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5 Great UK Countryside Escapes

Holidaying in Great Britain becomes an even more exhilarating experience when a road trip is a part of the plan.

Hiring a well-tuned vehicle is a brilliant way to delve in and explore the British landscapes and enjoy the sights en route. Move at your own pace, escape nasty traffic jams by following back roads and revel in the beautiful countryside landscapes and hidden secrets that unfold along the way.

Navigate England’s narrow and windy countryside roads in a fit set of wheels that won’t leave you stranded, putting a damper on your perfect getaway tour in the UK. Here’s our pick of a few of the most scenic routes, must taste delicacies, and excitement heightening footpaths and mountain climbs to enjoy during your UK road trip.

A Royal experience at Thornbury Castle – South Gloucestershire


A royal experience awaits you at the renowned Thornbury Castle in South Gloucestershire, a breathtaking 16th-century building located on the edge of the Cotswolds, 12 miles north of Bristol. Once owned by Henry VIII, the Thornbury is one of England’s finest country house hotels. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn honeymooned here for 10 days, and you too will enjoy being taken back in time when you spend time at this magical castle. Features include the vineyards, Tudor garden, 26 bedrooms with magnificent four-poster beds and stone-carved fireplaces, award-winning food served at three restaurants, open fires and a spa with great facilities.

Taste the famous Bakewell pudding – Derbyshire


The village of Bakewell, located in the picturesque town of Derbyshire, is famous for Bakewell pudding. Not the most appealing dessert to the eyes, but with just one quick bite one learns not to judge a book by its cover. Cousin to the glacé cherry-topped ‘Bakewell Tart’, the pudding proves to be a huge draw for tourists every weekend.

Embrace the view at the Lake District – Cumbria


The County of Cumbria, one of the most beautiful regions of the UK, is home to the UNESCO declared Lake City National Park, the largest in the UK. An explorer’s dream, the park contains 16 lakes along with many smaller tarns, valleys, over 150 high peaks, villages, towns, and beautiful coastline. Superb food and excellent accommodation complete the country’s appeal as an ideal holiday location.

Climb Ben Nevis – Scotland


Accessible either from Glasgow or Edinburgh in a 3 to 4-hour drive, Ben Nevis (‘The Ben’), Scotland, is Britain’s highest mountain. The Ben rises majestically above Fort William and stands at 4,409ft, attracting well over 100,000 tourists every year with many attempting to climb to the peak, 1,344m above sea level. Check the weather forecast to avoid climbing in harsh conditions.

Walk the paved streets of Haworth – Yorkshire


Scenes from Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre were borrowed from this scenic town by their respective authors who lived in Haworth’s Parsonage. Aside from its picturesque charm and the dazzling West Yorkshire moors, tourists flock to the gritstone paved Main Street of Haworth to enjoy the town’s Brontë associations such as Branwell Brontë’s daily drinking spot.



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