Great British spring road trip

March 8, 2012

Holiday Preparation

Spring is already here, a few weeks early even, and it’s time to take some leave and see what Britain in bloom has to offer. Daffodils to tulips and wee villages waking to tourists after a sleepy wintry hibernation. Here’s planning a spring road trip…

You DESERVE to get out of the 9-5 hodge podge of ordinary life. Get together some friend or loved ones and use our guide to help you plan your spring road trip into the nature and blossoming foliage of Great Britain.

The places to see

You have to go to at least 3 places in Britain during the Spring:

Image of Castle Combe

Image by: Karen Roe Flickr

  • Castle Combe is arguably the prettiest village in England located south of the Cotswolds. It features:

“Honey stone buildings and beautiful countryside make for a memorable experience. Village highlights include St. Andrew’s Church and The Market Cross, The White Hart pub and the local museum.” Picture the UK

  • Lacock is a National Trust owned village that is so beautiful that is appeared in films and TV shows for quite a while now. Lacock Abbey played a major part in the infamous Harry Potter films, this little village is packed with traditionally British attractions like unique tea rooms, knick-knack shops and Historic Buildings like museums and churches.
  • Dunster is a beautifully lush countryside village steeped in history as it features the much sought Dunster Castle. You can visit the 17th century Yarn Market and wander the borders of the village which happens to be surrounded by the Exmoor National Park. Green forest and beautiful views from all around the village will take you back and fulfill your pastoral needs created by living in the hustle bustle of big cities.
    Dunster Castle

    Image by: Justin Beckley

 

The car

It’s really easy to plan your journey, just pick one or two of the villages above and set trail! However there are some road trip essentials you will need in your car for your journey as well as a few preliminary checks you’ll need to do before you head off:

  • Tyres: Make sure you get your tyre pressure checked before you leave. A auto servicing facility can help you with this if you’ve never done it before but ultimately you should ensure that your tyres have enough air pressure to support your load to keep your vehicle stable on the road
  • Windscreen: It is very important to make sure that your windscreen is in tip top shape as it is one of the things that keep you and your passengers safe. Check in with an auto windscreens advisor for a thorough check-up before you leave.
  • Supplies: Pack one separate bag with lots of water, high energy snacks, some blankets, a torch and a spare, fully charged cellphone. Just in case something happens a long the way and you have to spend the night in your car. A torch will help you signal if you get lost on a stray trail and a spare cellphone will ensure you have contact.
  • Music: Having music will help everyone relax and enjoy the road trip so why not have everyone coming along put together a mixed play list each which will give you at least a couple of hours of diverse music to go along with your holiday memories.

The snacks

Aside from a few exception (crisps and soda in moderation are a road trip essential for the nostalgic traveler) there are some great healthy snacks to take with you on your Great British spring road trip according to Weight Watchers:

Popcorn

Image by: jayneandd

  • Popcorn sprinkled with Parmesan cheese or hot chili peppers.
  • Open the lid of your yogurt and toss in some crushed cereal or granola for a little extra crunch. This will give you a solid dose of calcium, and although a little more challenging to eat in the car, you can make it work by placing the yogurt in your cup holder.
  • Cheese and crackers: Decorate some whole wheat crackers with your favorite low-fat cheese, and portion them out in plastic bags for easy access. You can use string cheese and snack on it by itself too!

Tell us if you visit one of the villages listed above or how you like to plan your road trip! Leave us some comments below and lets get talking about spring road trips…

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