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Stanton Drew to Heathrow - what to do along the way to break up the drive?

We are likely to be driving from Stanton Drew to Heathrow on a Wednesday in early October.

Does anyone have any thoughts on what, other than Stonehenge, would be interesting to stop at to break up the drive?
We'd likely be starting around 1:30pm, and it doesn't matter how late we arrive at Heathrow.

We like castles, museums of all sizes, neolithic sites, anything quirky or unique.

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It looks like about two hours mostly on the M4, so maybe it doesn't need breaking up much. Bath is close to one end of the drive, Windsor to the other. Farther east than Bath, just south of the M4, is the pretty village of Castle Combe.

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Hi Dick,

You're right that 2 hours doesn't need breaking up, thanks for pointing out how short the drive is! :-)

Now I'm wondering if my travel companions would rather zip down the M4 and have an evening in London (we're also hitting London before our Devon & Cornwall excursion) or take a detour to Bath.

I love Castle Combe! I was there last fall and everything was closed. Not sure if this was due to the ongoing pandemic, or just because it was late afternoon and Castle Combe has a small number of shops and restaurants in general.

M

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you could stretch it out by sticking to A and B roads, taking the scenery more.

Stanton Drew is a new one on me. How did you wind up there?

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Nigel,
Stanton Drew came up in a search for neolithic & standing stone sites.
https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stanton-drew-circles-and-cove/

The Druid's Arms there also seems to have a good Sunday roast, though sadly we will not be there on a Sunday.
https://www.thedruidsarms.co.uk/

This reminds me, I need to start at thread soliciting recommendations for cream teas in Devon & Cornwall, and recommendations for a Sunday roast somewhere between Torquay and Tintagel.

M