The UK’s Most Scenic Drives
Yes, accelerating around a race track is probably the most fun you can have in a car… but taking your car out for a relaxing scenic road trip around the beautiful British roads is a close second. All you need is your favourite playlist, a picnic and a tank of petrol. We’re so lucky in this country to be surrounded by a lot of beauty – you just need to know where to find it.
With the warmer weather approaching, we run through our favourite most scenic drives in the UK for you to tick off your road trip bucket list this summer – and don’t forget your camera to capture the stunning scenery!
Kendal to Keswick (29.8 miles)
The Lake District should be at the top of any UK motorists list. Famous for its lakes, forest and mountains, it’s the perfect little slice of escapism. The Kendal to Keswick route passes through the heart of the Lake District and along the banks of both Lake Windermere and Lake Thirlmere, taking you through breathtaking countryside that served as inspiration for both William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, making it the perfect spot for some contemplation.
Glasgow to Fort William (108 miles)
Head to the Scottish Highlands and take in the incredible views of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Drive up and up into the Black Mountains and lose yourself in volcanic mountain scenery. You’re sure to forget you’re even in the UK as you find yourself in landscapes that you’ve only ever seen in films. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you’ll finish up your route with Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis in sight.
Hornby to Ribblehead Viaduct (15.5 miles)
A must-see for Harry Potter fans is Ribblehead Viaduct that starred as a backdrop within the film franchise. Nestled within the Yorkshire dales, this 400-metre-high viaduct was constructed in 1870 and is listed as a scheduled Ancient Monument. It carries the Settle-Carlisle railway across Batty Moss in the Ribble Valley at Ribblehead. This drive is on the shorter side but what it lacks in distance, it makes up for in drama. This striking landlord is best viewed from a distance and is a definite photo opportunity.
Cheltenham to Stratford-Upon-Avon (34.5 miles)
We couldn’t complete a top 10 list of scenic areas in the UK without mentioning the much-loved Cotswolds. This unique area of the UK is instantly recognisable by its trademark Cotswold stone that features on the quaint buildings throughout the areas quaint villages. This beautiful area of our country is peaceful and relaxing with tranquil hills at every turn. Take the scenic route from Cheltenham to Stratford-Upon-Avon, stopping off in Broadway in the North of the Cotswolds for a bite to eat and a coffee at one of the many cosy pubs and restaurants. Upon your arrival in Stratford-Upon-Avon you’ll find yourself steeped in history in the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Weston Park to Knighton (60.2 miles)
Explore the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and beyond, starting by parking up for a little stop at Weston Park to explore the magnificent house and gardens. From there, take the A5 around the outskirts of Shrewsbury and down into the Shropshire Hills to take in rolling hill ranges, countless nature reserves and picturesque villages. Towards the end of the journey, take a pit shop in the village of Clun, titled as one of the most tranquil locations in England. Enjoy the Clun Castle ruins and refuel in one of the friendly pubs or quaint tea rooms.
Somerset to Cheddar Gorge (29.9 miles)
Cheddar Gorge boasts the title of one of the UK’s greatest natural wonders so there’s no doubt that it is a must-see for all UK motorists looking for a bit of dramatic scenery. Voyage down the B3135 and into the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty to take in Cheddar Gorge. For those seeking out a little adventure, stop off for a bit of cave exploring or rock climbing.
Swanage to Osmington (27.6 miles)
There’s a lot to see whilst driving around beautiful Dorset, down in the very south of the UK. Journey down the coastline and take in the unforgettable views of Lulworth Cove and the famed Osmington White Horse, a huge hill figure cut into the limestone of Osmington Hill. On this route, stopping off at Durdle Door is a must; a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast, jutting out into the sea.