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MINI New Year Getaways

Jan 16 2013 12:00AM



LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 01/16/13 -- More and more of us are choosing to explore the UK and Europe by car. Not only is it economical, but you can travel at your own pace, stop as often as you wish, and you might even experience some attractions that you may have missed when travelling by train or plane. If you're planning on exploring the UK and Europe from behind the wheel, then the MINI hatchback range offers you great value, more power and less fuel-consumption than ever.

Here are some of the top destinations that will be proving popular in 2013 for fans of away-breaks that are accessible by car.

The Lake District

One of the UK's most outstanding areas of natural beauty, The Lake District in the North West of England is famous for its glorious mountains and epic lakes. In fact, the stretch of the road between Windermere and Keswick on the A591 often comes top of the list as Britain's favourite road. The whole MINI range loves the tight curves and long straights that you'll find in the Lake District, so check out their latest new car deals to find the right model to suit your adventures.

Northern France

Starting in Calais, the Pas de Calais route takes in the sleepy villages, wide sandy beaches and quaint sleepy villages of Northern France. This three-day drive takes in the fishing port of Etaples, the medieval town of St Omer with its world-famous beer, and the quiet old hill town of Ardres - which boasts beautiful churches, quiet bars and great scenery.

The English Riviera

Devon boasts the biggest network of rural roads in England and is one of the most popular driving routes in the UK. Travel across wild and rugged Dartmoor, through quaint medieval market towns and along the stunning coastline of the English Riviera to Torquay. Aside from the award-winning beaches and stunning palm rees it's famous for, there are plenty of other attractions on offer in South Devon. From gorgeous cream teas and great B&Bs, to tasty fish and chips, discovering the English Riviera by car suits all tastes and budgets.

Salisbury Plains and Wiltshire

Wiltshire is not only home to iconic historical locations like Stonehenge and Avebury, but the county is also famous for some of England's most picturesque towns and cities such as Bath and Salisbury. Start your journey at ancient Old Sarum on the A345 and experience the beauty of Sarum Castle and Salisbury Cathedral before heading onto the A303, which will lead you to the world-famous Stonehenge monument.

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Source: Marketwire