Where To Drive Around The UK Countryside

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The UK is one of the most beautiful countries and what’s more, driving around it on the country roads is one of the best ways to take in the scenic views and enjoy the greenery the country has to offer. With so many places to visit, it’s hard to choose, but here’s some ideas to spark your imagination.

Aira Force

Described by Affordable Cars as one of the most breath-taking views in the Lake District, Aira Force waterfall is a Victorian park with dramatic waterfalls, gorgeous scenery and rocks. The main waterfall sits 70 feet higher than the footbridge below, cascading down the rocks in its path. Established in the 1780s, the site is now owned by The National Trust and worth a visit if you are looking for a picturesque day out.

The Cotswolds

Starting at Cheltenham and driving to Stratford-upon-Avon will cover 32.7 miles and is one of the most beautiful drives you can do. You will pass meadows filled with wildflowers, the hills of the Cotswolds and views of sheep pastures and woodland, as well as passing through a series of English villages along the way, including the historic town of Chipping Campden. The route finishes in Stratford-upon-Avon, which is the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

The Norfolk Coast

England’s eastern coastline is a must-see. Start with Norwich and visit the 11th-century cathedral, then head east into The Broads. With its scenic waterways and a wide variety of wildlife, the Broads is popular with holidaymakers and well worth the extra few days lazing around on a boat. Then get back on the road and take the coastal roads north towards Cromer, which is a traditional seaside resort and home to the UK’s only remaining end-of-the-pier variety show. Further along the coast, wide, windswept beaches like Brancaster Beach are perfect for an afternoon relaxing by the sea. Make sure you stop off at Norfolk’s red and white Happisburgh Lighthouse too.

Somerset to Cheddar Gorge

The Cheddar Gorge is one of the UK’s greatest natural wonders and an ideal spot for a leisurely drive, so head to Somerset and drive along it to see the 27 magnificent cliffs just to the side of the road. There’s plenty of places to stop on the way if you want to explore some caves or do some rock climbing.

Journey around New Forest

One of the most-loved drives around the UK is in the New Forest in the south of England. It is a beautiful drive consisting of scenic pastures, heathland, and forest.The New Forest is designated as a national park and if you are interested in wildlife there will be plenty of picture-taking opportunities along the trip, including the famous New Forest Pony.

Northern Ireland’s Most Beautiful Road

Fancy a longer drive? Then try a 130-mile route that offers nothing short of driving pleasure. Heading north from Belfast, follow the rugged contours of the Northern Ireland coast. On the Causeway Coast Route, you will pass Carrickfergus Castle and Glenarm. This is just the beginning, but the rest is just as beautiful, you will descend to isolated Torr Head and see views of Scotland on this route, not to mention the ruined Dunluce Castle on the North Antrim coast and eventually the mind-blowing Giant’s Causeway.

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