A spectacular twin route stretching from the West of Wales,
across the heart of England, to the Norfolk Shores.
The Dragon, evoking the power and drama of the enchanting nation of Wales, gives a sense of the challenge of the Western loop of this thousand mile route. Then, just as England’s legendary patron St. George once tamed the fierce Dragon, so the drama of Wales gives way to the charming villages and towns of The Midlands, and beyond, to the beautiful East coast of England.
- Stratford Upon Avon The nexus of the route was the birthplace of the world renowned playwright William Shakespeare and the town retains much of the charm and character from his time.
- Coventry Known as Britain’s Motor City, this once-industrial centre was razed to ashes by the Luftwaffe in 1940. Rebuilt in the aftermath of the Second World War the town has become home to two of the UK’s best performing universities.
- Norfolk Broads The vast low-lying wetlands of the East Coast of England play home to an extraordinary diversity of wildlife.
- The Midlands known as “Motorsport Valley” this huge swathe of rural England has become a hub for motorsport and performance engineering. Car Culture is very much alive and well in this part of the country
- Birmingham Britain’s second biggest City
- North Wales & Snowdonia the most exciting roads, in the most captivating of the four Nations of Britain.
- Brecon Beacons National Park A remote and challenging mountainous area to the south of Wales.
- Malvern A charming spa town in the West of England and a favourite holiday spot for Victorian-era Londoners, this town remains home to the much-loved Morgan Motor Company.
This route can be split into two individual loops – The Dragon Loop in the West and the St George Loop in the East – or tackled all at once. We recommend a minimum of 4 days per loop to allow time to get to know some of the places along the way and to enjoy what the route has to offer.
As a loop, journeys can begin and end at any point of the route. Birmingham and London Stansted Airports are the biggest transport hubs on this route. We recommend using Stratford-Upon-Avon for start, mid and end points.
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(Cover Image: Shakespeare’s birthplace, a historic house and museum. Managed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. © Visit Britain / Lee Beel)