Best scenic drives in Britain
June 27, 2017 at 1:42 PM
The sun is shining and the days are long – what better way to spend the weekend than on a scenic drive through the beautiful British countryside? Here, we take a whistle-stop tour from north to south and east to west, to bring you four of the very best.
Depending on where you are based, this could be more than a gentle afternoon drive, but in all honesty, you could easily spend a week or more exploring the Scottish landscape. If you do, make sure you set aside a couple of days for the Inverness to Nairn circular route, which follows the coast alongside Lossiemouth and then heads inland, taking in a variety of interesting landmarks, such as castles and distilleries. It then leads you into the Cairngorms National Park. You can stop off for a spot of monster hunting at Loch Ness, and while you are in the area, make sure you visit the historic Dulsie Bridge on the return leg.
South: The Isle of Wight
You can't get much further south than this, and if you have never been before, you don't know what you are missing. The ferry across takes less than an hour and adds to the sense of adventure. As for the drive itself, just follow the A3055 and take in the varied landscape of high chalk downs, leafy glades, desolate salt flats and mysterious, ancient forests. There are numerous sailing villages and resorts at which to stop off for refreshments and overnight accommodation.
East: Humber Bridge and the Lincolnshire Wolds
To step away from all that beautiful nature and scenery for a moment, here's a drive that celebrates one of the most remarkable man-made features in Britain. At more than 2,200 metres (almost a mile and a half) in length, it was the longest bridge of its kind when it opened in the early 1980s. Once you've got that out of your system, head south towards Caistor, and you will soon enter the Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that features a range of natural features and landscapes, as well as the famous market towns of Louth and Market Rasen.
When it comes to scenic drives in Wales, you again need a week or so to take it all in. If we had to choose one road trip, it would have to be the Pembrokeshire coast road. Running through the national park, this is far more than a simple drive along the seafront, and the wild and rugged coastline has a unique atmosphere.
It is also a wonderful place for nature lovers, so be ready to make plenty of stops to take photos of the whales, seals, dolphins and various other creatures that can be seen basking in the waters. This is also a twitcher's paradise, so don't forget your binoculars.
When you are ready to return to civilisation, just keep going along the A487 towards St David’s, where the sixth-century cathedral is definitely worth a visit.
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