Five places to take road trips in the UK

JonathanMarch 31, 2014

The season of bank holidays is just around the corner, meaning that many of us will be making plans for how to spend those precious few extra days off.

Taking a road trip with your friends or family can be the perfect way to make the most of a long weekend. Car leasing can also make it simple for you to top off the holiday with a brand new model, which could allow the driver to enjoy the break just as much as the passengers.

Living in the UK means that we are spoiled by rugged countryside and dramatic views that make for breathtaking road trips. We've compiled a list of the best places that will make any journey an expedition once you get behind the wheel.

The Lake District
Nestled in the north of England, the Lake District is one of the most picturesque places that you can travel to within a couple of hours from most places. The breathtaking views have inspired writers such as Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.

For those based in the south that don't want to have to drive too far, Dartmoor is perfect. Driving through the moorland in south Devon is one of the most fun driving experiences that you can have, with some of the best views in the country. For families, there are plenty of country pubs to stop off at and stretch your legs and it's pretty close to the beach too.

Scottish Highlands
The Scottish Highlands offer some of the most brilliant mountain views in the UK, while the area also boasts plenty of delicious food places. Obviously for fans of whiskey, the Highlands are a top choice to travel to this bank holiday with some of the best single malts from distilleries such as Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Dalwhinnie on offer.

St Ives
Any road trip that takes you through St. Ives won't fail to satisfy your appetite for the open road. The celebrated Southwest Coast Path can also be taken on from behind the wheel and will treat you to some of the most beautiful sea views in the world.

The Yorkshire Moors
The Yorkshire Moors offers some bleak but awe-inspiring scenery and makes can lead the way to Whitby, Pickering or Leeds, depending on what direction you are heading in. There is also plenty of opportunity to enjoy a good walking holiday if you want to stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh air after a couple of hours behind the wheel.

Road trip tips
Road trips can seem like a logistical nightmare, especially if you have children, but planning is key to ensure that your trip goes off without a hitch.

– If you have young children, you should make sure you have enough planned to keep them occupied in the car. This can include anything from packing colouring books or putting an audio book on while you are driving. You might also want to pack some snacks and drinks in the car to keep them busy, though foods that are high in sugar or messy should be avoided.

– Pack a road map, as well as your satnav or mobile phone and ensure that, when you set off, all your gadgets are fully charged. This will help you just in case anything should go wrong with the technology. An AA road map is good if you are heading into a rural place as it can give you the nearest pub or attraction.

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