10 best UK road trips you must experience in your lifetime

At Oakeley Arms turn left onto the A487 and then left again onto the A496 to Ffestiniog where you turn left onto the B4391/B4407. The countryside gets rougher and more deserted as you ascend from the village but softens towards Betws-y-Coed on the A5. Stop on the A4086 for photos of 3,560ft Mount Snowdon in the distance alongside the waters of Llynnau Mymbyr and the Pass of Llanberis. The view is breathtaking.

Dash past – or better yet, climb – Mount Snowdon before a 20-minute drive to the muscular macho Caernarvon Castle, which stands defiantly at the mouth of the Seiont River.

Top Tip: If you want to climb Snowdon, break up your journey first in Betws-y-Coed and perhaps stay at the Craig-y-Dderwen Riverside Hotel (01690 710293;, set in 40 acres of gardens on the banks of the river Conwy is located .

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10. The Peak District

Best for: history lover.

Why do? For an educational tour of stately homes, a graceful spa town and feats of Victorian engineering.

What to expect: The route covers approximately 60 miles of thrilling views, challenging bends, steep climbs and breathtaking descents, with many opportunities to learn about historic buildings, bridges and viaducts along the way.

The distance: Start in Holmfirth – north of the Peak District – then follow the A6024 climbing over Holme Moss to tumble down the A6024 to Woodhead Reservoir, right onto the A628 then left onto the B6105 to Glossop. Dash high above Torside Reservoir, then take the A57 at Glossop to tackle the aptly named and exhilarating Snake Pass.

Turn right onto the A6013 to Bamford then take the A6187 via Hathersage and The Dale to the wild beauty town of Stanage Edge. Follow the B6521 to Grindleford, then the A625/A623 past Baslow, follow signs to Chatsworth House, the ‘Palace of the Peaks’ then to the secluded medieval Haddon Hall along the B6012 and A6.

Continue through Bakewell, turn right onto the A6020 then left to Ashford-in-the-Water to admire the old Sheepwash Bridge where lambs were penned and ewes washed on one side of the river when they swam over to them. Take the B6465 and meander to Monsal Head to see the distant Headstone Viaduct, then take your time on the B6465/A623, descending via Dove Holes and following the signs to the quaint spa town of Buxton.

Top Tip: Don’t speed on Snake Pass, where there are speed traps.

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