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Mini adventures for MINI drivers: top weekend road trips

Road trips in a MINI are a unique experience. Whether it’s a Paceman or a Countryman, a John Cooper Works or a Clubvan, driving a MINI will add something special to your road trip.

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To help, here are five great weekend road trips to try – the perfect mini adventures for MINI drivers. You can also find out more information on the MINI Clubman Estate on the MINI Cooper website.

1.  Cotswolds

Turn off the M4 at junction 17 and take the A429 north towards Cirencester followed by the A417 East. On your route from Fairford you’ll be able to take in the towns of Southrop, Hatherop, Coln St. Aldwyn’s, Barnsley, Bourton-on-the-Water, Westcote, Stow-on-the-Wold and the picturesque Moreton-in-Marsh.

2.  Norfolk Coast

Take in the A47 and A149 at a distance of 150 km starting in the market town of King’s Lynn and drive northeast to Hunstanton which is the only seaside resort on the east coast to face west. Take in the towns of Brancaster, Burnham, Holkham Bay, Blakeney, Holt and Sheringham on your exploration of the sensational Norfolk Coast.

3. Yorkshire Wolds

Take in the M62, J38/J37 and cover a distance of 217km on this exploration of the Yorkshire Wolds. Neolithic and Bronze age sites sit along the roadside. You’ll get the chance to navigate your MINI through Flamborough Head, the Northern Wolds, Capital Wolds, Southern Wolds and Western Wolds of Yorkshire and North Yorkshire. The hamlet of Kiplingcotes is the location for the annual Kiplingcotes derby horse race which celebrates its 495th anniversary in 2014 so why not stop off here?

4. The Atlantic Highway (Bude to Bridgwater)

Places to look out for on this journey along the A39, A395 and A399 in your MINI include the little-known villages of the Quantocks and Brendon Hills, Selworthy, Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Hartland. The drive along The Atlantic Highway is sensational and if the weather is good is the perfect opportunity to put the roof of your convertible down.

5. Isle of Man circuit

Be careful to avoid the drive during TT race days when the 37 ¾ mile circuit which has claimed the lives of 239 racers in its 106 year history is used as a race track. Starting in Douglas, take the 75-mile route around the coastline and cast your eyes on the occasionally snow-topped Snaefell Mountain and Castletown’s quaint harbour.

Choosing your MINI

If the weather is good, the MINI roadster and MINI convertible are the ideal cars to take a road trip in. The roadster’s stiff bodywork, soft-top and sports styling will give you a real sense of style and comfort while the convertible takes the tried and tested approach of the Hatch and adds 40,000 feet of headroom.

Feeling the wind in your hair and the sun on cheeks is much easier with MINI convertibles’ fold down roof. It’s the perfect car for a road-trip wherever you decide to start and end.

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