Is This Sound Thought?

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  1. Tootles

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    I HATE the M6. Not so much North of Preston, but from junction 32 down to the M5 at say junction 3.........
    And so, I thinks 'if I travel at night, or at least in the very late evening........'But then, what then? Get to around Worcester, and its gone midnight.....
    So, thought to ask the question. Is just pulling up in a layby accepted, illegal, safe? Or, do you lot know of somewhere where you can just pull over for the night in the local?
    Or am I being a 'Softy Walter', and should I just live with the M6 junction 19 crawl, and a further crawl from junction 12 to junction 8??

    Walter. :):)
     
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    You'll almost certainly get gassed if you park in a layby & thieves will steal the expensive jewelry you will be carrying :Eeek:
     
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    Great. I will make sure the wife is wearing her diamond tiara, stuck on with superglue. They will have to take her as well. And no, my policy is never to pay a ransom.....:)(y)
     
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    I plan to hit Hilton Park services at 11 am when travelling south. Rarely do I change down a gear, as the drones have all got there noses to the grindstone by then.
     
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    cant you pull on to a services for the night ? must be one around there somewhere , or find a pub car park have a beer in the pub and stay the night on their car park...:)
     
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    We stayed at one of the M5 services overnight some years ago, Dave, but the noise at 5am as all the trucks fired up......And, don't they charge you a mint for stopping over 2 hours these days??
     
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    That's why I'm enquiring:) about possible locations.
     
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    I have the same problem, the M6 south of Lancaster is a nightmare. We tend to set off late or very very early in an attempt to avoid the Birmingham snail pace. Our solution is just to grab a couple of hour kip at the motorway services, as I can survive on a couple of hours and then move on to the next services for another couple of hours. Won't pay the ridiculous fee for stopping more than 2 hours. Stafford is an ideal stop off.
     
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    www.motorhomestopover.co.uk/pages/pubs.php?country=England Cached
    The Golden Lion Inn & Lakeside Restaurant. Cornwall. ... The Anglers Retreat & White Lion Pubs. Hertfordshire. The Rising Sun. ... Worcestershire.
    this site might help......
     
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    Layby's are ok as long as you feel it is safe enough yourself, and there are no overnight parking restriction signs.
    Frankley services are just after junction 3 but if you want to go further Strensham services are just before junction 8. Stayed there loads of times.
     
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    Junction 31A is the one we use for going south never found it to bad for traffic usually set of at 10 ish
     
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    This seems like a task awaiting investigation! If others feel the same way, then just maybe I can explore the possibilities of finding an overnight stop somewhere near Malvern (or within a couple of miles of the M6), that can be accessed at night, has the permission of the owner, and is safe! Even willing to maybe negotiate a small fee if the place is sound, and somewhere *Funsters* can use without prior appointment??????? What thinks you???
     
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    For general guidance on staying overnight in lay-bys/by the road side see Here. For MSAs see Here.

    As far as general usage of the M6/M5 is concerned I tend to agree with Snowbird. We've not had a particular problem with daytime travel after the rush hour. Indeed we travelled from J3 on the M5 up the M6 to the M55 on the Monday afternoon a couple of weeks ago with no problems (even with the road works).
     
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    Northbound dosent really seem to a problem Graham, its Southbound where the hold-ups are. Junction 19 South is the feed from Manchester, everyday stoppages up to junction 17/16. Junction 12 up to the M5 at junction 8 is a crawl....OK, you can use the toll road, as you will be aware, but that whole M56 to the M5 is just such a grind.
     
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    We've used J19 (and further south) a fair bit, Dave, either if we've been travelling on after visiting my Mum in Glossop or going from home via M62/M60/M56 and have never experienced what I would call a real grind - must be a difference in perception :)
     
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    Britstops 062 is about 3m from M5, between Gloucester and Bristol. Very nice pub, good food, good drink, friendly locals: the turn into the rear carpark is easier S bound than N bound, as the gap between the walls is a little tight and it is worth getting "square on", especially in the dark (we didn't, but no harm done!). HTH - Gordon
     
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    Can you arrive late there???
     
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    I can't see any reason why you couldn't sleep in your vehicle in a layby, after all the lorries do it routinely. I'm sure 'camping' would not be allowed but I think that would require there being something more than the vehicle eg awning, tables, chairs.
    I have spent the night in a layby on occasion, but not my first choice as it can be noisy.
     
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