The best road trips in the North East

Written by VMS Vehicle Hire on 10th June 2018

The best road trips in the North East

With the warm Summer weather taking over Great Britain, the time has come to put the tyres to the test and hit the road. As most of us wish for splendid summer trips away - why not take advantage of your driving credentials to rent a vehicle and explore the beautiful countryside of North East England?

Take a look at our pick of the best road trips you can take around our Sunderland VMS Vehicle Hire branch, introducing you to breathtaking local views and must-see heritage sites. From traversing the Buttertubs Pass that slithers through the Yorkshire Dales, to discovering the ‘highest market town in England’ in Cumbria, the places to explore and visit are endless.


1. Thwaite to Hawes, via the Buttertubs Pass - Yorkshire - 5.5 miles

This short 5.5 mile route through the famed Buttertubs Pass is a spectacular road. The drive is sure to blow you away with its steep climbs, rapid descents and stunning views.


2. A686 Penrith to Haydon Bridge - Cumbria and Northumberland - 294 miles

The Haydon Bridge to Penrith road is one of the best drives in Britain, taking you through the “roof” of England and its breathtaking views. The long sweeping roads ensure a fun driving experience.


3. Alnmouth to Lindisfarne - Northumberland - 35 miles

Starting in the coastal village of Alnmouth, this beautiful drive loops across God's own country all the way to “Holy Island”. Check the tides before driving off through the many castles, famed sweep of the coastline and colourful villages. 


4. Darlington Brick Train to Great Ayton - County Durham and Middlesbrough - 30 miles

A scenic County Durham route through impressive local landmarks including Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s monument. The picturesque market towns and magnificent scenery are set to impress.


Everyone loves the thrill of the open road - especially if it involves a scenic drive through the beautiful British countryside. Take advantage of weekly vehicles rentals from only £26/day including insurance, mileage and VAT. Contact or ring us today and honour your passion for the open road.

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