5-6 Weeks to see the UK.. Any tips on what's a "must" or route advice?
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Aug 15, 2012 4:18 AM Last Post By: ajctraveler
Aug 9, 2012 3:46 PM
5-6 Weeks to see the UK.. Any tips on what's a "must" or route advice?Hey everyone. So I'm arriving in London tomorrow, which I've spent time in before, but never ventured out into the UK. I'm planning on driving around the UK for 5 or 6 weeks (I have a car), and I'm looking for some suggestions on what I shouldn't miss and whether my route/direction is the most efficient as it obviously would be good to see things in some kind of order and not zig-zag too much.
A bit about what I'm hoping to see and what I like when traveling: I'm a nature lover, old towns and also historically significant places (although I can't claim to love "ruins"), castles are great too. I'm a photographer, so anything beautiful, one way or another, is good in my book.
Here is what I'm thinking, I'm obviously not listing every city/town I'll stop in, but please if there are things that are really MUST SEE, then tell me so that I can make a note not to miss it.
I was thinking of starting off heading east from London (Leeds Castle, Cantebury), then heading down the coast (Brighton, Portsmouth, Channel Islands, Devon, Cornwall) and then starting back north through Wales, to Ireland, across to the Isle of Man, jump over to Belfast for a couple of days, then back into England to head north towards Scotland, after which I'll head back down through "inner" England (Newcastle, York, Peak District, etc..)
So, how does my route look and if it were you, which places/things would you consider the most interesting/important to spend time in?
Aug 9, 2012 4:38 PM
1There are beautiful things all over the UK... The best thing to do is have a google and make a list of things you want to see,,, the faq's here will give you some idea... Then pinpoint them on a map and work a route out from that...
There's 1000's of things of intrest, how long you want to spend to fill your needs is up to you...
Then you can ask specific questions and gain advice...
Aug 9, 2012 4:48 PM
2Hi - and welcome to Thorn Tree.
Sounds like a good plan is coming together.
You've left out The Lake District. Is there any reason? It's a photographers paradise.
I wouldn't go out of my way to visit Portsmouth. Sure it's got it's history - but not on a 'Round Britain' trip.
Just a couple of days on The Isle Of Man for me, especially if you're taking a car across.
When you speak of 'Inner England' and Newcastle, do you refer to Newcastle Under Lyme?
Newcastle Upon Tyne is on the coast. Newcastle Under Lyme is OK - but again, not on a trip like this.
Devon, Cornwall, Channel islands and Wales (although not all of it) are all great choices.
Avoid areas in North Wales such as Wrexham and Deeside. Very ordinary - and not scenic at all.
However, Llangollen and onwards up the A5, are wonderful. Chester is close-by as well. A great little city.
Couple of days in Belfast.... Perfect.
Try and get at least 5 days in Scotland if you can. It's not that big, but it's often a slow journey.
That'll just about do it from me. Others will, for sure - be along soon with some more recommendations.
Hope you have a really nice trip.
Aug 9, 2012 8:46 PM
3It sounds like great plan. There are so many places you could see, but here are just a few ideas...
While in Devon, I recommend the coastal area of north Devon, around Braunton, Saunton, Croyde, Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. Heading east from there, you also have Exmoor.
When coming back down through England, you could take a look at the Cotswolds, Oxford and Windsor.
I agree that it would be good if you could include the Lake District. I also like the North York Moors, which are on the other side of the country, a little way south from Newcastle upon Tyne.
Aug 9, 2012 10:54 PM
4Driving along the south coast is slow, unless you go up to use the main arteries (which substantially adds to your total mileage).
If you're from N America, be aware that fuel prices are roughly double what you're used to, so budget accordingly.
The channel islands is expensive to get to; refer to http://www.condorferries.co.uk.
Ireland is also expensive to get to with a car in tow; refer to http://www.poferries.com, http://www.irishferries.com and http://www.stenaline.com.
Ditto the Isle of Man, see http://www.steam-packet.com/.
I would cut the corner off at Belfast and go straight into Scotland and head for the highlands before working your way back down. Make sure to budget at least 5 days there, it's wonderful.
Aug 10, 2012 3:22 AM
5Walk the West Highland Way? It takes 4 days to walk at a leisurely pace and has some of the best sights in Scotland.
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Aug 11, 2012 8:08 AM
10Firstly, you are planning some expensive things: taking a car to Ireland and the Isle of Man will add considerably to your costs, as will visiting the Channel Islands. You could easily have a great time and fill all your time without leaving the mainland, so consider whether these excursions are essential.
In England, you might enjoy the Yorkshire Dales, and I recommend the combination of natural beauty and medieval history offered by the ancient "city" of Durham. Be sure to visit one of Oxford or Cambridge, and check out York.
Aug 11, 2012 8:12 AM
Aug 15, 2012 4:18 AM
I have lots of notes and I'm certainly using Google, but I figured that there might be some general things I could garner in an introductory thread.
I have every intention of visiting the lake district, I just neglected to type it into the first post.
For the Isle of Man, I want to rent a motorcycle and get a sense of the TT course. I wasn't planning on spending more than two nights there.
Appreciate your tips about the Newcastles, I'm working through my plans and will incorporate that.
I was planning on giving Scotland at least 5 days, probably 6 or 7.
Thanks, I'll work through those and see what I can fit in.
I have been driving around Europe for the last 4 months, so I'm aware of fuel. To be honest, the distances in the UK are laughable compared to the rest of Europe, so I'm not having a problem.
Appreciate the ferry tips, I actually just created a new thread about the Channel Islands, will it be a pain not having a car there? Should I just leave it near the port and ferry over as a pedestrian?
@OneScot and battybilly
I walk fast, I'm a New Yorker. I'll look into doing parts of the Way though. Appreciate it
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