A successful road trip to some of Britain’s verdant and often breathtaking rural scenery is all in the planning. Not only do you need to think about the destinations where you can enjoy some of the best countryside, but also how to get there safely. Getting off the motorways is a good idea since taking more scenic roads is more fun – and you get to see some great sights, too. Try taking the A303, which passes historic Stonehenge with its mighty sarson blocks, when travelling between the southeast and the West Country.
Additionally, ensure that your vehicle is ready for a long journey – especially in summer when overheating on road trips is a problem – by checking your oil level, filling up the water reservoir and having your exhaust inspected by Point S. Once your car is fully prepared, you are ready to drive some of the best the countryside has to offer and you won’t need to worry that you are a in a location that is a little more remote than usual.
A prime example of the remote British countryside at its best is the North coast of Scotland. This area of Sutherland is rarely spoilt by tourists and yet the majestic beaches are simply stunning in the summer months. The shoreline is really a wilderness still with only the occasional fishing harbour to break up the dramatic and unspoilt scenery.
Another stretch of countryside with a certain bleak beauty is the National Park at Dartmoor. Here, the 368 square miles of moor is one of the few large open spaces of semi-wilderness left in southern England. Easily reached by car, there are plenty of things to do for fun, including geo-caching, horse riding and climbing on the outcrops of granite that stick up from the grassy land.
One of Britain’s most iconic images has to be the white cliffs of Dover. Dover itself has plenty to see and do, but could hardly be accurately described as open country. Instead, head a little further west along the coast. Between Dover and Folkestone, the heritage coastline offers some spectacular walking with the shimmering chalky cliffs being the star of the show along with great food being offered at The Bay Restaurant among many others.. On a good day, it is easy to see France across the English Channel.
Northumberland National Park is a hidden gem. Don’t miss out on the hills with working farmland, sheep pens and mountain streams that are very reminiscent of the Lake District. The views from high ground are just as stunning, but the whole area is usually much less busy with tourists.