Diverse Britain: The Different Ways To See The UK

by - 27 May

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 *This is a contributed post. All opinions are the writers own.

The UK is full of lively cities, castles and manors that are steeped in history, and packed with breathtaking natural views such as the White Cliffs of Dover, Stonehenge and Loch Ness. However, while most folks find it easy to decide where to visit, many people are less sure about what the best way is to travel this complex and diverse nation. In fact, there is a wide range of options on offer, something you can read more about in the post below.  
A picture of britain with a flag over it.

Bike Britain

For those that love the great outdoors and are fitness conscious a great way of touring the UK is by bicycle. In fact, you will find many routes that are not accessible to other forms of transport that make special dispensation for cyclists, even creating paths for their ease and convenience.

There are also many road cycling holidays that are pre-arranged to choose from, including ones that travel some of the more famous long routes such as Land's End in the south of England to John O'Groats in Scotland. Although, do bear in mind that if you are a little sceptical about whether you will last this long in the saddle, it is best to pick a break that covers the course over a more extended period. 

Of course, to visit some of the more spectacular sites in the UK, you don't have to go on holiday. In fact, one of the joys of biking is that you can fit your adventure to the particular amount of time that you have free. For example, if you only have an afternoon available then locating some of the more picturesque sites around your local areas is a wonderful way of experiencing Britain from the saddle.

If you live in the north-west then the Lake District is the obvious choice, while folks situated in other areas of the UK can use sites like this to help you locate the best routes.

UK road trip

Next, if all that pedalling sounds like a bit too much work, there is always the option of organising a road trip to see the UK. Of course, as soon as we hear the term road trip, our mind goes to America highways and Harley Davidsons, while Born To Be Wild plays on the stereo! 

Now, you can rock this style of a trip if you like, and there are even quite a few American style diners roadside in the UK now so if you want you can pretend that you are on route 66. However, it seems a shame to be in the midst of such diversity and beauty and wishing that you were somewhere else!

With that in mind, consider the things you need to optimise your British style road trip. In particular, you will need a car or a camper van. Campers may be more convenient because it means you can sleep and travel in the same space without having to worry about booking B&Bs and hotels.

However, one of the best things about the UK is that there are so many little B&Bs that are original and quaint and that supply a delicious cooked breakfast to set you up for your journey ahead. Also, unlike the USA there are few roadside stops in which it's legal to park your camper overnight and that means you will need to source a campsite with camper facilities, something you can do by using sites like this.

Ultimately, the choice as to whether you will drive your camper or stay in accommodation is up to you but it is most definitely worth carefully considering before you make your financial decision.

Train travel

Now for some folks, the thought of spending hours and even days in a vehicle going from place to place is nothing short of a nightmare! In fact, for them, it's all about getting to the location of their choice in the quickest way possible and one way in which to do this is to travel by train. 

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Of course, there should be a disclaimer here because travelling by train isn't always quicker. In fact, it's only faster if the line you're on connects to the line of the place you want to be. Otherwise, you can end up travelling to a major city and then out again in much the same direction to get to your destination!
A picture from outside Liverpool train station.
Liverpool Street is one of the major rail hubs you may find yourself at while exploring London.

Although it is also worth considering that for many train journeys can be more relaxing. Partially because of the beautiful British countryside that they travel through and partly because you can sit back and relax and not have to worry about driving, traffic or even breaking down.

Of course, trains always connect to big cities and towns. Even some attraction and sites are reachable by rail if you don't mind little walk either side, something that makes riding the rails and definite contender here.

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Bus it

Lastly, no way to see the UK post would be complete without considering buses and coaches as a form of transport. Now, you may be under the mistaken assumption that buses and coaches are just for skint students taking their washing home in a bin bag for the weekend but nothing is further than the truth.

In fact, there are many benefits to buses around the UK that it is vital to consider before you make your fictional transportation decision. First, bussing is usually cheaper than any other form of transport. Secondly, buses tend to go where trains don't and they can be a fantastic way of exploring a new city without the worry of getting lost.
A yellow cartoon bus.

Thirdly, just as there are organised bike tours of the UK, there are also coach tours that do the same. What this means is that you can see the highlights of a particular area without worrying about how to navigate a place that you have never been, or staying alert for traffic.

In fact, you can pretty much relax when on a coach tour and enjoy being ferried from one interesting site to another. Something that makes bussing it a strong contender to consider when choosing from the different ways to experiencing travel around the UK.

What way would you like to explore the UK from the options above? Let me know in the comments below. 

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  1. Thanks a lot for the helpful guide!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  2. I have been to London a few times but now I regret not going on a roadtrip or something instead to see the rest of the UK too!


  3. Thank you for sharing these great tips!
    xo, Jane

  4. I'd love to explore the UK in the many ways you listed! It's definitely on my list of places to visit.