England is quite the place for car enthusiasts to live, with no shortage of exciting motorsport events and a rich history of driving, racing and engineering. From race meetings to classic, luxury and muscle-car events, you don’t have to look or travel far to find stimulating events, like-minded people and incredible engines.
But what about the most northern parts of England? If you’re planning on moving up north or just briefly venturing to pastures you’ve previously not explored – or driven – here are some of the ‘local’ highlights you should watch out for.
Roads to revel in
While it’s debatable now where the north actually begins, nobody has ever doubted that the Yorkshire Dales are rooted in its heartland. And what routes they are! Buttertubs Pass undulates its way north from Simonstone towards Thwaite and Muker, via 5.5 picturesque miles of climbs, dips and challenging weaves.
Further north, from the almost 2,000ft peak of Hartside Pass, you can see the mighty Helvellyn mountain and parts of southern Scotland in the same spectacular, panoramic view. From Melmerby, the road zigs, zags and gets steeper and steeper all the way through to Alston. This is certainly an hour of driving you won’t want to miss when you head to Cumbria.
Across the other side of the country, there’s no more exciting way to approach the North Sea than by taking the A169 from Pickering to Whitby. A popular route for everyone from tourists to cyclists during the summer months (with the reward of traditional fish and chips for completing the 21 miles!), tackling this one in spring or autumn is best. With miles of moorland either side of its many twists, bends and long straights, this is a road to savour for any driver.
Circuits to conquer
In the north-west, situated in more than 300 acres of idyllic Cheshire countryside, visitors to Manchester’s Oulton Park have an almost year-round opportunity to watch or experience the thrill of this multi-circuit venue.
Crowds of 35,000 regularly arrive to watch the British Touring Car Championship, British Superbike Championship and British GT and F3 events, and the venue also hosts shows, exhibitions and individual driving experiences. If you’re planning a relocation to this part of the north-west or exhibiting your pride and joy at Oulton Park, you should seek out an appropriate man and van in Manchester, who will be able to help to make your move much easier.
In Country Durham, Croft Circuit also offers visitors a range of unique opportunities to drive classic, muscle and sports cars on its challenging 3km track. It also hosts a mixture of rallies, race meetings and motor club events throughout the year, with a range of vehicles to suit almost all petrolhead passions.
The least active, but perhaps most prestigious circuit in the north is, of course, Aintree. Host to several world championship Grand Prix races in the ‘50s and ‘60s, it is now kept alive as a car racing venue by Liverpool Motor Club, but still hosts many motorcycle races. By staying connected to the local motor club calendar, you will be able to plan your visit accordingly.