| Topic: Heads up - Scotch Corner, A1(M)
Message posted by TheHeadGardener on 01/11/2017 at 8:39pm
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Dropped my caravan at Ropers this morning for her first service, and then popped a few miles back up the A1 to stop off at Scotch Corner services, a useful place to park and eat my picnic lunch. Bloomin’ good job I did - because since our last stop there, less than a month ago, the car park has been changed and it is quite clear that Caravans. Are. No. Longer. Welcome. I would not have liked to discover these changes with 7 metres of large white box behind me!
Previously caravans shared a large area with coaches, with a safe access in and out. They have now been banned from the Coach Park (fine £100, do not pass go, do not obstruct your licence plate) and are allocated four tiny little spaces at the end of the general car park. Today the place was deserted, on a weekend in the summer it is hell on earth driving through this section in a normal car, it will be thoroughly nasty when towing.
The spaces are not wide enough for a caravan, and if there are any cars parked nearby it won’t be possible to make the turn into them. It will also be difficult-to-impossible to get out as there is not room to pull forward far enough to allow for the swing on the back of a van.
I know why the owners of the services have done this - coach passengers all troop off to the loo, and then in their boredom spend goodness knows how much on sweets, cakes and junk from the shop. Caravanners are self-contained and don’t need to waste money on over-priced and usually stale produce (I have never yet managed to buy a pastry from the onsite M&S which wasn’t already dry and tasteless).
Hope this helps someone.