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UK Roads To Take Your Classic Car For A Ride This Spring

UK Roads To Take Your Classic Car For A Ride This Spring - News

The days are finally getting longer, and with the clocks going forward on 31st March, many of us classic car fans start dusting off the road maps and begin planning our next adventure. The UK has some of the most spectacular roads to drive on, and with Spring bringing warmer weather, and more colour back into the landscape, it is one of the best times to get out. Therefore, to help you plan your road trip, we have created a list of five roads which should be on the list for any car enthusiast looking to plan their next escape to the countryside.

1. Norfolk Coast – A149

First and foremost, the Norfolk Coast Road showcases the splendour of the North Norfolk coastline, with its expansive sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, and panoramic sea views.

The ever-changing coastal scenery provides a visual feast for the senses, creating an idyllic backdrop for a leisurely and enjoyable drive.

As you traverse along the A149, you'll have the opportunity to explore quaint and historic villages that dot the coastline. Places such as Cromer, Sheringham, and Wells-next-the-Sea boast charming architecture, traditional seaside charm, and a wealth of local attractions. From Victorian piers to bustling fish markets, each stop along the way offers a unique glimpse into the region's rich maritime heritage.

The Norfolk Coast Road also presents a haven for nature enthusiasts, as it passes through various nature reserves and bird-watching sites. The Norfolk Broads, a network of rivers and lakes, provides a peaceful interlude where you can appreciate the diverse flora and fauna, making it an ideal spot for a refreshing break during your journey.

2. Wales Heartland – The Abergwesyn Pass

Firstly, the Abergwesyn Pass traverses the rugged landscapes of the Cambrian Mountains, unveiling a panorama of untamed natural beauty down its 20-mile stretch, making it a perfect road to drive down while on a road trip around the heartlands of Wales.

As you navigate the winding roads, you'll be treated to sweeping views of lush valleys, heather-clad hillsides, and cascading streams. The pass provides an immersive encounter with the unspoiled wilderness, offering a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

The absence of crowds and scenic isolation of the pass truly does make you feel alone, especially if you time your journey away from peak dates, allowing travellers to appreciate the raw beauty of the Welsh countryside. The diversity of the scenery, from heather-covered moorlands to dense forests, ensures that every twist and turn brings forth a new and captivating vista.

Furthermore, the Abergwesyn Pass holds historical significance, with remnants of old drover roads and abandoned farmsteads scattered along the route. Exploring these historical traces adds a layer of cultural depth to the journey, allowing drivers to connect with the rich heritage of the region.

3. North Wales – Llanberis Pass / Pen y Pass

We're staying in Wales for our next route. This iconic road, nestled within Snowdonia National Park, offers compelling reasons for travellers to explore its enchanting vistas.

To begin with, Llanberis Pass and Pen y Pass reveal the grandeur of Snowdonia's rugged terrain, creating an awe-inspiring backdrop for your journey. Towering peaks, craggy cliffs, and cascading waterfalls surround the road, providing an immersive experience of the region's dramatic natural beauty.

As you wind your way through the pass, each turn unveils panoramic views that capture the essence of Snowdonia's untamed wilderness.

The road trip presents an opportunity to ascend to Pen y Pass, a mountainous hub that serves as a gateway to Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales. Whether you choose to climb to the summit or simply relish the surrounding scenery, Pen y Pass offers a base for various outdoor adventures. Hiking trails, ranging from leisurely strolls to challenging climbs, cater to all levels of enthusiasts, making it an ideal destination for those seeking an active and invigorating escape.

Our advice is do not leave it until a sunny day – we agree with many others that there is something about low clouds in Snowdonia that make it feel even more special.

4. North Yorkshire – A170

Our North Yorkshire road trip centres around the A170 road trip begins in the market town of Thirsk, famed for its historic connections and charming character. Start your journey by exploring the cobbled market square and visiting attractions like the World of James Herriot museum, providing insights into the life of the renowned local vet and author.

Continuing your journey, the A170 leads you through the North York Moors National Park, providing an opportunity to experience the breathtaking scenery of heather-covered hills and expansive vistas.

Consider a detour onto the B1257, a scenic alternative route that winds through the heart of the national park, offering additional panoramic views and charming stops like the village of Hutton-le-Hole.

From there, you can either carry on to Scarborough, back on the A170, which will provide you with coastal vistas and sandy beaches. You could also branch off onto the A169 towards Whitby, a beautiful coastal town famous for its abbey which inspired Bram Stoker in Dracula, quaint streets and associations with Captain Cook.

5. North Scotland – NC500

No list of road trips in the UK would be complete without an obligatory mention of one of the most famous routes… in the world!

While it may have become extremely popular over the last few years due to more Brits looking to explore the UK, there is a solid reason why.

From the rugged coastline of the North Highlands to the majestic mountain ranges and serene lochs, each turn in the road unveils a scene that showcases Scotland's natural beauty. The route is a photographer's dream – so ensure you get your car in shot as it offers countless opportunities to capture stunning landscapes and charming villages.

While the NC500 is easy to follow, it is actually the amount of detours available while driving down that appeal to so many. Locations such as Applecross, and the winding, challenging coastal road to it one way, with the steep climb up Bealach na Bà the other way; Ullapool with its unique fishing town charm; or even John o' Groats, the northeastern most tip of Scotland with its iconic signpost, should all be on the list.

Further detours include crossing the Skye Bridge and into the Isle of Skye, or even hopping on a ferry to the islands of Harris and Lewis or Uist in the Outer Hebrides. All of them offer unique, famous landscapes that will leave you truly appreciating why so many keep returning to Scotland.

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15 March 2024

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