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A Great British Road Trip

British Road Trip

The most famous journey in the whole of Britain must surely be the trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Cyclists have devised suitable routes and intrepid runners and walkers have organised expeditions just to achieve the goal of travelling the UK mainland from the farthest point in the south-west, to the farthest point in the north-east.

Add to this the unorthodox methods of transport used: classic cars, skateboards and wheelchairs, as well as motorcycles and cars, have made this journey. Affectionately known as ‘Le Jog’, this is great road trip, offering enthusiastic participants the chance to see lots of British sights along the way. If cycling, running or walking the route might take a bit too long, then consider if car rental UK will fit the bill.

What Vehicle?

Personal preference will determine how the journey of about 874 miles (depending on the route) should be undertaken. Some individuals have undertaken the whole trip in one go but that misses the point of seeing the sights en route. Travellers wishing to be entirely self-contained can hire a camper van and map a route that enables visits to caravan parks along the way. Those looking for a night or two of comfort in city or country hotels will probably best be served by using a hire car.

What to do Along the Way

Cornwall

If travelling south to north, start the road trip at Land’s End on the rocky Penwith peninsula. The A30 from there starts as a narrow and winding country lane, with plenty of pleasant scenery. The road snakes through the Sennen Valley, broadening out to become a dual carriageway around the northern edge of the Dartmoor National Park. From this part of the route there are scenic views of the Exe Valley to enjoy.

Devon

At Exeter, the historic city of Devon, local attractions include Exeter Cathedral, the ruins of Rougemont Castle, and the Northernhay Gardens. From there the M5 leads northwards to the M6 in Birmingham. Along the way, look out for some picturesque views just south of Bristol.

The Midlands

Birmingham is a fine city – the second most highly populated in the country (beaten only by the capital); it has a rich industrial and cultural heritage. It is well worth exploring its lively music and performing arts scene, supplemented by first-class museums and galleries.

The Lakes

Beyond Birmingham the road heads north passing the Lake District; a particularly enjoyable stopping point as the terrain is very rural and appealing. Travelling on towards the Scottish borders you switch at Gretna to the A74M heading towards Glasgow.

Scotland

The road is of motorway standard but some of the junctions can be awkward to navigate. However, it is a great driving experience and some of the best scenery can be viewed around Annandale, Speyside and the Cairngorms.

From Glasgow the A9 goes north to John O’Groats, or alternatively you can take the M8 over to Edinburgh and travel onwards from there, via the Forth Road Bridge with some spectacular views at Queensferry.

The Scottish cities have lots to offer in the way of attractions and travellers, who have planned to stop in Glasgow or Edinburgh, or both, will not be disappointed.

From Perth onwards the last 250 miles of road provides rural then coastal terrain. The spectacular cliff views from John O’Groats remind visitors what the road trip was for and marks the finishing point of a Great British Road Trip.

One Response to A Great British Road Trip

  1. Tiana Kai Reply

    August 23, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Great list, I am taking some of these ideas for my own road trip this year! Thanks for the tips.

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