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Sedgemoor (North) services

Sedgemoor (North)
Welcome Break
Facilities | Rating | ReviewsSedgemoor (North)
Road:M5 northbound between J21 and J22

Address:Sedgemoor Motorway Services Area
Brent Knoll Picnic Area
BS24 0JL
Telephone number:01934 750730
Signposted from the road?as Starbucks/Burger King
Opened:1970s (rest area)
1987 (MSA)
Previous operators:Department for Transport
Previous names:Brent Knoll Rest Area
Grid reference:ST356527
Services type:Single site located between junctions on one side of the motorway.
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Welcome Break's half of the split services, for northbound traffic, with Roadchef operating the other half. In a survey the services were found to once have the most "age-friendly" toilets in England.


Restaurants: Burger King, Starbucks, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Showers, Welcome Break Gaming Motel: Days Innbook Forecourt: Shell, Select, Costa Express, Deli2go, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £5 for up to 6 hours and £12 after. HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £21, or £23 include a £9 meal voucher.

Prices can be paid in the shop and restaurant, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

Trivia and History

Sedgemoor was originally the Brent Knoll Rest Area, which opened with the rest of the M5 and was ran by the organisation which ran the M5 at the time, the Department for Transport. However, it quickly became a crime hotspot so the DfT encouraged Welcome Break (the owners of the next services north, Gordano) to supervise the northbound rest area and RoadChef (the owners of the next services south at the time, Taunton Deane) to supervise the southbound services. In return both operators were allowed to set up temporary catering facilities, which later became a full service area.

Chester is the only other service area to have been developed this way. Today, the idea of rest areas is being strongly considered and they may well become a common sight on the motorway.

As of 2015, Sedgemoor North is the smallest service area in the UK.

Survey Results

In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars.

In 2008 the services won a five star loo award. The survey concluded that Sedgemoor had the most age-friendly toilets in England.

In 2007, the services won a three star loo award. In 2006 they got four stars.

Also in 2006, Holiday Which? rated the services as a 2/5.


Gordano (19 miles)Services on the M5 Bridgwater (13 miles)
Gordano (19 miles)Welcome Break services none

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