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If you like stunning scenery, beautiful walks and quaint villages, but you’d rather not stick to one country, our Western Trooper is the route for you! This one week road trip will take you to a wide range of scenery. Experience three different settings, accents and welcomes and explore some of Britain’s best!
You’ll start off in the Peak district, where you can walk, climb and photograph to your heart’s content. Enjoy a few local specialities before heading off to North Wales, with its beautiful seaside towns, long piers and delicious seafood. You can visit a few castles, enjoy a view of Snowdon, or just amble along the streets of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay. Once you’ve had your fill of sea views and fish and chips, drive over to the Cotswolds, one of Britain’s most beautiful areas. With its rolling hills, quaint villages and postcard-worthy scenery, the Cotswolds can only be described as “adorable”. Walk from one picture-perfect village to the next, enjoy delicious food in traditional pubs, or walk part of the Cotswold Way, a trail winding 102 miles along the western edge of the Cotswold Hills.
GOAT Roadtrip Leeds Depot (58 Commercial Road, LS5 3AQ)
Pick-up in the afternoon on the first day and drop-off in the morning on the last day (specific timings depend on the vehicle – see here). To extend your stay by adding more nights, please specify in your enquiry.
Peak District (3 Nights) North Wales (2 Nights) Cotswolds (2 Nights)
Leave your car securely parked at our depot in Leeds or have it delivered locally for an extra fee.
For those of you starting in Leeds, the journey down to the Peak District isn’t too far. It’s possible to do in about an hour and a half, but we’d recommend taking a slight detour to include Snake Pass on your route. This shouldn’t add more than about 20 minutes to your journey, but will take you along one of the most scenic roads in the UK.
From your hub in the Peak District, explore Bakewell, Castleton, Bamford and many more quaint villages. Fill your day with gentle walks or massive hikes through Dovedale and explore the impressive caves at Poole’s Cavern. Scenic drives through the area will take you through Snake Pass, Winnats Pass and Derwent Dam.
Next up is your second country on your one week road trip. The drive to Snowdonia should take between two and a half to three hours and the quickest way will take you through the heart of the Peak District, treating you to some incredible views. If you didn’t make it through Snake Pass on your way in, then it’s only a 13-minute detour on the way to Wales and is well worth a visit when you’re there. Both routes will take you winding along the stunning North Coast of Wales.
The main attraction, bringing so many people to North Wales each year, is Snowdon and it’s a must-see whilst you’re there. There are several routes up it for people of all walking abilities! After Snowdon, treat yourself to one of the famous all-day breakfasts at Pete’s Eats café. If you’re looking for something that doesn’t involve hiking to wind down at the end, take the Llanberis Lake Railway, an old-fashioned steam train ride with a stunning view of the lake and valley below it. Alternatively, the beachfront promenade at Llandudno is well worth a visit and there are plenty of outdoor adventure activities at both Bala and Betws-y-Coed.
The journey from North Wales down to the Cotswolds should take you somewhere in the region of 4 hours, and we would recommend taking the slight detour along the A49 to pass through the Shropshire hills. This will only add about 15 minutes to your journey and the quaint town of Church Stretton makes for a good pit stop halfway through your journey.
The last stop on this epic one week road trip definitely won’t disappoint! The Cotswolds are famous for rolling hills, quaint villages and picture-perfect scenery. Walk along part of the Cotswolds Way Walk, an incredibly scenic trail stretching over 100 miles along the west of the hills. Stop off in a few cosy country pubs for some traditional English food and a couple of well-earned pints.
To get back to Leeds, you’ll need to set off reasonably early to make it for the return time. The fastest route should take roughly 3 hours, but if time is on your side, retracing your steps through the Peak District would give you one last hurrah before the end of your trip.