Planning a Roadtrip Around the UK

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The archetypal road trip usually falls favour to our buddies in North America. Endless open roads, towns unique to their surroundings and enough colourful characters to keep you entertained for a whole Summer. Sounds like a dream and many of us share that same dream...one day we’ll make that happen. 

But for anyone visiting the UK or indeed if you're already over here, then our version of the classic road trip is a little different. Great Britain is fairly compact and can be covered comfortably across a few days. You could drive from the top to bottom in around 8/9 hours, but where's the fun in that? There's so much variety to see and do on your travels and so much of this lush island is unexplored. 

So grab a new Sat Nav, a  traditional paper map or get totally lost. Here are a few suggestions of places to visit and what you might need to be fully equipped. 
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The Wheels

Making sure you have a decent, reliable set of wheels is paramount to a successful road trip. The romance of driving an old American manual along Route 66 is a million miles away from what you could do in the UK. The roads are very different, with lots of twists and turns, endless hills and a muddy terrain. For a cross-country drive in the UK we'd usually recommend a classic  Land Rover Defender; built to take almost every condition imaginable. If you’re looking for something more modern then there’s the recently launched to Europe  Ford Mustang. If it’s a family affair then something roomier like a Subaru Outback,  Kia Sorento or a Toyota Sienna. 
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The Great Outdoors

The British countryside is perfect for anyone looking to put a little extra work in and sleep under the stars. Take your pick of location, as there are thousands of organised camping areas, and also endless opportunities of pitches in more remote places. Yorkshire offers some great conditions, with loads of space to pitch up for the night with the family, cook on the portable cooker and crack open some craft beers. 

Handy things you'll need when camping: a solid tent and pitching equipment, basic travel  cooking gearbug spraytorchbeer growler and a few water vessels. 
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The Essential Kit

Depending on what style of road tripper you consider yourself to be will dictate how much kit you pack and how much preparing you will do. I consider myself quite an organised traveller but the classic idea of a road trip is to loosen the tracks a little and see where the road takes you. 

Here are a few handy essentials for all conditions: 

Sat Nav or classic paper map of the UK 
-  Backup phone charger 
Foot pump for tyres 
- Petrol can 
Sleeping bag 
Tupperware containers 
- Swiss Army Knife 
- Sun cream 
- Coffee,  camping cups and coffee press 
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Take Advantage of Each Country

Great Britain is made up of three countries: England, Scotland and Wales. Each being accessible without having to cross any border control or restriction. Try to take advantage of each, weaving from the top of the Scottish Highlands, through the beautiful Lake District in England, before snaking your way into the lush rolling fields of South Wales. Each country has many dialects, languages and accents, along with personalities, job roles and cuisine. If you're thinking of heading into one of the big cities (try Glasgow and Edinburgh, Newcastle and Liverpool and Cardiff) then pack some  Wallpaper City Guides for local tips. 
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Going Off Track

There are so many villages, towns and cities to explore across Great Britain, and without a little research it would be hard to know where to start. If you planned to drive around some of the less built-up counties; for instance Yorkshire, Durham, Cumbria, Norfolk and Devon, you'll come across small dwellings and untouched land. 

If you're planning to head up to Scotland then you're in for a big treat. The country is vast and mostly uninhabited. The west coast of Scotland is particularly beautiful, with endless cliffs, winding roads, sandy beaches and wild animals. If you manage to make it up to Elgin then go visit the  Johnstons of Elgin knitwear factory and enjoy some local single malt  Scotch whisky from any of the distilleries in Dufftown. 
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