The UK is packed full of beautiful beaches, countryside, lakes, villages and other tourist destinations for you to visit on four (or two) wheels this summer. We’ve rounded up the best UK road trip locations so you can pack yourself some snacks, grab your map and head out on the open road.
1. Lake District
Lake Windermere and friends lie waiting for your visit, nestled between green hills and moorland at the Lake District National Park. If you’re coming in from the east, jump off the M6 at junction 37 for some Kendal mint cake on the way in.
The Scottish Highlands offer a wealth of gorgeous scenery in the form of mountains, lochs and striking purple heather. You’ll know you’ve arrived when Loch Lomond is in your sights, but if you venture further north, the route from Ivergarry to the Isle of Skye is nearly 100 miles of stunning scenery.
3. Peak District
There’s plenty of driving opportunity in the Peak District, with several routes passing through its rolling hills. The Snake Pass (or to use its less exciting name, the A57) crosses the Pennine hills and runs through the Peak District, passing some huge reservoirs, and with links to Manchester and Sheffield on either end if you want to finish off your trip in the city.
Also in the Peak District you’ll find the Cat and Fiddle, which is one of the UK’s most bendy roads, and the enticing open road of Woodhead Pass in the Pennines.
Snowdonia National Park is home to the highest mountain in Wales, and whether you’re up for scaling it on foot or you’d rather admire it from your car, it’s a sight to behold. While you’re in Wales you may also want to take a drive down the Abergwesyn Mountain Road, which passes through the Cambrian Mountains and several villages.
5. The Atlantic Highway
Journey into Cornwall on The Atlantic Highway, which stretches from Barnstaple to Newquay along the A39. Think fishing villages and great beaches – and then you might as well carry on south to St Ives.
Other destinations worth a mention include the romantic Cotswolds, the North Norfolk coast (home to Kings Lynn and Cromer); Cheddar Gorge, and the Yorkshire Moors.
Mark Bower-Dyke, chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments: “While many Brits go abroad for their summer holiday, there is a lot to be seen right on our doorstep. Often we can forget about the joy of driving, and Britain has some of the best scenic driving in the world. As always, staying safe is the most important thing, as well as showing respect for the local roads."