7 of the UK’s most picturesque drives
From dramatic landscapes to captivating coastlines, scenic mountains to lush green valleys; driving through the Great British countryside is one of the most enjoyable ways to take in all the stunning scenery that the UK has to offer. So, whether you’re planning a staycation, or travelling to the UK from abroad, here are some of the most beautiful stretches of road that you need to incorporate into your UK road trip:
Snake Pass, Peak District
Snake Pass crosses the Pennines and Ladybower Reservoir offering 42 miles of magnificent views of the National Trust’s High Peak Estate. This road, which dates back to 1821, isn’t for the faint-hearted; expect tight corners and twisting tarmac to challenge you as you tackle the route – but the scenic mountain views make it well worth it.
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Isle of Arran Coastal Road, Scotland
With craggy highlands to the north and rolling lowlands to the south, this 56-mile drive around the circular coastal route offers ever-changing sea views and a gorgeous peek of the bewitching Arran island. Whilst it offers particularly European-esque views at the height of summer, it’s also just as awe-inspiring on stormier days as the brooding clouds lend extra majesty to heather-covered hills.
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Black Mountain Pass, Brecon Beacons
Black Mountain Pass is another route that’s not for the faint hearted; this spectacular driving road twists, climbs, wriggles and dips for 19 miles between Llandovery and Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, and it offers truly some unparalleled views of the Welsh mountains. Beware of stray sheep and sudden hairpin turns.
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Highland Perthshire Loop, Scotland
You can’t plan a road trip around Scotland without including the beautiful 65km Highland Perthshire Loop. The route itself will take you through all of Highland Perthshire’s most gorgeous scenery and sights, and you can make your trip even more memorable by veering off for short visits to Pitlochry and Aberfeldy with a route along the River Tay and Loch Tummel.
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Abergwesyn Pass, Wales
With a stunning backdrop of mountains, forests and quaint villages, Abergwesyn Pass is the perfect driving escape. But don’t let the idyllic valleys fool you into thinking this will be a relaxing drive; Abergwesyn Pass really is a smorgasbord of straights, hairpin bends, crests, bridges ascents and descents which will test all of your driving skills at once.
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Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
With a mix of sharp hairpins and long sweeping bends Cheddar Gorge is one of the most awe-inspiring drives in Britain thanks to its deep-sliced limestone cliffs. Carved out by glacial meltwater during the last Ice Age, Cheddar Gorge is one of England’s deepest natural canyons, and towers a magnificent 138m above the twisting road in some places.
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Penrith to Haydon Bridge, Cumbria
Last, but certainly not least, the route from Penrith in Cumbria to Haydon Bridge in Northumberland is known as the ‘roof of England’. The 38 miles of sharp turns are popular with both drivers and motorcyclists alike and the dramatic scenery makes for a truly beautiful drive.
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