How to drive the UK’s most scenic countryside routes

Luxurious Audi dealership Vindis has all the information you need to drive along some of the UK’s standout countryside driving routes and discover many of the  most picturesque sights in the process…

Buttertubs Pass

Location:

Yorkshire Dales

Start:

Cloggerby Rigg, Richmond

Finish:

Penn Lane, Hawes

Distance:

6.9 miles

Key sights to see:

  • Cliff Gate Road; a route which starts with a steep climb before opening up to a series of fast descents and tight corners
  • The deep limestone potholes or Buttertubs

Journey Under the Ribblehead Viaduct

Location:

Yorkshire Dales

Start:

Hornby

Finish:

Ribblehead Viaduct

Distance:

15.5 miles

Key sights to see:

  • Views of the Yorkshire Dales for miles and miles
  • The 400-metre-high Ribblehead Viaduct; a listed Scheduled Ancient Monument that was constructed in 1870 and has featured on the big screen with a cameo appearance during the Harry Potter film series

Drive into Cheddar Gorge

Location:

Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Start:

Bridgwater

Finish:

Cheddar Gorge

Distance:

19.2 miles

Key sights to see:

  • Cheddar Gorge; the deepest gorge in the UK
  • 27 magnificent limescale cliffs
  • The tourist village of Cheddar

Castle to Castle

Location:

Northumberland

Start:

Alnwick

Finish:

Lindisfarne

Distance:

26.4 miles

Key sights to see:

  • Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne Castle
  • Lindisfarne Nature Reserve
  • A collection of fishing villages, picturesque market towns, rolling hills, rugged moorland and sandy beaches
  • Lindisfarne Priory

Slate Country Under Snowdon

Location:

Snowdon National Park, in Wales

Start:

Blaenau Ffestiniog

Finish:

Llanberis

Distance:

27.5 miles

Key sights to see:

  • A landscape of slate slag
  • Llechwedd Slate Caverns
  • Swallow Falls
  • The towering Pen-y-Pass — otherwise known as Llanberis Pass
  • Mount Snowdon

Winding Roads of the Cotswolds

Location:

The Cotswolds

Start:

Cheltenham

Finish:

Stratford-upon-Avon

Distance:

32.7 miles

Key sights to see:

  • Stratford-upon-Avon; birthplace of William Shakespeare
  • The tranquil green hills of Cotswolds
  • Views of meadows filled with wildflowers, sheep pastures and woodland for as far as the eye can see
  • A collection of traditional English villages
  • The historic town of Chipping Campden

Views of the Lake District

Location:

Lake District

Start:

Kendal

Finish:

Keswick

Distance:

38.6 miles

Key sights to see:

  • The Lakeland fells
  • Lake Thirlmere and Lake Windermere
  • Countryside which helped inspire both William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • The village of Grasmere, home to two of Wordsworth’s former houses

The Atlantic Highway

Location:

North Cornwall coast

Start:

Barnstaple

Finish:

Newquay

Distance:

76.2 miles

Key sights to see:

  • Some of the UK’s most breath-taking coastlines
  • Constantine Bay
  • Bedruthan Steps
  • The picture-perfect lighthouse located at Trevose Head

Gateway to the Highlands

Location:

The Scottish Highlands

Start:

Glasgow

Finish:

Fort William

Distance:

108 miles

Key sights to see:

  • Loch Leven, Loch Linnhe and Loch Lomond
  • The Trossachs National Park
  • The Black Mountains
  • Rannoch Moor
  • Glen Coe and its surrounding volcanic mountain scenery
  • The Three Sisters
  • Ben Nevis

Causeway Coastal Route

Location:

Northern coast of Northern Ireland

Start:

Londonderry

Finish:

Belfast

Distance:

130 miles

Key sights to see:

  • Northern Ireland’s famous and magnificent coastal scenery
  • No less than three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the Glens of Antrim, the Causeway Coast and the cliffs of Binevenagh
  • A series of tiny and peaceful villages

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