A guide to the UK’s standout countryside routes

Luxurious Audi dealership Vindis has put together the following guide so that you can drive along some of the UK’s most awe-inspiring countryside routes and discover many of the country’s most picturesque sights:

The Atlantic Highway

Part of the UK to set your sights on: North Cornwall coast

Recommended starting point: Barnstaple

Recommended finishing point: Newquay

Distance covered if following recommended start and finishing points: 76.2 miles

What to look out for:

  • A collection of many of the UK’s most breath-taking coastlines.
  • Bedruthan Steps.
  • Constantine Bay.
  • The picture-perfect lighthouse at Trevose Head, accessible via a detour along a private toll road.

Buttertubs Pass

Part of the UK to set your sights on: The Yorkshire Dales

Recommended starting point: Cloggerby Rigg, in Richmond

Recommended finishing point: Penn Lane, in Hawes

Distance covered if following recommended start and finishing points: 6.9 miles

What to look out for:

  • A steep climb when travelling along Cliff Gate Road, which is quickly followed by a selection of fast descents and tight corners.
  • Buttertubs’ deep limestone potholes.

Castle to Castle

Part of the UK to set your sights on: Northumberland

Recommended starting point: Alnwick

Recommended finishing point: Lindisfarne

Distance covered if following recommended start and finishing points: 26.4 miles

What to look out for:

  • Three historic castles — Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne Castle.
  • The Lindisfarne Nature Reserve.
  • A collection of fishing villages, market towns and sandy beaches.
  • Lindisfarne Priory, which was once the home of St Oswald and also the place where the Lindisfarne Gospels were created.

Causeway Coastal Route

Part of the UK to set your sights on: Northern Ireland’s northern coast

Recommended starting point: Londonderry

Recommended finishing point: Belfast

Distance covered if following recommended start and finishing points: 130 miles

What to look out for:

  • The magnificent coastal scenery that Northern Ireland is renowned for.
  • A number of tiny and peaceful villages.
  • No less than three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the Glens of Antrim, the Causeway Coast and the cliffs of Binevenagh.

Drive into Cheddar Gorge

Part of the UK to set your sights on: The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Recommended starting point: Bridgwater

Recommended finishing point: Cheddar Gorge

Distance covered if following recommended start and finishing points: 19.2 miles

What to look out for:

  • The deepest gorge in the UK — Cheddar Gorge.
  • No less than 27 magnificent limescale cliffs.
  • The village of Cheddar.

Winding Roads of the Cotswolds

Part of the UK to set your sights on: The Cotswolds

Recommended starting point: Cheltenham

Recommended finishing point: Stratford-upon-Avon

Distance covered if following recommended start and finishing points: 32.7 miles

What to look out for:

  • The birthplace of William Shakespeare — Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • The Cotswolds and its tranquil green hills.
  • A number of traditional English villages.
  • The historic town of Chipping Campden.

Gateway to the Highlands

Part of the UK to set your sights on: The Scottish Highlands

Recommended starting point: Glasgow

Recommended finishing point: Fort William

Distance covered if following recommended start and finishing points: 108 miles

What to look out for:

  • Loch Leven, Loch Linnhe and Loch Lomond.
  • The Three Sisters.
  • Rannoch Moor.
  • The Trossachs National Park.
  • The Black Mountains.
  • Glen Coe, as well as the volcanic mountain scenery that surrounds it.
  • The tallest mountain in Britain — Ben Nevis.

Views of the Lake District

Part of the UK to set your sights on: The Lake District

Recommended starting point: Kendal

Recommended finishing point: Keswick

Distance covered if following recommended start and finishing points: 38.6 miles

What to look out for:

  • Lake Thirlmere and Lake Windermere.
  • The Lakeland fells.
  • Countryside which helped to inspire both William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
  • The village of Grasmere — home to two of Wordsworth’s former houses.

Journey Under The Ribblehead Viaduct

Part of the UK to set your sights on: The Yorkshire Dales

Recommended starting point: Hornby

Recommended finishing point: Ribblehead Viaduct

Distance covered if following recommended start and finishing points: 15.5 miles

What to look out for:

  • Many miles of the Yorkshire Dales.
  • Ribblehead Viaduct — a 400-metre-high structure built in 1870 and today listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Slate Country Under Snowdon

Part of the UK to set your sights on: The Snowdon National Park in Wales

Recommended starting point: Blaenau Ffestiniog

Recommended finishing point: Llanberis

Distance covered if following recommended start and finishing points: 27.5 miles

What to look out for:

  • A slate slag landscape.
  • The Llechwedd Slate Caverns.
  • Swallow Falls
  • Pen-y-Pass, also more commonly known as Llanberis Pass.

 

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