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12 hours ago, MJP said:

 

Yeah, switch your lodging so it's along the A37 somewhere. If you go south of Glastonbury, you'll have an easier time turning left into the site.

yup Ive done similar, Im staying in Wincanton the night so I can cut up and across onto the A37 and then onto the Blue route in 🙂 theres not a lot of options to the immediate South of the site, but there are a few decent hotels in the Wincanton area which isnt far across to the A37 using the country roads 🙂

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10 hours ago, BeddyDriver said:

yup Ive done similar, Im staying in Wincanton the night so I can cut up and across onto the A37 and then onto the Blue route in 🙂 theres not a lot of options to the immediate South of the site, but there are a few decent hotels in the Wincanton area which isnt far across to the A37 using the country roads 🙂


So I’ve done a bit of digging off the back of this and @MJP’s suggestion to switch lodgings and I’ve found these two options:

 

Hunters Lodge Inn just east of Wincanton on the A303

http://www.hunterslodgeinn.com/

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Sparkford Inn in Sparkford which appears to be even closer to the A37. 
https://www.sparkfordinnpubyeovil.co.uk/

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I’ve currently got an AirBnB booked in Coxley but I’m within my cancellation window. I feel mean cancelling late but will do so if it’s going to save me a huge a lot of time, traffic and hassle. Do you both think it’s definitely worth making the switch and if so which of the two new options are the better location for easy Wednesday morning Tangerine Fields travel?

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On 4/29/2024 at 8:32 PM, Kaboom Boxer said:

Great idea for a thread. 

 

I’ll be trying to make my way to the Tangerine Fields car park on Wednesday morning driving from Coxley. 

 

Google Maps throws up three options:

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Are they all much of a muchness or is there a particularly busy stretch I’m best avoiding?

Hi....the only one of these that would work is 1.  Both 2 and 3 use a right turn off the A361 before Pilton (Stickleball Lane I think...) that is closed other than to Sticklinch camping etc.  There's no route through to East side of festival and Tangerine Fields.

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On 4/30/2024 at 3:06 PM, Kaboom Boxer said:

 

We'll be staying at Base Camp, I've amended my routes to end on Pylle Road so that it's a little more accurate and my three options are now as follows:

 

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Does this still rule out Option 2?

 

None of these will work as they all route you down a lane off the A361 (the final South flowing section...) which is closed to traffic other than Northbound.  It's actually the lane that Tangerine traffic leaves by on Monday morning.

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4 minutes ago, parsonjack said:

Hi....the only one of these that would work is 1.  Both 2 and 3 use a right turn off the A361 before Pilton (Stickleball Lane I think...) that is closed other than to Sticking camping etc.  There's no route through to East side of festival and Tangerine Fields.

 

1 minute ago, parsonjack said:

None of these will work as they all route you down a lane off the A361 (the final South flowing section...) which is closed to traffic other than Northbound.  It's actually the lane that Tangerine traffic leaves by on Monday morning.


Thanks, would you recommend me moving my lodging from Coxley to say Sparkford like my post above? 

 

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7 minutes ago, Kaboom Boxer said:

 


Thanks, would you recommend me moving my lodging from Coxley to say Sparkford like my post above? 

 

Sparkford would work but you'd ideally want to first head West on A303 then straight up A37 from Podimore roundabout to Pylle and left into Blue Route and Tangerine.  That route would avoid the A371 which from Castle Cary is closed apart from shuttle bus traffic to/from Castle Cary station and the Bath & West drop off.

 

Looking again at your original option 1 I think that also uses the lane south off A361 that I mention in previous post so also not an option unless you changed it to head east into Shepton then south onto A37 and approach the turn into Blue Route at Pylle from the north instead.

 

Of these I'd probably stick with the Coxley overnight and head to Wells-Shepton-A37 south.  Switching to Sparkford puts you in with a lot of northbound traffic from A303.

 

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On 4/30/2024 at 10:08 AM, balti-pie said:

 

i drive from sussex every year, and always go along the A/M27 and up the a36 through Salisbury, coming onto the a303 after Stonehenge (avoiding the rubberneckers) and then up the a37 at podimore. This is always a decent route for traffic cos you're coming from the south unlike most, though i havnt travelled in the wednesday traffic since 2019 (i volunteer these days and monday traffic is an absolute breeze). 

The A37 feeds into the purple/blue car parks, but you can chuck a left at the traffic lights by the Cross Keys Inn and then you can sneak up to Orange and Pink that way - thats probs the easiest way 

Yeah that's not a bad shout.  You can improve that even further by leaving the A37 left about 2km from Podimore towards Charlton Mackrell, then a quick right/left across the B3153, then right through Butleigh to Glastonbury.  That cuts off a big corner instead of going to the lights at Lydford-on-Fosse.

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obviously, all these dirty dashes across country are designed not to inconvenience the people trying to get to school / work / life etc. I appreciate that people attending the festivals needs always come first and perhaps the oversized campervan wedged on a narrow road is just a welcome price to pay for the poor yokels.

 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, pilton digger said:

obviously, all these dirty dashes across country are designed not to inconvenience the people trying to get to school / work / life etc. I appreciate that people attending the festivals needs always come first and perhaps the oversized campervan wedged on a narrow road is just a welcome price to pay for the poor yokels.

 

 

 

Morning Digger....you're totally right of course but folks will always use tech at their disposal to find any back way that might give them an edge (and I'll certainly not be publicising some that you and I both know exist).

 

Moreover the aim of this is to actually defer folks from heading down routes that we know in advance will be closed or unusable, and hopefully therefore alleviating unnecessary issues to local users.

 

We'll also try to spread things out so that, say, all the London traffic doesn't use the same route.

 

At some point someone might also realise I only do this to keep my own route in clear 😅

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Ok so I've been through the TRO's for this year and as far as I can tell there are no significant changes from last year.

 

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So, my advice would be....

 

- Stick with what you know

- Try to stay on main advertised and signposted routes when getting close 

- Try to avoid the temptation to dive down a lane thinking it will save you 10 minutes when in all likelihood you'll find it closed and

   have wasted that time and more

- If you're a first-timer plan a route carefully before setting off, know which car park you're heading for (East or West etc) and 

  which direction you need to approach from

- Don't rush and try not to get stressed if you hit delays

- Take plenty of drinks and snacks in case you hit delays

- Tune into Worthy FM when near the site in case of any traffic advice broadcast

- Hit this thread up if you've got questions, doubts etc and we'll do what we can to make your journey in/out as painless as 

   possible

 

.....but most of all, enjoy the trip.  You're headed to the biggest party on the Planet, drive safely and carefully, but make your journey part of the event.

 

Have a great festival everyone 😍

 

 

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1 hour ago, parsonjack said:

Just bumping this as the thread for route advice etc rather than individual queries please....

 

We have a crack team of advisors with extensive local knowledge just ready to take your call.....well, just me and @al_coholictbh....

Best route to get from London way to pink/orange car parks on west of the site please! Aiming to be arriving early Wednesday afternoon. Thanks in advance 

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2 hours ago, watsonjm said:

Does anyone know when they shut Pyle road around Marys gate?  We go crew camping in Huntlands which you can take cars into but as arriving late Tuesday wasn't sure if the road would be closed 

 

Traffic restrictions on Pylle Lane and Pylle Road past Mary's Gate are already in force.  That route is now regarded as Blue Route for incoming campers etc and for access South --> North of the site on it's Eastern edge.

 

That said, if you're crew and have a pass then you shouldn't have any problem getting to where you are authorised to be.

 

Have you not been provided with any arrival instructions?

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1 hour ago, tigger123 said:

Best route to get from London way to pink/orange car parks on west of the site please! Aiming to be arriving early Wednesday afternoon. Thanks in advance 

The one below your post would work for you.  Just please remember to drive carefully and considerately through the smaller villages....although by Weds afternoon you will encounter very little traffic going that way.

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1 hour ago, parsonjack said:

 

Traffic restrictions on Pylle Lane and Pylle Road past Mary's Gate are already in force.  That route is now regarded as Blue Route for incoming campers etc and for access South --> North of the site on it's Eastern edge.

 

That said, if you're crew and have a pass then you shouldn't have any problem getting to where you are authorised to be.

 

Have you not been provided with any arrival instructions?

No as officially we don't have crew camping.  We got sent to Huntlands a few years back and have always gone back. 

 

We get a Pylle pass and crew parking (has always been near the Oxfam camping).  

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4 hours ago, Respectfatfrog said:

can anyone recommend the best way to approach the festival coming from Portsmouth for purple parking hoping to camp in Cockmil camping.

 

can you also ask to be in purple or Blue fearing they say straight down to red if I ask 

M27 - M27 Jct2 - A36 - Salisbury - A36 - A303 West - Podimore - A37 North -  Pylle and left into Purple parking where directed.

 

If you come up A37 as suggested then you'll only have the option of Purple as Blue is for Campers 👍

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21 minutes ago, parsonjack said:

M27 - M27 Jct2 - A36 - Salisbury - A36 - A303 West - Podimore - A37 North -  Pylle and left into Purple parking where directed.

 

If you come up A37 as suggested then you'll only have the option of Purple as Blue is for Campers 👍

 

Your a star im good until podimore but hopefully signs will take over 

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