UK based Google searches for ‘UK Drives’, ‘Sunday Drives’, and ‘Driving Routes’ rising by 96%, 49% and 45%, respectively since the Government roadmap was announced – this figure has steadily increased as the public begin to plan activities for when Stay at Home messaging ends.
This follows the trajectory of lockdown 1.0 and 2.0, which saw a similar trend emerge, as restrictions were lifted and we looked for new ways to escape, explore and enjoy new scenery , whilst still being unable to spend a night away from home.
In light of this trend, BMW has teamed up with designer, Patrick Grant, to talk about the “Revival of the Sunday Drive” and how it’s emerged as a stylish occasion. “Over the past year we’ve learnt to slow down and appreciate the smaller things. We’re lucky in this country that most people live thirty minutes from somewhere spectacularly beautiful that makes our soul feel better. The Sunday Drive is the perfect opportunity, to get dressed up, plan a route, make a beautiful picnic and spend time out on the road in nature.”
The Forest of Bowland
107 miles, 4 hours 7 minutes
Starting at Marshaw travel east across Dunsop Bridge towards Slaidburn taking in the sights of the Forest of Bowland. From Slaidburn head north towards Bentham before heading east through Settle and Malham where you can enjoy vistas up to Malham cove. From Malham head west through Langcliffe before heading to Reedby’s Lane and then back south finishing your drive at Whitewell.
Anglesey Race Circuit, Snowdonia and ‘evo triangle’
152 miles, 3 hours 40 minutes
From the circuit head east towards Colwyn Bay then south past Adventure Parc Snowdonia (home to the world’s first inland surfing pool and longest zip wire in Europe) to Betws-y-Coed; then left onto the A453 which is start of the infamous ‘evo triangle’, then a drive into Snowdonia and back up towards Anglesey.
Gleneagles Hotel and Perthshire
90 miles, 2 hours 30 minutes
Head north from the hotel towards Comrie then enjoy a big loop around two lochs – Loch Earn and Loch Tay – on beautiful open roads then south across the glens towards Crieff and then the hotel.
Oxford and the south Cotswolds
75 miles, 2 hours 15 minutes
From St Giles in Oxford head north to Woodstock and Blenheim Palace, then take a west route towards Charlbury and a fantastic open road towards Bourton on the Water, then head south towards Lechlade and Farringdon before returning to Oxford.
North Wessex Downs AONB
44 miles, 1 hour 20 minutes
From Wantage head south on the sweeping B494, before heading west towards Lambourn and Ashbury and some fantastic twisty roads (with views of the Uffington White Horse), then back towards Wantage.
West Cornwall – north coast
38 miles, 1 hour 40 minutes
From St Ives, along the beautiful B336 coastal road towards Zennor and then Sennen, Land’s End, then looping back along the south coast via The Minnack Theatre at Porthcurno, Lamorna, Mousehole and Penzance (St Michael’s Mount) before heading back up to St Ives.
Patrick Grant has partnered with BMW to launch the stylish new 4 Series Coupé, delivering distinctive design from every angle and innovative technology. For more information, join Patrick on his journey to rediscover the joy of the Sunday Drive at discover.bmw.co.uk/sunday-drive.
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