6. Peak District
The Pennines - backbone of England - runs through the Peak District where you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to great scenery and invigorating driving roads.
We’d suggest starting in the north at Holmefirth, where Last of the Summer Wine was filmed. Head south on the twisting A6024 to drop down onto Woodhead pass. Hang a left onto the B6105 which sweeps up high alongside Torside Reservoir then down into Glossop. It’s here you take a left onto the A57 and pick up the aptly-named Snake Pass, eventually reaching Ladybower Reservior. Here, take the A6013.
Next it’s the A6187 via Hathersage to Stanage Edge, a dramatic beauty spot favoured by rock climbers.
The B6521 brings you through Grindleford, then down to the A623 through Baslow, and on toward Chatsworth House in its 1,822 acres of land. Historic Chatsworth is host to many events so it’s worth checking what’s on before you go.