It is International Sunglasses Day and despite being in Britain, it is time to head out on that open road. Whether the sun is out or not, we have some great suggestions of where you can head out to. You may have a convertible with a roof that drops down in seconds, driving with the wind rushing over you or you may own a big SUV that allows you to head off-road for a summer adventure.
Whatever car you have, there is no excuse for not heading out on a glorious adventure for the day with friends, family and your sunglasses (unless it is pitch darkness. Nobody’s got time for people who wear sunglasses in the dark). You may have your own route to tell us about, but these are our top drive suggestions.
Black Mountain Pass in Wales
This is a road to travel when the darkness breaks and the sunlight spills into the valley at daybreak. This does require you to be prepared, but to see the sun’s rays spill across the fields and mountains of Wales, is truly glorious.
This road isn’t a dull straight one either. It is a challenge for those who enjoy corners and bumps that make this road into a rollercoaster of a ride. This isn’t meant to put you off. It truly is a fun road to drive whether you take it casually or you aim to feel like a driver on Top Gear.
On this route, you cut through the Brecon Beacons, passing through Lower and Higher Brynamman, climbing to 1,600 ft before dropping down in Llandovery. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you focused and entertained along the way.
Great Train Robbers’ getaway route in Buckinghamshire
The Great Train Robbery of 1963 lives on as a British legend, despite the robbers having now passed away. The robbery took place on the 8th August and the robbers were able to steal £2.6 million, most of which has still never been recovered.
This is a great trip to take on the weekend, particularly in the morning. Set off along Stewkley Road in Burcott and head towards Cublington. Head past Cublington on the road to Whitchurch, taking in the beautiful views of the Vale of Aylesbury. Follow that by turning left at Quainton, which is actually signposted with the silhouette of a steam train. Head along this route until you hit Brill, where the robbers hid away on Leatherslade farm nearby. This is where they were eventually arrested and sentenced to life.
Taking this route will show you how the robbers attempted to escape justice, but ultimately failed.
Taking the A686 from Penrith to Haydon Bridge
This is a quintessential English road with rolling farmland on either side, stretching out for miles on either side. There are plenty of zigzag bends to enjoy, especially if you choose to take it in a manual car.
There is a climb of up to 1,903 ft at Hartside, which is home to a biker's café. We recommend stopping here for the breakfast – it is superb. After you have eaten breakfast, head back out with the fells of the Lake District stretching out in the distance. If you squint hard enough, you can even see Scotland.
Now, continue down the A686, crossing General Wade’s military road along the southern end of Hadrian’s wall before heading southwards. This road is truly beautiful and fun in either Spring or Summer. If you live in the North, it is time to go on an adventure.
Glasgow to Skye above the border
This is by far the longest drive suggested, stretching over 156 miles of road and completed with a Ferry journey from mainland Scotland to the Isle of Skye. It is truly amazing how one road, the A82 covers so many of the wonders of Scotland.
Driving down the A82, you pass Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Loch Ness(go see if you see Nessy) and Ben Nevis (UK’s highest peak). It starts as soon as you leave the M8 by Junction 30 and you are driving along the edge of Loch Lomond.
When you hit the crest of Tyndrum, you get one of the most incredible sights – the vast glacial valley surrounded by the ancient Highland Bens. You will hit the Bridge of Orchy and onto Rannoch Moor, followed by the traversing of Buachelle Etive Mor mountain. This truly is an adventurous journey.
You have a choice after this. Continue along the A82 from Loch Ness to Inverness and face the possible wrath of many a caravanist or head onto the A830 at Fort William all the way to the Port of Mallaig. This is where you can take a ferry to Skye and extend your road trip through the Isle itself.
Head out onto the road this summer and enjoy that glorious sun (when it appears). If you are looking for a new car to drive this summer, whether for the school run, business or to partake in the suggested drives above, Hippo Leasing can help by finding you the best deal possible on your desired car.
If you are interested in leasing a car, enquire with us and our team will work hard to get you the ideal car agreement.