Staycations in the UK are on the rise due to Brexit, Millennials choosing to stay at home and consumer shifts towards wellness breaks. The UK is thriving with scenic drives, quaint country towns, breathtaking natural resources, beautiful beaches and edgy cities with interesting local and international cuisine.
In the UK, we’re lucky enough to have some fantastic scenic drives on our doorstep, making even an impromptu road trip when the sun comes out manageable. The car experts at Design 911 have listed their 5 top road trips in the UK that will make you want to pick up the Thelma to your Louise and drive off into the sunset.
1. The English Channel towards Brighton
Brighton is one of the most popular day trip destinations from London as it only takes an hour along the A2. There is the option to pass through Dover where you can take in the famous cliffs and the longer drive down the A259 will offer scenic views of the Sussex Coastline and Hastings Castle. Once in Brighton, visit The Royal Pavilion, grab yourself some fish and chips and head to the beach, followed by the retro funfair. For those looking for an alternative experience, Brighton offers a number of art galleries such as artrepublic for street art lovers, designer and vintage shops and restaurants such as Riddle & Fins Oyster Bar, terre a terre for Vegetarians or Choccywoccydoodah for chocolate lovers.
2. The Snake Pass, Yorkshire
Located on the A57 in the Derbyshire section of the Peak District, between Manchester and Sheffield and 1,680 feet above sea level, makes this scenic mountain pass a popular road trip destination. The Snake Pass refers to the winding route between Glossop and Ladybower with superb views of the Ladybower reservoir, its vast woodlands and the rolling countryside. Head into the Derbyshire Dales and then finally onto the A623 into Chatsworth for the magnificent Chatsworth House where you can explore its 500 years of history.
3. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
Cheddar Gorge, home to the famous British cheese is located in the West Country and hosts an impressive sight of cliffs and rock formations along your drive on the B3135. The spectacular natural landmark draws many tourists in peak season, however it will never resemble rush hour in a city and the magnificent view of the awe-inspiring cliffs will keep you distracted. Visit the caves for its history lesson on Britain’s prehistoric ancestors or take part in rock climbing, followed by sampling the delicious cheese.
4. Black Mountain pass
The 20-mile Black Mountain Pass has been described as the perfect antidote to escaping desk life. Located in Wales, 3 hours from the South East or the Midlands on the A4069 cutting across the Brecon Beacons, through Brynamman where it peaks 1,600ft before its drop into Llandovery. This deserted land which was used as a quarry for limestone is now only inhabited by the occasional animal passing though so you will feel isolated. The spectacular driving route will pass rivers, mountains, bridges, stone walls and hedges. Visit the Brecon Beacons National Park or nearby village Myddfai to learn about the legend of Lady of The Lake. This picturesque village has a number of traditional pubs for lunch from local farmers and suppliers.
5. Glencoe, Scotland
Glencoe is majestic Scotland at its finest, featuring a dramatic backdrop of magnificent mountain views, greenery and icy lochs. The stunning scenery is popular with those looking to chill out amongst the stunning mountain backdrop, walkers and history seekers which includes writers and poets. The epic landscape reflects its history as the area was once a battlefield between the Scottish and English and famous for the Glencoe massacre in 1692. As Glencoe is two hours from Glasgow, visit the vibrant and cultural city for its contemporary art, music scene, nightlife and diverse restaurants where you can find anything from comforting to fine dining Scottish, Australian, Italian and more.