Guest Blog: Exeter Features on Route 57 - The Ultimate British Road Trip
Guest blog by Ardziv Simonian
Exeter has been included as one of the first stops on Route 57, the quintessential road trip for the UK and Ireland. At over 2,400 miles it is even larger than its Atlantic counterpart Route 66. Beginning in Plymouth and heading through Wales and up to Scotland before finishing in Ireland, the route takes in 57 iconic destinations.
It isn’t just a concept however; the entire route was driven by motoring journalist Jess Shanahan who completed the road trip in an impressive 20 days. Not only that, but she also completed the journey in an electric car, the KIA Soul EV.
During her Route 57 experience, Jess spent some time in Exeter, and even met Lord Mayor Olwen Foggin, who she described as ‘the start of a string of wonderful mayors and provosts’. Lord Mayor Olwen Foggin, even turned up in her very own electric vehicle – a Nissan Leaf to meet Jess outside Exeter Cathedral.
Unfortunately, Jess didn’t manage to spend as much time as she’d have liked in Exeter City to explore some of the traditional sights such as the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Powderham Castle, or the stunning Northernhay Gardens. Her Route 57 journey has been documented in a video and journal - so you can get a taste of the experience and perhaps decide on what you’d see if you took on the journey!
Route 57 was devised specially designed by Jury’s Inn Hotel Staff, using local travel knowledge to ensure the route is as comprehensive as possible. The entire journey takes approximately five weeks to two months to complete, depending how long you spend in each place. The journey can also be split up into 10 mini road trips which can be completed in anything from three days to a week, again depending where you plan to travel to and stay.
The 57 destinations along the route include some of the UK and Ireland’s major cities such as London, Brighton, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin and many more. Route 57 also has some beautiful landscapes like Dartmoor National Park, Lake District, Loch Ness, as well as many of the finest landmarks such as Westminster, Bath Abbey and Edinburgh Castle, to name a few!