Subject: Re: Gatwick and hotel
Gatwick is due south of London, unfortunately on the wrong side of London from Stratford-upon-Avon.

I would suggest that you decide to stay locally near the airport. If you check out the hotel directory http://www.smoothhound.co.uk you should find a wide variety of hotels to pick from.

An alternative route up to Stratford-Upon-Avon could be via Windsor - (Queens residence windsor castle) and Oxford (University and dreamy spires. (this is about 145 miles as opposed to 125 miles direct.)

Hay-on-Wye is 78 miles from Stratford - about 2 hours driving time - avoiding motorways, if Stratford is your base I would have thought this was feasible.

As someone has already said check out http://www.theaa.com if you want to print routes that miss out motorways (freeways)

Hope this helps

Vic Weaver