Top South West Road Trips To Take This Autumn
Autumn is a fabulous time to head off on a road trip. Here in the South West of England, the weather is generally mild, the roads quieter, the hotel prices cheaper and the trees that line the roadsides look glorious in their autumnal hues. Whatever inspires you, planning ahead will help you get the maximum enjoyment out of your trip. Here we share our favourite South West road trip stop offs and tips about how to get the most out of your adventure.
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire and one not to miss! It consists of a ring of standing stones, each around 13 feet high, seven feet wide, and weighing around 25 tons.
Experience the neolithic Stonehenge landscape on foot with a 3-mile, picturesque National Trust walk this autumn. Where ever you embark on the circular trail you will encounter intriguing ancient treasures including prehistoric monuments, Bronze Age burial mounds and Stonehenge itself. There’s also a useful information centre along the way to help any questions you may have although to this day, no one can say for sure how or why the stones got there. See here for a route map.
Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor is an upland area in southern Devon with beautiful landscapes. Wild, open moorlands and deep river valleys, with a rich history and rare wildlife, Dartmoor is a unique place. The moor land has been protected by National Park status since 1951.
Take on Dartmoor by foot, from granite tors to ancient woodland to picturesque villages, Dartmoor offers spectacular walking routes for all. To make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible, it's important to plan ahead. See their latest updates on car parks, toilets and general guidance for visiting the National Park here.
The Eden Project is a popular visitor attraction in Cornwall. Inside the two biomes are beautiful plants that are collected from many diverse climates and environments. The complex is dominated by two spectacular enclosures one which simulates a rainforest environment and the other, a Mediterranean environment.
Enjoy the wide open spaces of the beautiful site without the crowds. Limited timed tickets are available every day – book now to avoid disappointment.
Saint Michael’s Mount
St Michael's Mount is a tidal island in Mount's Bay, Cornwall. The island is a civil parish and is linked to the town of Marazion by a man-made causeway, passable at low tide. Managed by the National Trust the picturesque island is a must see!
On the island you’ll find garden terraces, lawns, shops, takeaways and the castle. A ticket to the garden terraces or castle will provide you with access to the island for the full duration that they are open on the day of your visit. Opening times may vary see here for more details.
Tips on How to Get the Most Out of Your Trip
Plan Your Route
It will make your life easier if you plan your route in advance, including where you are going to take a break along the way. Part of the joy of a road trip is the beautiful scenery so research your route, take the back roads and allow plenty of time, so you don’t have to rush.
Lunch & Dinner Stops
Many country pubs make great pit stops, but it’s worth checking out in advance which ones have the best reputation and the prettiest locations. Make sure you allow enough time to take a break from driving this will not only make the journey safer, but it will also make it more enjoyable.
Racks Bar & Kitchen, Bristol
Snuggled in the old wine cellars of Bristol’s bottle merchants, Racks as a building has been around for a long time. Dining at Racks offers variety and good value for excellent food. At lunch times, they run a famous £6 lunch menu that provides hearty, good British pub dishes for just £6 a pop. For dinner the competitive pricing is maintained but the variety and choice increases!
Book your hotels
Spontaneity may work well if you’re only heading off for the day, but if you’re planning an extended road trip, you’ll need to think ahead. The South West abounds with beautiful boutique, historic and unique hotels that would make beautiful stops along the route, so book early to guarantee you get the best of the best.
The Berkeley Square Hotel
Standing at the top of the iconic Park Street, The Berkeley Square Hotel is nestled proudly into the surrounding Georgian Buildings. Guests are assured of a high quality experience, as our boutique hotel in Bristol offers guests not only luxurious linen, complimentary Bristol Cream Sherry and an assortment of fruits and biscuits - guests will also receive complimentary membership at The Square a private members club and award-winning restaurant.
Above all, don’t rush it enjoy it and don’t bite off more than you can chew trying to drive too far in one day.
Posted on 16th September 2020 by Amy