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Road Trip Bucket List: The Best Driving Roads In The UK

The UK is widely considered one of the best destinations for driving roads in the world. From the charm of England’s national parks, to the mountainous Scottish Highlands and the snowy peaks of Wales, the scenery provides an inspiring backdrop to enjoy your drive. In 2021, it was predicted that around 54 million Brits were planning to take advantage of the UK’s natural beauty and venture on a staycation, rather than travelling abroad. Luckily for a few, they found themselves travelling along some of the world’s best driving roads – but which ones should you be adding to your bucket list?

To answer this, Vanarama wanted to find the most desirable and enticing road-trip destinations in the UK – journeys that you’ll want to relive over and over again. Using search data from YouTube, we analysed which driving roads are being searched for the most, so you can find out which road trip destinations you need to add to your bucket list.

1) Lake District, England

Lake District

Yearly YouTube Searches: 37,200

The stunning Lake District tops our list for the best driving roads in the UK with a total of 37,200 yearly searches on YouTube. England’s largest national park, the region spans around 912 square miles throughout the historic counties of Westmorland, Cumberland and Lancashire. The vast landscape of the Lake District means there’s always plenty of tarmac to keep you busy during your visit.

Although the entire region is surrounded by beauty, some of the more famous and well-travelled routes for motoring enthusiasts include the Keswick Loop via Buttermere and Borrowdale, Grasmere to Windermere, and also Ambleside to Ullswater. However, most would agree that the most challenging of routes is the Coniston Loop. Taking you through a mixture of picturesque villages, jaw-dropping valleys and craggy mountains, it’s a testing route for even the most experienced drivers. The 34-mile drive is a must for anyone seeking to experience the best that the UK has to offer.

Visit the Lake District’s official website here for more information.

2) Snowdonia, Wales

Snowdonia

Yearly YouTube Searches: 25,200

With more than 25,000 yearly searches on YouTube, the outdoor adventure capital of Snowdonia provides some of the most memorable driving experiences in the UK. Packed with a variety of diverse landscapes over an 823-square-mile stretch, including 9 mountain ranges, the national park is the ideal place to visit if you’re seeking a memorably scenic driving experience.

Aptly named by Visit Wales as ‘Highways to Heaven’ due to its roads’ elevated position high above sea level, Snowdonia features some of the most stunning driving routes around. One of the most challenging is a lap around the highest mountain in Wales, Mount Snowdon, topping 1085m. The journey will take you through the mountain’s central massif. Here you will find an array of towering hills and valleys during your drive, along with officially Snowdonia’s prettiest village – Beddgelert. If you’re approaching Snowdonia from the east, hop on the A5 from Llangollen for the most inspiring and mesmerising views around.

Visit Snowdonia’s official website here for more information.

3) North Coast 500, Scotland

North Coast 500

Yearly YouTube Searches: 14,400

Perhaps the VisitScotland’s greatest ever success, the North Coast 500 has become a firm favourite with both driving enthusiasts and scenery lovers since the route was launched in 2015. The longest drive on our list, the NC500 stretches across a 516-mile route around the picturesque Scottish Highlands, complete with an array of stunning coastal scenery. Beginning and ending at Inverness Castle, it’s recommended that you take at least five days to complete the drive, enjoying the popular local villages such as Ullapool, Durness and Thurso along the way.

Don’t forget to stop off at the most northerly point on the UK mainland, John o’ Groats. Although the village itself only has a population of around 300 people, thousands of people every year visit the village, most of which come away with a picture of the famous John o’ Groats signpost. Due to the route’s popularity as a driver’s paradise, you’d be unlucky to not come across a Lamborghini, Ferrari or Aston Martin on your travels. Every year, around 14,400 people search for the route on YouTube.

Visit the North Coast 500’s official website here for more information.

4) Peak District, England

Peak DIstrict

Yearly YouTube Searches: 14,400

Only a stone’s throw from all 3 cities of Manchester, Sheffield and Derby, the Peak District was the first of the UK’s national parks to receive an official designation in 1951. Ever since, the national park has risen in popularity, attracting around 13 million visitors every year from all over the country. What makes the Peak District such a favourite with adventure-seeking drivers is the extraordinary variety of roads and scenery that’s on offer. An impressive concoction of winding country lanes and sudden peaks and troughs makes for an exhilarating driving experience.

When visiting the Peak District on your driving adventure, set some time aside to take on the renowned Snake Pass. Surrounded by green hills and running adjacent to the River Ashop, the pass provides 26.1 miles of demanding tarmac to enjoy. However, be aware that it’s advised to avoid Snake Pass during the winter months due to the treacherous conditions.

Visit the Peak District’s official website here for more information.

5) Black Mountain Pass, Wales

black-mountain-pass

Yearly YouTube Searches: 13,440

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Located in the stunning Welsh national park of Brecon Beacons, the Black Mountain Pass is one of the most challenging and exhilarating stretches of road in the UK. The route features a tantalising 19-mile line-up of thrilling turns, dips and twists that was made famous after an appearance on BBC’s Top Gear. Perhaps due to this, more than 13,000 people search for the route on YouTube every year. Taking a total of 40 minutes to complete, the road stretches from Gwaun-cae-Gurwen in the south to Llandovery in the north.

As you make your way along the pass, you’ll be faced with a never-ending ensemble of demanding tight hairpins and sharp corners. All the while, you’ll also be enjoying the view from 1624ft above sea level. The perfect time to test your driving skills on the Black Mountain Pass is in the summer months. However, this is also the busiest time of year. Be sure to set off in good time when travelling to the Black Mountain Pass, follow the road signs and approach blind corners with caution.

Visit Brecon Beacon’s official website here for more information.

The Top 20 Best Driving Roads In The UK

Our complete top 20 list shows the UK’s most searched for road trip destinations on YouTube:

Location

Yearly YouTube Searches

Lake District

37,200

Snowdonia

25,200

North Coast 500

14,400

Peak District

14,400

Black Mountain Pass

13,440

Dartmoor National Park

12,000

Glasgow to Fort William

11,400

Glencoe

10,800

New Forest

8280

Land’s End

7080

Cheddar Gorge

6000

Brecon Beacons

6000

Malvern Hills

3360

Giant’s Causeway

3120

Northumberland National Park

2880

Exmoor

1920

South Downs

1560

Cat and Fiddle

1440

Buttertubs

1320

Evo Triangle

720

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