"with a nannystate as a government" .....well...we are right on your heals going in the same direction.
Last time I was there we stayed in Kennsington in Loudon for 3 days, then rented a car a drove out to Salsbury, then to the west coast, up the coast to border with Scotland...across to the east, down to Donnington, back to Loudon. Most of the roads are in remarkable shape....over here either the heat, or the winter tends to mess up a lot of roads pretty quick.
Had a great moment up north. Climbed over a fence to walk along a section of Hadrian's Wall in the middle of nowhere. Beautiful, quiet, ancient...then an RAF Fighter comes over at about 600 mph at 200 feet and scares the crap right out of me.
I like the old days when the sun never set on the British Empire...they kicked a lot of ass