While we all know there are great road trips in destinations across the world – there’s obviously America’s route 66, the 160-mile long Great Ocean Road in Australia and Italy’s Amalfi Coast Road to name just a few.
But you really don’t have to travel far from home to experience a wealth of history and beautiful scenery.
In a bid to encourage new drivers to hit the road to explore, motoring school RED has put together a list of the five best British road trips. Here they take shoppersbase through their choices.
North Norfolk Coast
With a coastline stretching for 43 miles, much of the Norfolk coast is classed as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Drive from Kings Lynn to Cromer along the A149 where landscapes include white sandy beaches in Holkham, Wells and Brancaster as well as areas of pine forest, mud flats and saltmarshes.
The Lake District
For a lakeside drive, start at Pooley Bridge and drive eight miles along the A592 to Glenridding, stopping to admire the Aira Force waterfall on the way. Continue down to Waterhead for picturesque views of England’s largest lake, Windermere. Then drive 17.5 miles along the A593 to Eskdale, along Hardknott Pass, one of the steepest roads in England, stopping at Hardknott Fort to take in the beautiful scenery.
The Atlantic Highway
This route stretches 78.4 miles from Barnstaple in Devon to Newquay in Cornwall along the A39 through Bude. Take a break at the historic fishing village of Clovelly in Devon to enjoy a picturesque stroll along its cobbled, traffic-free High Street, and admire the coastline as you journey into Cornwall.
The Scottish Highlands
It’s difficult to choose which route to take across the Scottish Highlands as they all afford drivers stunning scenery. Try the Argyll coastal route, which takes motorists 149 miles along the A83 from Tarbet by Loch Lomond, joining the A816 at Lochgilphead through Argyll to Fort William. Visitors can stop at the “Rest and be thankful” viewpoint to enjoy magnificent views across the valley. The route ends at Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.
Much of this area is classed as of outstanding natural beauty with some plant species so rare they’re protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act. A two-day road trip takes you on two circular routes – “a road for today” and “a road for tomorrow”, each starting and finishing in Cheltenham. The first takes visitors 75 miles through villages including Winchcombe, Chipping Campden and The Slaughters (there’s Lower and Upper Slaughter). The second trip is 90 miles long and passes through the likes of Lechlade, Burford and Cirencester.
Dominic Cohen of RED Driving School said: “There are some stunning places to visit in the UK and the countryside aspect of driving lessons should help to prepare new motorists for rural driving experiences.” He advised motorists to thoroughly research their trip, making sure they are well prepared with maps, food, water, a fully charged mobile phone and warm clothing.