Golden hues, spectacular views and vibrant woodlands – Autumn proves the perfect time to journey through some of the nation's most picturesque roads.

Panoramic views of the Peak District

Jump in the car and head north to rural Derbyshire to experience the outstanding natural beauty of the Peak District National Park.

From the high, moorland plateaus in the north, to the steep-sided, deep dales and rolling green hills in the south of the area, the Peak District has just about any landscape you can imagine in Britain, making it one of the finest areas in the country to explore.

As well as the stunning landscapes, the region is renowned for its historic villages that line the valleys of the Peak District. Fuel up at the pretty town of Bakewell, famed for its distinctive Bakewell pudding. Or head north to Castleton, one of the Peak District’s most beautiful villages, with an array of natural and historical features both above and below ground.

Nature in the New Forest

Located just West of Southampton City Centre, New Forest National Park is one of England’s oldest forests, having earned its title as a Royal Forest back in 1079.

With its pretty woodlands, open heath and lovely coastline, it’s quite simply one of the best places to take your Autumn drive.

Enjoy the forest’s many picture-postcard villages and get up close to some of the local wildlife; ponies, deer, polecats and grazing cattle, all of which are known to wander onto the roads. Drive slowly and be prepared to stop, particularly at dawn and dusk.

Car enthusiasts should make a detour to Beaulieu, home of the National Motor Museum, before heading down to Christchurch, where an impressive natural harbour and collection of excellent beaches make it perfect for an autumnal stroll with some fish and chips.

Scenic drives in Scotland

Even further afield is the North Coast 500, or NC500 - a genuinely world-beating 500-mile road-trip that circles the north of Scotland.

And Autumn proves one of the best times to visit; not only are the roads much quieter but the views are breathtakingly beautiful, as the leaves change and the early morning mist hovers over the many lochs.

Whether you take a long one-day road trip, or a whole week away, there’s plenty to keep you busy. With everything from small seaside towns to big, bustling cities in and around the route.

Start your adventure at Inverness – The capital of the Scottish Highlands, and uncover the city’s fabulous Scottish cuisine, traditional live music and picturesque riverside walks. Or why not venture off route and head to the Black Isle, famous for its rich farmland and increasingly popular food and drink scene. It’s also one of the best spots in Scotland for spotting dolphins.

Where will your next adventure take you?