The 5 Best Road Trips in England
Whether you’re exploring faraway castles or sweeping along coastal roads, having a car on hand is a must, whether that’s your own vehicle or a hire car. Once you’ve secured yourself a reliable car, it’s time to plan the perfect road trip.
England is brimming with stunning countryside, charming villages, and impressive historical sites – but if you’re new to the country, you might not know where to start. In this handy guide, we’ll take you through the top five road trips in England so you don’t miss a thing.
Snake Pass – Derbyshire
Winding through the hills of the Peak District is Snake Pass – a road that crosses through the stunning Pennines and also Ladybower Reservoir. Expect spectacular sights along this hill pass, along with twisting roads and the occasional blind bend – so stay safe! This exhilarating ride is around forty miles long, so is doable in an hour or two. At either end of the route are roads leading to the dynamic cities of Manchester and Sheffield if you wish to finish your trip with some urban sights.
Cheddar Gorge – Somerset
A spectacular limestone gorge located in Somerset, this area is the home to multiple caves, many adorned with stalagmites and several of which can be explored. Cheddar Gorge is a jaw-dropping feature in the landscape that leaves a big impression on anyone who travels through it, but it’s also ideal for those interested in prehistory and outdoor pursuits, such as rock climbing and caving.
Cotswolds Village Hopping – South Central England
Amble through the sleepy Cotswolds, a region of rolling hills that spans across six counties. This area is famed for its quaint, picturesque villages built from a Jurassic limestone called Cotswold stone. Visitors are attracted to the old-style tea rooms, the rustic charm of the architecture, and just the general natural beauty of the surrounding area – in fact, the Cotswolds has been officially labelled an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. When it comes to planning a road trip route, there are hundreds of square miles to explore, and almost seventy towns and villages to discover.
The Atlantic Highway – South West England
Known for its big, expansive coastal views, The Atlantic Highway forms part of the A39 and starts at Bath, before travelling along the Devon and Cornwall coasts. Stopping places are aplenty along this remarkable route, and these include Exmoor National Park for a spot of natural beauty, the settlements of Newquay and Bude for some lunch and shopping, and also many tranquil beaches to enjoy.
The Lake District – North West England
The Lake District is a mountainous area that stretches across a large area of Cumbria. Like the name suggests, the area is blessed with many beautiful lakes, including Lake Windermere – the largest natural lake in the whole of England. Driving through this National Park will immerse you in some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery – and with many peaceful villages scattered throughout, you won’t be short of places to explore.
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