Road Trips

Cambridge- Doncaster – York From Cambridge take the A604, and then jump on the A1 heading north. This will eventually turn into the A1 (M), which is a motorway cutting through Doncaster, and then back again to the A1. Turn off on A64 to York.

Cambridge is known for its prestigious University, but it also offers many years of English heritage and monuments, and is surrounded by beautiful English countryside. Great views of the countryside can be seen as you head away from the city toward Doncaster. The city of Doncaster, one of the oldest towns in England, takes pride in its Roman and Danish history, old castles and stately homes. The last stop, York is certainly a grand finale. The entire city has retained its medieval qualities and offers a lot to see, so make sure to leave enough time to experience as much of York as you can. The must-see list includes Clifford’s Tower and the York Castle Museum, The Jorvik Viking Centre, York Minster (England’s largest Medieval church), St. Olave’s Church, and the quaint medieval shops and pubs that line the streets.

Moffat – The Lake District – Liverpool From Moffat, head south on the M74 to Carlisle, then follow signs to M6. Get off at J39 to Kendall and then cruise the 591 to get to Windemere (a small lakeside town). From Windemere, take the A592 to A590, get on the M6, get off at J23, then on to the A580 to St. Helens, and then take the A580 west to Liverpool.

The quaint little market town of Moffat is situated right in the heart of the Annandale hills, and offers quiet countryside surroundings. Visitors can explore the natural wonders of the Devil’s Beef Tub Cave and the Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall. Further up the road in the Lake District, you will find the mountainous countryside that is rather atypical to the rest of England. The green grazing pastures against the vast glaciated mountain ranges of Cumbria and huge glacial lakes is a picturesque site, and most people in England will tell you it is a must-see. The last stop is one the world’s best-known maritime ports, but its claim to fame is that it is the home of the Beatles. Liverpool has many cathedrals, museums and restaurants, making it another interesting city to visit.

London – Canterbury – Dover From London, get on the M25 to get to the M26 in the southwest end of London. When you get to the M26 take that to Maidstone heading east. After Maidstone take the A249 to the M2. Take the M2 to the A2 to Canterbury. When ready to go to Dover, just jump back on the A2 all the way to Dover.

When you are ready to get away from London and see some more of England, this is a good drive through the county of Kent. You may want to set your alarm early, but this trip can be done comfortably in a day. The town of Canterbury offers a lot of charm and medieval historical sites. The town is known for its role in Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, which is considered one of the earliest recorded works in English literature. Canterbury Cathedral also harbors the tragedy of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (1125), who was murdered on the steps of the Cathedral. The streets of the town are lined with old buildings containing shops, pubs and other quaint businesses. Canterbury is a step back in time, and is worth the drive. 

Continuing east on the A2, you will eventually run into Dover, where the white chalk cliffs will amaze you with their beauty. Dover is a popular port town for people catching a ferry or hovercraft to France, or driving through the underground Channel Tunnel. Dover Castle, built on the site of a Saxon fort, was built by King Henry II in 1198 and was used through World War II. The nearby ruin of Richborough Castle marks where the Romans first landed in England in 43AD.

Bath and Stratford upon Avon through the CotswoldsFrom Bath take the A4 to Chippenham where you pick up the A429 to Cirencester. After a stop in Cirencester, continue on the A429 to Stow-on-the-Wold, then on to Moreton on Marsh. You can then go straight on to Stratford upon Avon on the A429 then follow the signs taking the A3400 or take a little detour to see the Batsford Arboretum and the delightful village of Chipping Camden. For the detour, from Moreton on Marsh take the road toward Batsford and once through Batsford, take the road towards Blockley keeping straight when the roads veers right. Take the B4479 left then left again on the A44 through the village of Bourton-on-the-Hill where you will see the entrance. From there follow the signs to Chipping Camden. At Chipping Camden, take the B4632 through Lower Quinton to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Starting from Bath , a charming town built around the former Roman baths, this route will take you through some of the more charming Cotswold villages. Bath is small, and very pedestrian friendly. The Jane Austin Center is here as well as the many places she immortalized in her books. Be sure to tour the Baths and the Pump Room. The Royal Crescent is a beautiful sight, especially in the glow of the afternoon sunshine. 

Villages of golden houses set amidst rolling hills dotted with sheep is the best way we can describe the Cotswolds. Cirencester was once the Roman town of Corinium, and the Corinium Museum gives visitors a good idea of life in the town during the Roman years. 

Be sure to visit the Abbey in town, which displays the chalice once owned by Anne Boleyn. Stow-on-the-Wold sits at a point where eight roads meet at the top of a hill. The market was chartered in 1107, so it is a truly and ancient village. There are some good antique stores in this quaint town. 

Moreton-on-Marsh stands at the crossroads of the Foss Way (an important old Roman road) and the Great Road linking London and Oxford to Worcester and Wales. The town itself has some interesting shops and is close to Sezincote House, which is said to have inspired Brighton Pavillion. Sezincote House is an Indian style house built in the center of a lush garden and is an interesting stop if you appreciate architecture and/or gardens. 

Located less than two miles from Moreton-on-Marsh, the Batsford Arboretum, designed in the Japanese style, is colorful yearlong. There are some lovely views of the Evenlode Valley from the Arboretum as well. 

Chipping Camden is a lovely village awash in warm golden stone homes and buildings. The church was built in 1450 and the Grevel House at the end of the 14th century. The main street is one of the loveliest in the Cotswolds. 

Stratford-Upon-Avon is the home of William Shakespeare and the Old Globe theatre. It is a beautiful city that is enhanced by the meandering Avon River. There are plays performed year-round, but even without them, the city is worth a visit.