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Coach Trip to Weston Super Mare

Susan D

proper brummie kid
As a child in the 1950s, I was taken on holiday to Weston Super Mare each year by coach from Digbeth coach station. I am sure that hundreds of other Birmingham families did the same. I would be intrigued to know if anyone can tell me the exact route the coach took, the towns it went through, where the breaks were and how long it took altogether. This was of course, in the days before motorways existed. I do recall there was a stop at Bristol (at a bus station I think) before the final push.

Thanks.
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Lots of reminiscences in these threads;
 

Morturn

Super Moderator
Staff member
I too did the Weston day trip in the mid sixties with Stockland Coaches, Erdington, and have often wonder what the route was.

I would imagine the coach took the A38. This goes to Bristol then on to Bridgwater, passing near to Weston.
 

Bob Davis

Bob Davis
Bridgwater is after Weston Super Mare, you are correct the coach followed the A38 to Bristol, would have gone through Bristol (there was no ring road or bypass) and then the A371 to Weston, the latter is a route that still exists today if you do not want to use the motorway. Not much better now than it was in the 1950s. When we travelled by Stockland to Minehead (on the night of the Lynmouth flood), with a drop off at WSM, we stopped for a break just after Cheltenham (at a transport café) and then just outside Bristol, but it was night, dark and very very wet and I was not familiar with the area so I can't help with the location. We were dropped off at Watchet while the coach continued to the South West, ultimate destination unknown. This seemed to be a regular Friday night summer run, there were coaches leaving for other South Western destinations.

Bob
 

devonjim

master brummie
Our family was another that did day trips to WSM in 1950's. We usually went by Eatonways picking up from by the Chestnuts in Garretts Green. I remember going through the town centres of Worcester & Gloucester, past the England Glory matches factory then over Filton Down and through Bristol, under the IKB suspension bridge, wonderful sight! Don't remember stopping points on the way down but we must have done so as coaches didn't have loos in those days. Coming home we stopped for refreshment near Bromsgrove either at The Swan or The Robin Hood, but sometimes at Holt Fleet, not sure how we got there as no where near the A38. Drivers seemed to have a free hand.
 

nickcc101

master brummie
I drove part time for Stocklands from 1966 to 1969, worked as a PSV mechanic for them from 1964 to mid 1967. I would have done the Weston and Cheddar day excursions but for the life of me can't remember where we stopped or the route we used. My favourite was the Friday night South Devon trip when I was always delighted to see my name on the routing board in the garage.
 

Susan D

proper brummie kid
Our family was another that did day trips to WSM in 1950's. We usually went by Eatonways picking up from by the Chestnuts in Garretts Green. I remember going through the town centres of Worcester & Gloucester, past the England Glory matches factory then over Filton Down and through Bristol, under the IKB suspension bridge, wonderful sight! Don't remember stopping points on the way down but we must have done so as coaches didn't have loos in those days. Coming home we stopped for refreshment near Bromsgrove either at The Swan or The Robin Hood, but sometimes at Holt Fleet, not sure how we got there as no where near the A38. Drivers seemed to have a free hand.

Thank you devonjim. That's a useful start. I do remember one stop in the countryside where there was a goat tethered on the roadside. You don't get that at a Welcome Break.
 

nickcc101

master brummie
Our family was another that did day trips to WSM in 1950's. We usually went by Eatonways picking up from by the Chestnuts in Garretts Green. I remember going through the town centres of Worcester & Gloucester, past the England Glory matches factory then over Filton Down and through Bristol, under the IKB suspension bridge, wonderful sight! Don't remember stopping points on the way down but we must have done so as coaches didn't have loos in those days. Coming home we stopped for refreshment near Bromsgrove either at The Swan or The Robin Hood, but sometimes at Holt Fleet, not sure how we got there as no where near the A38. Drivers seemed to have a free hand.
In the days before deregulation you were only allowed to stay on the route that your employer had registered for, this would have applied to all regular services such as the overnight scheduled ones. The traffic Commissioner would have granted the licences and woe betide you if you went off route.
 

Malvernian

master brummie
Late 50s, early 60s, I remember the Birmingham coaches' first stop being at a big cafe on the west side of the A38 on the south side of Tewkesbury, next to what is now the Gupshill Manor pub. Think the cafe building might still be there - part of the pub now? We even stopped there when, as a family, we started going to Weston by car. Dad couldn't drive much further than Tewkesbury without stopping for his first cup of tea!
 

jmadone

master brummie
Our family was another that did day trips to WSM in 1950's. We usually went by Eatonways picking up from by the Chestnuts in Garretts Green. I remember going through the town centres of Worcester & Gloucester, past the England Glory matches factory then over Filton Down and through Bristol, under the IKB suspension bridge, wonderful sight! Don't remember stopping points on the way down but we must have done so as coaches didn't have loos in those days. Coming home we stopped for refreshment near Bromsgrove either at The Swan or The Robin Hood, but sometimes at Holt Fleet, not sure how we got there as no where near the A38. Drivers seemed to have a free hand.
Although we never did the trip to Weston in a coach (Except for a school trip from Mapledene Rd. school) we went in the family car, a Morris 8, on at least one occasion using a similar route to the one tha you describe. I particularly remember following the river Avon and passing under the Clifton Suspension Bridge on the way there and then, on the return journey, by the time we reached the Moreland's factory it would be dark and the neon display for England's Glory matches would seem to light up the sky. Thanks for bringing those memories back.
 
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