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Top summer drives in the North of England

For a small region, the North of England has a diverse landscape. Its 37.331km2 land mass consists of rugged mountains, windswept coasts, moody moorlands and great feats of engineering as well as vibrant cities and historic towns. At Hatfields, we are located across the North of England and have Chosen our favourite drives from the North to share with you.

Picturesque villages on the North York Moors

Drive past dry stone walls covered in moss, ancient cottages and see the purple heather bloom on the North York Moors. The drive from the A170 through the North York Moors National Park to the picture postcard village of Hutton-le-Hole. The journey is scenic with sweeping views of the moors, but don’t forget to keep an eye out for sheep! The village is worth a stop and features an award winning folk museum as well as traditional pubs and tea rooms.

Hull and the Humber Bridge

The North of England has a rich history in engineering and the 2,220 meters of the Humber Bridge is one of the jewels in its crown. It is the longest suspension bridge in the UK and connects The East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. The maritime city of Hull, which is to the West of the bridge on the North bank along the A63, is the UK’s 2017 capital of culture. Take a look at Hull’s Old Town, which is full of traditional pubs, cafes and contains an indoor market.

Rugged beauty in the Lake District National Park

When driving through the Lake District you can see why its rugged wild terrain has been immortalised in books and poetry for almost two centuries. To see the best of its landscape from your car, take the winding 30-mile journey from Kendal to Keswick through the national park. You will be treated to some beautiful views and you’ll join the north eastern edge of Windermere – the area’s most famous lake.

Coastline and castles in Northumberland

The Northumberland coast in the North East is one of the UK’s wildest coastlines. Designated an area of outstanding natural beauty, this rugged coastline is marked by ancient structures such as Bamburgh Castle and out to sea, you will be rewarded with views of windswept small islands such as the history rich Lindisfarne. Coming from Berwick-upon-Tweed, take the A1 and then turn off and drive the B1342.

Pendle Witches driving trail

The Pendle witches driving trail is located in the Forest of Bowland, an area of outstanding natural beauty in Lancashire. In 1612 ten people were accused of witchcraft and executed. The driving trail takes you from the Pendle Heritage Centre, where you can learn about the history of the Pendle witches to Lancaster Castle, where the unfortunate ‘witches’ were imprisoned and tried. The journey will include charming villages and you can take an optional walk up Pendle Hill and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

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