With such diverse scenery around the UK we really are spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring in your caravan or motorhome.
What better way to see the sights than planning a road trip to take in some of the best locations. In conjunction with the RAC here’s a list of the best loved UK locations to explore.
No 1. Village Hopping in the Cotswolds, Cotswolds
Is there anywhere more quintessentially English than the Cotswolds? Miles and miles of lush countryside are scattered with perfectly-preserved villages and winding country lanes often marked out with iconic Cotswold stone walls.
We recommend starting in Chipping Campden, towards the north of the Cotswolds, and then simply heading south, hopping from pretty village to pretty village as you take in quaint pubs, medieval churches and all manner of local curiosities on your way to Bath at the southern tip.
Distance and ideal duration: 70 miles, 3-4 days.
No 2. Best of the Norfolk Coast, Norfolk
Take in England’s eastern coastline with a drive around tranquil Norfolk. After soaking up the provincial buzz of Norwich (the 11th century cathedral is a must-see), head east into The Broads. With its scenic waterways and rich variety of wildlife, the Broads is popular with holidaymakers and well worth an extra few days lazing around on a boat.
From there, take the coastal roads north towards Cromer, a traditional seaside resort and home to the UK’s only remaining end-of-the-pier variety show. Further along the coast, wide, windswept beaches like Brancaster Beach are perfect for an afternoon relaxing by the sea.
Distance and ideal duration: 90 miles, 2-3 days.
No. 3 Atlantic Highway, South West England
The A39 is one of the longest roads in South West England, connecting Bath to Falmouth. While you can drive the entire road, we’re focusing on a particularly picturesque stretch between Barnstaple in Devon and the popular Cornish seaside resort of Newquay.
While the road itself doesn’t get that close to the coast, you’ll be able to take in plenty of breathtaking views of the Atlantic as you pass through Bude, Camelford and Wadebridge.
Distance and ideal duration: 77 miles, 1-2 days.
No. 4 Land of the Lakes, Lake District
Dive into Wordsworth country with an adventure along some of England’s most picturesque roads. Starting in Kendal, head north into the Lake District National Park towards Windermere, England’s largest lake and a picture-postcard resort that attracts all sorts of visitors who use the town as a base to explore the Lakes.
From Windermere, drive north and drink in the beautiful lakeside villages of Ambleside and Grasmere, the latter home to William Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and where the poet wrote the famous ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.’
Distance and ideal duration: 30 miles, 2-3 days.
No. 5 Wild Wales, North Wales
Explore some of the UK’s most breathtaking scenery with a drive through Snowdonia National Park and out across the Menai Strait to Anglesey. Start at Betws-y-Coed and head west past Swallow Falls into the heart of Snowdonia. The A4086 will take you past Snowdon itself, but you may want to stop off and explore the mountain yourself.
Outside the park, take the scenic route on your way across the Strait by swinging through historic Caernarfon first, before heading over the water to explore the beautiful Isle of Anglesey.
Distance and ideal duration: 50 miles, 1-2 days.
No. 6 Best of the Moors, Yorkshire
With dense forests, meandering streams and vast swathes of heather moorland, the North York Moors National Park makes for a spectacular road trip. Although the journey from the market town of Helmsley to the seaside village of Staithes is short and sweet, you can stretch it out over a couple of days if you fancy an overnight stay in a village B&B.
Pass moss-covered drystone walls and grazing sheep as you take the A170 towards Pickering and Thornton-le-Dale. Then take the A169 for a scenic journey up to the coast through Goathland and Grosmont.
Distance and ideal duration: 42 miles, 1-2 days.
No. 7 The Dragon’s Spine, Wales
One of the best ways to see Wales is by driving coast to coast. The A470 runs all the way from Cardiff in the south to Conwy in the north, taking in two national parks.
Start in the Welsh capital, then head up through the South Wales Coalfield to the Brecon Beacons. As you reach the heartland of Wales, you’ll pass the gorgeous Llyn Clywedog reservoir and market town of Dolgellau, before heading over the majestic northern mountains of Snowdonia to Conwy.
Distance and ideal duration: 186 miles, 4-5 days.
No. 8 Peaks and Passes, Peak District
Next up on our list of great UK road trips is this tour through one of this country’s most beloved national parks, the Peak District. Start in Glossop, east of Greater Manchester, and head into the Pennines along the famous Snake Pass, one of the UK’s great mountain passes, hitting a high point of 510m above sea level.
From there, head further south towards the reservoirs around the popular Derwent Dam that offer great trekking opportunities. A short detour to the west will take you to the Blue John Cavern, an underground network of caves which offers guided tours – ideal if you feel like an alternative to hill walking on your way ever southwards.
Distance and ideal duration: 40 miles, 1 day.
No. 9 Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland
Hugging the Atlantic coast, this jaw-dropping route from Belfast to Derry is steeped in myth and legend. The route is actually made up of nine scenic drives, so you can break it down into smaller journeys and take your time enjoying the sights.
The drive takes you to several of Northern Ireland’s main tourist attractions and landmarks – the Giant’s Causeway itself, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle, Dark Hedges and the Glens of Antrim.
Distance and ideal duration: 120 miles, 3-5 days.
No. 10 North Coast 500, Scotland
Scotland’s answer to Route 66 boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK, if not the world. It showcases the best of the Highlands, with ancient castles, windswept beaches and historic landmarks lurking around every corner.
The official route starts and ends at Inverness Castle and passes through idyllic towns and villages such as Ullapool, Durness, John O’Groats and Dornoch. It’s advisable to book your accommodation in advance as options are limited.
Distance and ideal duration: 516 miles, 5-7 days.
What better way to enjoy these fantastic locations than in a caravan or motorhome. Enjoy!
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