Many Britons are opting to take a staycation this year, rather than head abroad, which is frankly a great idea. It means less travel time, less money, and infinitely less stress involved with organising it.Best of all, Britain offers plenty to do for all the family, from history buffs to thrill seekers to nature lovers.
Then, of course, there is the opportunity for a picturesque road trip, which will get all the family involved. That’s why we’re going to run down four of the best road trips in England and Wales to take this year.
Road Trip Essentials
- Car(s):You’d probably already figured this out, but you need some sort of car to do a roadtrip. Using your own car can be a great and cheap option for a road trip, but you might find it better to rent a car, particularly if you have more road trip buddies than you have car seats or if your destination is a long distance from home and you’re getting the train or coach there.
- Entertainment:Getting everyone to agree on a radio station or a podcast will be hard, so create a road trip playlist where everybody gets to pick a couple of songs.
- Food and drink:Whether you plan on stopping for a picnic or just want to make sure you have something to munch on, grabyour group’s favourite snacks before setting off.
Snake Pass (Peak District, England)
This winding road through the Derbyshire section of the Peak District is one for road trip veterans because it’s famed for its tight corners across the Pennines and towards the Ladybower Reservoir. However, the sight of the National Trust’s High Peak Estate will more than make up for the rollercoaster ride.
Nearby cities:Sheffield, Manchester
Length: 42 miles
Estimated time: 75 minutes
Highest point: 347 metres
Abergwesyn Pass (Powys, Wales)
This road is full of steep ascents and descents, hairpin bends, and crests to test your driving skills, but it still might be easier to drive than to pronounce. The beauty of this road trip is that you can see the quintessential Britain that we generally only see on Christmas cards with quaint villages and quiet woodlands.
Take some time out on this drive to check out the Llyn Brianne reservoir and take a deep lungful of country air home with you.
Length: 11 miles
Estimated time: 39 minutes
Highest point: 479 metres
Black Mountain Pass (Brecon Beacons, Wales)
This is another challenging road trip, with hairpin turns and dizzying heights, across the Black Mountain in the Brecon Beacons. The views are unrivalled but be warned, you will be sharing the roads with wandering sheep.
Length: 22 miles
Estimated time: 43 minutes
Highest point: 495 metres
The roof of England (Cumbria and Northumberland, England)
This popular road trip from Penrith in Cumbria to Haydon Bridge in Northumberland is filled with steep bends and dramatic scenery, especially as the pass crosses the Pennines. You can even stop off in the Allen Valleys to spot rare birds, like the black grouse, on the moors.
Length: 38 miles
Estimated time: 67 minutes
Highest point: 577 metres
Of course, these are far from the only road trips available, but whichever one you end up taking, stay safe on the roads.