The sun is finally here and what better way to celebrate than with a road trip through the beautiful British countryside?
To give you a taste of what the UK has to offer, Warranty Direct shares its top picks for a memorable road trip.
1. Slither through the Snake Pass in the Peak District
While most of the roads in the Peak District will give you spectacular views, the Snake Pass which crosses the Pennines and Ladybower Reservoir is an unmissable addition to your trip.
Expect roads winding up and down hills, rewarding you with magnificent sights of the National Trust’s High Peak Estate.
While you are here, take a break from the car and have an adventure up Kinder Scout, the highest mountain in the Peak District.
There’s a path from Snake Pass, starting at the Birchen Clough car park which involves a pretty woodland walk before the ascent, so don’t worry if you’re not up for climbing any great heights!
2. Watch out for dragons on the Welsh Black Mountain Pass
This epic mountain road will make you believe you could really see a dragon coming over the next hill.
The Brecon Beacons offer unrivalled views of the Tywi Valley and the kind of hairpin bends and switchbacks that a true petrol head could only dream of. Cross the dragon’s humps of Pont Aber, which lead onto Herbert’s Pass for more unsurpassable scenery.
Make the most of the mountain scenery and ride the Trails on the Black Mountains and experience the best mountain riding Wales has to offer with Tregoyd Mountain Riders.
3. Head for the Highlands
Step back in time with the 74km route from Fort William to Mallaig. Begin with Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak, then meander along to the whiskey distillery at Fort William to sample some of the Uisge Beatha, the ‘water of life’ (just make sure you draw straws to decide who the designated driver will be in advance of your trip!)
If you are a movie buff, then this is the area for you. Just to the west of Fort William, you will find the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by Harry Potter films and Camusdarach Beach at Arisaig, the filming location of Local Hero.
Near the end of your Scottish road trip, get your fill of Loch Morar, the deepest freshwater lake in the UK to visit Nessie’s cousin, Morag.
4. Meander through the wild moors
One of the wildest areas of Britain, Dartmouth has long been the inspiration for some of the great literature of the country, from Arthur Conan Doyle to Michael Morpurgo.
Dartmoor offers a unique mix of rolling moorlands, rushing river valleys and fabulous wildlife, including the well-known wild horses.
To see the best Dartmoor has to offer, begin by driving from Torquay to historic Bovey Tracey and stop here for a coffee. After this, take the B3387 to Parke for stunning walks along the River Bovey.
Dartmouth is famous for its moors, so no road trip would be complete without a visit. Head to Widecombe in the Moor which is a must-see.
5. Ride from Glastonbury to Cheddar Gorge
Begin your trip on the outskirts of the infamous town of Glastonbury, with a visit to the tor over the lush, green mounds. Then head towards the cathedral city of Wells. After a spot of lunch you can hit the driver’s paradise of ‘Cheddar Gorge‘.
For the driving enthusiast, the real fun begins here, with dramatic sheer cliffs enclosing you as you descend into the gorge. Park up and take a walk through an underground world, with a walk in Gough’s or Cox’s caves or take the 274 steps up to the cliff-tops for breath-taking views. (Trust us, it’s worth the climb!)
Stop off at one of the many quintessentially English villages to snack and refuel after your walk.
To avoid any unexpected stops, don’t forget to check you’re covered for breakdowns before you go!
This article was originally published on the Warranty Direct Blog.