Best Places to Drive in the UK
England’s roads offer a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the very best of the scenery the country has to offer. Starting with the Garden of England, Kent, a journey along the A258 between Dover and Deal offers stunning views of rolling countryside, fields beneath big skies and sea glimpses; historic buildings (three medieval and Tudor castles) and abundant greenery and trees make this a fine coastal drive with huge variation in elevation.
For picturesque villages and towns the county of Suffolk offers a number of opportunities; focussing on the Suffolk Wool Towns will take the driver around Long Melford, Lavenham, Cavendish and Clare. For those who wish to drive through moorland country the A39 between Barnstaple, the oldest borough in the United Kingdom, and the coastal town of Minehead offers rolling, undulating countryside and sea views that combine to offer a wide-ranging experience of views. This drive takes one through Exmoor National Park.
Those enjoying the Lake District and its scenery can take the A591 and A592 between Lake Windemere and Kirkstone Pass. The elevation of the pass, the highest in the Lake District, is 1,500 feet. The views are stunning and varied.
Loch Lomond in Scotland is by the A82, and the drive North from Dumbarton offers mountain views capped by heather and clouds. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and Rowardennan Forest and the Trossachs National Park offer wonderful views during the drive. The A82 also links Loch Lomond and Loch Ness, offering stunning views across the Lochs, countryside and mountains.
For drivers seeking a demanding and challenging journey, Cornwall offers the B3306 between St Ives and St Just and the road sits on the edge of the Celtic Sea. The road twists and turns repeatedly, and is often busy with pedestrians, cyclists and tourist buses. Cheddar Gorge in Somerset is the deepest in the country. 27 limestone cliffs climb 500 feet and boast an extensive cave system with two show caves available to visitors.
The B3135 twists through the Gorge, offering spectacular views and there are opportunities for those who wish to go rock climbing or caving. The A303 on the way towards Taunton, Somerset, runs past historic Stonehenge, offering a fine view of the Neolithic circle of stones. Finally, Yorkshire boasts the Wensleydale to Swaledale road, described by Jeremy Clarkson as the ‘only truly spectacular’ road in Britain. The road runs through the Yorkshire Dales.