Britain is a country rich in history, culture and iconic landmarks, and recent research carried out by top haulage company RH Freight suggests that some of the nation’s best sights can be seen from our roads.
RH Freight have devised their list of Top 10 attractions which can be easily accessed by British motorists taking a break from their drive to pull over and enjoy the view. Local landmark Stonehenge has ranked top of the list, alongside several other famous facades…
1) Stonehenge (Visible from the A344)
Stonehenge is a circle of ancient stones erected between 3000BC and 1,600BC. It is one of the most important prehistoric monument sites in Britain. There are many theories as to how the stones where erected; due to their positioning, some have suggested supernatural methods were used as it would have otherwise been impossible to move them. Stonehenge is thought to have been used as a religious site and burial ground and it can be seen from the A344, just north of Salisbury.
2) The Angel of the North (Visible from the A1)
The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture designed by Antony Gormley, located in Gateshead, England. It is a steel sculpture of an angel, standing 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with wings measuring 54 metres (177 ft) across. The wings themselves are not planar, but are angled 3.5¼ forward, which Gormley used to create "a sense of embrace". It stands on a hill on the southern edge of Low Fell, overlooking the A1 and A167 roads into Tyneside, and the East Coast Main Line rail route, south of the site of Team Colliery.
3) The Cerne Abbas giant (Visible from the A352)
The Cerne Abbas giant also referred to as the Rude Man or the Rude Giant, is a hill figure of a giant naked man on a hillside near the village of Cerne Abbas, to the north of Dorchester. The 180 ft (55 m) high, 167 ft (51 m) wide figure is carved into the side of a steep hill, and is best viewed from the opposite side of the valley or from the air. It is located on the A352, which is reached from the A35.
4) White Horse Uffington, Oxfordshire (Visible from the A417)
The White Horse at Uffington in Oxfordshire is a 374 foot long chalk figure carved into the hillside. Mystery surrounds the horse as to when it was created. It is located on the A417, which can be reached from the M4.
5) The Devil’s Punch Bowl (Visible from the A3)
The Devil’s Punch Bowl is a large natural amphitheatre and beauty spot in Surrey and is the source of many stories about the area. The land is now owned and maintained by the National Trust. The London to Portsmouth road (the A3) climbs around its side.
6) Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk, Lowlands (Visible from the M80)
The Falkirk Wheel on the Forth & Clyde Canal is the world’s first and only rotating boat lift and is a must-see attraction in the area. The Wheel can be seen from junction 5 of the M80.
7) Guildford Cathedral, Guildford (Visible from the A3)
Guildford Cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Guildford, with a seating capacity of 1000. The Cathedral stands on Stag Hill, named such as it was the famous hunting ground of previous Kings of England. The Cathedral can be seen from the A3.
8) Stirling Castle, Stirling (Visible from the M9)
Stirling Castle is one of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland. The castle sits atop Castle Hill, an intrusive crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sill geological formation. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. The castle can be seen from the M9.
9) Severn Bridge (Visible from the M48)
The Severn Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the River Severn between South Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire in South Wales, via Beachley, a peninsula between the River Severn and River Wye estuary. It is the original Severn road crossing between England and Wales and took five years to construct at a cost of £8 million. The bridge is located on the M48.
10) Olympic Stadium, London (Visible from the A12)
The London Olympic Stadium will be the centerpiece of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. The stadium is located at Marshgate Lane in Stratford in the Lower Lea Valley and has capacity for the Games of approximately 80,000, making it temporarily the third largest stadium in Britain behind Wembley Stadium and Twickenham Stadium.