Road trip ideas that’ll take you to the UK’s great outdoors

Drive out of the city and reconnect with nature

Living in a city comes with many benefits - there’s a buzz of activity that continues from day into night, city's are often easier to get around with extensive public transport links, and they’re home to some of the country’s most major events, so you’re as close to the action as can be!

However, living in an urban area unfortunately also means less access to large green areas. In fact, 70% of people who live in urban areas in towns and cities across England don’t have suitable access to quality green space. So if you’re feeling like escaping the city this weekend and are chasing some serenity in the great outdoors, we’ve got some road trip ideas for you.

Drive out of Leeds: North York Moors National Park

Established as a National Park in 1952, the North York Moors National Park boasts some of the country’s most breathtaking views. Covering an area of 554 square miles, 26 miles of which are coastline, there’s enough scenery to keep you coming back for more! In fact, you could walk or cycle it every day for a year and still not see all of the National Park. Hailed as a ‘must see’ in the late summer, it’s more than worth the trip to see the sun set over the moors.
Drive time from Leeds:
1 hour

Drive out of Birmingham or Coventry: Shropshire Hills

Covering almost a quarter of Shropshire, the Shropshire Hills makes for an incredible area to go and explore. Rather than being an attraction with set opening times, it’s a huge open area consisting of countless hills! With immense walking paths, we recommend mapping out your walking route before you set off, leaving the car in the car park and sporting your walking boots for the day. For longer stays, there are a range of accommodation options dotted throughout the hills, as well as designated camping spots so you can take in as much of the scenery as possible.
Drive time from Birmingham:
1 hour 40 mins
Drive time from Coventry:
2 hours

Drive out of Manchester: Lake District

Needing no introduction, the Lake District is visited by people from all over the world for its astounding scenery, wildlife and history. It’s a must-see for anyone living in the UK and we’re lucky enough to be able to jump in a car and get there on a road trip! The area’s lakes are the largest and deepest in England, and some of the views there have been voted as the UK’s best views on multiple occasions. The Lake District couldn’t be more opposite to living in a city and will be sure to leave you feeling at one with nature.
Drive time from Manchester:
2 hours 30 mins

Drive out of London: Surrey Hills

Surrey Hills is the perfect road trip destination that makes for an incredibly scenic drive out of London. With picturesque villages and rolling hills for miles, it certainly makes a change from the hustle and bustle of the country’s capital. We recommend visiting National Trust’s Box Hill for vast views of the countryside and a day of walking. Close enough to drive there and back in the same day, it’s the perfect day trip for an injection of fresh air!
Drive time from London:
1 hour 20 mins

Drive out of Bristol: Cheddar Gorge and Caves

A world famous site, Cheddar Gorge is one of Britain’s most spectacular natural landmarks. The area doesn’t only consist of dramatic cliffs rising over 450ft, but it also boasts remarkable stalactite caves that you can go and explore. A trip there will certainly have you aweing at the historical and geographical wonders of the gorge and caves.

If you don’t have the time to visit Cheddar Gorge properly, but you’re in the area then it’s worth taking a drive through the winding roads amongst the cliffs - you’re even likely to see a herd of goats dotted along the side of the road.
Drive time from Bristol:
50 mins

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