West to East: The English South Coast

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26th May 2010 - Planning a road trip in the UK is an exciting prospect for many people; you get to explore many facets of our beautiful lands and taste local produce of the highest quality. While north to south, or south to north, is often considered, we’ve picked the best spots going west to east along the English south coast. Hopefully if the sun is shining throughout the summer, you can take advantage of the miles of beaches along the coastline (with accompanying ice cream cones), or by driving in a classic car with the top down!

The beautiful county of Cornwall is an ideal place to start your road trip across England as you can get stuck into some activities before you leave. Penzance Harbour is a site of interest, and is worth a few snaps with your camera. Before you drive on, make sure to indulge in some proper Cornish pasties, or test your nerve in the seaside sport of surfing.

Moving over a county, the next major stop is Plymouth in Devon. If you want a local taste here, order yourself a naughty but nice Devonshire cream tea. Plymouth has been undergoing an urban regeneration project called Plymouth 2020 which has brought more shopping centres and tourism to the town (1).

Drive into Dorset and you will find Bournemouth on the coast. This part of the country is also popular for its long sandy beaches, with surfers and swimmers hitting the waves. If you time it right you can arrive in Bournemouth for the annual air show held in August.

Portsmouth is located at the southern end of Hampshire, but is unique as most of the city is on an island. The city is located on Portsea Island which is where the Solent joins the English Channel. If you want to stop off at some tourist points here, you will find that many are based on Portsmouth’s naval history.

Located in East Sussex, Eastbourne is a well-liked coastal resort. To the west of the town is the infamous Beachy Head cliff, which provides awesome views of the surrounding area. If you want some downtime, make your way down to the shingle beach.

Your last stop along the English south coast is Ramsgate in Kent. If you want to find an alternative activity to the beach, you will find Monkton Nature Reserve just outside of the town. This nature reserve is 16-acres in size, with woodlands and a bat cave. Once you’ve had a look around you can sit down and think about the drive you had across the south coast, and your favourite parts of the journey.

About the author
Hannah Warder writes for MediaVest (Manchester) on a number of car related topics such as classic car insurance.

(1) Plymouth. (2010). Plymouth 2020. http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/plymouth2020/

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