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The UK’s top driving routes to test out in 2021

No matter which electric car you drive, we all love the feeling of being on the open road, driving through some of the most gorgeous scenery the UK has to offer. As we are all beginning to look for local destinations to discover for our holidays in 2021, we’ve put together a list of our favourite British routes for you to test out with your EV next year.

Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar to Ashwick down the B3135

Miles: 14
Charge points: Tesco Superstore in Wells
Local attractions: Cheddar Gorge & Caves & Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company
Where can I get refreshments? Lower Gorge is home to tearooms, restaurants and cafés

Whilst Cheddar is best known for its cheese, it also has some fantastic countryside roads to drive down.

The scenic routes surrounding the area are well worth a weekend drive with their tight winding bends taking you through the entirety of Cheddar Gorge on the way to Ashwick.  

Spanning 14 miles, this route gives you plenty of time to enjoy the stunning surroundings of the West Country, especially with the Mendip Hills being regarded as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Snowdonia

North Wales’ inspiring peaks of Snowdonia

Miles: 43
Charge points: Royal Oak Hotel in Betws-y-Coed, Morrisons in Caernarfon, Lidl Llangefni & Holyhead Clocktower
Local attractions: Caernarfon Castle, Plas Newydd, Anglesey Sea Zoo
Where can I get refreshments? Both Caernarfon and Anglesey have plenty of local cafés and restaurants to take a break

For breathtaking views of some of the UK’s most natural beauty, a route through Snowdonia in the North of Wales gives you exactly that.

From mountains to castles, starting at Betws-y-Coed will take you across the Menai Strait to Anglesey. Whilst this route takes you past Snowdon, Swallow Falls is truly in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. 

Once you leave the park, the scenic route running alongside the Strait takes you to Caernarfon. The town is home to a beautiful waterfront and a UNESCO World Heritage protected castle which should not be missed before driving across the bridge to the Isle of Anglesey itself where you can drive through Llangefni all the way to Holy Island to complete the picturesque journey.

Lake Windermere

Kendal to Grasmere, through the Lake District

Miles: 28.9
Charge points: Booths Kendal, Sainsbury’s Kendal, Kendal Country Hall & Grasmere village car park
Local attractions: Lake Windermere and Waterhead Pier
Where can I get refreshments? Ambleside has a range of local cafés and restaurants for tourists to stop at

Take a trip through the Lakes which inspired Wordsworth’s famous poetry.  This route offers some of the UK’s most picturesque roads. 

From Kendal, heading north to Windermere provides you with a perfect view of England’s largest lake. The route through the Lake District National Park is full of some of the most luscious natural beauty in the country, with scenery many tourists take home on a postcard.

Travelling all the way to Grasmere, through the village of Ambleside, takes you to Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage where he wrote some of his most famous works. Other great writers also produced their work here too, including Beatrix Potter. A short detour to Near Sawrey will allow you to see the Farm which inspired the creation of Peter Rabbit.

Winnats Pass

Winnats Pass in the Peak District

Miles: 6
Charge points: Hope Valley car park, Morrisons Chapel-en-le-Frith
Local attractions: Speedwell Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern & Ladybower Reservoir
Where can I get refreshments? Head to Hope Valley and Castleton for scenic places to stop for a tea or coffee

The Peak District is known for its great roads which showcase views of the entire area, but an area that still remains one of the best hidden gems is the road through Winnats Pass.

A collapsed limestone cave system, the protected site has a road which winds its way through the valley itself. This gives the route some real drama with the tall green hills and luscious flora running alongside.

This thrilling road is around 6 miles long in its entirety and the main ascent up the valley is 1 mile long with an average elevation gain of 11.7%. The steep climb is worth every second of the journey.

Lindisfarne - Holy Island

Lindisfarne (and Holy Island)

Miles: 31
Charge points: Willowburn Retail Park in Alnwick & Links Road car park in Bamburgh
Local attractions: Bamburgh Castle & Lindisfarne Castle
Where can I get refreshments? Stop at nearby Bamburgh for some local cafés or take a break on Holy Island for a cup of tea.

The Northumberland coastline is one of the most eye-catching areas to drive through in the UK. 

Driving from Alnmouth towards the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve provides you with some stunning views across the North Sea, as well as a route marked with several castles dotted across the Northumbria hills. 

Lindisfarne itself is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and, as long as you time the tides right, the route across the North Sea to Holy Island is as unique a journey as you could possibly imagine.

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Whichever journey you want to make, we can ensure your vehicle is charged in the most efficient way before you even leave the house. Answer a few short questions here and find the right charger in under a minute for your vehicle.

Of course, when you’re en route to one of these destinations, there are over 35,000 chargepoints available country-wide on Zap-Map where you can stop to charge your car.

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Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.

Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.

Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.

What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.

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