British couples have been urged to hit the road this Valentine’s Day and enjoy one of the most romantic drives in the UK.
The LeaseCar.uk team have researched and revealed nine of the most scenic routes around the country, so that couples can enjoy a picnic overlooking rolling hills, or watch the sun set over other dramatic landscapes.
These routes span much of the UK, from Surrey to Somerset and Hampshire to the Yorkshire Dales.
A spokesperson from LeaseCar.uk said: “When Valentine’s Day rolls around each year, it’s a mad dash to book a table at your favourite restaurant, the latest rom-com in the cinema or a lane at the local bowling alley.
“But this year, we’re urging couples to take to the great outdoors to celebrate their love for one another.
“We’ve identified nine of the most scenic and romantic drives across the country, so you can spend time watching the sun set over Lake Windermere, stop off at a local country pub for lunch, or enjoy a picnic overlooking rolling hills and dramatic landscapes.”
1. Kendal to Keswick, Lake District
Offering remarkable views of the Lakeland fells, this 38.6-mile route passes along the banks of both Lake Windermere and Lake Thirlmere, and cuts through countryside which served as inspiration for William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
2. Buttertubs Pass, Yorkshire Dales
Starting at Cloggerby Rigg in Richmond and passing the deep limestone potholes of Buttertubs, you’ll finish at Penn Lane in Hawes 6.9 miles later. Beginning with a steep climb along Cliff Gate Road, followed by a series of fast descents and tight corners, this short route can often be completed in a brisk 15 minutes.
3. The Dark Hedges, Ballymore, Northern Ireland
Game of Thrones fans should head to Ireland for the best road trip that features the Kind’s Road in Season Two, where Arya Stark travels North. The road cloaked by beech trees creates a fairytale-esque setting which was planted two centuries ago lining the entrance of Grace Hill House.
4. Cheltenham to Stratford-upon-Avon, The Cotswolds
Stretching across 32.7 miles, this route passes through the tranquil green hills of the Cotswolds, finishing up in Stratford-upon-Avon; the birthplace of William Shakespeare. A series of quaint English villages are also along the route, as well as the historic town of Chipping Campden.
5. The New Forest, Hampshire
Less than one mile from the M27 is the beautiful New Forest, perfect for a road trip and outdoor actives. However, with hundreds of wild ponies roaming the roads, the stunning setting is one to drive carefully when exploring.
6. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
Starting in Bridgwater and travelling along the B3135, you’ll have the opportunity to pass 27 magnificent limescale cliffs which are conveniently situated just to the side of the road. You’ll also pass through the gorgeous village of Cheddar, before finishing off at Cheddar Gorge, a site steeped in history.
7. Snake Pass, Peak District
Possibly the most famous of driving routes through the Peak District, Snake Pass crosses the Pennines between Glossop and the Ladybower Reservoir at Ashopton. Boasting beautiful, green hills on each side and running along the river Ashop, the road’s long, sloping path makes it a dream to drive on – perfect for a romantic road trip.
8. Surrey Hills
Start by Leatherhead and use the A24 to get to Horsham, and then head to Five Oaks and then on to Petersfield. You’ll drive through country lanes to Chichester and then you could head to Brighton via the A27, passing through areas of outstanding natural beauty along the way.
9. Glasgow or Edinburgh to Glencoe, Scotland
The route through Glen Coe is one of the most famous driving roads in Scotland, and rightly so. Towering mountains loom overhead as your wind your way through this magnificent glen. Coming from Glasgow or Edinburgh are both great routes – travelling from Glasgow will take you along the banks of Loch Lomond or if you choose to travel from Edinburgh you’ll pass the Kelpies as well as Stirling Castle.