9 Great Day Trip Ideas within Two Hours of London

Don’t let Costa Del Cancelled ruin your summer. Alongside nostalgic staycations to your favourite childhood beaches, 2020 is the year of the day trip, and there are more than enough hotspots within easy reach of London…

Lead image: The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is available to rent from Avis UK

Day trips are way underrated. A quick trip away offers the chance to recharge without having to take additional time off.

And if, like most of us, you’ve been treading the same local walks for these last few months, a change of scenery can offer a real boost.

According to the Great Britain Day Visits Survey 2019, Brits took over 1.3 billion day trips last year.

But with travel abroad limited, it’s likely that the great British day trip will be more popular than ever this year.

Car rental company Avis UK, anticipating Londoners without cars will be itching to get out and explore, from picnic spots to country rambles, has come up with some suggestions for great day trips within a couple of hours of London…

Best spots for a walk with a view:

Seven Sisters Cliffs, East Sussex
Drive time from central London: 2hrs 9mins Coombe Hill, Aylesbury
Drive time from central London: 1hr 20mins Hastings Circular Walk, East Sussex
Drive time from central London: 2hrs 12mins

Best spots for picnics and sports:

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
Drive time from central London: 1hr 35 mins Stowe, Buckinghamshire
Drive time from central London: 1hr 43 mins Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
Drive time from central London: 1hr 33mins

Best spots for keen runners:

Bewl Water, Tunbridge Wells
Drive time from central London: 1hr 15mins Epping Forest, Essex
Drive time from central London: 1hr 10mins Box Hill, Surrey
Drive time from central London: 1hr 16mins

‘Renting a car gives people the freedom to safely and comfortably go to places that are unreachable by other modes of transport, and the flexibility to plan a day trip,’ says Nina Bell, Managing Director (UK & Scandinavia) for Avis Budget Group.

‘Avis UK offers a broad range of cars, so whether you need a big car for a family adventure or a smaller car for a romantic trip, you will find the rental car best suited to you.

‘What better way to safely explore and discover a new and exciting place right on your doorstep than by going on a day trip?’

And why not travel in style? Not only does Avis Prestige offer a number of luxury vehicles for hire, from the Jaguar F-Type R 5.0 Supercharged Cabriolet to the Range Rover Evoque, as an added bonus for these unpredictable of times, Avis UK is waiving all cancellation fees for bookings before 15 December 2020. Plus, the Avis App offers a low-contact digital check-in that gives you control of your rental experience from start to finish.


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