Summer road trips in the UK – the best way to travel
The old concept of landing at a destination while skipping all the adventure of getting there, is nowadays being exchanged by a new concept; where half of the fun is about the ride.
Although I’ve been traveling for about 16 years now, my favorite and most memorable trips were the road trips, where my boyfriend and I had the freedom to explore small country roads, picturesque villages, stunning landscapes and vibrant cities.
Traveling by road, can also be the most Eco-friendly way to travel. If you choose to rent a diesel car, you can fill the tank with biodiesel, and reduce your impact on the planet. Biodiesel is quite popular all over the UK and easy to find.
So, how can you plan an international road trip?
Nowadays, you’ll find plenty of information online, regarding the best routes, scenic roads, interesting attractions and accommodation possibilities. You can book it online where you might find great deals. If you’re traveling with your pet companion, you will love to find out that Blue Chip offers not only a full range of options for different budgets, but also a great search engine within the website, allowing you to narrow down your choices.
INTERESTING ROAD ITINERARIES YOU SHOULD EXPLORE BY CAR:
So after leaving some of our favorite places behind, like the East End, London, we hit the open road to discover the UK, on our own pace.
London to Brighton Distance: 90 km Roads: A23, M23 This one is more about the destination than the drive. Just two hours down the road from the bright lights of London is the easy breezy seaside town of Brighton. Brighton is my very favorite city in the UK and I remember I really wanted to move there, during my college days. People are extremely friendly, the city is filled with color and there’s an overall laidback spirit. I think this trip is a must!
Snowdonia National Park – Conwy to Portmeirion Distance: 62 km Roads: B5106, A5, A4068, A498 All of Wales deserves to make our road trip cut, but Snowdonia National Park is a must-see slice of the country. The Snowdonia National Park, is the largest national park in Whales, where you can find the highest mountain of England and Wales. With over 823 square miles (2,130 km2) in area, it was the first to be designated of the three national parks in Wales, in 1951. This is a destination I’m yet to visit, but friends have suggested the itinerary over and over again.
Oxford and Bath –
I’ve been to Oxford and I can definitely recommend it! Explore the Oxford colleges on foot to make sure you don’t miss any detail. Oxford is a small place, and pedestrian friendly. Drive to Stratford upon Avon via Blemheim Palace, tour Shakespeare country and, spend night in Stratford
Maybe stop at town of Alcester of Bidford on Avon to see smaller but still pretty towns in area, off beaten path. Drive to Tewkesbury, visit Abbey, spend night around Cheltenham.
Tour some of the local villages, including Winchcombe, Broadway, Chipping Camden, Moreton in Marsh, Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water, etc. Some are small, some are larger, all are pretty but also realistically well known and tourist – but for a good reason! Find a rural B&B for 2 nights.
Drive to Bath, tour Bath including Roman baths and Georgian Bath architecture. Check out 5 inspiring reasons why you should visit Bath with a Brit and a Southerner! When driving back, make sure you pass by the famous Stonehenge, a unique site that should be part of your itenerary! This was a road trip I took many years ago, when I was an Au-pair in England. I bet it’s an unforgettable experience.
There are many more incredible routes and destinations you can explore in the UK, by car, on your own pace.
If you know of any incredible scenic road trip, share it with us on the comment session bellow.