If you thought it might be nice to enjoy a relaxing last-minute weekend away over Easter, sadly you’re not alone.

Plenty of others with the same idea will be in cars clogging up the roads adding unnecessary stress to your journey when all you really want is a restful few days.

We’ve enlisted the help of Secret Escapes to find out where the best spots to spend the long weekend are - without encountering too much traffic along the way.

Ditch the popular spots like London and Berkshire and try one of these instead:

1. Gwynedd, Wales

While many others will be heading south, go the opposite direction and head to North Wales.

Try a trip to colourful Portmeirion or explore iconic Snowdonia National Park; Gwynedd is certainly a scenic spot to spend a weekend.

In fact, the view of Llyn Llydaw from Snowdon’s summit was recently voted the best view in the UK, so what are you waiting for?

[Read more: The 20 best views in the UK revealed]

2. Ceiriog Valley, Wales

Another ideal Welsh walking destination, Ceiriog Valley is a great base if you want to avoid traffic on your journey and spend more time exploring.

Here you can enjoy leisurely strolls through woodlands, ancient trails and quaint hamlets.

There are plenty of cosy pubs to curl up in too.

[Read more: 7 historic pubs that helped make Britain great, according to the Hairy Bikers]

3. Aberdeenshire, Scotland


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Travelling on the quieter M8 should prove for a less stressful journey.

Sample local seafood, enjoy the dramatic coastlines and explore the rolling hills.

What do you think are the best destinations for avoiding traffic? Let us know in the Comments section below.