In support of their mission to encourage drivers to experience the diversity and splendour of the four counties that make up the South West of the UK in a sustainable way, we’ve joined forces with South West 660 to inspire Zapmap users to take their EVs on road trip adventures.
Embarking on the South West 660 road trip is a journey that promises an unparalleled experience for those seeking to savour every moment of their adventure. Embracing the concept of 'slow travel,' this iconic route encourages travellers to immerse themselves in the breath-taking beauty of their surroundings. The entire 660-mile route runs from Poole in Dorset around Devon and Cornwall to Watchet in Somerset. It can be done in one amazing motoring marathon holiday or split into short sections for short breaks.
Throughout the journey, travellers are in for a treat, as the route winds its way through the idyllic counties of the South West. These diverse regions offer an array of attractions and experiences that cater to all interests. One of the highlights of the trip is undoubtedly the opportunity to explore a multitude of delightful restaurants and eateries along the way. Indulge in the finest seafood on the coast, grab a traditional Cornish pasty, and sample the region's unique culinary delights. Each stop allows you to savour not just the food but also the local culture and traditions that make these areas so special.
Countisbury Hill and Lynmouth Bay
Visitors will have no trouble filling their time as the South West boasts numerous visitor attractions. From historic castles and ancient ruins to contemporary art galleries and interactive museums, there is something to intrigue every traveller. Wander the cobbled streets of charming coastal villages, bask in the beauty of majestic gardens, or step back in time at well-preserved historic sites. Whether you're a history enthusiast, an art lover, or simply looking for family-friendly activities, the road trip offers a rich tapestry of experiences.
CO2 output from the average South West 660 explorer should be no higher than most tourists holidaying by car and enjoying day trips out, and indeed much lower than any tourist flying to faraway destinations, but the EV travel experience is an even more sustainable option (although you can always explore the route by bicycle!)
Ilfracombe Harbour, Devon
The benefits of road tripping in an EV
- Guilt free travel - EVs are zero-emission at point of use - just be mindful to not increase congestion, choose to travel during ‘off-peak’ times
- Cheaper travel - Despite increases in public charging prices over the last year, EV charging is still cheaper than the price of petrol or diesel.
- All of the gadgets and gizmos - EVs tend to be high tech vehicles with modern conveniences making your journey as comfortable as can be - use your EV's built in infotainment system to access Zapmap via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto with Zapmap Premium
Discover our favourite route, find helpful tips for EV adventures, and be inspired in our Guide to sustainable adventure: St. Austell to Penzance.
Recommended EV charge points
- Salmons Leap, Totnes, TQ11 0JR: Osprey - 16 x 150kW CSS and 16 x 50kW CHAdeMO - Zap-Pay available
- The Foundry, Porthleven, TR13 9RF: InstaVolt - 3 x 120kW CSS and 3 x 50kW CHAdeMO
- Cullumpton Services, M5 J28, EX15 1NS: Ionity - 6 x 350kW CSS
Chesil Beach and Isle of Portland