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This epic road trip around Britain hits all the highlights that the UK mainland has to offer. Everything from surfing, hiking, quaint villages and so much more can be packed into an incredible two-week trip.
Kick off your road trip around Britain with a couple of nights on the stunning Jurassic Coast in Dorset. After a couple of days, make your way down to Cornwall and experience the UK’s surfing capital. With beaches so good you’ll forget you’re in England, make sure you hire a board and get yourself a surfing lesson whilst you’re there. After catching some rays and waves, head up to the quaint villages of the Cotswolds, for a quintessential experience of the English countryside.
Don’t forget to pack your hiking boots because next up are the outdoor adventures of the Lake District. With everything ranging from sailing, hiking, paintballing and much more, there is something for everyone in northern England’s most popular rural destination.
Cross the border into Scotland and drive up to the stunning Loch Lomond, just north of Glasgow. Enjoy the beautiful walks around the loch, with the amazing viewpoints and endless photo opportunities.
End your road trip around Britain with a night in God’s country, better known as the Yorkshire Dales – treat yourself to a pint and some food in a friendly country pub in one of the quaint villages scattered through the Dales.
Wareham (2 Nights) > Cornwall (3 Nights) > Cotswolds (2 Nights) > Lake District (3 Nights) > Loch Lomond (3 Nights) > Yorkshire Dales (1 Night)
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Your road trip around Britain starts with the journey from Leeds down to Dorset which can be a bit of a slog and may not be the most exciting part of this trip. It is all worth it once you make it down to the south coast, and the rest of the journeys after this are more scenic and exciting. A slight detour through the Peak District should help and a stop in the North Wessex Downs will help break up the journey.
With two nights in Dorset, you’ll have a full day to make the most of the stunning stretch of coastline. Spend the first day visiting the iconic Durdle Door beach, possibly the most famous site along the Jurassic Coast. At the top of the cliffs that overlook Lulworth and Durdle Door, follow the South West coast path for a stunning walk along the cliff tops. Both Bat’s Head and White Northe cliffs make sensible check points, both of which offer amazing views from the cliff top. It’s about half an hour each way to Bat’s Head and an hour each way to White Northe, so head to whichever one you have time for.
If you’re looking for a slightly less trodden path, Hive beach at Burton Bradstock is just a few miles down the road and is more popular with locals as it’s still pretty undiscovered by tourists. There are also plenty of clifftop walks in either direction from the Hive. If a sandy beach is a must, Knoll Beach in Studland is only about half an hour away and is incredibly popular with both locals and tourists.
After a couple of days exploring the Jurassic coast, head on down to Cornwall. It can be done in just over 3 hours, but we’d recommend a 40-minute detour, going via Haytor Rocks and Tavistock, taking you along some beautiful stretches through Dartmoor National Park. It may add a bit of time to your journey but it beats the motorway and will add to your Insta!
If you enjoyed the beaches in Dorset, you’re in for a treat once you get to Cornwall. Get yourself some surf lessons down at Fistral Beach, the surfing capital of the UK. After a day catching some waves and chilling on the beach, check out the amazing Eden project. Several plastic domes simulate a variety of climates from all over the world, allowing plants from a wide range of different environments to grow there. After your fill of science, head to the end of Britain and enjoy the stunning cliffs at Land’s End. Spend the evenings pottering around the quaint Cornish towns like Polzeath and Newquay, sampling the local pasties and seafood and stopping for a few pints in cosy pubs.
The journey from Cornwall up to the Cotswolds is quite a long one but also a pretty one. The quickest route would be to go via Exeter, which would take around three and a half hours. If you’re looking for a more exciting way though, we’d recommend taking the A39 up the coast and going via Barnstaple and Minehead, which will take you along a beautiful coastal road and then through the Quantock Hills in Somerset. This will add about an hour and a half to your journey, but it is a much more enjoyable route and Minehead would make a nice pit stop halfway through for lunch.
Next up is the epitome of rural Britain, the Cotswolds! The Cotswolds are famous for vast rolling hills, quaint villages and picture-perfect scenery. Walk along part of the Cotswolds Way, an incredibly scenic trail going 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!
Next up is another mammoth trek up to the Lake District. The fastest route would take around 5 hours with no stops, but it wouldn’t be too exciting until the last hour or so of the journey. What we would recommend doing is building in a slight detour through the Peak District and taking a pitstop in Bakewell. It will add about an hour to your trip, but it will make the journey a lot more enjoyable.
Over the next few days, explore all the wonders that the Lake District has to offer. Dedicate a day to hiking, either by tackling England’s tallest mountain, Scafell Pike, or if you fancy more of a climb, make your way up Jack’s Rake on Pavey Ark. Spend another day pottering round some of the beautiful small towns and villages, such as Grasmere and Windermere, and make the most of some of the water sports available on Lake Windermere or Coniston Water.
Next up is a journey north of the border to Fort William. We’d recommend the route that Google Maps takes you and should take you roughly five and a half hours if you don’t stop. The scenery for the first hour and last couple of hours will be a treat and a stop the quaint town of Moffat should break your journey up nicely.
A road trip around Britain wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Scotland, and Fort William has a lot to offer. With a quaint town centre and the old fort overlooking the loch below, there’s a lot to like about the town. The main highlight though is Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis, and a day hiking up the mountain should be topped off with a generous portion of traditional haggis, neaps, and tatties at the Ben Nevis Inn at the bottom. With your spare day, take a ride along Fort William’s Jacobite railway. Used as the Hogwarts’s Express in Harry Potter, the train passes through some stunning valleys, treating you to some incredible scenery.
Your road trip around Britain will end with a trip back down south into God’s country, the Yorkshire Dales. The trip is long, but pleasant, taking roughly 6 hours, but passing through some beautiful scenery between Fort William and Glasgow. Again, Moffat or Lesmahagow are both pleasant places halfway through your journey so may be a good place for a pitstop. A 40-minute detour coming into the Dales will take you past Malham Cove, which we would definitely recommend taking.
If you didn’t make it to Malham cove on your way into the Dales, make it your first point of call the next day. The stunning limestone cliffs and valley below are not to be missed and are a short walk from the town of Malham. With a bit of left-over time, take a half hour trip down to explore Bolton Abbey, or take a final hike along Ilkley Moor and finish it off with a few pints in the Cow & Calf pub.
If you’re driving to Leeds, then you haven’t got far to go at all. Wake up at a respectable 9am, cook yourself your last English breakfast of the trip, be on the road at 10am and back to drop off the vehicle by 11am. If you are in a VW campervan and have paid extra, just drive straight to your house anywhere in the country by 11am and we will meet you there. If you have opted for a car, then drop it off at the same depot you collected it from.