London to Cornwall

Filed under: Car Hire UK — admin @ 12:21 pm July 31, 2012

Cornwall is a popular destination for visitors to the UK and with London as a must see part of any UK itinerary, travelling from London to Cornwall is often an important part to make plans for in any visit.

Falmouth Harbour CornwallHiring a car in London and travelling by road is one way to reach Cornwall and gives the visitor flexibility in stopping off en-route at places like Stonehenge in Wiltshire, Bristol, Bath or the Jurassic Coast of Dorset and Devon. The fastest route is to take the M4 from west London west to Bristol then the M5 south passing by Taunton. At Exeter take the A30 off the M5, a fast dual carriageway road down the spine of Cornwall passing the towns of Okehampton, Launceston, Bodmin and Penzance. To visit Stonehenge on the way from London to Cornwall, take the A316 from Chiswick in west London which merges with the M3 southwest out of London. Just passed Basingstoke is the start of the A303 known as the UK’s Highway to the Sun which passes right next to Stonehenge. The A303 eventually merges with the A30 north of Honiton in Devon. A slower route is to continue down the M3 to the A31 at Ringwood and on to the A35 passed Dorchester and Bridport, a trip which allows a stop off at the Jurassic Coast on the Dorset/Devon border. The A35 merges with the A30 in Honiton.

An alternative to driving all the way from London to Cornwall is to either take the train from Paddington Station in London to Cornwall or flying from London Gatwick to Newquay on Cornwall’s north coast. There are plenty of car hire options near railway stations at towns and cities in Cornwall as well as Newquay Airport to further explore the county.