I'm planning a trip to the UK in late August/Early September (firming up plans actually). I plan to have a rental car, and after spending a few days exploring places in the vicinity of Bath/Bristol, drive to Edinburgh. I'm not exactly sure yet how many days in the Bath area, however.
As an inexperienced UK driver, should I make it a point to avoid having to drive the entire distance in a single day? I see, according to Google maps, that it is around 380 miles. Here in the US, that's not a difficult one-day highway drive. I drive that distance frequently although I don't stop for sightseeing. I have a 5-day maximum window in the area of Bath and would have to make the drive to Edinburgh on day 6 if I stayed all 5 days. But I could have the option of leaving on the 4th day and taking 2 days for a more leisurely drive. Should I really plan to take only 4 days around Bath, or is it not a big deal to drive it in one day? I'm assuming the likelihood of some sort of adverse weather affecting the trip is pretty low (you don't have early September blizzards or anything, do you?)
I also should probably ask... what is a good highway map? One with detailed insets of major towns showing parking areas, etc would be preferable, if available.
I will appreciate any advice you may have.
Thank you in advance for your replies.