Now the restrictions are easing we’re all looking to get out into the countryside visiting favourite places, rediscovering new ones and meeting up with family and friends.
This month we celebrate Discover National Parks fortnight and as we live in arguably the best National Park in the country, with outstanding natural beauty, we thought we’d share some fantastic scenic driving routes to get you out of the house, into the fresh air and back to rediscovering the drive.
Take a trip to the coast with the Ford Puma ST
Cumbria has over 120 miles of coastline between Levens, near Kendal in the south up to Bowness-on-Solway, end of Hadrian’s Wall, on the Scottish Border. We would recommend the Furness Peninsula section starting from Ulverston round the coast to Barrow-in-Furness. Though technically outside of the National Park it is a fabulous scenic drive that takes in beautiful views across Morecambe Bay, perfect for a family day out as you can enjoy the expansive, and very quiet beach at Bardsea, before heading around the coast to the quirky Rampside Lighthouse. For those who want to extend their journey the nature reserve on Walney Island offers the chance to walk across the sand dunes to spot the seals.
The Ford Puma ST is the perfect partner for this trip, with its expert approach to space. Plenty of storage capacity for all the family and your buckets and spades and its innovative waterproof megabox with drainage plug to ensure all the associated sand and water doesn’t make it into your car!
Windermere Loop with the Ford Ecosport
You can join this scenic drive from anywhere along the route as we travel along the side of Lake Windermere. You have the usual tourist hotspots of Windermere and Ambleside on one side and the relatively quieter Hawkshead and Newby Bridge on the other.
This road trip is all about the experience and the elevated driving position of the Ford Ecosport fits it perfectly, providing the best view of the beautiful scenery and the manoeuvrability required for rural roads. This extra height also helps you tackle potholes or uneven road surfaces if you decide to venture off your route for more exploring.
Experience the high passes with the Ford Ranger series
Whether you choose Kirkstone Pass or the more challenging Wrynose and Hardknott options, there’s something inherently exciting about driving the Lake District passes. Possibly one of the highest places you can get to without putting on your walking boots, these offer a different view of the National Park as you drive amongst the hills themselves.
Ford Rangers are perfect for this type of challenge with their hill start assist and hill descent control aiding your drive and an advanced transmission that seamlessly adapts to changing conditions and terrains, which trust us, you will need! With plenty of room in the back for camping gear you can elevate your trip to the ultimate off grid adventure.
Wherever you’re looking to rediscover in the next few weeks both inside and out of the National Park there will be a Ford partner to make the journey just as exciting as the destination itself. Contact the Pye Team for more information on these and other staycation partners.