Most romantic road trips in the UK and the Peak District

A road trip that takes people through the heart of the beautiful Peak District has been voted the UK’s third most romantic route.

The Cat and Fiddle Road runs from Buxton in Derbyshire to Macclesfield in Cheshire and is named after the Cat and Fiddle Inn, a 19th century pub and the second highest in England. And the scenery is breathtaking.

The Peak District was England’s first National Park, with its moorland and outstanding beauty spanning 1,437km² of Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire.

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EnjoyTravel, the website that compiled the list, said: “This route crosses the wild Pennines and is famous for its magnificent views of the Greater Manchester conurbation, the Peak District National Park and the Cheshire Plain.

“It’s also famous for its many turns and tight corners, but that’s what makes it so exciting to drive.

“Not only will your loved one get your heart rate up, but this road will too.”

The first trip on the list is the Romantic Route of the Cotswolds in South West England, and given that it has Romantic in the actual name of the route, it’s easy to see why it came in first. rank.

And with restrictions easing for UK citizens in time for Valentine’s Day, now would be the perfect time to get in a car and explore the jaw-dropping beauty the UK has to offer.

The Top 10 Most Romantic Road Trips in the UK

1. Cotswolds Romantic Road, England

Encompassing Castle Combe, Chipping Norton and Tetbury, some of the most beautiful villages and towns in the country, this route is sure to be everything people would want in a romantic road trip.

The village of Castle Combe is well known around the world as the perfect English village

The journey can be conducted in two ways, a route to the north called “A route for today”, with the passage to the south called “A route for tomorrow”.

Winding and narrow roads will lead you to the famous town of Cheltenham, known worldwide for its annual horse racing festival where it hosts the Gold Cup.

2. North Coast 500, Scotland

This bucket list reader is definitely one that people should travel a little more miles to reach and explore.

Kylesku Bridge along the NC500 in Northern Scotland, taken August 2020, post-processed using exposure bracketing
The Kylesku Bridge is a highlight of the route

Given its name as ‘Scotland’s Route 66’, this epic 500-mile journey will take people through the beautiful, untouched Highland landscape and past historic castles, traditional distilleries, sea caves, sea stacks and beaches. deserted.

Quiet and secluded, the perfect romantic getaway.

3. Cat and Fiddle Road, the Peak District

Right in the heart of the Peak District in central England is the Cat and Fiddle Road.

With winding roads and iconic views for miles on a clear day, this road trip has it all and is right on people’s doorstep in Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

Golden light over the hills of the Peak District, Derbyshire, England.
The Cat and Fiddle route has a pub at its top

AThe best part of it all, the Cat and Fiddle Pub stands proudly along the road, so a well-deserved pint and dinner for two is to be expected.

4. Antrim Coastal Route, Northern Ireland

Spanning the entire east coast of Northern Ireland, from the capital Belfast to the city of Derry, this 214-mile coastal road trip will take people through all the terrain known to man.

Aerial view at sunrise.
The Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

With the famous Giant’s Causeway, the highlight of the trip, it’s definitely a camera to take with you as people will need it.

If people are also fans of the hit series Game of Thrones, this route is a great way to bond with the iconic TV show, as it takes people past many filming locations.

5. York to Robin Hood’s Bay, England

This incredibly scenic route takes you through the North Yorkshire Moors and up the North Yorkshire coast.

Of course, the highlight of this road trip is that the route takes you to the village of Goathland, famous for its train station which served as the Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter films.

Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire
Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire

But not only that, people You can even visit the withered old farmhouse, considered the inspiration for Emily Bronte’s gothic masterpiece, Wuthering Heights.

6. Black Mountain Road, Wales

One of the most scenic routes in the UK, this 20 mile journey will take people to magical places they never knew existed in the UK.

Sunset over the dangerous stretch of road on Black Mountain in South Wales
Sunset over the dangerous stretch of road on Black Mountain in South Wales

Reaching an altitude of 493 meters, the views are uninterrupted and the sky seems to follow the sky forever.

This one is really for people who love the outdoors, as the clean air and green fields are never a sight that gets old.

7. Lake District National Park Route, England

Winding mountain road in the English Lake District at sunrise.
Winding mountain roads surrounded by the English Lake District at sunrise

Covering 900 square miles, people may think it would be hard for the 900 square miles to look good, think again.

As people drive along the winding, winding roads, they can visit 12 of England’s largest lakes as well as Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.

The famous English romantic poet, William Wordsworth, described this land as “the most beautiful place that man has ever found”.

8. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

While that might sound like the title of a new big-screen horror movie, it’s much more beautiful than that.

A view of dark hedges.
The alley of beech trees famous for its appearance in Games of Thrones

The Dark Hedges are a row of iconic trees that cover the straight road they stand perfectly alongside with twisting, curving branches, creating an almost time capsule where people could imagine themselves walking down a road from centuries past.

The Dark Hedges is most romantic in September and October when the leaves are a beautiful bronze color and glisten in the afternoon sun.

9. From Glasgow to GlenCoe, Scotland

Departing from bustling Glasgow, you’ll pass through scenic havens such as Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park on a drive along the shores of the legendary loch, one of the UK’s largest lakes.

The incredible landscape is also rich in cinematic crossovers, with Highlander, Skyfall and the Harry Potter films all filmed here
The Harry Potter films were filmed in this region of Scotland

The best part of this road trip is the ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ viewpoint in Glen Coe, the perfect place to enjoy a picnic while taking in the breathtaking views.

The incredible landscape is also rich in cinematic crossovers, with Highlander, Skyfall and the Harry Potter films all filmed here.

10. Cardiff to Llandudno, Wales

If people are looking for a romantic road trip through the wilderness steeped landscapes of Wales, this is exactly it.

This 186 mile journey from the south coast of Cardiff to the north coast of Llandudno will pass through beautiful Snowdonia and the breathtaking Brecon Beacons.

A road runs through green fields and woods in a valley near Beddgelert in Snowdonia
The road passes through green fields and woods in a valley near Beddgelert in Snowdonia

Perfect for a slow ride and an occasional scenic picnic stop, this is truly a romantic road trip that everyone should try.

Enjoy the trip said the rides were ranked by their “romantic travel factor,” which includes natural scenery, unique things to do along the way, breathtaking viewpoints and overall popularity on social media .

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