Autumn Leaves – Time to Hit the Road
Hit The Road – Autumn Leaves
Just because the hot sunshine has now but almost pasted us by for this year. Don’t think about hanging up your glad rags yet. September can almost be as warm and certainly a lot more pleasant as the weather can turn into an Indian Summer while temperatures are still in the 20’s along the rugged coast of England. With fewer tourists and the schools gone back now for the next term. The town centres and beaches will be relatively quiet compared to the busy , hot summer.
You can start your road trip in Exeter. There are a number of low cost airlines which fly into this Regional Airport including Fly-be. Once you arrive and collect your luggage from the terminal head over to the car rental desks to collect your hire. Your holiday can then begin from this destination.
By heading East towards Brighton. This can be your final stop in your journey and for the cost of a one way rental which can be added onto your rental. This makes perfect sense to a multi stop over holiday at each of the following locations.
Exeter then Devon including Torquay, Paignton, Brixham. Then move east to Lyme Regis, Weymouth, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch before heading to Southampton, Portsmouth, Bognor Regis and finally Brighton.
A leisurely stop over or sleep over in each of the towns will give you a well earned rest from travelling and will also break up the journey for you. Commence your journey in Devon by driving your rental car from Exeter to Torquay. This is a short drive from the airport which normally lasts around 30 minutes and is around 20 miles away by driving south towards to the coast.
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1. Devon Coastline including – Torquay, Paignton and Brixham
This part of the world is known as the English Riveria. Glorious palm trees line the rugged coast shores. There is plenty to see and do here in this neck of the woods. You could visit Paignton Zoo, walk along the promenade at Torquay and take in the scenery of the gorgeous yachts which are moored in the Marina or enjoy your fish and chips while walking along the windy streets of Brixham watching the sun set and the fishermen heading out to sea.
A little gem of a place to visit if you have time on your schedule is Cockington Village. This is fabulous place to visit any day of the week but especially on a Sunday as you can have afternoon cream tea here while sitting down on the grass enjoying the views and a possible cricket match.
The village is fantastic and is a working village of life in years gone past by with thatched roof cottages , shops and visitor centre giving guided tours of the way life used to be in the past century. A fascinating day out.
2. Next Stop is Lyme Regis
The drive normally takes around about 1 hour from Torquay to Lyme Regis as the journey is about 50 miles away. Here you can find fabulous beaches and inns offering mouth watering dishes and ales which is just what you need after a drive along the A30 and A35.
You can relax on the beach or head over to the Aquarium which can be found close to the harbour at the sea front. The Museum can be found a little further along the coast.
3. Heading to Weymouth
Here you will find a glorious seaside town which has lots of tradition things to keep families and couples happy for their holiday.
A couple of years ago the town played host to the water sports part of the Olympics. This has placed the town firmly on the map. There is plenty to do and see here which includes a sea life centre and Fort as well as traditional seaside family amusements.
You can catch a ferry over to St Helier in Jersey from the Marina area in a few hours. The train from here will also take you into London in just two hours right into London Waterloo.
Head over to Radpole Lake for a turn along the water. As the journey is just over 1 hour from Lyme Regis which normally takes around 30 miles. You could not be closer to the coast line if you wanted to be.
Heading along the A35 most of the way to Poole . You will drive through Puddle town and Tolpuddle which is a fascinating town for any history buffs out there who wish to visit the Tolpuddle Martyrs birth place.
The drive will take around 60 minutes and covers around 35 miles in distance before you reach Poole. The town has a working Quay with day tripper boats taking you over to the various islands dotted around the Jurassic Coastline such as Brownsea Island.
Poole has a well used Marina, Harbour and Port. From Hamworthy area you can catch a ferry over to France, Jersey , Sandbanks and lots more day tripper visit.
The centre has an interesting bridge which comes up in the middle at certain times of the day to let the boats and yachts in and out of the marina. Be careful not to get caught up in the traffic as sometimes the traffic can tail back for about 30 minutes due to lorries arriving from France and trying to be on their way quickly only to get caught up in the bridge crossing.
Poole Pottery is located in the front by the quay and is famous around the world for selling beautiful vases and pottery pieces including a work shop to paint ceramics.
Not forgetting a trip to Poole park for a boat ride or toy train ride. There is even an ice rink in the centre of the park and a great play area for the children including a cricket pitch and tennis courts.
Heading along the coast , you can drive to Bournemouth which is the start of the beach area for most tourists. Famous for the glorious blue flags beached dotted along the coast here you will find a hot air balloon in the middle of Bournemouth Gardens. Which is a tranquil part of the area which hosts bands playing in the summer and here you hire a deck chair and kick off your shoes and relax in the sun before continuing your journey along the coast to Christchurch.
Here you are at the start of your journey into the New Forest area. Christchurch is a lovely little town which is steeped in history and has a glorious harbour which you can willow away the hours.
The easiest and most scenic way is to drive from Christchurch to Southampton via the New Forest. This is the first of the major cities in the area the other being Portsmouth. Here you can return your rental car to the airport or downtown if you wish to catch a flight or a cruise ship out to the Med from here.
Returning your car is easier than you think one way all you need to do is find the branch in the town or city you are arriving into and the one way fee is added onto your rental costs.
Further along the coastline is Portsmouth , Bognor Regis and Brighton. All great places to stop over and visit.
Remember , you can start and stop your road trip any where in the UK as long as the hire firm have a branch in both locations for a small one way.