Here at www.motors.co.uk, we can’t wait to get away for the Easter break so we’ve compiled a cracking list of our top driving destinations (and ones to avoid!) to get you on the road this Easter and make the most of the long weekend (and the sun, if it lasts). So gather your friends, jump in the car and discover freedom on the motorway!
Whether you drive a new or used car, are planning an off-road expedition or taking the scenic route to your favourite beach, we’ve thrown our own suggestions in to the mix to help you make the most of your driving experience. Some say it’s grim up North – we disagree. Yorkshire has plenty of long winding country roads to get the wind flying through your hair on a sunny spring afternoon. Whether you’re looking for a shopping spree at the end of your journey in a thriving city like Leeds, or a well-deserved cup of tea at Betty’s in Harrogate, Yorkshire has some amazing roads sure to lead you somewhere lovely. If you’re looking for something specific, visit www.yorkshire.com to find out what’s going on in Yorkshire over Easter.
A wild adventure for a truly different driving experience, why not make your way to Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside? You can plan your visit online, so round up the family and get ready for a wild adventure with your little monkeys – we’d recommend keeping the car windows closed though.
Chocolate, anyone? It wouldn’t be a real Easter road trip without some chocolate along the way, so why not go chocolate-crazy and take a trip to Cadbury World? Situated in Birmingham in the Midlands, it’s ideal for any used car owner or someone who doesn’t want to travel too far afield – and anywhere with chocolate is a bonus, right?
An afternoon spin If you don’t want to venture too far, have a look at your local tourist information website to see what’s going on over the Easter holidays in your area; you’ll find all the sites you need at http://www.tourist-information-uk.com/ and you’ll be sure to find inspiration to suit you, your passengers and your car.
If you’re still stuck for where to go, take a look at http://www.enjoyengland.com, which is jam-packed full of ideas for things to do and places to visit.
Places to avoid
The long Easter weekend is a great time to hit the road and explore the great outdoors, but being responsible drivers ourselves, we thought we’d give you a heads up on some of the roads you might want to avoid this Easter.
In 2011, the A428, which takes drivers between the A1 and the M11 near Cambridge, was officially named the least reliable major road in England – probably one to avoid if you actually want to get somewhere. The M25 was also named one of the worst roads in Britain, perhaps not surprising as it’s been dubbed the ‘world's biggest car park’ – we don’t need to explain that one.
It’s well worth checking local traffic news when planning your trip, so you can work out the best route, and route planners such as AA Route Planner are great for mapping out your journey. Of course, every used car is different and some second hand cars may need a bit more TLC than others, so before you set off on any journey this Easter make sure you do a few general safety checks, so you can make the most of a chocolate-fuelled driving adventure.
Whether you’re planning on taking the scenic route to a theme park, or just fancy a lazy drive round a new city, head over to our Facebook page to let us know your favourite Easter road trips, or the ones we should be avoiding!