A three-week self-driving tour of England and Wales was an ambitious undertaking, but we did it! It’s something we have wanted to do ever since our first visit there. When Great Britain opened its doors to unrestricted travel (and since we aren’t getting any younger), we decided now was the perfect time.
The middle of May into early June was ideal – not too hot, not too cold, not too crowded. Well, except for being in London during the Queens Platinum Jubilee! Talk about crowded! But we loved everything about the trip apart from the driving.
We knew that driving would be a challenge. After all, they drive on the left side of the road instead of the right like we do. But that wasn’t the issue… it was the roads! They were either narrow and winding, or eight lanes going 90 MPH! And I swear there was a roundabout every few miles! There was actually a time when the GPS told us to continue for 14 miles and we couldn’t believe we could drive that far without a roundabout!
We returned the rental car before spending our last four days in London where we relied on public transportation. I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders when we turned the car in at Heathrow – and I wasn’t even the one driving! I will post photos soon of some of the amazing places we visited, but for now we are just happy to be driving on familiar roads again!