Explore the UK with your SUV - Pendine Sands, South Wales

Basking in the calm of Pendine Sands, with miles of beach sprawling majestically in either direction it’s hard to feel anything but zen-like. But back in the 1920s when speed-hungry petrol heads realised that conventional racetracks were no longer big enough to host record breaking top speed attempts, this place echoed to the thunder of brutal-looking aero-engined sports cars.

Malcolm Campbell reached 174mph here in Blue Bird in February 1927; almost a century later the speed limit on the main bathing beach is a more gentle 10mph, though the nearby Museum of Speed is on hand to offer a glimpse of the sand’s exciting history. 

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