When it comes to leisurely traveling, road trips are the way to go. What better way to enjoy what the world has to offer than by putting the car roof down and taking the scenic route? Road trips are perfect for anyone looking to put some miles in their car and take their time, but the hardest part of a road trip is the destination. Here are some of the best road trips to take in the U.K.
For breathtaking scenery, a drive through the wilderness of Wales is a must. A drive to Snowdonia National Park offers 50 miles of mountaintop views, and a drive past the park across the Strait through the historic Caernarfon will lead road trippers to the Isle of Anglesey. The Caernarfon offers a UNESCO world heritage site in the form of a spectacular castle that is not to be missed.
Land of Lakes
Fans of Peter Rabbit won’t want to miss a road trip through the Land of Lakes in the Lakes District. This picturesque road is the home of one of England’s biggest lakes, Windermere. Nestled in the lakeside village of Grasmere is acclaimed poet William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage. It is here that he wrote his famous poem, ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.’ A short detour from the district will lead you to Beatrix Potter’s farm in Near Sawrey.
If taking the long way sounds like the way to go, the Atlantic Highway is the best route to take. Known locally as A39 and as one of the longest roads in South West England, this road links the cities of Bath and Falmouth. This route is perfect for families, especially those looking for a coastal getaway. The seaside resort of Newquay can be found along this road and has been voted as the nation’s favourite seaside town many times. Exmoor National Park is a perfect stop for those interested in hiking through the hilly moors. At Tintagel Castle, the legend of King Arthur awaits. The town of Bude is a known haven for surfers, while the town of Padstow is known for its seafood. Further down the route is Land’s End—named so due to Cornish residents once believing this to be where the world ended.