First, the Glencoe National Nature Reserve; a huge 14,000 acre estate with breath taking panoramic views from the peaks of the mountains, which are actually the remains of a super-volcano formed over millions of years.
There’s more to Glencoe than the stunning views, too. It’s full of history, famous for the 1692 Massacre of Glencoe, home of the legendary Gaelic warrior Fingal and his poet son, Ossian.
To make this a trip to remember, the A82 is the perfect road to travel through the heart of Glencoe. Starting from Glasgow and continuing all the way up to Inverness, it is one of the most scenic and longest trips in Scotland with Glencoe at its core. You’ll also travel via Fort William, Lock Lomand, and Ben Nevis.
Only 3.5 miles from the famous Chatsworth House, Bakewell is a small market town where you’re sure to find plenty of quaint shopping markets, relaxing river walks, and of course, a Bakewell tart (or two!).
The nearby Chatsworth House is a stunning way to spend a day wandering its gardens, getting lost in the bush maze, or exploring the House itself – the inspiration for many a Jane Austen novel.
To make a real road trip of it, the A6 runs right by Bakewell and is one of the main historic north-south roads in England, running from Luton to Carlisle over 280 miles. Not only will this take you through the wonderful Peak District, right by Bakewell, you’ll also travel through the UK’s third major city, Manchester.
Found at the foot of Scafell Pike is one of the wildest valleys in the Lake District, Wasdale. It is also home to the deepest lake in England, Wastwater.
Surrounded by stunning valley hikes and rock climbing opportunities, it’s a great destination for walkers and adventurers alike.
While there’s only one road in and one road out of Wasdale, it’s definitely worth a trip of the beaten track to really appreciate its beauty – and maybe even take on the challenge of England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike.
Albeit not a well-kept secret as one of the most popular destinations in North Wales, Betws-y-coed is a true gem. It’s home to many a woodland walk, historic bridge, steam train, and the occasional classic car or camping show on its central village field.
Worth a weekend stay in itself, or a destination on a longer route, there’s no shortage of cafes, pubs and eateries to reward yourself after a satisfying ramble through the mountains.
Depending on your starting location, there’s a great route from Porthmadog to Betws-y-coed through the Snowdonia National Park. This route will take you along the A498, by the famous Sygun Copper Mine as well as Mount Snowdon and across the A4086 to the A5 at Capel Curig, also worth a stop to drink in some Welsh history.
Fowey is a wonderful port town at the mouth of the River Fowey. For such a small town, Fowey offers plenty to do with it being most famous for its annual du Maurier festival for arts and literature, named after one of its most remembered residents, author Daphne DuMaurier.
Of course, Fowey is also only a short distance from the Polperro Heritage Coast, a fishing and smuggling village within a stunning cove with dozens of coastal walks to fill your stay.
To get a real feel for the south-west coast, there’s coastline-hugging route from Rame Head Heritage Coast to Land’s End that takes you via Fowey, The Roseland Heritage Coast, Falmouth and Penzance.
Also set on the southern coast, Lulworth Cove is a cove near the village of West Lulworth. It’s home to possibly the freshest fish and seafood you may find in the whole of England, the Jurassic Coast and it also neighbours the famous Durdle Door limestone arch.
If you visit Lulworth Cove, the Jurassic Coastal walk is something that you can’t miss. It offers wonderful views over the whole cove, and if you walk far enough along the coast you may even find your mobile provider (mistakenly!) welcoming you to France!
There’s a full Jurassic Coast road trip route from Southsea through to Sidmouth that will take you via Southampton, Bournemouth, Beaulieu, Lulworth and Lyme Regis – to name a few of the most notable destinations.
We couldn’t leave the ever famous Whitby off of our list – it’s a Yorkshire classic! With its Gothic Abbey (inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula), Captain Cook museum, West Cliff Beach, the whale bone arch, annual Steampunk weekend, fossil hunting on the beach, and, of course, unbeatable fish and chips, Whitby has to be on your road trip list.
There’s a wonderful road route from Skipton to Whitby which will take you via Harrogate, Ripon, Thirsk, Helmsley, and Pickering. All of the destinations on the way are neighboured by some of the greatest sights Yorkshire has to offer; Bolton Abbey, Fountains Abbey, Sutton Bank, and many a Yorkshire brewery!
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