*This is a collaborative post
For the last couple of years we’ve kept family holidays to within the UK, and they’ve been really enjoyable for all of us so we’re now thinking about where I next adventure will take us. Part of the fun is in the journey itself; new scenery, stops for lunch in beautiful tearooms or family-friendly pubs, playing I Spy. Driving with young children can be stressful, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be.
There are loads of places within the UK that I absolutely adore and want to explore with Phil, Toby, and Martha. We have a large car so it’s quite easy to pack up everything and go, and although it’s not quite my dream campervan, or a coveted Land Rover Discovery Sport, it’s comfy enough for us all on a long journey.
I thought I’d list some of my top choices for UK family holidays, and what we would see and do on our road trip.
I love Wales, and our two holidays to Bluestone Wales were just so lovely. South Wales is such a happy place for me, and the journey from our east midlands home, passing the stunning Malvern Hills and driving along the base of the Brecon Beacons, makes my heart full.
Toby and Martha love spotting the different animals along the way, and now they’re a bit older they would really appreciate the majesty of the hills and mountains. When we visited Wales in early 2015, we stopped off in a lovely little town called Usk and had a really tasty lunch at a cafe called Sprokwobbles. Those hidden gems really make a road trip.
I challenge anyone not to be blown away by our incredible Lake District. I holidayed there for my birthday one year with my parents and cousin, then Phil and I stayed there 2 years BC (before children) for his birthday.
Although much of the drive is on motorways, the journey does eventually take us around the Yorkshire Dales, across part of the Pennine Way, and finally the stunning Lakes come into view.
I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never ventured over the border into Scotland, despite it having been on my travel wish list for absolutely years. I came close on a 2001 summer road trip with my grandparents, but the foot-and-mouth crisis that swept the nation’s cattle meant that we couldn’t take that step on to Scottish soil when we visited Hadrian’s Wall.
I can’t even narrow it down to one area of the country I’d like to visit, and when I was looking at Scottish road trip options, I wanted to do every single one!
For coastal beauty, I would love to venture down to Dorset and drive the Jurassic Coast Road Drive. It’s another area of the UK I’ve not been to before, and there’s so much to do and see along the way and in various nearby towns and cities, that I know the children would have an amazing time.
So those are a few of the UK family road trips that we would like to do – have you driven any of them and can you give me any tips?