In our previous article, we discussed the most scenic route that delivers stunning coastal scenery, nature reserves, many historical sights and many excellent eateries. You can make a separate trip of it or add it to our previous suggestions of the most stunning coastal drive. Get your car hire with Wecancar.comand drink in the glory of the sights and sounds around.
Day 04: On to the West Midlands
The West Midlands offers a wealth of scenery and historically significant locations. From Exeter, head on towards the hill of Glastonbury Tor. The towering mound will stand out as you approach Glastonbury and is shrouded in stories of mystery and mystical beliefs.
Take a stroll to the top for the view over Glastonbury, Somerset and Isle of Avalon. The church at the top of the hill dates back to the 14th century. Next, steer your onto the B3153 through the limestone marvels of Cheddar Gorge. The gorge is regarded as one of Britain’s natural wonders and is where the oldest complete human skeleton is Britain was unearthed in 1903. Keep an eye out for walkers and parked cars of those exploring the caves or hiking along the various attractive paths.
From here, head on to the Victorian city of Bath which is best known for the steaming Roman Baths. Take a tour and see the Roman baths come to life with CGI and interactive exhibits. The city also comprises of many museums and galleries and is a great place for culture vultures!
Jane Austen called the city home between the period of 1801, and 1806 and the city celebrates her life, her writings ad the influence the city had on her novels. The Jane Austen Centre and the costume ball is sure to send Jane Austen fans in a frenzy. Once you’ve had your fill of the city, head on to the M5 and into to the spa town of Cheltenham. The vibrant town is home to the UK’s oldest music festival, exciting horse races and a two Michelin star restaurant called Le Champignon Sauvage. Stay on the B4632 through the rural region of Cotswolds. The Cotswolds cover Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire and has literally and royal connections. Drop by the birthplace of William Shakespear, Stratford-upon-Avon and stop by The Bard theatre for an evening play.
Day 05. Well, we’re in Wales!
Enter Wales and stay overnight in pulsing Cardiff. The towns vibrant nightlife and an intriguing history may hold up your trip! Get on the A470 and cruise toward the spectacular walled market town of Cowny. Your drive will take you through the breath-taking wonder of Brecon Beacons National Park and Snowdonia National Park. Keep an eye out for Snowdon which is the tallest mountain in Wales. Would you like to hike to the top of Mount Snowdon? Head up Watkin Path after you park your car at Pont Bethania.
Once you arrive at Cowny, take in the sites of the 13th century Conwy Castle and the suspension bridge. From Cowny, head on to the ancient city of Chester. Walk along the walls where Roman legionnaires kept once watch, Viking raiders raged, and Anglo Saxons fled from approaching Norman invaders. See Chester’s 100-year-old Cathedral, stroll through Britain’s largest Roman amphitheatre or take a peek at the oldest racecourse in Britain.
Day 06. Hello there, North West!
Take in the sites of the hometown that gave birth to the Beatles and is home to the largest Cathedral in the UK- Liverpool. From Liverpool head on to the beautiful upland regions of the Peak District. Stop by the spa and market town of Buxton in Derbyshire which offers stunning views of the peaks. Next on your itinerary is the second largest city in England – the town of Manchester. The town is a hub for arts, culture, music, nightlife and houses numerous eateries to suit all budgets. Manchester hosts some music festivals, so depending on your timing you may want to stay in the city for a couple of days.
If you’re simply passing by John Rylands Library, Manchester Art Gallery and the National Football Museum are must-sees. End your day in the seaside resort town of Blackpool. The British holiday resort is best known for Blackpool Pleasure Beach which is an old-school amusement park.
Day 07. Lake Windermere in Cumbria
Stay on the B6478 as you drive through the Bowland Fells. The Forest of Bowland comprises of valleys and moorland and will add delightful scenery to your drive.
If you have time to spare stop in Hornby for a view of the Grade 1 listed castle which is now a private residence. Grab a bite at the market town of Kendal and take a look at the attractions in the village including the crumbling castle of Kendal. Ensure your drive passes by the great lake of Windermere and spend the night at the town of Keswick. Located on in England’s Lake District National Park and encircled by the imposing mountains of Skiddaw, you’ll have ample opportunity to get intimate with the nature in Keswick.