Every Brit worth his salt knows that the most south-westerly point in Britain is Land’s End in Cornwall and that the most north-easterly point is John o’ Groats in Caithness. For years, fitness fans have been running, walking, cycling, skateboarding, and even going by wheelchair to reach the top of the country from the bottom. It is a current length of around 840 miles (using an online route planner) and would take about 15.5 hours to drive, if you were to travel directly. Here’s another idea – why not drive and take a couple of weeks holiday to do it. Stop off and see the sights on the way. Go off the track a little bit, explore the countryside of these beautiful isles.
I want to talk about some of the highlights when travelling the country and a selection of some of the must see sights of Britain. Let’s start at the bottom and work are way up.
St. Ives is a small town on the Cornish coast. It is often nick-named as the Jewel in the West. It is a firm favourite with artists due to the light as well as the Tate art gallery that overlooks the stunning Porth Meor beach which is one of many beaches that line the coast of St. Ives along with Carbis Bay and Porthminster Beach.
Have a read of this quote from Virginia Woolf,
“I could fill pages remembering one thing after another. All together made the summer at St. Ives the best beginning to life imaginable.”
On your way northwards, be sure to spend some time in the Forest of Dean. It is one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty and one of the best places to take it all in is the village of Symonds Yat, it is on the border of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
It straddles the river Wye and is a great place to take your dog and visit a proper English pub for a few ales and a traditional pub lunch.
Is one of the most famous cities in the world and is home to the Beatles. Liverpool as an area is responsible for more number one British singles than any other area in the world.
Stop in and see the tied down Liver bird statue and the must-see Cavern nightclub where the Beatles used to perform before they became the most famous men on the planet. It is a beautiful and friendly city that could keep you entertained for months.
The Cairngorms National Park
Into Scotland now and back into an area of outstanding national beauty. It is a heavily protected area in Britain and because of this it is an unspoiled delight. It is similar in appearance to Scandinavia and covers the area of the Cairngorms mountain range, with its surrounding hills.
When undertaking a trip of this magnitude you must feel safe with your vehicle. If you feel your car won’t be able to manage the harsh environment of Britain’s more remote areas maybe think about hiring or buying a new vehicle. If you are, you may want to think about car loans in the UK. Once you have your vehicle you are ready to really discover and connect to the country you live in.