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The UK’s most romantic routes

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Looking for something new and adventurous to do with your other half? Brace yourself for some of the most picturesque drives the UK can offer.

romantic routes

Though by no means massive, the UK is blessed with some astonishing landscapes. We’ve listed some hidden gems when it comes to scenic drives, and these routes are sure to set your heart a-flutter. Here are some of our favourite romantic drives:

Glencoe – Glasgow to Fort William - A82

Glasgow to Fort William

You might recognise these vast mountains that dominate this striking route – they feature in the 2012 film Skyfall. James Bond visits this picturesque location where the road weaves across the renowned Loch Ness.

This 140-mile journey from Loch Lomond to Loch Ness is impressive, and there’s a list as long as your arm as to why you should drive it.

Black Mountains – Powys - A4069

Black Mountains

The A4069 is a pleasure to drive. The Welsh road sweeps through the mountains connecting Llandovery and Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen for a spectacular view.

The road bends, dips and soars through the Brecon Beacons National Park, and it’s sure to provide some of the most unforgettable miles you’ll drive.

Cheltenham to Stratford Cotswolds - B4632

Cheltenham to Stratford Cotswolds

The home of William Shakespeare, the B4632 takes you through the historic town of Chipping Campden. In this chocolate-box village there are some great opportunities for sight-seeing, charming spots for a romantic lunch, and a lot of English beauty to see.

You can wind through the green hills of the Cotswolds as they overflow with wildflowers and picture-perfect villages.

The North York Moors – B1257

The North York Moors

Starting in Helmsley and heading back through Whitby, the North York Moors host roads that are guaranteed to charm anyone who sets their wheels on them.

With remarkable viewpoints and landmarks, you can take in Captain Cook’s monument before heading to the summit of Roseberry Topping. This rollercoaster journey climbs and plunges between beautiful mountains.

The Welsh route 66 – the A470

The Welsh route

This 178-mile-long road swoops down the spine of Wales, across the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, connecting Llandudno with Cardiff.

It's bordered by striking countryside backdrops, making it the perfect road for a tranquil drive. In a survey by Shell, the A470 was deemed Britain’s favourite road.

The Dark Hedges – Ballymoney

The Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges is a very famous stretch of road between Ballymoney and Ballycastle in Northern Ireland. This magnificent avenue of beech trees has become more recently known as a filming location for ‘Kings Road’ in the television series Game of Thrones.

The trees that guard this impressive sight seem to hang over the road, heavily entwined with each other to create a particularly dramatic ambience.

The Snake Pass – Peak District - A57

The Snake Pass

The Snake Pass is one of the most intriguing routes in the UK. This course between Manchester and Sheffield got its name from its country pub which is one of the many few buildings on its road. And it also matches the winding characteristics of this route.

The road also has historical significance in the Derwent Valley. It was the place where the bouncing bomb practice took place during the Second World War.

The EVO Triangle – North Wales

The EVO Triangle

They say great things come in threes: this can certainly be said for the EVO triangle and its three roads. The A5, the A543 and the B4501 got their collective nickname from EVO magazine after it deemed this route to be one of its favourite car testing grounds.

The beautiful Welsh countryside surrounds you as you set out on the open road and embark on a truly invigorating drive. If you’re near Wales, it’s definitely worth a detour.

The Northumberland Heritage Coast – Alnmouth to Lindisfarne

The Northumberland Heritage Coast

If a coastal route is more to your liking, then this peaceful and tranquil drive could be for you. The road winds around this charming place with its dramatic sights. Castles, sandy beaches, ruins and market towns make the coastline feels magical and ready to tell its story.

Cheddar to Ashwick - B3515

Cheddar to Ashwick

The B3515 was crowned number five of The Independent’s ’10 best driving roads in the world’. And to think this spot of worldwide envy is just on our doorstep! The scenery is stunning in the first sprint of this journey, with vast cliff faces commanding each side of the road.

The second sprint has long sweeping bends where you can really start to relax into the drive. And the third has long straight roads so you can appreciate the dazzling landscapes.

Although Britain’s trains get you from A to B quickly, you cannot beat the intimacy of driving through these epic wonders. Why not add some of these scenic routes to your bucket list, and get inspired to hit the road.

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