If you’re planning on a short weekend break in the UK, why not turn the journey into a road trip? Whether you’re taking a holiday with friends, a romantic getaway with a significant other, or planning a weekend break with the family, the UK has lots of beautiful and scenic areas perfect for taking the car out on the open road. Here are three of the best road trips in the UK to help get you started:<o:p></o:p>
1. Snake Pass - The Peak District
Located in the Peak District National Park, Snake Pass weaves its way over the Pennines between Glossop and Ladybower Reservoir. The pass reaches its highest point at 1,680ft as it crosses the Pennine Way, offering unrivalled views of the surrounding moorlands and countryside. Whichever end you start from, the road cuts through idyllic natural scenery and picturesque views, all wonderful to take in on your drive.
If you want to experience Snake Pass or any of the other amazing things the Peak District has to offer, Sheffield is a great place to start from. With the Peaks right on its doorstep, our ibis Sheffield City Hotel is the perfect base for your weekend break away!
2. Black Mountain Pass - Wales
If you’re planning a short weekend break in Wales, we highly recommend taking a trip along the famous Black Mountain Pass in the Brecon Beacons. Around 23 miles long, the pass connects the towns of Llandovery and Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen and is a favourite with motorists – even featuring on Top Gear! With sharp bends, dips, and climbs of 1,600ft to manoeuvre, the pass offers unrivalled views of the Welsh countryside – an excellent option for a UK road trip.
If you want to try out the Black Mountain Pass for yourself on a weekend break in Wales, our ibis Swansea Hotel is an excellent option that will let you explore the Welsh city and all its incredible surrounding countryside.
3. Cheddar Gorge - Somerset
Situated on the edge of the Mendip Hills in the heart of the West Country, between Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare, Cheddar Gorge is the largest of its kind in England and a favourite place of natural beauty for walkers, cyclists and motorists alike. Cliff Road is a glorious 14-mile stretch of road between Cheddar and Ashwick, leading over rolling hills with highs of 289 metres, and many twists and turns amidst beautiful scenery.
If you’re planning a short weekend break in Somerset, Cheddar Gorge is well worth a visit and is less than 20 miles from Bristol. Once you’ve experienced the famous road and magnificent gorge, you can settle in for the night at our ibis Bristol Centre Hotel!
Whichever one of these three dream UK road trips you experience, each one offers a fantastic opportunity to hit the open road amongst some of the country’s most stunning natural landmarks and picturesque scenery. Whether you make a day of it or just pass through on the way to your destination, winding down for the night at one of our nearby hotels is the perfect way to end your day.
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