At Home With Lorraine Kelly 2017 - 311
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here is something about
a road trip which is
hugely appealing and it's
little surprise that in
some countries they are
incredibly popular. Maybe it's that you
can go where you want, when you
want and take as long as you want.
Not only that, but although you
should have a basic plan as to where
you want to go, you don't have to stick
to it rigidly. So: get your car checked,
pack what you need (not forgetting
distractions for the kids during the
less interesting bits), decide where
you re going and en oy the ride!
As one of the counties in England
without a motorway, Cornwall is a
great place to take a driving holiday.
It also boasts some stunning and
dramatic coastline so there are plenty
of scenic routes. Your only problem
will be deciding which one to take.
Few places in Cornwall however
can compare with the Roseland - one
of the most picturesque and unspoilt
parts of the British Isles - so this is
certainly a good option to take.
The Roseland peninsula is situated
in the south o ornwa and offers the
ultimate Cornish driving experience.
Bordered by the Fal Estuary to the
west and the Atlantic to the east, The
Roseland has been designated part
of Cornwall's Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty for the quality of its
landscape and coastal scenery.
Starting from the tiny village of
Tregony, (known as the gateway to the
Roseland) you can take the winding
A3078 to St Mawes - a 20-minute
drive that will allow you to take in
the rolling hills and sea views that
surround this picturesque harbour.
From here you can take your pick
from plenty of smaller roads that lead
you to the hidden gems of Carne,
Portloe and Veryan. All these coastal
villages boast long stretches of sands,
coves and whitewashed houses.
And don't miss Pendower Beach
- sheltered from colder northerly
winds, there are great views along the
coast in both directions.
One of the appealing factors of
choosing this road trip is the narrow
lanes are hardly ever busy, so you can
soak up the views without worrying
about other drivers or tra c a s.
GREAT VIEWS AT
There are so many options for
road trips across Wales (few
motorways here either, outside
the M4 in the south) but if you
are new to them, or are travelling
with young children, it is worth
sticking to the simplest of routes.
In Wales, that's the A470,
the main route which runs
from coast to coast - right from
ardiff in the south to onwy
on the north coast, a distance of
186 miles. It can take around
four hours but is so beautiful
you won't get bored.
tarting off in ardiff you
head up through the South Wales
oa e d to the recon eacons
a stunning mountain range
featuring South Wales' highest
mountain, Pen y Fan - the
highest point in southern Britain.
This will take you around an
hour to drive.
From here the road skirts
Brecon and on through rolling
farmland and a succession of
several pretty market towns that
will bring you into Llanidloes.
From here you will have a good
half hour drive up towards the
stunning Snowdonia national
park, where you will discover
some of the most dramatic
mountainous scenery in the UK.
Thirty minutes later, you'll arrive
in the beautiful walled market
town of Conwy.
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