Despite the forecast the weather was great and we had the sun roof open all the way down. Traffic was light and we travelled quickly. I'll only admit to doing the speed limit, which was 50mph for some stretches of the M1.
Stopping for lunch showed that motorway services have really gone down the drain. Back in the 70s they were renowned for poor food at high prices. This improved gradually to better quality food at high prices, but now it's terrible. Once you could stop, get a proper meal, sit down & eat without problem. Now unless you want MacDonalds, Burger King or KFC, you can forget about a hot meal. They are overpriced too. Try to find a seat and all you see are areas reserved for the above companies or Costa Coffee. I had more stress trying to find a cuppa and a bit to eat than I had driving. Thank goodness I don't use motorways as much as I used to.
We arrived at our overnight stop just after 2pm and got checked in to the delightful Lord Leycester hotel in Jury Street, Warwick.
We enjoyed our time there even though our joints were feeling worse for wear after all the walking and climbing.
Food wasn't so easily found. There were plenty of eating places but mosy were arty farty food. Finding good basic grub was apparently difficult, so we ended up in a Chinese restaurant.
The buildings in Warwick, and as we found on Sunday, in the general area were lovely. Timber framed Tudor houses with timbers at crazy angles and bulging walls. Lovely to look at but a nightmare to keep up.