Overnighting In Motorway Service Areas?

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  1. isitfriday

    isitfriday Funster

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    Hi folks
    I'm going to be driving to Orkney from Hampshire, I have to get a 1pm ferry to Orkney on the Sunday and I'm leaving after work on the Friday evening.
    So, I have a long drive on my own.
    I plan to get as far as I can on the Friday evening depending on how tired I am.
    Not knowing where I'll get to I was wondering if it is relatively safe to overnight with the lorries in a service area.
    I know it's not recommended when in France!
    L
     
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    You will need to pay if you want to stay overnight. Could be cheaper staying at a site. Don't try it without paying, they have cameras recording vehicle number plate as you drive in.
     
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    I didn't realise that you have to pay. Thanks
     
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    Check the signs in the car park, it should show any charges.
     
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    Possibly, but what site is going to welcome someone arriving unannounced at midnight?
     
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    Some sites have a late arrival area, I've seen a CC site which even had EHUs on this area!

    But if I was the OP I would just turn off the motorway and look for a layby or a pub with a big carpark. If you buy a pint or even a meal they should have no problem with you staying overnight.
     
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    Friday traffic i would try make it to Kendal then do as DBK said and find a pub or layby for the night.
     
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    That's asking some after a full days work and the Friday night rush North, especially through Brum. If you do get that far then Tebay Services have facilities to stop and are about the best motorway services I have used in the UK. Run by a local farming family rather than big catering companies.
     
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    Head for Carlisle castle car park, small charge, but motorhomes can stay overnight. Decent stopover, no barriers
     
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    The CCC has a lovely THS starting today and continuing until the 3 July.
    54.339216, -2.733767
     
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    Reasons not to over night where the trucks park. You could get a fridge motor parked next to you with the motor running on and off all night. Could get 2 doing a trailer swap crashing about and shouting to each other about the muppet working in the office. Must be better places to stop.
     
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    If you are a Caravan Club member ( or, possibly, even if you are not ? ) there is a printable leaflet: Night Halts on Motorway Service Areas, downloadable from their website. It used to be published in the yearly handbook but has moved onto the website. V. handy.
     
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    I got excited by the ccc rally but realise it finished before I leave. I think I'll have to park up earlish either on a small site or pub. Probably around Manchester, I cannot see me driving around in the dark looking for a quiet spot.
    It has never been successful before.
    I'll look for some other rallies.
    Thanks Liz
     
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    Just checked on the CC website. There is a Search box, top right of the page. Write "Night Halts on Motorway Services" in that and it brings up the document to read or print. Open to all, members or not.
     
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    There's another CCC group holding a THS at the same place later 10-26 July 2015.
    If your a member search the Out & About section of the club mag, on-line.
     
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    Someone else" those dates fit I'm a member so I check it out, and I'm looking for that leaflet but will search for it now cheers,
     
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    same question on this thread with some good places to stop..
    http://www.oaktreegardencentre.com/...UcukCakDNNrghKSCosIgkCK6mkV0lQKqkmxoCv3Xw_wcB

    this one looks good,

    http://www.crossfells-campsite.co.uk/
     
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  18. Encantador

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    If M6 J14 is anywhere near you can use our drive, 5 mins from M6. We are in Spain. pM me if you want details just in case.

    Steve
     
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    Nice offer
     
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    If you are going up the M1 / A1 / A68 or A697 you could use our drive if your van is around 6.5m or less. EHU and water available without disturbing us :)
     
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