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Great Dunmow


A120 between the M11 and Braintree

Signposted from the road.



(Google Maps link)


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

Although this isn't technically a service station, it is a pair of purpose-built car and lorry parks maintained directly by England's national highway authority - and for that reason, it gains a place in our listings.


Catering: westbound only: Snack Bar
and eastbound only: Batesy's Dinerwebsite
Amenities: Picnic Tables, Toilets

Parking Prices

Unlimited free parking is available for all vehicles on both sides.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
CM24 1PY

Trivia and History

Both sites opened with the new A120 dual carriageway in 2004. At the time they opened there was no official definition of a rest area, so the Highways Agency treated it as a tourist attraction.

Both sides opened with a toilet block and separate parking areas for cars and large vehicles, with the eastbound site being known as Ash Grove rest area and the westbound site being known as Buttleys Lane rest area (sometimes referred to as Butley).

Both sides gained dedicated hardstanding for catering facilities in 2011, although these have never actually been used by the traders. The eastbound side used an old coach for a time, whilst both sides have mostly received catering from the standard snack bar trailers. The eastbound catering has recently been provided from a portable building.


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