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UK drives: The 10 best road trips in the country to explore this summer

UK road trips are a great way to explore the country – spying sights you might not spot on foot and no need to rely on public transport. You’re completely in control of your journey.

Which journey to take, however, is more challenging. There are so many wonderful driving routes in the UK it’s hard to narrow them down.

Whether you want to drive through historic towns, motor along the coast or experience the thrill of navigating hairpin bends- there’s a road trip in the UK for you.

Navigation app Waze – and their UK Country Manager Finlay Clark – have revealed to Express.co.uk their 10 best road trips in the UK.

“Waze doesn’t take everyone down the same road,” Finlay told Express.co.uk, “it finds the best routes to help spread cars out as much as possible. 

“We make driving more exciting by being the co-pilot to help guide you down routes other drivers won’t know about. When it comes to road trips, Waze gives you the most options for your journey.”

1. Kent:  A20 followed by the A252 in the South East towards Canterbury

“My favourite road trip route in UK takes you along the A20 then onto the A252, through the scenic villages of Lenham, Charing and Chilham before eventually ending up in the picturesque city of Canterbury,” says Finlay.

UK drives: The 10 best road trips in the country to explore this summer

“There are lots of places to stop off along the way for pub lunches and countryside walks,” he adds.

2. South West: Somerset to Cheddar Gorge

“The B3135 takes you alongside the 27 fantastic cliffs leading you to the gorge,” Finlay enthuses. “There is never a dull view on this drive and plenty of opportunities to stop off along way, so make sure to pack a picnic with you. Once you arrive you can explore the Cheddar Gorge caves.”

3. Kent: The Weald of Kent

This is a slow, windy route from Royal Tunbridge Wells right through to the Garden of England. 

“Orchards and hop fields break up the beautiful countryside, historic towns and villages as well as old smugglers haunts,’” says Finlay. “You’ll no doubt spot plenty of wild deer too.”

4. Scotland: Royal Deeside, A93 

Along the A93, one of the main routes from Aberdeen to Royal Deeside, you’ll pass the River Dee, Loch Muick, Mar Lodge, Braemar Castle and Corgarff Castle. 

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UK drives: Road trips are a great way to way to explore Britain and its scenic countryside routes

“It’s not short of things to do,” Finlay encourages, “the route boasts open moorland, single track roads, beautiful views and mountains as well as passing the towns and villages of Tomintoul and Grantown-on-Spey.”

5. Northern Ireland: Belfast to Derry along the coastal A2

The A2 is a long scenic road which takes in the Glens of Antrim as well as the coastline of Antrim. 

“This is a great road trip if you are taking a campervan and fancy stopping off at the various points along the way,” explains Finlay.

6. Wales: Brecon Beacons A4069 Black Mountain Road, Powys

“It’s long been one of my favourites but is now more popular thanks to Top Gear,” Finlay says of this Welsh trip. 

“The A4069 leads you along the winding tracks of the Black Mountain Road in Powys, through the Brecon Beacons. If you are keen driver this will be one for you, high above sea level with plenty of challenging hairpin turns. In true Welsh style, you’ll also be sure to spot a random sheep at the side of the road, so do keep an eye out.”

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UK drives: Navigation app Waze have revealed to Express.co.uk their 10 best road trips in the UK

7. North West: Snake Pass

Snake Pass is one of the best driving roads in the UK and certainly one for the summer months – the windy, hilly road crosses the Peak District between Manchester and Sheffield. 

“It can often be closed in winter due to bad weather and dangerous conditions so make sure to enjoy it in all its glory when the sun’s out,” advises Finlay. “The views are spectacular at 510m above sea level.”

8. Cotswolds: Cheltenham to Stratford-upon-Avon

“If you are staying in the Cotswolds take the scenic drive to the birth of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon, through the glorious fields of the Cotswolds. Full of hidden gems, beautiful scenery and literary history, there is so much to explore.”

9. Wales: Abergwesyn Pass

“From Treganon to Llyn Brianne reservoir, this is one of the most scenic drives I’ve done in Britain,” Finlay reveals. “The road is narrow and steep and takes you right up the mountain, often above the clouds. 

“There aren’t many places to stop for a drink or a bite to eat along the way, however there are small roads leading to little villages that are perfect for some pub food if you get hungry.”

10. Isle of Wight: Military Road

“Start a loop of the island along the A3055, Military Road,” recommends Finlay. “With the most beautiful views of the chalk cliff faces, the solent and The Needles, it is a must-do when visiting the Isle of Wight. Stop off at Compton Beach for an ice cream, a picnic or crabbing in the rock pools.”

So, no matter which route you pick this summer, get some friends or family together, pack a picnic and prepare to hit the open road.

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