We have compiled a list of what we think are the best driving roads in the UK, let us know if you’ve got a favourite!
The A258 stretching from Dover to Deal is a short but hugely aesthetically pleasing road to drive down. You’ll pass three medieval and Tudor castles down here including the wonderful Dover Castle. There is a lot of elevation changes on this route, and at one point you ascend from sea-level to 408 feet above in less than one mile. You will even pass the spot where Julius Caesar disembarked his ship to invade Britain, so it is truly a route for any history enthusiasts to consider driving along.
We can’t not mention the EVO Triangle. This triangular route has been given its name because EVO Magazine use this route to test drive all their magazine feature cars. Located in north Wales, the route has plenty of twists and turns on the A453 (just off the A5), while turning right onto the B4501 lets you enjoy some gentler bends and soaring straights. Leading back to the A5, you’ll end up back where you started, and we won’t tell anyone if you go around the triangle more than once!
The A39 in Exmoor National Park is another brilliant road to drive up if heights don’t bother you! The 1 in 4 gradient hill takes you 1330ft above sea level in less than two miles! It’s a stomach-churning combination of long straights, chicanes and hairpin twists that will certainly test out the grip on your tyres. The scenery also makes it well worth the trip, as you drive over wide-open moors and into densely packed forest where headlights are essential in a matter of minutes.
The Buttertubbs Pass is a route once described by Jeremy Clarkson as “England’s only truly spectacular road”. A 5.5-mile jaunt on this C road takes you into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, and it is exactly what you imagine it would be. Stunning Yorkshire scenery, tight corners and rapid ascents and descents, it truly is a bucket list road. You can also make a day of it by having lunch in the Tan Hill inn, the highest pub in England.
The final of our routes is the A57 in the Peak District. Auto Trader named this as the best driving road back in 2009 and in our opinion, it is still a strong contender for that top spot. With the highest point being 512 metres, there is beautiful scenery all around you and on a clear day you can see all the way into Manchester from the descent into Glossop.
These are just a small selection of what we think are some of the best roads in the UK. Let us know if we’ve missed your favourite or a road that you’ve driven recently!
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