Written by special contributor, Jane Hunter
The United Kingdom has 246,500 miles of open road. These roads take travelers away from the busy towns and take them on a magical journey towards some of the nation’s most stunning views and hidden gems. If you’re looking to escape the buzz of city life and trade it in for calm scenery and natural views, then these three most scenic UK road trips are perfect for you.
Cornwall’s Coastal Roads
Constantly voted as one of England’s most scenic stretches of land, Cornwall provides travelers with 400 miles of coastline, hidden coves, and a dash of English heritage. Cornwall is the only county without a motorway and therefore, travelers will be mesmerized by its raw rugged beauty. If you’re an adventurer, you can surf some of England’s best waves or take a daredevil’s walk across the Burma rope bridge in the Lost Gardens of Heligan. You will also want to visit the hidden coves at Cadgwith and have a bite to eat at the fishing village. At the end of the trip, don’t forget to stop by Lizard Point, the most southern tip of the UK mainland, where you’ll find breathtaking cliffs and oceanic views.
Loch Lomond to Glencoe, Scotland
Voted Scotland’s most scenic drive, the A817 takes motorists from Loch Lomond to Glencoe through stunning scenery. The trip takes about an hour and a half straight through the water’s edge, but most visitors will take multiple breaks along the way. Stop in the picturesque Argyll Forest Park to see a moment that jumped right out the pages of a storybook. Here, kids can catch a glimpse of the red deer or red squirrels that inhabit the forest. Along the route, travelers will also be taken through Trossachs National Park. You can wander around the park, take a boat ride, or go wildlife spotting. At the end of the road trip, you’ll come face to face with the iconic Pap of Glencoe, the north’s magnificent mountain.
Hardknott Pass in the Lake District
In February 2018, UK motoring experts got together with LeaseCar.uk to compile a list of the most scenic routes across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. One of the roads that topped this list was the Hardknott Pass in the Lake District. This road will provide you with the most stunning scenery of Cumbria’s undiscovered coastline. You will experience an ancient route full of mystical clouds, mountains, and rivers. If you’re adventurous, stop by the Hardknott Fort and snap a shot of the Roman Empire’s remnants. However, if you’re looking to tackle this road, it’ll definitely be a hard-knock like for you. Hardknott Pass is one of Britain’s most challenging roads to drive and signs will discourage you from driving towards the steep, twisting single-track road.
Get away from the bustle of city life and take a journey on one of these magical routes. You’ll feed your soul and see some of the UK’s most mesmerizing destinations.