Every Porsche devotee knows that Porsche cars are designed for driving in its purest form. To enjoy the feeling of the road beneath the wheels while fabulous scenery stretches out around you. And here in the west country you have the chance to revel in Porsche’s precision handling on some exceptionally beautiful routes.
So when the cold and wet descends, don't let your beloved Porsche languish in the garage. Take it out on one of these panoramic road trips, with a relaxing pit-stop at a historic pub or cosy café, and make the most of Porsche’s unrivalled power, performance and comfort. These routes certainly aren't just for summer promenades – they're dramatic, picturesque or charming all year round.
And why not kick off your adventure with a visit to one of our Dick Lovett Porsche Centres, we'll be delighted to offer you a coffee and introduce you to some of the exciting new vehicles and Approved Used Porsche we have on display. If you don't yet own a Porsche but you dream of doing so, you could use this as a chance to experience the marque first hand out on the open roads by booking a test drive.
Before you set off
1) Bristol to Cheddar Gorge
55 min (25.1 miles) via A4 and A38
Starting from our Porsche Centre in Bristol, take the scenic route through historic Bristol, passing landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Let your Porsche stretch its legs on the A38 to Axbridge, and then head across country to Cheddar. The long, winding roads are perfect for a Porsche 718 Cayman, as it handles so well, even in the wet, and will take the sweeping bends in its stride. If you need a lunch stop on the way, head to the newly refurbished Railway Inn at Sandford, Somerset, for delicious food in traditional surroundings.
2) Swindon to Castle Combe
31 min (22.4 miles) via M4 and A350
Setting off from our Porsche Centre Swindon, head to picturesque Castle Combe – a stunning village with perfect Cotswold cottages, which has appeared in films including Stardust, as well as TV series such as Poirot and Downton Abbey. Stay for a meal at the Manor House, a beautiful hotel with an elegant long drive – perfect for a photo opportunity. If you need a coffee break on route, stop at Allington’s Farm Shop and then meander through the charming hamlet of Tiddlywink. This would be a great drive in a Porsche Macan – this smaller SUV is perfectly at home nipping down and winding country lanes.
3) Cardiff to Ogmore
46 min (22.4 miles) via A48 and A4222
Take a scenic road trip by the sea on the beautiful Welsh coast from our Porsche Centre in Cardiff. The road to Ogmore wanders through the beautiful market town of Cowbridge, and you could stop for a bite to eat in one of the lovely restaurants there, such as the Elephant and Bun. On your way to Ogmore beach, you'll pass the ruins of Ogmore Castle: a great stop-off point for a driver swap and a quick photo! Pack the kids into the spacious and luxurious Porsche Cayenne – gliding down roads and flying through puddles has never been such fun.
4) Tewkesbury to the Verzon House Hotel
36 min (18.2 miles) via A438
From our Porsche Centre in Tewkesbury, make your way through this delightful town with its plethora of Medieval and Tudor buildings. Drive through the Malvern Hills and enjoy the fabulous views across this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Your destination is the majestic Verzon House Hotel – a fantastic manor house on the edge of Ledbury, famous for its charming timbered buildings. The iconic and irresistibly sporty Porsche 911 was made for these sweeping roads.