Exploring the UK’s awe-inspiring countryside routes

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Would you like to see many of the UK’s most picturesque sights? Then follow this guide of the country’s standout countryside routes, put together by luxurious Audi dealership Vindis, that covers the entire breadth of the nation:

Buttertubs Pass

Where in the UK do I have to be?

The Yorkshire Dales

Where should I start?

Cloggerby Rigg, Richmond

Where will I finish?

Penn Lane, Hawes

How far will I travel?

6.9 miles

What will I see?

  • The steep climb along Cliff Gate Road, swiftly followed by a series of fast descents and tight corners.
  • The deep limestone potholes of Buttertubs.

Castle to Castle

Where in the UK do I have to be?

Northumberland

Where should I start?

Alnwick

Where will I finish?

Lindisfarne

How far will I travel?

26.4 miles

What will I see?

  • Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne Castle.
  • The Lindisfarne Nature Reserve; a paradise for bird lovers.
  • Everything from fishing villages and sandy beaches to picturesque market towns, rolling hills and rugged moorland.
  • Lindisfarne Priory; once the home of St Oswald and where the Lindisfarne Gospels were created.

Causeway Coastal Route

Where in the UK do I have to be?

The Northern coast of Northern Ireland

Where should I start?

Londonderry

Where will I finish?

Belfast

How far will I travel?

130 miles

What will I see?

  • Northern Ireland’s famous and magnificent coastal scenery.
  • A series of tiny and peaceful villages.
  • Three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the Glens of Antrim, the Causeway Coast and the cliffs of Binevenagh.

Drive Into Cheddar Gorge

Where in the UK do I have to be?

The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Where should I start?

Bridgwater

Where will I finish?

Cheddar Gorge

How far will I travel?

19.2 miles

What will I see?

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

Gateway to the Highlands

Where in the UK do I have to be?

The Scottish Highlands

Where should I start?

Glasgow

Where will I finish?

Fort William

How far will I travel?

108 miles

What will I see?

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

Journey Under the Ribblehead Viaduct

Where in the UK do I have to be?

The Yorkshire Dales

Where should I start?

Hornby

Where will I finish?

Ribblehead Viaduct

How far will I travel?

15.5 miles

What will I see?

  • Miles upon miles of the Yorkshire Dales.
  • The 400-metre-high Ribblehead Viaduct; a structure constructed in 1870 and now listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Slate Country Under Snowdon

Where in the UK do I have to be?

The Snowdon National Park in Wales

Where should I start?

Blaenau Ffestiniog

Where will I finish?

Llanberis

How far will I travel?

27.5 miles

What will I see?

  • A landscape of slate slag.
  • The Llechwedd Slate Caverns.
  • Swallow Falls.
  • The gigantic Pen-y-Pass, or Llanberis Pass as it’s also commonly referred to as.

The Atlantic Highway

Where in the UK do I have to be?

The coast of North Cornwall

Where should I start?

Barnstaple

Where will I finish?

Newquay

How far will I travel?

76.2 miles

What will I see?

  • Stretches of some of the UK’s most breath-taking coastlines.
  • Bedruthan Steps.
  • Constantine Bay.
  • A picture-perfect lighthouse at Trevose Head, if you take a detour from the route to travel along a private toll road.

Views of the Lake District

Where in the UK do I have to be?

The Lake District

Where should I start?

Kendal

Where will I finish?

Keswick

How far will I travel?

38.6 miles

What will I see?

  • Lake Thirlmere and Lake Windermere.
  • The Lakeland fells.
  • Countryside that helped inspire the works of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
  • Grasmere; a village where two of Wordsworth’s former houses can be found.

Winding Roads of the Cotswolds

Where in the UK do I have to be?

The Cotswolds

Where should I start?

Cheltenham

Where will I finish?

Stratford-upon-Avon

How far will I travel?

32.7 miles

What will I see?

  • Stratford-upon-Avon; William Shakespeare’s birthplace.
  • The tranquil green hills of the Cotswolds.
  • A collection of traditional English villages.
  • The historic town of Chipping Campden.