|Road:||M5 northbound between J21 and J22|
|Address:||Sedgemoor Motorway Services Area|
Brent Knoll Picnic Area
|Telephone number:||01934 750730|
|Signposted from the road?||as Starbucks/Burger King|
|Opened:||1970s (rest area)|
|Previous operators:||Department for Transport|
|Previous names:||Brent Knoll Rest Area|
|Services type:||Single site located between junctions on one side of the motorway.|
|Visit Sedgemoor (North)/Welcome Break's official website|
Welcome Break's half of the split services, for northbound traffic., with Roadchef operating the other half. In a recent survey the services were found to have the most age-friendly toilets in England.
General: BT WiFi, Welcome Break Gaming, Traffic Information, Showers
Restaurants: Burger King, Starbucks, Eat In
Shops: WHSmith (with Costa Express Krispy Kreme)
Fuel: Shell (with: Krispy Kreme Costa Express Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point)
Motel: Days Inn[book rooms]
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £10. HGV/Caravans range from £16 - £21 for parking only and from £18.50 - £24 for parking & a meal voucher.
Prices can be paid in the shop and restaurant, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.
Sedgemoor was originally the Brent Knoll Rest Area, which opened with the rest of the M5 and was ran by the people who 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 take over the northbound rest area and RoadChef (the owners of the next services south at the time, Taunton Deane) to take over the southbound services. Over time both operators expanded their sites and now we're left with 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 an aside, the services are within a close proximity to the Brent Knoll Hill, which is why you can tell you're approaching the services long before you see signs for them.
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|