We will be driving from Newchapel, Surrey, just east of Gatwick airport and will be leaving about 7:30-8:00 am on a Wednesday. I have checked ViaMichelin road map for routes; one takes the M25-M3-A322-M4 to Bath, 2 hr 17 min. The other via Stonehenge, M25-M3-A303 to Bath, 2 hr. 27 min. I have heard horror stories regarding the M25, though. We would like to get to Bath as early as possible as we will only have Wednesday to visit (we will spend the night, so maybe a little time the next morning) Stonehenge is not a "must see" for us, but we don't want to be stuck on a freeway for hours if we can take back country roads that will get us there in about the same amount of time. Any suggestions on which route? This is a first time trip to UK and being from Idaho, are not used to heavy traffic!
Thank you in advance for any help!