Travel hints and tips,season 2018
Posted by: BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
Date: 07 December, 2017 13:08

As the fixtures have been published,thought its about right to start the usual helpful thread again!
Some of us like to book early,to get some good hotel deals.
With train travel,dont forget two singles are usually cheaper that buying a return ticket,but mostly only 3 months before travel date.At weekends,you can travel first class for an upgrade payable to the ticket inspector on train.
Durham in September,a long drive,of course,so looking into the possibility of flying to Newcastle,and catch train to Chester-Le-Street or Durham.Less traumatic to driving,and COULD be cheaper than the train.
As put on the fixtures 2018 thread....Derbyshire away and the Saturday of game Derby County are home to Middlesboro,so check hotels and travel before going up.
And,May 5th,Day 2 at Hove,Brighton are home to man utd,although the ground is away from city centre,i would check hotel prices early if staying down in Brighton.

I'm sure plenty will be added as we go along,but just a start for our adventures in 2018

Re: Travel hints and tips,season 2018
Posted by: Bagpuss (IP Logged)
Date: 11 December, 2017 12:31

Anyone going to Durham and driving if you're looking for cheap but lovely B&B I can recommend the Royal Oak at Cornsay Colliery. Lovely pub. Open fire (very welcome after a day at CLS in April when Somerset usually played, and September for you). Good breakfast included and evening meals (tho no food served Sun pm if you're driving up then). Takes about 15 mins thru the back lanes to CLS avoids Durham so no traffic problems. Its out in the countryside so very peaceful, will take dogs (as does CLS ) and lovely walking in the area if there's no play (lets face it, this is Durham, its autumn!)

Sonia and Ian who's pub it is are lovely. I've stayed there six years running, one of my main disappointments with the £CB relegating Durham was I didn't get there in 2017. I paid I think £35 B&B for single room in 2016. They are on booking sites but you'll get same or maybe better price if you phone them direct. Tell them Bagpuss sent you!

Re: Travel hints and tips,season 2018
Posted by: rod/ed (IP Logged)
Date: 13 December, 2017 15:20

Sounds a good pub, Bagpuss.
When the Ashes Test was at CLS recently local accommodation was at a premium and we stayed in the University Residences in Durham. Cheap and no frills, but at least there was bar on campus.
Don't expect the hotels etc to be fully booked for a CC match in late September!

Re: Travel hints and tips,season 2018
Posted by: BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
Date: 19 December, 2017 11:54

Travelodge have a big room sale starting boxing day,could be useful for early bookings for the away county games.

Re: Travel hints and tips,season 2018
Posted by: Old Enfield Colt (IP Logged)
Date: 29 December, 2017 13:00

The Travelodge next to the 'Church Mouse' pub is, from personal experience, a fine place to stay @ Chester le Street ( DH2 3RJ ).

Re: Travel hints and tips,season 2018
Posted by: BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
Date: 11 February, 2018 16:24

Folks,have just booked train tickets for Derbyshire April 20th,returning 23rd.
Using East Midlands Trains website,Departure from St Pancras at 0856,arriving in Derby at 2023.
Return on 23rd,Departing Derby at 2001,arriving at St Pancras at 2134.
The return fare at the moment (buying two singles as usual) is only £28.50,if going to game I would grab this fare quickly!

Re: Travel hints and tips,season 2018
Posted by: rod/ed (IP Logged)
Date: 23 February, 2018 17:10

For those using the train to reach Derby or Leicester, VirginEastCoast have a 50% sale finishing 26th Feb. I got a good deal for the part of my trip to Leicester that they can handle.

Re: Travel hints and tips,season 2018
Posted by: BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
Date: 14 March, 2018 19:41

Most tube services look ok for start of season,just one date to note is 15th April Day 3 vs Derbyshire.
There are NO Metropolitan Line trains between Wembley Park and Aldgate until 0930 that morning.Jubilee line is working to usual service times.

Re: Travel hints and tips,season 2018
Posted by: BeefyRoberts (IP Logged)
Date: 18 March, 2018 09:56

Train tickets for Taunton and Cardiff are available now on GWR website.
Keep a check though,as prices are but reach Taunton in time for 11am start it's £40 each way at moment
Cardiff is £23 each way for a 2pm start,train arrives at Cardiff at 1322,gives time to reach the ground.As it's day/night game getting train home next morning.

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Re: Travel hints and tips,season 2018
Posted by: RadstockRob (IP Logged)
Date: 20 March, 2018 01:34

If staying in Taunton try Crown and Sceptre and Blachorse which are close to the ground. I can recommend both as I've stayed there quite often.

Avoid Royal Ashton Hotel even though it may appear suitable! I'm not judging people but it's used by DSS for emergency housing. I'll say no more.

If you stop at a chain group hotel you'll be a good way from the ground.

If using a car you'll find parking nearby limited on match days.

Although it may be cheaper to stay on the outskirts of Taunton I wouldn't reccommend it myself as you'll either have a 2 to 3 mile walk or the expense and hassle of getting a taxi.

Public transport is almost non existent after 18.00 in Somerset.

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