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Leeming Bar rest area

Location:

A1(M) at J51
(also accessible to traffic on the A684)

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

DL8 1DT

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

Rating:



Leeming Bar was an independent service area, but it was taken over by Moto in 2014. It is no longer directly accessible from the A1 following that road's upgrade.

Facilities

Catering: Costa, McDonald's Drive Thru Shops: none Main Amenities: Moto Meetings Motel: The Lodge at Leeming Bar Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £16.50. HGVs can pay £18.50 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2524.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Contact Details

Address:
Motel Leeming Services
90 Bedale Road
Bedale
North Yorkshire
DL8 1DT


Trivia and History

Leeming Bar shop.jpg
The old, independent facilities.

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Opened as independent TRSA 1977
Sold to Moto 2014
A1 becomes motorway; Leeming becomes isolated rest area 2017

Leeming started out as the Motel Leeming at the side of the northbound A1, which was expanded and upgraded in 1977 to become a full service area.

Since at least 1990 there had been plans to upgrade the A1 to motorway. It had been assumed that this would mean the services would close. When more detail became apparent, Coneygarth services was built closer to the new road and it was clear that visiting Leeming would involve a considerable detour. Despite this, Leeming Bar was given permission to continue as a rest area, and Coneygarth wasn't signed at all.

In 2019 Ordnance Survey began marking Coneygarth as a regular motorway service area, while some scales show Leeming Bar as only a 'motel'.

New Era

It had been suggested that Leeming should be expanded to take advantage of the new motorway, but its independent owners couldn't fund this so they sold it to Moto in 2014. This gave Moto a near-monopoly on services between Blyth and Washington.

By September 2014 the petrol station had been changed from Texaco to BP, who are an established Moto partner. The café had undergone a minor refurbishment and been re-branded as a Costa, though it retained a hot food counter and served EDC products.

The large shop, the Yorkshire Maid, closed and was replaced by a small shop with WHSmith fittings. The McDonald's remained although offers promoting Burger King at other Moto sites were advertised in the cafe. The lodge retained its independent branding and character as a local amenity, including Benedict's restaurant.

In October 2019 the WHSmith shop was removed.

Alternatives

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Wetherby (27 miles) Services on the A1(M) Scotch Corner (11 miles)
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