Sunday drives: Designer and TV host Patrick Grant shares his favourite driving routes

BMW Sunday Drive: Patrick Grant discusses revival

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Taking a meander around the countryside is one of the few leisure activities Britons can look to enjoy as restrictions ease. From 12 April, according to the roadmap plan shared by the Government, those in England will be able to enjoy UK holidays, with the “stay local” advice being dropped. Scotland will ease their travel restrictions from 26 April, while Wales have yet to share a potential date.

Working with BMW, Patrick Grant has shared six of his favourite drives across the British Isles, perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

Patrick said: “Over the past year we’ve learnt to slow down and appreciate the smaller things. We’re lucky in this country that most people live thirty minutes from somewhere spectacularly beautiful that makes our soul feel better.

“The Sunday Drive is the perfect opportunity, to get dressed up, plan a route, make a beautiful picnic and spend time out in nature.”

Gleneagles Hotel and Perthshire

90 miles, 2 hours 30 minutes

Head north from the hotel towards Comrie then enjoy a big loop around two lochs – Loch Earn and Loch Tay – on beautiful open roads then south across the glens towards Crieff and then the hotel.

The Forest of Bowland

107 miles, 4 hours 7 minutes

Starting at Marshaw travel east across Dunsop Bridge towards Slaidburn taking in the sights of the Forest of Bowland. From Slaidburn head north towards Bentham before heading east through Settle and Malham where you can enjoy vistas up to Malham cove.

From Malham head west through Langcliffe before heading to Reedby’s Lane and then back south finishing your drive at Whitewell.

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Anglesey Race Circuit, Snowdonia and ‘evo triangle’

152 miles, 3 hours 40 minutes

From the circuit head east towards Colwyn Bay then south past Adventure Parc Snowdonia (home to the world’s first inland surfing pool and longest zip wire in Europe) to Betws-y-Coed; then left onto the A453 which is start of the infamous ‘evo triangle’, then a drive into Snowdonia and back up towards Anglesey.

Oxford and the south Cotswolds

75 miles,  2 hours 15 minutes

From St Giles in Oxford head north to Woodstock and Blenheim Palace, then take a west route towards Charlbury and a fantastic open road towards Bourton on the Water, then head south towards Lechlade and Farringdon before returning to Oxford.

North Wessex Downs AONB

44 miles, 1 hour 20 minutes

From Wantage head south on the sweeping B494, before heading west towards Lambourn and Ashbury and some fantastic twisty roads (with views of the Uffington White Horse), then back towards Wantage.

West Cornwall – north coast

38 miles, 1 hour 40 minutes

From St Ives, along the beautiful B336 coastal road towards Zennor and then Sennen, Land’s End, then looping back along the south coast via The Minnack Theatre at Porthcurno, Lamorna, Mousehole and Penzance (St Michael’s Mount) before heading back up to St Ives.

Patrick Grant has partnered with BMW to launch the stylish new 4 Series Coupé, delivering distinctive design from every angle and innovative technology. For more information, join Patrick on his journey to rediscover the joy of the Sunday Drive at

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