If you have just passed your driving test and are itching to get behind the wheel of your first car, a road trip is a great idea. With the summer months in full swing, there’s never been a better time than now to get out on the road and explore some of the best driving views that the UK has to offer. From the rugged highlands of Scotland to rolling green fields in Yorkshire and Wales, there’s no need to pay for a flight abroad this summer as now you can drive, you have a whole range of amazing opportunities for exploring new places in your home country with hundreds of awesome things to see and do along the way.
The Scottish Highlands offer some of the most amazing views for a road trip. Although the roads can be narrow and winding – don’t forget to check this site out to brush up on your theory before you set off – if you’re a careful driver, you can experience some breath-taking views on some of the most picturesque roads that the UK has to offer. Stop off to explore mountains, gorgeous waterfalls and streams, and take walks in the rolling countryside.
The Peak District in England is a great destination for a summer road trip, and offers some of the most magnificent views of the National Trust’s High Peak Estate. The 42-mile long Snake Pass in the Peak District’s Derbyshire section is one of the best roads to choose, however be careful as a new driver as you can expect lots of narrow sections of road, twisting turns and sharp, snug corners. But, if you’re willing to take the hair-raising drive, you’ll find that it’s definitely worth it thanks to the amazing scenery.
Known as the ‘Roof of England’, the A686 is a route which passes from Penrith in Cumbria to Haydon Bridge in Northumberland and offers a range of breath-taking views along the way. A popular road for motorcyclists, you’ll be glad to hear that it’s often straightforward for new drivers, but be prepared to keep your eyes out for some sharp bends. Crossing over the Pennines, a drive along this pass will reward you with magnificent scenery and stunning landscapes, which are perfect for stopping off and getting a great photograph.
Wales itself is a great destination for a UK road trip, with plenty of rolling green countryside which offers amazing views and quaint villages to stop at and explore. One of the best roads to drive in Wales is the Abergwesyn Pass in Powys, which offers a range of long straits, twisting turns, ascents and descents, bridges and sharp bends, making it a great choice if you’re planning to test your newfound driving skills. Along the route, you’ll be welcomed by a stunning mountainous backdrop, plenty of greenery, and picturesque villages. A stop off at the Llyne Brianne reservoir is essential for walking and photos.
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