The moment you finally pass your driving test can be one of the best days of your life. Not only does it bring independence and freedom but a whole new world of brilliant road trips suddenly opens up to you.
If you want to take your car for a longer drive to celebrate becoming a fully-fledged motorist, here are some great places with breath taking scenery that are just a short hop away.
Wales is brilliant for road trips and Snowdonia has some of the best landscape in the world. If you want twisting roads, quaint villages, awesome landscapes and something to challenge your driving skills, start at Conwy, head down the A470 towards Llanwrst and you’re in for a trip to remember. If you keep on this road it will take you right down to Cardiff, but turning off near the Snowdonia mountain range and heading along the A5 towards Llyn Ogwen or heading up Nant Peris towards Llanberis is just as great. You can drive for hours in Snowdonia and never get tired of it.
If you live near Bristol and have just passed your test, the best thing you can do if you want a great drive is head to Cheddar Gorge. As the road slices through the limestone cliffs you’ll be transported into a whole new world. It’s an excellent short drive to get you used to different conditions and reaches a high point of nearly 300 metres with stunning views of the West Country.
When you want something that is truly going to challenge and make you a better driver, Scotland is an excellent place to head for. Driving up north will develop your concentration and get you used to travelling on long stretches of motorway and once you get to the Highlands there are plenty of different choices. One route you may want to try is the North Coast 500 that stretches from Inverness to the Kyle of Lockhalsh.
The Yorkshire Dales
There is so much to see if you drive across the Yorkshire Dales that it might take you a while to finish your road trip. Head out to Dracula’s favourite haunt at Whitby, visit the setting for BBC hit show Happy Valley at Hebden Bridge, or go and visit some great architecture such as Jervaulx Abbey. This is the land of Turner and Wordsworth and the weather is as changeable as the landscape. It is simply a stunning place to go for a road trip that will definitely live long in the memory.
The Lake District
Before you get to Scotland, don’t forget to stop off at the Lake District. With locations like Coniston and Keswick, Kendall and Ulverston, it’s a brilliant place for your first road trip. You can even stop off for a while if you’re tired of driving and take a nice relaxing boat trip on one of the picturesque lakes.
With its haunting landscape, rolling moors and craggy seascapes, Cornwall is certainly one of the best places for a road trip. From natural beauty to historical attractions there’s everything to see in Poldark country and you won’t be disappointed if you are looking to for something to challenge your driving skills. Make sure you’re prepared for some narrow roads and you might want to practice your reversing skills before you actually make the trip. Head to Land’s End or try and see if you can catch sight of a big cat on Bodmin Moor. In between you can visit ghost houses, see surfers practicing their skills and enjoy the odd clotted cream tea.
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