UK is a relatively small country and therefore it makes an ideal place to do a road trip.

Experiencing UK countryside and roads would be a great experience on the weekends for people who like to hit the road. Being a fan of the road myself, here I am listing some of the favourites from UK for all of the travellers to explore and enjoy.

NORFOLK COAST

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Locally known as the Coast Road, Norfolk’s A149 takes you through an official coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For a nice relaxing journey you can drive the Norfolk Coast from Hunstanton to Great Yarmouth. Don’t miss Burnham Market, also known as “Chelsea-on-sea”, for some upmarket shopping. Make a stop at the Her Majesty the Queen’s Norfolk retreat, Sandringham, where the house and gardens are open to the public. Another enjoyable aspect is that this drive takes you through small, rural villages and overlooks fields, marshlands and the sea, beginning in Kings Lynn, taking you to Cromer and on to the Norfolk Broads – beautiful, even if it is a little tight in places.

Due to the amount of tourist destinations en route, the road is best traversed out of holiday season – though if you want to make a trip of it, an early morning drive isn’t a bad shout either.

YORKSHIRE MOORS

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Start your trip with some shopping in the trendy city of Leeds, then drive out on the A64 towards York and Malton. 15 miles north of York you can visit Castle Howard, which is one of the grandest mansions in Britain and was used as the filming location for ‘Brideshead Revisited’. Stop the night in Pickering, then continue along the A169 across the bleak but awe-inspiring scenery of the Yorkshire Moors. You’ll arrive in the seaside town of Whitby, which is most associated with Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

 

ANTRIM COAST

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Though the entirety of the Antrim Coast Road is worthy of a leisurely drive, it is the stretch from Larne heading north that we most enjoy. Though sticking to the coast, the A2 takes you past the nine valleys that comprise the Glens of Antrim as they edge closer to the coast. As well as making for a stunning scenic drive, the valleys are also great for hiking.

As with any A road, parts of the entire stretch will always be busy. However, the section mentioned above is a deviation from the more direct A36 and A26 routes that head north, making it an open road just waiting to be explored.

 

THE LAKE DISTRICT

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Situated in the north west of England, the Lake District national park boasts some of England’s highest peaks and most beautiful scenery. It was the home of Beatrix Potter and the inspiration for famous poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge.

One of my favourites !

 

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

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The Scottish Highlands offer some of the most breathtaking mountain views in Britain. You can also taste whiskey at some of Scotland’s finest distilleries- just remember to book an overnight stay somewhere if you’re going to be having a drop of the hard stuff! You’ll have the chance to sample the best single malts from distilleries such as Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Dalwhinnie.

 

SOUTH WEST ATLANTIC HIGHWAY

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Anyone who says England doesn’t have great beaches hasn’t been to the south west. Follow the A39 along the Atlantic Highway from Bideford all the way to Newquay and make sure you stop in my favourite towns of Port Isaac, Polzeath, Rock and Padstow on your journey.

The fishing harbour of Port Isaac viewed through a veil of Red valerian.
The fishing harbour of Port Isaac viewed through a veil of Red valerian on the coastal path that leads up the headland to the south of the village.