5 Epic Road Trips in the UK You Must Take in Your Lifetime [Infographic]
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You have the motorcycle, the gear and the time off work, all you need now is the route. The right route can make or break a road trip so we have some great suggestions for routes in the UK. We might not have the length and history of Route 66 here in the UK but we do have some great routes with some amazing sights that will make your trip well worth it.
Whether you fancy riding the length or breadth of the country on your motorcycle or taking on a shorter scenic route on your bicycle, we’ve picked out some great routes that we’re sure you’ll love. Without further introduction, here are the 5 UK road trips handpicked by UK hotel company De Vere for your driving enjoyment:
1. Land’s End to John’s o’Groats
Distance: 874 miles (1,406 kilometers)
Drive time: 15 hours
Roads: M5, M6, A9
Land’s End to John’s o’Groats is perhaps the most famous road trip in the UK, crossing the entire length of the island of Great Britain from one extremity to the other – southwest to northeast. Although it can be completed in as little as 15 hours by car or motorcycle, it’s better to take your time and enjoy the great views over a few days’ time.
Traditionally a walking route, it is now traversed in a number of ways, from motorcycle touring to cycling and running. It takes most cyclists between 10 to 14 days to complete the route. The record for running Land’s End to John’s o’Groats is nine days.
2. Coast to Coast
Distance: 157 miles (252 kilometers)
Drive time: 3-4 hours
Often reserved for walkers and cyclists, the Coast to Coast route is also a stunning road trip. Incredibly varied, this route travels from the west coast of England to the east, passing through the northern Lake District, climbing the Pennines and descending to the railway paths of County Durham.
3. Black Mountain Pass
Distance: 22 miles (35 kilometers)
Drive time: 1 hour
Considered the best road in Wales, Black Mountain Pass cuts through Brecon Beacons National Park, reaching a maximum altitude of 1,600 ft (490 m). This drive is as sweet as it is short, passing through some of the most picturesque valleys in Wales. This challenging road trip offers everything from hairpin turns and fast and tight sections to roaming sheep and spectacular mountain scenery.
4. Scotland’s North Coast, aka North Coast 500
Distance: 500 miles (805 kilometers)
Drive time: 4-7 days
Roads: A9 plus many others
Scotland’s answer to Route 66, North Coast 500 is a circular trip that takes travelers around Scotland’s best views and landmarks. It is called jaw-droppingly beautiful for a reason – some of Europe’s most picturesque scenery can be found here. The Scottish Highlands have deserted beaches, stunning lochs, historic castles, diverse wildlife, artisan distillery and scrumptious seafood.
5. Yorkshire’s Finest
Distance: You decide!
Drive time: 2-3 days
Roads: A59 plus many others
Some of us prefer not to have a set route and just go with the flow. Yorkshire’s finest is the best UK road trip to get carried away. A meandering, hilly route will take you from moors to valleys, past medieval castles, quite villages waterfalls and rolling backdrops in Northern England. You can set off on the route on the A59 from Harrogate and head towards the Yorkshire Dales. Make sure you spare enough time to fully take in the scenery.
Are you planning your next motorcycle trip? Europe has some truly enchanting road trips to offer, so head to BookMotorcycleTours.com and choose a motorcycle tour in Europe.