Great British Drives

Great British Drives: The Elan Valley, Wales

The Elan Valley, Wales

(Picture © Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water)

Where Elan valley: Breathtaking beauty, wildlife and the dambusters

When to drive it Summer and winter

Essential stop Elan Valley Visitor centre

Perfect stay Brynafon Country House Hotel

The Elan Valley is a driver’s delight while still offering plenty for all the family in one compact package. Set in the rugged Cambrian Mountains, Elan is one of the most stunning, unspoilt and diverse landscapes in the British Isles. A site of Special Scientific Interest because of its flora and fauna, it also has a ribbon of tarmac that will enable the keen driver to put their car through its paces.

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Great British Drives: The Sussex coast

View out to sea from Beachy Head (Picture © VisitEastbourne.com)

View out to sea from Beachy Head (Picture © VisitEastbourne.com)

Where: Sussex, where the South Downs roll into the sea
When to drive it: Any season
Essential stop: Brighton Pier and Chichester
Perfect stay: Crab & Lobster, Pagham Harbour

If your idea of a great drive requires a good view, then the perfect drive in Sussex has to begin at one of the most majestic coastline vistas of all: Beachy Head.  Continue reading

Great British Drives: Cumbria

motorway in cumbria lake district countryside green flag

Where: Cumbria – Bluebells, Romans and railways
When to drive it: Spring
Essential stop: Allen Banks
Perfect stay: Crown Hotel, Wetheral, Carlisle

In our Great British Drives series we’ll be showcasing fantastic family days out by car. In this first piece we go to the north Pennines, Cumbria and Northumberland for a 70-mile round trip that takes in some of the most dramatic scenery in the British isles, along with a few attractions to keep the kids amused…  Continue reading

Keeping kids entertained in the car

Kids in the car
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It’s easy to forget just how boring long drives can be for kids. I distinctly remember half-term journeys with my parents where the only thing to do was fidget. And in those pre-DVD days, a TV/VHS combo was just too big to strap onto my mum’s headrest.

Not everyone wants to simply plug in a DVD player or hand over their mobile though, so here’s our top 10 (screen-free) ways to keep the kids entertained in the car.  Continue reading