National Geographic : 1961 Mar
Honeymooners and friends zn Ashmore, Dorset. Britain welcomes you back to the long-lost joys of motoring Send for free 56-page booklet "Seeing Britain by Road." It suggests tours. Tells you how to ship a car, hire a car or buy one over there. And here are some joyful facts for drivers. THERE ARE over two miles of road for every square mile of Britain. Apply this bald statistic to the long-lost joys of motoring it fairly blossoms with promise. It means that the motorist sel dom has to return the same way he went. It also means that you scarcely ever have to hoof it when you spot something fascinating on the horizon. You can drive almost everywhere. Tight little island Consider how compact Britain is. The whole country is about the size of Wyoming. You can forget your American ideas of distance. No place is more than seventy miles from the sea. You can visit a dozen great cathedral towns within 150 miles of London. Or you can leave London after breakfast and be in Scotland the same night. How about those winding roads? We admit that a British road map looks like the work of a feckless spider. But don't let it worry you. Far from making driving diffi cult, that wiggly web of roads and lanes helps you relax. It slows the pace. Cures monotony. And breeds good manners. Richard Joseph, the travel writer, swears that every British driver "acts as though he were being given a driving test by St. Peter himself." What more can we say?-except to add that British bobbies, maps and road signs all speak English. And that the two British motoring clubs keep 3,500 uniformed motor cyclists permanently on patrol to help motorists in distress. When should you go? Most British drivers will tell you that Fall and Spring are by far the best seasons for touring. Do- mestic vacations are over. Roads are uncrowded. So are hotels. And, with over 60,000 roadside inns to choose from, you can tour as the spirit moves you, without tying yourself to a fixed schedule. And here's the best of it. If you go in "Thrift Season" (from Oc tober 1st through March 31st) you can save up to 25 per cent on transatlantic air fares and car hire. Why not send for your free 56-page booklet today? We'll also send you "The Inns of Britain"-a new six page folder describing the good food, facilities and locations of 100 historic inns, most of them off the beaten track. Browse over both. Then call your travel agent. He's a wizard with details. Where to write For the free literature mentioned above, write to the British Travel Association, Box 181, at any one of the following addresses: 680 Fifth Ave., New York 19, N. Y. 606 S. Hill St., Los Angeles 14, Cal. 39 S. La Salle St., Chicago 3, Ill. 90 Adelaide St. W., Toronto, Can.