Best Autumn Road Trips in the UK
There isn’t a more beautiful time to road trip than during autumn. The eruptions of colour exploding from the ever changing landscape and the fluctuating weather with erratic bursts of rain accompanied by blasts of brilliant sunshine. When the weather worsens, enjoy one of many warming dishes from a quaint country pub or bistro along the way. Put all this together and it’s not hard to see what makes autumn so magical.
Autumn also often brings quieter roads to enjoy the drive; with schools still in term and fewer tourists flocking to beauty spots, the journey can be just as pleasurable as the destination. Read our picks for the very best UK road trips to take this Autumn.
Loch Lomond National Park
Loch Lomond is a wonderland of wilderness, with endless lakes, spectacular mountain scenery, and serene, picturesque roads which appear to run forever. The area is surrounded by remote lochs and hidden valleys, such as The Trossachs. Loch Lomond has some spectacular wildlife that is magnificent to view within their natural habitats, such as deer, red squirrels, golden eagles and beavers.
The Cotswolds can be reached by car in about an hour when travelling from Oxford. You can expect a vast scenery of quintessentially English countryside along the way, with sprawling meadows broken up only by charmingly beautiful historic villages. The Cotswolds comprises five counties, each as delightful as the last. This is a fantastic place for anyone to visit who has an interest in architecture, enthralling markets, and thrilling hiking trails for when you’re craving a good old fashioned walk in the country.
New Forest National Park
New Forest National Park is located about an hour south of Didcot. This easy drive through pretty villages and glorious tree-covered lanes offers some of the best autumnal scenery in Britain. Known as one of the country’s oldest royal forests, this preserved area teems with wildlife and incredible spots for the most perfect picture opportunities. There are plenty of attractions within the surrounding area for all the family to enjoy, including museums, animal centres, wildlife parks, beaches, nature trails, and theme parks.
Northumberland is a peaceful, historic, and often unappreciated part of the UK. This is one of the most incredible places for anyone wanting to get out of the car for a few hours and explore the hiking trails or cycling routes. The iconic coast-to-coast journey following Hadrian’s wall is utterly magical, with stunning views along both the Irish and North seas, with additional mesmerising backdrops across the northern tip of the Lake District.
North Coast 500
North Coast 500 is a glorious route to road trips during the summer months, but there is something even more special about it during the autumn. The countryside that you will pass through comes to life, with every colour imaginable glistening against the weaving highlands. The route was introduced in 2015 and has become a popular choice amongst those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle and just drive for the thrill of it. The air is crisp, unique, and thankfully free of summer insects during the cooler months!
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