Top scenic UK drives to enjoy this spring
Spring is on the way, and for those that are eagerly anticipating the change of seasons, and hoping it comes along with some improved weather, you might be looking forward to getting out and exploring this great country of ours. After all, the UK is replete with wonderful drives to enjoy and which can be enjoyed all the more once winter releases us from its talons.
So, with that being said, we’ve put together our guide to the top scenic UK drives to enjoy this spring, helping you to plan for the brighter months ahead – an even more exciting prospect for those that have just picked up a brand new vehicle from their local Ford dealer.
Cornwall to Somerset
The South West boasts some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere in the country and those wanting to take in some traditional English countryside during their spring drive should look no further than a delightful trip from Cornwall to Somerset.
Farms, endless greenery, wildlife, and, of course, picture-perfect beaches all find a home in this wonderful part of England, and exploring its various country roads and coastal routes will undoubtedly be the perfect setting to enjoy your spring drive. The South West really does have it all.
- Wookey Hole Caves – A series of fascinating limestone caverns and other fun family attractions in Somerset.
- The Bishop’s Palace – A stunning medieval palace that has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years.
- Fleet Air Arm Museum – An all-weather attraction that allows visitors to get up close with numerous powerful naval aircraft.
This spring, why not head on over to Shakespeare Country and explore the beautiful market towns and locations that inspired the many grand works of the world’s most famous playwright?
There are a number of scenic routes that can be enjoyed through the likes of Coventry, Warwick, and Stratford, allowing drivers to discover local delights, historic attractions, and family activities. To find out which routes to take and everything else you need to know about the area, head on over to the Shakespeare Country website.
- Warwick Castle – A historic castle full of adventure, activities, and tours for the whole family to enjoy.
- Bancroft Gardens – A wonderful open garden space right in front of the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
- Shakespeare's Birthplace– Shakespeare’s place of birth, where visitors can explore the bard’s house and discover rare artefacts.
For some of the most stunning scenery to be found in the UK, a drive through the Lake District should certainly be on the menu. Surrounded by Cumbria’s fields, mountains, and moorlands, this drive will prove to be quite the route for you and yours this spring.
The Lake District has so much to offer and for those in search of some fun things to see and do to go along with your scenic drive, you won’t be disappointed. Visit the Go Lakes website for more information.
- Lake District Wildlife Park – A great chance to see over 100 species of animals, including zebras, anacondas, lemurs and more. A perfectly family stop.
- Low Sizergh Barn – A 17th century barn and shop where treats can be enjoyed in their tearoom and visitors can explore the farm.
- Levens Hall – A historic house and beautiful gardens with serene surroundings, cups of tea, and even ghosts!
The New Forest
One of the most popular scenic drives in the country has to be the New Forest in southern England. Notable for some of the best views around in terms of forest, pastures, and heathland, the New Forest is a true pleasure to experience from the comfort of your car.
A designated national park, the New Forest will also provide plenty of wonderful photography opportunities, especially for those with a love of wildlife – the New Forest pony should certainly be on your radar.
- Moors Valley Country Park – A family destination perfect for a peaceful walk or cycle ride through the forest, as well as a host of fun activities.
- Buckler’s Hard – An 18th century shipbuilding village with a maritime museum, tea rooms, and splendid country surroundings.
- The Bell Inn New Forest – A family owned inn, perfect for a scrumptious meal, afternoon tea and ideal accommodation during your stay in the area.
Loch Lomond to Lochgilphead
Loch Lomond to Lochgilphead in Scotland is a two hour drive that is bound to impress this spring, featuring stunning countryside, atmospheric lochs, and rolling hills for your viewing pleasure. The picture-perfect coastlines are bound to wow those in attendance.
Those travelling from Glasgow should head out on the A82 towards Loch Lomond, keeping their eyes peeled for the towering mountain that is Ben Lomond on the loch’s east side, before getting on the A83.
- Sea Life Loch Lomond – Families can stop off at Loch Lomond and enjoy one of the world’s most famous aquarium attractions.
- Mansefield Studios – A contemporary craft gallery in the centre of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park that showcases independent Scottish designers.
- Loch Fyne – An oyster bar with a simple menu that comprises the freshest and finest ingredients, all created by an expert culinary team.
Enjoy your spring drive!
As you can see, there are some stunning drives available to enjoy this spring, featuring a diverse range of views and scenery, along with a host of tremendous local attractions. We hope this guide leaves you inspired to get out there and enjoy the best of what the UK has to offer!
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