Ahhh, the road trip - a mainstay of uni life. You've got to do one once during your degree, at least - just so that you can say you've done it when people ask, which they obviously will. Summer holidays are the perfect opportunity to get a road trip going, and meet up with your uni friends once you start to miss them/forget how annoying they really are.
Go on, treat yourself. Here are some of the best roads in the UK to just drive around, or convince someone to drive you around on.
1. The EVO Triangle
Located in the heart of the Denbigh Moors in North Wales, the EVO Triangle is the name given to the triangle formed by the A5, the A543 and the B4501. It's called the EVO Triangle because it's a favourite car testing ground for EVO magazine - and if the amazing roads aren't enough to get you packing the car, bear in mind the amazing scenery. This is going to be a lot of fun, especially for the driver.
Driving over Dartmoor is awesome - you get some of the best views in the country, and there are literally pubs everywhere. There are also great camping (I.E. Sleeping in your car) opportunities, and it's actually not even that far away from the beach. It's ideal.
3. The Cat and Fiddle
One of the bendiest roads in the UK, the Cat and Fiddle is named after the inn at its summit - which claims to be the second-highest in Britain. Offering amazing views over Manchester, as well as Cheshire Plain and the Peak District Park (it's a big road), there's plenty to look at - and you'll never stray too far from civilization.
4. Penrith to Haydon
The A686 from Penrith to Haydon was named the best driving road in the UK by the AA a while back, and it's particularly known for being an awesome route in summer. Right underneath Northumberland National Park, the route goes through a load of sleepy towns and over a number of bridges, as well as offering some spectacular views.
5. The Snake Pass
The very cool-sounding Snake Pass is an alternative name for the A57 where it crosses the Pennine hills and runs through the Peak District. Within handy reach if you live in Manchester, there are some amazing views - and some massive reservoirs to see, too.
6. Cheddar Gorge
If you'd like to visit the Westcountry, but don't fancy driving right out into the styx, then you could try having a cruise through Cheddar Gorge. Well known for its distinctive local cider, the Cheddar Gorge is full of tourist attractions - and it's not too far from Bristol, or the coast.
7. St. Ives to St. Just
The route from St. Ives to St. Just in Cornwall is a celebrated part of the Southwest Coast Path - but you can also do it in your car, if that doesn't sound too lazy. The B3306 will take you right round that little blob of land that perches on England's toe - you know, the bit where Penzance is. With plenty of sea views, this is definitely somewhere to check out.
8. Woodhead Pass
The Woodhead Pass is a section of the A628 running through the Pennine hills in the Peak District National Park. It goes past Rhodeswood Reservoir, which is massive, and it's just a great big hilly stretch of open road - which is always cool.
9. Invergarry to Skye
A lovely Highland-y route, you can drive all the way from Invergarry up into the Isle of Skye - and it looks bloody amazing. This is about as Scottish as you can get; prepare to see mountains with lambs on them, and maybe even some snow up there. BE-A-Utiful.
10. Abergwesyn Mountain Road
The Abergwesyn Mountain Road, which runs over the scary-sounding Devil's Staircase in the Cambrian mountains, is a hard drive in winter - but luckily in summer it's a bit more friendly. Sometimes used as a trial track, the road eventually splinters off towards several tiny mountain villages.