10 best roads to drive in the UK
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Supercar magazine EVO use this stretch of tarmac as a test route, so you know it’s worth a visit. The triangle is formed by the A5, A543 and the B4501 roads that surround the edge of Snowdonia and offers stunning views of the Welsh hills. With quick straights and sharp tight corners, it’s one for the driving enthusiasts.
This must be one of Britain’s most scenic routes. Forged over 1.2 million years ago, the Cheddar Gorge is part of the Mendip Hills in Somerset and it’s a natural wonder that shouldn’t be missed off your visit list. The first section of the B3135 is the most impressive, offering incredible views of England’s deepest gorge. It’s the perfect combination of dramatic roads and wide-open tarmac so you can enjoy the spectacular countryside views.
North Coast 500
For those that have a bit of time on their hands, the North Coast 500 is a jaw dropping route. Tested out on the Grand Tour by the famous three, it received rave reviews. It’s dubbed Scotland’s answer to Route 66 and the twists and turns paired with the extraordinary scenery make it the ultimate road trip!
The 120-mile route that runs between Belfast and Londonderry is recognised as one of the world’s top scenic drives. With a rugged coastline road that offers fantastic sea views, it’s not hard to see why! It’s become even more popular of late thanks to Game of Thrones.
The highlight of the route is the Giant’s Causeway – a natural wonder of hexagonal stone columns caused by a volcanic eruption 66 million years ago and then sea and weather erosion.
Black Mountain Pass
A rollercoaster ride through the Brecon Beacons that connects the Llandovery with Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen. This 20 mile stretch of the A4069 offers stunning views of South Wales from the top of the pass, and beautiful river valley roads. Slow down, enjoy the scenery and journey on one of Britain’s best roads. Word of caution – watch out for the sheep that wander freely.
North Yorkshire Moors – Whitby Road
On a quiet day, you couldn’t ask for a better road than the A169 Whitby Road from Pickering to Whitby. Long straights, big dips and hairpin bends make it a truly spectacular road to drive ON??, and that’s before the scenery is taken into consideration! Beautiful moorland and sea air, this road offers it all!
The Peak District – The Cat and Fiddle
The Cat and Fiddle stretch of road, named after the pub at its summit, is one of the most challenging routes in the peak district. Notorious for its twisting turns, it’s demanding nature has made it a must for any driving enthusiast. The dramatic bends feature steep drops to the side, so make sure to keep an eye on the roads as well as the scenery!
The Lake District – The Hartside Pass
The pass is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so you are guaranteed some magnificent scenery! From sweeping twists up to the summit, then around the hairpin just before the café, the next section is a long stretch of fantastic views. On a clear day, you can see the best of the Lake District’s Peaks.
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A road car lovers should visit in the summer, the single track provides a challenging test for drivers. Two-time British Touring Car champion John Cleland’s favourite road, it’s full of tight hairpin bends and has the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK (2053ft). Although a fair drive for anyone outside of Scotland, it’s well worth the trip.
The Jurassic Coast gets its name thanks to the pre-historic fossils you can find just by taking a stroll along the coastline in the area. Winding its way between Weymouth to Bridport, it’s a strikingly scenic road that offers breath taking views of coast and countryside. An enjoyable road to drive, with lots of hidden dips and twists and turns.