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Summer Day Trips: Drive England & Wales

Summer Day Trips: Drive England & Wales

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For some, driving is what you do to get where you need to go. It’s the part of a holiday or day trip that you have to put up with, get through, survive. These people will get to their destination feeling relieved the worst part is behind them.

For some of us, though, the driving can be part of the experience in and of itself. In fact, it can even be the entire point. Driving for pleasure is the kind of hobby that has a tendency to be judged harshly by those that don’t understand it, but if you get it, then you get it.

There’s no better time of year to head out for a roadtrip than the summer. The days are long, so you can travel the roads for as many hours into the evening as you so wish. It doesn’t matter if your choice of vehicle is a comfortable SUV or you’ve decided to buy a scooter to feel all the more connected to the world around you – the road beckons, and you’ve hours to explore it in. While the UK might not be your first choice of destination when it comes to sunning yourself on a beach, when it comes to the perfect roads to drive through stunning scenery, it’s right up there with the best in the world.

Snake Pass, Derbyshire

Connecting the north west to the Midlands, Snake Pass is a long mountain road that will challenge even the most experienced drivers. It weaves its way through the Peak District hilltops, with stunning drops and the occasional sheep looking on. There are large sections where you can see the road ahead clearly, whereas in other places it becomes more challenging.

The Coastal Roads Of Cornwall

If the rough mountains of the Peak District aren’t quite your thing, then the sweeping Cornish coastal roads could have the answer to your prayers. Aim for Newquay – a destination worth travelling to anyway, but made all the better by tracing the route of the coast, through Lizard Point, to get there. You can stop off at numerous points and head onto the beach, then enjoy the famed Newquay nightlife when you arrive.

Snowdonia, Wales

Snowdonia is one of the most stunning National Parks in the UK. From the moment you get there, you’ll have a whole new appreciation for this rough yet spectacular landscape. Fog rolls across the hilltops as you curve through small villages and hamlets. For the perfect drive, aim for the coastal city of Caernarvon on the northern edge of Snowdonia – you can cruise past the park’s eponymous mountain itself before taking in the sights at Caernarvon Castle.

The North York Moors

If you want to reach stunning heights and feel the elements closing around you, then there’s nowhere better than the rugged North York moors. You’ll drive past the occasional Saxon cross, though for most of the trip you will see nothing but hills and valleys for miles around. The most isolated of these routes, it’s nevertheless an amazing experience for a driving enthusiast.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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