With 2020 lacking in far-flung holidays and 2021 going much the same way, it’s a great time to get out and explore what the UK has to offer. You may not be able to guarantee beautiful weather but you can guarantee some of the most jaw-dropping scenery, more history than you could ever hope to remember and – handily – a language you can easily understand. So, to help you get the most out of your holidays, and out of your Bentley, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite routes and roadtrips from all over the UK:
North Coast 500, Scotland
A trip to really savour, the North Coast 500 consists of over 500 miles of Scotland’s quietest, most beautiful and rugged scenery, dotted with historic castles, world-famous distilleries, Heritage sites and luxurious hotels. You could easily spend two weeks on this route and still not feel like you’d seen it all, looping around from Inverness and hugging the UK’s most northerly coast, before returning back to Inverness.
Cheddar to Ashwick, Somerset
Any trip out to the west of England should take in this short stretch of road between Cheddar and Ashwick. Located within the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty, and in proximity to the beautiful historic city of Bath, this 14-mile stretch of road twists tightly through lush greenery and towering cliff faces, emerging into the Cheddar Gorge itself.
Hardknot Pass, Lake District
You can hardly move for beautiful scenery in the Lake District, but the Hardknot Pass tops the list of must-drive roads for its mix of hairpin bends, steep climbs and stunning vistas. The roads are narrow and there’s very little in the way of barriers, so take care, but you’re rewarding with a sense of unspoiled nature that’s becoming harder and harder to find in the UK.
Jurassic Coast, Dorset
We’ve covered the UK’s most northerly coast with the NC500, but it’s also worth exploring its most southernly coast, where dinosaurs once roamed – the Jurassic Coast. Ideally you want to start in Swanage and end up in Evershot over the course of around two to three days, taking in the beautiful Corfe Castle, beautiful Lulworth Cove and picturesque little villages along the way.
Betws-y-Coed to Anglesey, Wales
If you can avoid the fearless sheep that line the roads of Betws-y-Coed, this is one of the most beautiful drives the UK has to offer. The roads sweep, bend and rise through endless fields of green and the peaks of Snowdonia. Once you end up on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey you could even stop into arguably the most stunning racing circuit in the world for a few hot laps…
Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland
Just like Iceland has its ‘Golden Triangle’ of tourist attractions, Northern Ireland has the Causeway Coastal Route. Along this stretch of beautiful sea-hugging tarmac, you’ll find the world-famous Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, the Glens of Antrim and more. Book in around three to five days to take in this 120-mile journey at a leisurely pace.
The B660, Bedfordshire
Easily accessible from most places in the country, the B660 in Bedfordshire is the perfect place to really get to grips with your car. It’s got slow corners, fast corners, chicanes, bumps, hairpins and some wonderful scenery to accompany. Once you’re done enjoying this 31-mile stretch of road, you can head to one of the nearby villages for a proper English pub lunch.
Recapture a little slice of historic England with a tour of some of The Cotswolds’ most beautiful little villages. There are plenty to explore, but we’d recommend starting in Castle Combe, take in the idyllic river and charming buildings of Bibury, pick up a snack in Kingham at the Daylesford Farm Shop, through the Slaughters (both Lower and Upper!) and finish up in Broadway.