The most scenic road trips in the UK

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Escape the madness for a few days
"You'll feel on top of the world as you take in the stunning views of the Welsh mountains"
  • | by Alice Morgan

You don't have to go far to find some fabulous locations in the UK. For a small island nation, there's a huge amount of variety here.

With the nights drawing out and the days getting longer, now might be a great time to enjoy them, before the summer rush.

So get in the car, turn up the tunes and enjoy a relaxing cruise through some of the most beautiful spots in Britain.

Lake District

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Take a drive up north to the Lake District in Cumbria, a stunning area of natural beauty.

There are some wonderful views along the A591 which cuts right through the heart of the national park, passing Lake Windermere and the lake at Grasmere.

There are also a number of tourist attractions along the way such as the visitor centre at Brockhole and if you're a keen Peter Rabbit fan, you're in the right spot - the World of Beatrix Potter is close by in Ambleside.

Buttertubs Pass

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There are exceptional views of rolling countryside along the Buttertubs Pass in north Yorkshire.

It's a pretty short run at only six miles but it's worth making sure that it's part of your route if you're planning on staying around the area.

The road takes you from Hawes to Thwaite and gets its name from the deep limestone potholes that you pass on the way called the Buttertubs.

Apparently, on their way to market, farmers would lower butter down into the potholes to keep it cool.

The road itself is quite high so there are brilliant views all around. 

Cornwall

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If you're looking for a more coastal view, try heading to Cornwall.

There are lots of beautiful places to explore in this part of the country but it's hard to beat the views from the B3306 which runs from St Ives down to Sennen.

The road runs along the coast and there are exceptional views of the Celtic Sea.

Make a stop off at Zennor on the way and visit St. Serena's church - home to the legend of the 'mermaid of Zennor.'

Brecon Beacons

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Picture yourself cruising along mountain roads? Get yourself to the Black Mountain pass - otherwise known as the A4069 - which runs through the Brecon Beacons.

You'll feel on top of the world as you take in the stunning views of the Welsh mountains.

Make sure that you take care as there are many twists and turns along the way as well as stray sheep who sometimes wander across the road.

North Coast 500

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Known as 'Scotland's answer to Route 66', the North Coast 500 circles the upper reaches of the United Kingdom.

There's plenty to do along the way, including kayaking and canoeing as well as visiting the northernmost point of the mainland, John O'Groats.

Enjoy the fantastic views of the surrounding lochs and mountains or take the opportunity to do a spot of fishing. You can even grab a bite of supper at one of the many pubs along the route.

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