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Britain’s most beautiful road trips

The UK is jam-packed with jaw-dropping scenery just waiting to be explored – even one road trip will prove it. So, jump in the car, stick on your most epic road trip playlist and discover a beautiful part of Britain you never knew existed. Here are a few ideas to get you going.

Cheddar Gorge

Length: 15 miles
Drive time: Approx. 30 minutes

Rugged, dramatic and moody,
Cheddar Gorge has that raw beauty you just can’t express with mere words. It’s remarkable to look at and more than just a little imposing, and after you witness it from behind the wheel, park your car and make the three-mile hike to the top for a whole new experience.

Go from feeling almost insignificant at the foot of this mighty natural wonder to a giant as you preside over the jaw-dropping panoramas of the West Country.

The Gorge itself is only three miles long, but the amount of drama and beauty packed into this short drive makes it more than worthy of a place on this list. Make sure to pack a picnic for a little alfresco dining in remarkable surroundings. 

St Ives to St Just

Length: 13 miles
Drive time: Approx. 32 minutes

Nothing quite matches the freedom of the open road like the vast mystery of the open sea. From winding clifftop roads, gaze out over some of the best coastal views in the south of Britain as you make your way up from the wonderfully quaint seaside town of St Ives to the end-of-world town St Just. The road, which cuts through some of Cornwall’s best moorland scenery, is not for the faint of heart at points, with more than a few hair-raising twists to navigate along the way.

With the weather in this part of the UK usually a little warmer, this is definitely one of those places where having a convertible in England is actually acceptable – come on, you’ve been waiting for this opportunity your whole life.

Want to come back and stay a while? Tucked away on a quiet street in St Ives, you’ll find a little corner of peace in the form of the Blue Sky Bed & Breakfast. Spend the night and explore the sleepy seaside vibe of this Cornish gem before heading off on your road trip.

Tremadog to Pen-y-Pass

Length: 15.2 miles
Drive time: Approx. 29 minutes

From quiet, placid lakes to huge, snow-capped peaks, Wales is home to some of the most picturesque scenery in the entire UK. And the best way to discover it? Hop in your car and drive through it, of course.

As you drive between Tremadog and Pen-y-Pass, it’s hard not to get caught up in the perfect scenery that surrounds you at every turn. One minute you’ll be passing through the narrow Aberglaslyn Pass and the next you’ll be pulling up for a cosy pub lunch in Beddgelert, one of Snowdonia’s loveliest villages.

The drive finishes at the foot of the mighty Mount Snowdon, which you can either admire from the bottom or brave the hike for some truly incredible vistas of the UK.

Think you'll want to revisit and extend your stay? Try the Bryn Eglwys Country House Hotel, located right in the middle of Snowdonia National Park. This renovated Georgian farmhouse sits amid the park’s verdant scenery almost in the middle of nowhere – perfect for the ultimate retreat.

Swaledale to Wensleydale

Length: Around 7 miles
Drive time: Approx. 21 minutes

Regularly referred to as “God’s own country” by its residents, Yorkshire is packed full alluring landscapes and charming little villages. There’s no shortage of incredible drives in this part of the world, but if you have to pick just one, make it the route between Swaledale and Wensleydale – a truly stand out route, even by Yorkshire’s lofty standards.

Although only around seven miles long, this section of the A684 cuts through the heart of the famous Dales, taking in the rolling, green hills of Yorkshire and the Buttertubs Pass highroad. At points, you’re surrounded by nothing but wide open space, so make sure to pack your camera. 

If you want to stay the night, where better to pull up than a hotel once dubbed as the most romantic in the UK? The Yorebridge House Hotel Bainbridge is a gem, set in the middle of all North Yorkshire’s unspoiled glory. 

All drive times and distances accurate according to Google Maps.

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