Best Drives for Your 2020 UK Staycation…
Post-lockdown driving tips from Logbook Loans…
Even though the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have recently eased, most of us will probably not be travelling outside the UK this summer.
So whether you plan to visit another part of the UK or simply stay at home and venture out on day trips, we thought we’d put together a list of lovely drives that you and your family might be able to enjoy this summer.
We are still living with some restrictions so it is always advisable to check as many details of your trip before you head off. Always keep in mind the government advice to “Stay alert, control the virus, save lives”.
So make sure that the area you want to go to does not have any road closures or other restrictions which might affect you. Some scenic areas are operating advance booking systems – for example for parking – so if there is a particular place you are hoping to visit as part of your drive then you may need to do this.
With all that in mind here are eight ideas for lovely drives in different parts of the UK. This is by no means a comprehensive list: for every drive we have included there are many more we have had to leave out. But hopefully it will give you a few ideas to get you started.
There are so many wonderful drives in Scotland that you will be spoilt for choice. Our favourite has to be the North Coast 500 road trip. It is a 516 mile round trip that starts and ends in Inverness, although you can do any part of the route if you do not have time to do the whole thing. The route follows the main roads around the North Highland coast. You will see not only spectacular scenery and historical landmarks but also lots of local wildlife. There are plenty of places to stay en route, but do check before you go.
Of all the beautiful drives in Wales we have chosen a 178 mile drive from the Brecon Beacons to Snowdonia. The drive is along the A470 and takes you through the Brecon Beacons National Park, through the Welsh countryside, and into Snowdonia.
If you want a slightly longer version of the drive then start in Cardiff and follow the Cambrian Way (which follows much of the A470) all the way to the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno. This wonderful route is around 250 miles, with lots to see and do along the way.
The Causeway Coastal route in Northern Ireland is a fabulous 120 mile drive from Belfast to Derry. It skirts the Atlantic coast and includes many of Northern Ireland’s main tourist attractions and landmarks such as the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle, the Glens of Antrim and Dark Hedges – made famous by its appearance as the Kingsroad in Game of Thrones.
North East England
The Northumberland Coast is well worth a visit. There is a lovely 34 mile coastal route from Alnmouth to Lindisfarne Nature Reserve which not only has spectacular views of the North Sea but many places of historical interest including Bamburgh Castle. Lindisfarne and Holy Island is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Lindisfarne Nature Reserve a bird-lover’s paradise.
North West England
Some of England’s most picturesque roads are in the Lake District. For a leisurely 30 mile drive, start in Kendal and head north towards Windermere, a beautiful resort on the edge of the largest lake in England. Keep heading north and visit a host of pretty villages such as Ambleside, Bowness and Grasmere. If you want a change from sitting behind the wheel, the Windermere Lake Cruises will ferry you comfortably between many of these different destinations.
There are also many lovely drives around England’s eastern coastline. The Norfolk Coast road trip is a 70 mile drive from King’s Lynn to Mundesley. You can spend time in the beautiful town of Kings Lynn itself or head straight towards the stunning beaches of Hunstanton or Brancaster. The vibrant village of Burnham Market is also well worth a visit, before you head for the beautiful coastal community of Mundesley. This is only around 20 miles from Norwich if you want to add an overnight stay and explore the city.
The New Forest has some wonderful drives through pastures, heathland and forest: with local wildlife along the way, including of course the famous New Forest ponies. One lovely route is to drive from Lymington to Fordingbridge via Brockenhurst and Bolderwood. This is around 22 miles, using the B3054, B3055 and A337. You will drive through lots of beautiful forest villages, with plenty of opportunities to stop off for refreshments or sightseeing before reaching Fordingbridge – a small riverside town on the banks of the River Avon.
South West England
There are many beautiful drives in Devon and Cornwall, but one of the most popular is the stretch of The Atlantic Highway running from Barnstaple in north Devon to Newquay in Cornwall. This 76 mile section of the A39 includes many places of interest such as Tintagel Castle, the Bedruthan Steps, and the lighthouse at Trevose Head. You will also see some lovely beaches and really pretty fishing villages, some made famous by the filming of the TV series Doc Martin.
We hope that the above information can help you to make some lovely post-lockdown plans for the summer.
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