The best UK road trips have been revealed

best UK road trips revealed
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The ten best UK road trips have been revealed.

A study of 2,000 drivers has revealed the key components required to create the perfect road trip from the vehicle and passengers down to the destination.

It involves a sing-a-long in the car, a detour down a country road, a bag of crisps - and the dulcet tones of national treasures Stephen Fry and Sir David Attenborough on the radio.

The research revealed that when it came to best places to road trip in the UK, scenic areas came out on top.

best UK road trips revealed

The Lake District, Land’s End in Cornwall and Snake Pass in the Peak District are among the most popular scenic destinations, followed by The Cotswolds and Snowdonia in Wales.

The survey also revealed one in five drivers consider it a perfect road trip if they rack up more than 1,000 miles, while three in 10 would like to take to the open road for more than a week.

Brits’ top 10 UK road trip routes are:

  1. The Lake District
  2. Land’s End, Cornwall
  3. Snake Pass, The Peak District
  4. The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
  5. Snowdonia, Wales
  6. North Coast 500, Scotland
  7. The Yorkshire Moors
  8. The Jurassic Coast, Dorset
  9. Loch Ness, Scotland
  10. Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland

Xavier Collins, UK director of Turo, the world’s leading peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace, which commissioned the study, said: ‘At Turo, we’re proud to give people the opportunity and freedom to hit the open road whether they own a car not.

‘In the UK and abroad, drivers can take their pick from hundreds of thousands of cars to suit any kind of adventure they are going on, be it into the Scottish Highlands or taking Route 66.’

best UK road trips revealed

And in a win for the home turf, almost three in 10 Brits would prefer to road trip within the UK rather than going abroad.

When asked why they would choose a UK road trip over one abroad, 62 per cent of those polled, via OnePoll, want to explore British landscapes because they believe there’s so much still to see on their doorstep.

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Meanwhile, 58 per cent prefer travelling within the UK as they know the rules of the road.

It might be time to start planning a summer drive…

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.


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