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Alwalton (Kate's Cabin) services


A1 northbound at Peterborough

Signposted from the road.

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Two sites staggered between junctions, with no public connection between them.

Only the northbound side, which is an old truckstop, is an official service area, although there is also a hotel on the southbound side.


Catering: Kate's Cabin Cafe and Truckstopwebsite Forecourt: BP, Applegreen, Subway, Costa Express, AdBlue4You

Parking Prices

Overnight HGV parking costs £15 per night.

Contact Details

Great North Road

Operators (Official Websites):

Trivia and History

The site is widely known as Kate's Cabin, after the truckstop and café here which opened in the 1930s.

In the late 2000s, the filling station was rebuilt in order to enlarge it, and in late 2015, was sold by BP to an independent dealer, who introduced a Spar store and Subway to the site.

In late 2017 it was sold to Applegreen. In November 2018 Applegreen purchased a significant stake of Welcome Break. One of the trade-offs of the purchase was that this site would eventually be re-branded Welcome Break, and adjusted to reflect the rest of their estate. It's not clear if Welcome Break will continue to call it Kate's Cabin.

Southbound Facilities

Little Chef.
The southbound Little Chef.

On the opposite side of the road was the Alwalton Little ChefHistory and a Travelodgebook.

Although they weren't signed as services, it's worth noting that it was one of the oldest Little Chefs in the country, even if it was rebuilt in 1986 in its more familiar brick styling. At the same time a new Little Chef Lodge opened, which is now the Travelodge. The old restaurant was in the middle of today's car park, and there was a small, abandoned petrol station there too.

The building gained a Burger King in 1998, but the Little Chef had to become an EG Diner in January 2018. Both this and the Burger King closed on 23 May 2018. It was unknown what Euro Garages intended to do with the building for a long time and the building laid empty. However in June 2019 work started to convert the building ready to become a Starbucks.


Peterborough (1 mile) Services on the A1 Stibbington (4 miles)
Wyboston (southbound, 26 miles) Applegreen services North Muskham (southbound, 49 miles)
Cromwell (northbound, 50 miles)