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Escaping the rat race in the hope the weather might have its kind face on? It's a trek, that's for sure, so let us help you make it easier, more fun and A LOT more tasty. (But don't forget to do your very own tailor-made search to find YOUR Top 5 too!)

Here are our Top 5 Pitstops on the well-trodden path from West London to West Cornwall -

1. Dinton Pastures & Dragonfly Café (7 minutes from Junction 10 of the M4)
The perfect steam run-off for small people so it definitely helps if it's dry out there! Great expanses of park, excellent playground and a good park café for sustenance.

2. Cobbs Farm Shop (5 minutes from Junction 14 of the M4)
The new indoor play barn really makes this the ultimate family-friendly foodie Pitstop, with its fantastic kitchen café. A long-standing favourite of locals and passers-by alike.

3. Tiffin (5 minutes from Junction 20 of the M5)
The ultimate way to break a long motorway journey... the seaside! The guys at Tiffin are tea & coffee experts and there's something for everyone on the food front. What's not to love with sea views and a bracing beach walk?

4. Monkton Elm Garden Centre (8 minutes from Junction 25 of the M5)
More than just a garden centre. The new restaurant makes it a relaxing journey-breaker, with a very appealing outdoor children's play area to boot! Prize the kids away and enjoy a spot of retail therapy too.

5. Lakeside Café at Roadford Lakes (A few minutes from the A30 near Launceston and Okehampton)
A proper leg-stretcher where kids play to their hearts content and adults soak up the view and tranquility. All with a local, fresh lunch to top it off. Great for gluten-free diets and super convenient.

It would be wrong not to mention the great 'Pitstops' that Pillows & Pitstops recommends in West Cornwall itself. Ok, so they might not be strictly 'en route', however they are well worth a visit in their own right...
Cornwall Gold - A whole day out, just off the A30 at Redruth
Heartlands - Biggest free adventure playground in Cornwall, also just off the A30 at Pool

Cobbs Farm Shop & Kitchen

Bath Road

The Dragonfly Cafe at Dinton Pastures Country Park

Davis Street


11 The Beach

Monkton Elm Garden Centre

Monkton Heathfield

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