Scenic Drives In The UK

Posted on 29 September 2011 by Tony Santos

If you are looking for a scenic drive with spectacular views and stunning vistas, then look no further than the UK.  From the beautiful scenery of the Lake District in Cumbria, to the iconic white cliffs of Dover and all that lies between, there are a host of scenic drives just waiting to be experienced.

If you fancy taking a trip in your car and want to know where to head, here are my favourite drives in the UK:

Black Mountain Road (Powys, Breacon Beacons National Park) 

Perhaps one of the most stunning drives to be experienced in the UK, only a short stretch at 5 miles long but well worth the visit.  Running through the Black Mountain Range in the Breacon Beacons National Park, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside on this elevated road which reaches 1,617 feet above sea level at it’s highest (with some brilliant places to stop and take some spectacular photos).

Lake District (Cumbria) 

If asked to name my favourite place in the UK, my answer would probably be Cumbria’s Lake District.  With its beautiful lakes surrounded by green fell land and all manner of flora and fauna, you’ll soon fall in love with this beautiful and tranquil place.

It’s certainly easy to see why the Lake District has been labelled as an area of outstanding natural beauty and why it subsequently receives many hundreds of thousands of tourists each and every year.

If you want to experience the best of what the Lake District has to offer why not take a drive on the circular route which starts in Kendal (take the A5284) and passes through the pretty towns of Ambleside, Windermere and Keswick, passing several of the lakes on the way.

Highlands (Scotland) 

Coming in at a close second for me is Scotland, who couldn’t love the beautiful and eerily quiet glens and picturesque lochs which the highland area is so famous for.  I’m sure you’ve all heard of Loch Ness and the Loch Ness monster (or Nessie as she is locally known) and there are plenty of other things to see and do whilst you’re there.

To really experience the changing scenery in Scotland which ranges from the bustling cityscape of Glasgow to the isolated wilderness of the Scottish highlands, why not take the A9 all the way from Glasgow to Inverness.

Snowdonia (Wales) 

Some of the most spectacular scenery in Wales can be found in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales and you’ll find many pretty village and picturesque towns as you pass through this charming area.

With the stunning backdrop of the Snowdonia mountain range, you’ll find plenty of photo opportunities to keep your camera happy and plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat whilst you gaze at the glorious backdrop.

To experience the Snowdonia National Park in all its spectacular glory, its best to start your journey on the North Wales coast at Conwy Castle and then make your way through the park on the twisting A & B roads that wind through the beautiful scenery.

You’ll pass through the pretty little village of Betws-y-Coed and can stop at the foot of Mount Snowdon to catch the Welsh Mountain Railway to the summit.  The journey ends in the popular tourist attraction which is the village of Portmeirion (made famous by the cult 60’s TV show “The Prisoner”).

Cheddar Gorge (Somerset) 

One of the greatest natural wonders in the UK, Cheddar Gorge is a cleft in the landscape caused by melt water floods at the end of the last ice-age.  The B3135 passes right through the gorge and it’s easy to think you’ve entered another world as you pass through it.

Even better, the gorge is home to an amazing cave system and visitor centre which will keep the family entertained for hours.  I’d highly recommend driving through the gorge so you can see the 27 cliffs and steep green slopes that surround it.

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(photo credit- Ed Callow – llamnuddslju photo – DaveOnFlickr – Rob Young)


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