Best Places to Drive in the UK This Summer

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By Grace Hickman

on Thursday 16 August 2018

While the UK heatwave seems to have subsided and the nights are slowly starting to pull in, you might be running out of ideas for things to do this summer and during the holidays.

One idea could be to head out for a scenic drive to soak up some of Britain's breathtaking views - come rain or shine.

Road next to the Lake District with rainbow

You don’t need to travel hundreds of miles to be able to take in amazing sights when driving - there are many scenic routes available closer to home (some you may not be aware of!). So if you’re trying to avoid going abroad to save money this summer, why not go for a driving holiday in the UK instead?

Driving around the coasts of Britain or taking more picturesque road trips further inland could surprise you with some mind-blowing views – reminding us that we should continue to explore our beautiful country more.

We’ve chosen some of the best British driving roads and routes to give you some ideas for potential road trips this summer in Scotland, England and Wales.

What will your favourite summer drive be?

The UK’s Top Driving Routes

Whether you’re looking for Britain’s greatest drives or simply looking to take full advantage of your new vehicle, there are several routes available.

As such, the following routes are some of the most popular drives that make for some truly memorable and mesmerising UK road trips:

1. Lake District: Cumbria, North West England

Seen in the picture above, the Lake District needs little introduction - having made itself known as a popular destination for tourists, as well as being famous for its connections with the famous author Beatrix Potter.

Those looking for a stunning landscape to enjoy can embrace the one road that the Lake District offers. It's truly one of the best scenic drives in Britain!

2. Bamburgh Castle to Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Also referred to as ‘The King of the Castles’ locally, Bamburgh Castle has numerous legends and ghost stories that make up its history.

Following the roads along the coast will also take you to Alnwick Castle, a popular one that offers an insight into the past. Not only will drivers be introduced to two iconic castles during their drive, but they will also pass by the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve and witness some glorious scenery along the way.

3. Shakespeare Country, Warwickshire

The numerous country lanes situated in Stratford-Upon-Avon means that those looking for a taste of the country life can enjoy the alluring cottages, quaint lanes and relax in a tea room should the fancy take them.

History buffs can also view Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and enjoy the Roman Town of Alcester.

4. Barnstaple (Devon) to Newquay

This superb coastal route in England is one not to be missed! A long, windy journey on the Atlantic Highway in Cornwall - it will take your breath away.

You'll see some of the most beautiful coastlines in Britain, and you'll get the chance to stop off and see places like Constantine Bay, Bedruthan Steps Beach and the lighthouse at Trevose Head along the way.

5. Abergwesyn Pass: Powys, Wales

Although a name like the ‘Devil’s Staircase’ may not be the most inviting, the trip that starts from the village of Abergwesyn takes drivers through wide valleys and dark forests. A series of spectacular views follow in the guise of high bridges and spectacular contours as you navigate the roads once used by cattle drivers.

6. The A470 South and North, Wales

Starting with the south road, it runs from Cardiff to Conwy, covers a whopping 186 miles and goes through the wonderful Brecon Beacons - what a treat! You won't be disappointed with the scenery along the way. Why not trek up to the top of Pen-Y-Fan for some beautiful views?

Going along the north road, you'll travel through the mountainous Snowdonia National Park and witness some stunning scenes. Make sure you stop off to see the Llyn Clywedog reservoir, the 17th-century bridge in Llanrwst and Conwy Castle while travelling through the spectacular mountains.

Drive Safe!

While these roads have good visibility in most parts, some may consist of sharp turns, steep inclines and sudden dips – make sure you always drive safely and slow down on any windy routes to avoid being involved in a car accident.

So there you have it – a few of Britain’s greatest drives and, arguably (perhaps a little biased), some of the best driving routes in the world. Of course, there are a lot more to see, so try to explore as much as you can! Afterall, it's on our doorstep.

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