With electric vehicles becoming ever more popular, charging points are cropping up all over the country. JLife takes a look into the best ones to charge-up at on the way to some popular summer locations.
Heading between North Leeds and St Anne’s, there are plenty of EV charging options dotted along the journey for those needing to top-up. To avoid having to go out of your way into busy metropolitan areas to re-charge – and adding an extra hour onto your journey to navigate the traffic – it’s best to look at smaller villages for recharge points. Skipton offers the perfect location on the beginning of your journey out, with five locations dotted around the town, including the high street car park and Morrisons and Tesco supermarkets. Closer to St Anne’s, Booths in the town of Lytham offers two charging points.
Inside Leeds city centre there are a plethora of charging points for EVs, but sadly the further out you go, the sparser the options become. This makes being strategic with your recharge points an essential part of any family day trip. Many Loiners head out to the beautiful hills of Northumberland for the day, and thankfully there are a few places to recharge during the journey. The picturesque town of Chester-Le- Street offers a few options to recharge at, including the DCC Riverside car park, which sits next to the historic Lumley Castle, and offers two charging points for type two cables.
Getting up into the Yorkshire Dales is not too far from North Leeds but should you be caught with low charge, there are options around to rescue the day. Otley sits at the bottom of the Yorkshire Dales and has a few charging points worth considering. North Parade car park has two charging points which accommodate multiple charging cables, or if those are full there is a charging device available in the Asda car park.
Heading over to the Yorkshire coast is a wonderful way to spend a family day out, but the drive over can cause concerns for many EV owners. This trip takes some careful planning, as there are long stretches of road without charging points, especially if you take the trip up over the moors to reach Whitby. Malton is an ideal place to stop on your way up to the coast and offers a few charging options. The Morrisons
car park has a charging point, as does the nearby Water Lane car park.
While the Lake District itself contains many charging points, the journey to it has relatively few places to stop compared to some other locations on this list. The best place to stop along most routes from North Leeds is the town of Kendal, sitting just at the bottom of the Lake District. This town holds several charging points, including one at Booths supermarket, which has four different devices to charge at.