There’s nothing like jumping into your wagon, pulling out of the yard, hitting the road and heading to your first customer. And if you’re lucky, you might travel along some of the UK’s most scenic and iconic roads while you’re in your HGV.
The eight most iconic driving roads in the UK
Whether you drive these daily or have travelled along them during a staycation, we’ve selected eight of the most iconic UK roads to drive:
1. Kendal to Keswick (via A591)The A591 cuts through the heart of the Lake District National Park for over 30 miles. And, oh boy, what a drive it is. It takes in some of the most stunning scenery the UK offers, including breath-taking views of the Lakeland Fells and the beautiful banks of Lake Windermere.
2. The North Yorkshire Moors (via A10779 & B1248)Take the A1079 at Beverley and the B1248 through Wetwang and Norton-on-Derwent for pure driving pleasure before heading to Kirkbymoorside, Hutton-le-Hole, Blakey Ridge and Castleton. Follow this route, and the Moors, valleys and cottages will leave you utterly speechless.
3. Giant's Causeway (via A2)Located in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, The Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO heritage site comprising around 40,000 interlocking columns (thought to be the result of ancient volcanic eruptions). The Causeway takes in 120 miles of coastal road between Belfast and Derry. Oh, and make sure to stop off at the beautiful Ballintoy Harbour too.
4. Loch Lomond to Glencoe (Via A82)This 90-minute scenic route from Loch Lomond to Glencoe takes in the Argyll Forest Park, Balloch Castle Loch Tulla and Loch Ba, with every inch of the road a feast for the eyes.
In fact, in 2021, it was voted Britain’s most scenic route.
5. The A272The A272 winds along the South Downs from Winchester in Hampshire to Heathfield in East Sussex (or vice versa if travelling in the opposite direction). It winds through pretty valleys, over hilltops and through valleys. And at around 77 miles long, plenty of pubs serve traditional pub grub along the way.
It doesn’t have the most dramatic scenery, but it still makes for a pleasant drive.
6. Snowdonia National Park
This 823-square-mile stretch of road takes in 9 mountain ranges, Snowdonia features some of the most scenic driving routes you’ll find anywhere in the world. The route takes over towering hills, through beautiful valleys and gorgeous villages, including Llanberis, Beddgelert, Aberdovy and Conwy.
7. North Coast 500The North Coast 500 is a favourite for scenery lovers and driving enthusiasts. It stretches 516 miles through the Scottish Highlands, taking in some of the most mesmerising coastal scenery you’ll ever drive and going through popular villages like Thurso, Ullapool and Burness.
Don’t forget to stop at John o’ Groats for a selfie with the signpost.
8. The Peak DistrictWhat makes the Peak District a favourite with so many drivers is the variety of roads and scenery. One moment you’re winding through country lanes, the next, you're climbing peaks and dipping down into troughs.
Quite honestly, it’s a thrilling driving experience.
During the warmer months, tackle the legendary Snake Pass, one of the highest roads in the Peak District. It’s suitable for HGVs but can be tricky in places. But steer clear of it during the winter when conditions can be treacherous.
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