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Sat nav error puts an end to trip
Hampton Court maze
The class were lost - without ever reaching the famous maze
A group of children had to abandon a school trip before even arriving - after a driver followed his satellite navigation to the wrong destination.

The Hampshire youngsters were heading for Hampton Court Palace, but ended up 18 miles away at a narrow north London street named Hampton Court.

They eventually headed back to Orchard Lea Junior School, in Fareham.

Zenith Coach Travel have offered the children a free trip to compensate, and have banned drivers from using sat nav.

We have apologised profusely to the school
Zenith spokesman

The children, all aged eight and nine, spent the day being driven around London as the driver and teachers struggled to find the historic palace in Surrey.

They reached a small road with the same name in Islington, north London, before getting stuck in traffic and roadworks.

Trip leaders eventually decided to call it a day, and headed back on the 80 mile return trip.

A spokesman from Zenith, based in Lee-on-Solent, said: "We have apologised profusely to the school and have offered a free trip whenever they want to take it.

"It has never happened before but we are asking drivers to go back to the old ways of using a map from now on."

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