 1,773EUR Total (est. for 2 prs.) incl. rented car 4,023EUR
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Grand South-Western Road Trip Itinerary

The Grand South-Western Road Trip is an epic journey through some of the most beautiful locations in England. Starting in Bristol, the trip takes you along a 596 mile route, past stunning landscapes, beaches, and UNESCO Heritage Monuments. It is recommended to take 10 days to complete the trip, although this can be adjusted depending on your schedule. The best time of year to drive is during the summer months, when the weather is at its best. Throughout the journey, you will be treated to some of the most beautiful views in the country, with plenty of stops along the way to take it all in. You will pass through the cities of Bath, Clovelly, Newquay, St Ives, Fowey, and Exeter, each with its own unique attractions to explore. The roads are generally in good condition, although some parts are curvy and narrow, so you should take extra care. The Grand South-Western Road Trip is an experience like no other, and is sure to provide you with memories that will last a lifetime. Although it can be done on a budget, it is best enjoyed with a higher budget, so you can make the most of all the attractions along the way. Suitable for all drivers, this is a road trip that should not be missed.
number of days 10 number of days
route length 960 km route length
budget high budget
good for family good for
traffic direction on the left traffic direction
accident level low accident level

START Bristol

Distance 960 km Driving time 21.0 h Pace: modest 249.5 kWh Airports BRS , CWL
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Bristol is the perfect starting point for the Grand South-Western Road Trip. The city is located in the South West of England and offers plenty of attractions worth seeing. The city centre is home to the impressive Bristol Cathedral, the City Museum and Art Gallery, and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, one of Brunel's iconic feats of engineering. There are also plenty of parks, cafes, shops and restaurants to explore. If you’re looking for a bit of culture, Bristol Old Vic, the oldest continuously-operating theatre in the English-speaking world, is a must-visit, along with the Arnolfini gallery, which hosts a range of contemporary art exhibitions. For those traveling by air, Bristol International Airport (IATA code: BRS) is the closest international airport. Car rentals are also available at the airport, making it easy to start the road trip. From Bristol, travelers can explore the stunning countryside of the Cotswolds, visit the historic city of Bath, and explore the wilds of Exmoor National Park - all within easy reach. So set off on the Grand South-Western Road Trip from Bristol, and experience the best of the English South West.

1 Bristol - Bath

Distance 31 km Driving time 0.7 h Pace: modest 8.0 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a 19 mi road trip from Bristol to Bath and explore the beauty of the English countryside. Start your journey in Bristol, a city steeped in history, and visit its iconic sites such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the SS Great Britain, and the Bristol Cathedral. As you drive through the picturesque landscape, take a moment to admire the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Cotswolds and the nearby Avebury Stone Circle. Finally, arrive in Bath, a city renowned for its Georgian architecture, and explore the Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent, and the Bath Abbey. Along the way, take in the stunning views of the rolling hills and the lush green fields. With a driving time of fewer than 1 hour, you can make the most of your day and explore these fascinating sites. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your road trip!

2 Bath - Clovelly

Distance 207 km Driving time 4.3 h Pace: modest 53.8 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a road trip through some of England's most picturesque countryside, starting in Bath and ending in Clovelly. This 128 mile journey will take you through Wells, Glastonbury, and other charming villages, and can be completed in less than 5 hours. As you drive, keep an eye out for historical sites and stunning views. In sections the road will be narrow, so be sure to drive carefully. Along the way, you can visit Wells, home to the majestic Wells Cathedral and Bishop's Palace, and Glastonbury, with its fascinating Tor and Abbey ruins. At the end of your trip, you'll reach Clovelly, a charming fishing village with a stunning harbor. Enjoy a stroll along the cobbled streets, and take in the breathtaking views of the harbor and the sea beyond. For more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please refer to the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

3 Clovelly - Newquay

Distance 117 km Driving time 2.3 h Pace: modest 30.5 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on the road trip of a lifetime and explore the stunning coastal towns of Clovelly, Padstow and Newquay. This 73 mile journey will take you fewer than 3 hours to complete and will be full of winding roads and narrow sections. Along the way you'll be able to take in the history of these towns, with sites such as the medieval church of St Petroc in Padstow, and the picturesque harbour of Newquay. As you drive, be sure to take in the stunning views of the English coastline, and look out for any hidden gems you might find. For those looking for a bit of adventure, Padstow is the perfect spot for a spot of surfing, or you could explore the many caves and coves of Newquay. There's something for everyone on this road trip, so make sure you take your time to explore and enjoy the journey. For more information on attractions, accommodation, restaurants, and campsites along the route, please consult the "Itinerary" of this stage.

4 Newquay - St Ives

Distance 58 km Driving time 1.2 h Pace: modest 15.0 kWh View map Itinerary
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Embark on a spectacular road trip from Newquay to St Ives, a journey of only 36 miles that can be completed in less than two hours. You'll have plenty of time to take in the stunning views of the Cornish coastline as you drive along winding roads, passing through narrow sections and taking in the sights of historical sites and breathtaking scenery. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the many picturesque villages, pubs and beaches that you'll pass along the way. You'll have the chance to explore the vibrant town of Newquay and the quaint harbour town of St Ives, both offering plenty of attractions for you to enjoy. Be sure to check out the iconic St Ives Tate Gallery, the beautiful harbour and the many beaches. For more information on attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants and campsites along the route, be sure to check the itinerary of this stage.

5 St Ives - Fowey

Distance 200 km Driving time 4.9 h Pace: modest 52.0 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for a spectacular road trip? Starting in St Ives, England, take a journey through Land's End, Lizard, St Mawes and ending in Fowey, a total of 124mi and fewer than 5 hours of driving. Along the way, you'll be able to explore some of the most interesting places in the region. At Land's End, take in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the nearby Isles of Scilly. At Lizard, visit the historic Lizard Point, the most southerly point of the British mainland. St Mawes is a charming fishing village with a beautiful harbour and beach. Finally, take the ferry crossing to Fowey, a picturesque harbour town known for its quaint cobbled streets and traditional pubs. Along the way, keep an eye out for historical sites, scenic roads, and other attractions. More information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route is available in the "Itinerary" of this stage. So what are you waiting for? Get ready to explore the stunning coast of England!

6 Fowey - Torquay

Distance 135 km Driving time 3.0 h Pace: modest 35.1 kWh View map Itinerary
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Take a road trip through some of the most picturesque places in England! Start in Fowey, a charming fishing village located on the south coast of Cornwall. Take a ferry across the River Fowey and explore the quaint streets. Then head to Dartmouth, a beautiful coastal town located on the banks of the River Dart. Stroll along the cobbled streets and take in the stunning views of the river. From Dartmouth, your next stop is Torquay, a vibrant seaside resort on the English Riviera. Enjoy the stunning views of the coastline and visit the harbour for some delicious seafood. The journey is 84 miles and should take no more than three hours. Be sure to keep an eye out for historical sites, picturesque landscapes, and scenic roads along the way. There's a ferry crossing at this stage, so be sure to plan accordingly. In some sections, the road will be narrow so take extra care. More information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route can be found in the Itinerary of this stage. Enjoy the journey!

7 Torquay - Exeter

Distance 42 km Driving time 1.2 h Pace: slow 9.6 kWh View map Itinerary
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Are you ready for a road trip from Torquay to Exeter? This 26 mile journey takes less than two hours and is an ideal way to explore the historical sites of South Devon. Start your journey in Torquay, a seaside resort town with a rich history. Make sure to visit Torre Abbey, a historic monastery founded in 1196, and Kents Cavern, a prehistoric cave system that dates back to the Ice Age. As you make your way to Exeter, take some time to explore the towns of Paignton and Newton Abbot. Paignton is home to Paignton Zoo, a popular family attraction, and the Paignton Pier, a Victorian-era promenade. In Newton Abbot, don't miss out on the opportunity to visit the ancient St Leonard's Tower, a Grade I listed building and the oldest building in the town. Finally, arrive in Exeter, the county town of Devon. Here, you can explore the city's many attractions, including the Exeter Cathedral, a beautiful Norman building, and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, a museum of world cultures. For more information about attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route, please check the "Itinerary" of this stage. Enjoy your journey!

8 Exeter - Bournemouth

Distance 171 km Driving time 3.3 h Pace: modest 44.4 kWh View map Itinerary
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This road trip starts in Exeter, England and takes you through some of the most picturesque and historical sites in the country. You'll travel through Lyme Regis, where you can explore the famous Cobb, a 13th century harbour wall. Then you'll make your way to the Isle of Portland, where you can take in the beautiful views of the coast. Next, you'll visit Dorchester, a charming town with a rich history. Finally, you'll end your journey in Bournemouth, a stunning seaside town. The entire journey is 106 miles and takes less than 4 hours to drive. As you make your way through the countryside, be sure to take in the stunning views of the rolling hills and the quaint villages. The roads can be narrow in sections, so be sure to drive with caution. This is just one stage of a larger tour, and more information regarding attractions, accommodation options, recommended restaurants, and campsites along the route can be found in the "Itinerary" of this stage. So pack your bags and get ready for a memorable road trip!

  Bournemouth

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After a long trip of 900 miles along the south-western coast of England, you'll reach the final destination of your "Grand South-Western Road Trip" - Bournemouth. Set on the south coast of England, this town is a great place to relax in a tranquil atmosphere and explore the amazing sights. The town has much to offer, and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. If you're looking for a beach, you'll be spoilt for choice with seven miles of golden sand to choose from. Alternatively, head to the pier and take a boat trip out to the sea, or enjoy some of the panoramic views from the top of the hill. The town is also home to some great attractions. Take a stroll around the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, or visit the Lower Gardens which offer a stunning display of plants and flowers all year round. If you're looking for a unique experience, the Oceanarium is the perfect place to visit, with its range of aquatic species from around the world. For those travelling to Bournemouth by air, the closest international airport is Bournemouth Airport (BOH). So if you're looking for a peaceful destination to end your road trip, look no further than Bournemouth. With its beautiful scenery, fascinating attractions and stunning beach, you'll be sure to find something to enjoy in this charming town.

Grand South-Western Road Trip at a glance

Facts for safer driving in England

drink drive limit drink drive limit 0.8
max speed urban max speed urban 48 km/h
max speed rural max speed rural 96 km/h
max speed highway max speed highway 112 km/h
headlights at daytime headlights at daytime off
fire extinguisher fire extinguisher no
tolls tolls yes
seat belts seat belts yes

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