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UK road trip: northern England from coast to coast

Crossing three national parks and the Pennines, it goes without saying that this one-week route is a stunner, from Scarborough all the way to the Lake District
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It’s worth getting up early in Scarborough: this is the east coast and dawn can be spectacular. The town spreads around two broad bays with a promontory in between, topped by the castle – Brontë fans will want to go up there via St Mary’s churchyard, where Anne is buried. South Bay is the earlier settlement: the harbour is a joy to explore and early birds who have an appetite should not miss the Harbour View Café, aka “the tea shack”, which serves superb fish and chips from 6am till lunchtime, largely for the homecoming fishermen.

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