5 Great UK Drives

Fancy a driving holiday around the UK and stopping off at the many attractions that you come across? Then read on for more. We have put together a guide to 5 of the very best UK Drives, where you can pick up some driving tips for the route and learn about some fascinating facts before you go!

Keswick to Lake Windermere Drive
Widely regarded as one of the most scenic routes of them all in Britain, this 20 mile drive on the A591 will afford you some stunning views of rugged peaks, green and golden hills, pretty and charming villages, and fantastic views of the lakes that have inspired literary greats for generations. William Wordsworth, the famed poet, lived at Dove Cottage which overlooked the magnificent Grasmere Lake, which is on the main Ambleside to Keswick Road. John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter also lived in this area.

Why not stop off and take a relaxing lake cruise on one of the steam passernger boats on Lake Windermere, the longest lake in the England. Find out more about the Lake District.

Yorkshire Dales Scenic Drive
The Dales have always been regarded as a spectacular and inspiring part of the UK. Writers such as James Herriot have in the past immortalised the area. If you start off from the Skipton area, which is surrounded by heather moors, take the B625 north towards the cobblestone village of Grassington, and prepare to be mesmerised by the fabulous views from Hebden and Bewerly Moor. Cross the A1 and the Ure River and the Plain of York. Take the A59 into the walled Viking City of York. York has plenty to see and do, from the Roman Baths to the Viking Centre at Jervik. This driving tour takes around 53 miles. Find out more about the Yorkshire Dales.

Glasgow to Fort William Drive
The A82 route serves the West Highlands and Islands through remarkable scenery, National Parks and charming villages. If you choose to explore this route you will come across breathtaking mountain ranges and cascading waterfalls as you wind through the highlands and lowlands of the area. Drive through the open valley areas or close to the famous lochs which, according to local myth and legend, contain some eerie sea monsters!

Did you know that the Harry Potter Film “The Prisoner of Azkaban” was filmed in the Glencoe area in 2003?
Find out more about the Scottish Highlands.

Thames Valley Drive
For some marvellous scenery, at the heart of Roman Britain, take the 70 mile driving tour of the Thames Valley. Start off in Abingdon in Oxfordshire and pass through on the A415 to Clifton Hampden. As you wind through the Sinodun Hills area you will come across an Iron Age Fort, and the Iron Age Town of Dyke Hills. Verging onto the A4130 , make your way to the town of Henley on Thames and stop off to savour views of the powerful river as it gushes through the town. Then take the A4155 to the Chilterns area. Did you know that part of the “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” movie was shot on location here? Other quaint little towns here are Marlow, and Longwick, and are well worth dropping off to! The nearby town of Benson on the B4009 is home to a famous RAF Base, which pioneered wartime airplane scouting during the Second World War.
Find out more about the Thames Valley Drive.

Exeter to Plymouth Drive
The A38 drive from Exeter to Plymouth takes in a total of almost 40 miles. If you choose to explore this route, you will be travelling along a dual carriageway allowing for high speed with plenty of bends, and looking down over the fields carefully tendered by local farmers. Some charming country villages will be seen en route too. Some of the main highlights along this route are Ashburton, Chudleigh and the Dartington Steam Railway.
The A38 is actually the longest A road that runs in its entire length through England. It runs for almost 300 miles.

So have we tempted you to hit the road and explore one or more of these 5 Top UK Drives? Obviously the best way to get around is to travel independently and securing a great value for money car rental deal. Check out our Car Hire UK page for the very best car hire prices.

Have you experienced some or all of these drives? Do you think that we have listed the Top 5 Great UK Drives or would you include other routes? If you have any recommendations for Great UK Drives we welcome your comments as always!