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The Best Roads To Drive In The UK

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Oozing with history and dotted with world-renowned landmarks, the UK roads have much to offer. From the panoramic countryside views to the mesmerising coastlines, there is much to explore just beyond your front door. 

Winding serpentine tracks are passageways to some of the country’s hidden gems. 

With the word “staycation” being thrown around, it’s about time you took a step on the wild side and discover what the UK has to offer. 

So strap yourselves in and get ready to experience some of the best roads to drive in the UK.

Dartmoor National Park

Epic, vast and full of natural beauty, Dartmoor National Park is a drive like no other. Home to ancient settlements that date back to the Bronze Age as well as awe-inspiring views and impossible looking granite tors, Dartmoor will take you to a whole other world. 

Grapple with the rugged terrain and get lost in a Tolkien-esque landscape after you’ve navigated your way through the fast sweeping bends and the remains of a prehistoric landscape. 

Sprawling throughout most of the Devonshire countryside, Dartmoor is a must for anyone visiting the county. With a straightforward drive from the Roman city of Exeter, you can drive straight to the heart of Dartmoor via Moretonhampstead on the B3212. 

If you want to check out some of Dartmoor’s best-kept secrets, plan your journey before setting off. Also, keep your eye out for wandering sheep and ponies on the winding roads! 

Discover Wales

Spectacular and sublime the rising mountains that cut their way through the Welsh landscape are something to behold. 

Carving its way through the heart of the country, the A470 offers an incredible journey like no other. 

You will wind steadily past the colossal mountains of Snowdonia to the Cambrian Mountains; cut through the Severn and Wye Valleys to the Brecon Beacons and end your adventure winding through the iconic South Wales coalfields. 

There are some exceptional stops along the way, so make sure to check out the Black Mountains when you drive through the Wye Valley, Gwydir Forest Park and scale the Crimea Pass. 

Admire the Angel in the North

No other road in the UK has the same weight in history as the A1. Remembered as The Great North Road, the A1 connects Edinburgh to London. A landmark of its time, the A1 would be the catalyst for transforming the UK road systems we know today. 

Originally built on an ancient Roman road, you can still drive through the foundational line known as Ermine Street to this day. Marking the way for British civilisation to build, the A1 conjoins roads from London, Yorkshire and East Midlands at Scotch Corner. 

The Great North Road has become the UK’s equivalent to the USA’s Route 66. 

A stop off at The George Hotel in Stamford, Lincolnshire, will take you back 1,000 years as you walk the same paths as the Crusaders and King Charles I. Don’t forget to check out the Angel of the North on your travels. 

The Peak District

If a challenge is what you are up for, driving the twisting roads of the famed Cat and Fiddle Road (the A537) will offer you some of the most spectacular views of the Peak District National Park. With the dry-stone wall edging lining the roads, this drive is not for the fainthearted. 

The adjoining B5470 and A5004 make this a triangular route. So, take in the majestic views of Greater Manchester and Cheshire as you pass through. 

Take your time and enjoy the ride – there is much to discover across the Peaks. 

The Atlantic Highway

Possibly one of the trendiest sounding road names in the whole of the UK, The Atlantic Highway covers a 70 mile stretch of the A39. Carved through the North Devon and Cornwall landscape, the A39 offers breathtaking scenery. 

The road starts in Fraddon, Cornwall and finishes in the pretty market town of Barnstaple in North Devon. So as you can imagine, there is much for you to enjoy!

From the legendary Bodmin Moor, where you can still stay at the famed smugglers retreat The Jamaica Inn to the famous surfing beaches like Newquay and Bude, this drive is a must for the avid explorer. 

Giant’s Causeway

Dramatic and mesmerising, the 120 mile Causeway Coastal Route plays tentatively along the coastline between Belfast and Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland. 

Featuring in the worldwide phenomenon Game of Thrones, the wild and rugged landscape would become its backdrop. What’s more, you can drive along the road that framed the show! 

From the Titanic Belfast Exhibition to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, there is plenty to make a stop for along the way. No more so than the ancient wonder that is the Giants Causeway!

Ready for the ride? There’s nothing better than exploring and discovering new places!

1 comment

  • We have just been to Wales 17th to 24th April,Staying at a beautiful cottage near Cowen.The drive through the Snowdonia National Park was breathtaking,we stayed on the A and B roads best we could,so relaxing.