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Best road trips in the North East!

The UK Car Finance office is based in the heart of the North East! We’re positioned just outside of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the village of Killingworth in North Tyneside. We have easy links to our neighbouring towns and cities and we’re just a short 20-minute drive away from Whitley Bay beach! We love the region we live in and to show off its true beauty, we’ve compiled a list of the best North East road trips for you to enjoy.

A82 into the Scottish Highlands

glen coe

Glencoe is a haven of valleys, waterfalls and lochs. With the loch being host to the largest freshwater island in the British Isles, Inch Murrin as well as taking in Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles – the 140-mile journey from Loch Lomond to Lock ness really is an impress floor of green moorland. The A82 is by far one of the most scenic road trips in the Country.

Hardknott Pass, the Lake District.

Hardknott pass

Hardknott Pass is not a road for the faint-hearted. The difficulty, drama and beauty of the surroundings make this road the King of hill climbs in England. The great attraction towards this road is that it shares the title of the steepest road in England. The descents are pretty tricky so make sure to check your breaks prior to your trip. Riding this road really will give you a sense of achievement.

Cam Gill Road, Kettlewell to Coverdale.

Cam Gill Road, Kettlewell

This beautiful road climbs steeply above the village of Kettlewell with gorgeous views if you stop and look over the wall. Ride through a limestone valley with a few hairpin bends, dips and curves for a wild and isolated journey until you reach civilisation in Coverdale. This is a great driving road in North Yorkshire.

Bamburgh to Alnwick Castle. 


Take this scenic, coastal route into the medieval Kingdom of Northumbria. Feel the sand beneath your feet and take in the refreshing sea breeze with more than 30 miles of spectacular beaches. You can explore one of the most important centres of religious learning in the British Isles; the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and visit the medieval market town of Alnwick’s stunning castle.

Thwaites to Hawes via Buttertubs Pass

Buttertub Pass in Yorkshire

One of the shorter routes on our list of the best North East road trips is slightly further afield in Yorkshire., The Thwait to Hawes route is via Buttertubs Pass which is a well-known road trip route. Drivers like this route due to its dramatic scenery, steep climbs and tight corners. It was even named a ‘truly spectacular road in the UK’ by Top Gear’s own Jeremey Clarkson! Buttertubs Pass is a fun drive of high moorland between Wensleydale and Swaledale and is only around 5.5 miles long. 

Alnwick to Elsdon (via Cheviot and Simonside Hills)

Simonside Hills and Cheviots

The drive from Alnwick to Elsdon is a 25-mile trip and offers some of the best views Northumberland has to offer! The Cheviot and Simonside Hills are a popular walking route which gives the explorer 360 views of the Cheviot Hills and the North Sea. Driving through the Cheviot and Simonside Hills from Alwick to Elsdon is a great route to drive! There are plenty of twisty roads and steep ascents and decent to keep you entertained along the way. 

Before you set off on your next road trip, make sure you have these 10 things packed in your emergency car kit! 

If you live in the North East, treasure all of the beautiful places you can visit. If you aren’t from the North East, these are the reasons why you should see some of the best sights our region has to offer! 

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