Cheddar Gorge (England)
Route: Cheddar to Ashwick
Distance: 14 miles (22 km)
Duration: 30 minutes
When you think about the words road trip, you probably resort to thinking about something that takes up your entire day or even week. Not all trips have to last for this duration, sometimes the most memorable ones can be done in half an hour. This is proven by the spectacular winding bends of Cheddar Gorge.
This route through the Mendip Hills down towards Ashwick is something that your eyes can really feast on. Truly, an outlandish area of natural beauty this one. 14 miles might not sound like much at all, but with all the stunning surroundings here you’ll want to pause for a few moments of reflection in the amazing Cheddar Gorge.
You can drive this one, of course, but you can also cycle it if you fancy a bit of exercise. Once you’re done with your little road adventure, head on down to the surrounding villages to get your hands on some irresistible West Country Cheddar.
The Cambrian Way (Wales)
Route: Cardiff to Snowdonia
Distance: 170 miles (273 km)
Duration: 4-6 hours
Frank Sinatra did it his way, and you can do it the Cambrian Way when you take on this short Welsh excursion. This road trip will take you through some of the best beauty spots Wales has to offer in the shape of the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia. The Cambrian Way goes straight through the centre of Wales and will give you those picture-perfect moments you’re craving.
Starting in the country’s capital, Cardiff, you’ll be served up some stunning Severn Estuary views and will be able to observe Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Bay in its entirety. Next up is the Brecon Beacons. With the iconic Pen-y-Fan mountain keeping a watchful eye over the area, it’s heaven on earth for outdoor explorers. Last, but certainly not least, on this trip is Snowdonia in the north. Here you can snap up some panoramic views of the almighty Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.
Jurassic Coast (England)
Route: Exmouth to Studland Bay
Distance: 96 miles (154 km)
Duration: 2-3 hours
Stop your worrying! Your trip will be completely free of dinosaurs when you pay a visit to the Jurassic Coast. The name actually comes from 185 million years of geographical history, with fossilised remains of various animals preserved in the rocks along the coastline. Expect to see wonderful things on this road trip although nothing will compete with Durdle Door, one of the most photographed sites in England and one of Dorset’s grandest treasures.
The route begins at Orcombe Point in Exmouth, Devon. After this, get ready to see many more pleasant sights from four different regions – including East Devon, West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland, and Purbeck. Each one has their own charming towns, views, and breathtaking landscapes.
Causeway Coastal Route (Northern Ireland)
Route: Belfast to Londonderry
Distance: 120 miles (193 km)
Duration: 3-4 hours
You can’t have a list of the UK’s best road trips without including Northern Ireland’s finest – the Causeway Coastal Route. This 120-mile trip will see you start in the buzzing capital of Belfast. After you’ve finished seeing all the points of interest there, head for the road and get yourself driving towards Giant’s Causeway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you’re a fan of popular HBO show Game of Thrones, this road trip has got you written all over it. The areas of natural beauty like Sallagh Braes and the dramatic Cushendun Caves were used to shoot scenes for the show. From there, continue onto Derry where you’re free to really soak up the extra special magnificence of the Causeway Coastal Route.