What are the roads with the perfect views in the UK? It’s a question that all the time causes plenty of debate in the ABR office.
For some of us, the enjoyment of driving the dramatic north coast of Cornwall wins each time. For others, a journey by way of the haunting great thing about Scotland’s Glen Coe ranks prime of the pile.
And then there’s the Peak District, Dartmoor, the Brecon Beacons, the Lake District – the record is seemingly countless and you possibly can wear by way of plenty of sets of tyres exploring them all.
To help provide some inspiration, we’ve teamed up with tyre producer Pirelli to deliver you our decide of probably the most scenic roads in Britain.
We hope you get the prospect to experience some, if not all of these routes over the coming yr. We guarantee they’ll put a smile in your face.
- 1 A39 Porlock to Lynton – Somerset and Devonshire Coast
- 2 A82 Tyndrum to Glencoe – Scottish Highlands
- 3 Rhigos Street, Treherbert to Hirwaun – South Wales
- 4 Kielder Forest Drive – Northumberland
- 5 Applecross to Torridon – West Coast of Scotland
- 6 Winnats Cross, Castleton to Sparrowpit – The Peak District
- 7 A838 Durness to Tongue – North Coast of Scotland
- 8 Santon Bridge to Wasdale Head – The Lake District
- 9 Pirelli
A39 Porlock to Lynton – Somerset and Devonshire Coast
Length: 12.Three miles
Throughout life we all expertise sure events which have an enduring impression on us, and equally, I’m positive we all experience certain roads that contact us in the identical approach that a superbly composed music score would. The A39, particularly the section between Porlock and Lynton, is, for me, a type of roads.
Driving east to west, to your left you’ve the majesty of Exmoor, with superbly distant hills rolling away to the space and surprisingly deep valleys operating from the aspect of the street, and to the correct you will have the previous, weathered and enchanting cliffs of the Heritage Coast dropping into the choppy Bristol Channel.
In peak season, this street doesn’t maintain half the allure that it does in the quieter months, and as we’re getting into Autumn and the roads are getting much less busy, you’ll have the ability to benefit from the marvellous sweeping bends virtually to yourself. As you rise out of Porlock you deal with the UK’s steepest part of A street, Porlock Hill, which has a gradient of 25% in places, and from here you journey a marvellous stretch of tarmac all the best way to Countisbury Hill, where the descent into Lynmouth is elegant.
A82 Tyndrum to Glencoe – Scottish Highlands
Size: 30.9 miles
In my 26 brief years on Earth I’ve been fortunate sufficient to journey extensively around the globe, and as I harbour such an appreciation for natural magnificence I’ve typically sought out probably the most lovely areas in the locations I go to. A lot so, that on a current trip to the US, I virtually missed my flight out of LA because I simply had to take a 500-mile detour to see Yosemite. While I was sitting at Glacier Level, admiring the undoubted great thing about El Capitan and Half Dome, I couldn’t help but assume to myself ‘it’s bloody pretty, however it’s no Glen Coe’.
I might truthfully spend an excellent few days sitting in a deck chair and staring on the japanese entrance to Glen Coe. The rugged great thing about the mountains here is simply so haunting, and the A82, which takes you proper by way of the valley’s heart, is a dream to experience.
From the moment you allow Tyndrum to the second you arrive in Glencoe (the village on the western finish of Glen Coe, which is the valley) you’ll be in awe. To take advantage of this and to see the mountains of their most lovely state, I might absolutely advocate driving this route on the tail finish of winter when there’s still some snow on the peaks. I’ll sound over dramatic here, however the visual impression was sufficient to choke me up.
Rhigos Street, Treherbert to Hirwaun – South Wales
Length: 9.5 miles
This mountain street holds a particular place in my coronary heart as my nan and grandad, who lived in Tonyrefail, used to take me to the highest for ice cream every time I visited them. Back then, the ice cream was the primary attraction for me, and I couldn’t have cared much less concerning the double hairpin as you rise out of the mining village of Treherbert to the south, or the incredible switchback after you crest the cross. Today, nevertheless, they’re all that’s on my mind if I’m ever in the area.
It might be a brief journey at slightly below 10 miles, but boy is the Rhigos Street a enjoyable one. Long straights permit you to overtake any dawdlers and 4 marvellous, extensive hairpin bends help you check both yourself and your bike. Reach the top and take some time to park up in the layby and admire the huge, expansive view of the mountains of South Wales to the west. There’s often an ice cream van there for an added bonus.
Add this unbelievable mountain street onto a experience within the Brecon Beacons, which successfully start on the roundabout close to Hirwaun, and also you’ll have the right end to your day.
Kielder Forest Drive – Northumberland
Size: 12 miles
When you’re after a street in the UK that gives a real feeling of journey, then the Kielder Forest Drive needs to be near the top of your record. Operating 12 miles from Kielder Citadel in the west to the A68 within the east, this unsurfaced forestry street is open to the public and it takes you thru a remote and wild area with no telephone protection and only a few other individuals round – one thing of a rarity within the UK. Whereas the street is gravel in its entirety, the driving is as mild as off-roading will get, as the bottom is hardpacked and the bends are mild, though this could change in extreme weather.
Dense forest is complimented by large open vistas which give stellar views of Northumberland National Park, and when the climate’s good you’ll be capable of see for miles. Users of the Kielder Forest Drive are charged £Three, which is payable at the Kielder Fort entrance of the route, where an unmanned toll sales space sits.
Experience this route from west to east, and once you emerge onto the A68 it’s a short experience to the Otterburn Ranges, where even more unspoilt, remote mountain surroundings awaits.
Pirelli gives a variety of journey tyres, and for this route the manufacturer recommends the Pirelli Scorpion Path II or Scorpion Rally STR.
Applecross to Torridon – West Coast of Scotland
Size: 32.four miles
You may assume I’m crazy by together with this 32-mile long stretch of street as an alternative of the mighty Bealach na Ba, which drops into Applecross. But, call me controversial, I feel the journey after Bealach na Ba is the actual gem on the peninsula. For 32 miles, you’ll be unfortunate to cross one other automotive, such is the remoteness of this space, and the surroundings is both dramatic and charming. Big (in British phrases) mountains rise all around you, whereas the sea slams the shores under.
For probably the most part the street is simply a automotive’s width aside, so this isn’t a journey for the velocity freaks, but with every corner revealing a new, epic view you’ll be eager to slow down to admire it somewhat than velocity up anyway.
Upon reaching Torridon, should you assume it’s time to name it a day, take a look at the Torridon Lodge where the 1887 restaurant has a wall crammed from flooring to ceiling with over 350 bottles of whisky… The right option to end the driving day.
You’d be greatest to experience this route on the tail-end of summer time or winter to avoid potential crowds, and in dangerous weather the Applecross Peninsula is usually a fairly nasty place to be, so it’s greatest to examine the forecast before you go.
Winnats Cross, Castleton to Sparrowpit – The Peak District
Size: 4.Three miles
The Peak District is called probably the most accessible nationwide park in the UK on account of its central location, and should you have been to pit all the UK’s designated areas towards one another in a Starvation Games type battle to the demise, with the only weapon being the standard of driving in them, the Peak District can be hanging round at the finish. Journey in peak season and the roads are rammed, however select your time correctly, notably as we’re heading out of summer time, and you’ll quickly find out that there are very few ‘dangerous’ stretches of tarmac right here.
While Snake Cross and the Cat and Fiddle often steal the limelight for his or her partaking driving, Winnats Cross is a favourite of mine for solely totally different causes. It’s brief, at only four.Three miles lengthy, however this superb part of tarmac cuts brilliantly by means of a dramatic valley that’ll depart you flanked by imposing limestone cliff faces. As you journey between the beautiful villages of Castleton and Sparrow Pit, getting into Winnats Cross is like hopping by way of a vortex into Tolkien’s Center Earth, and you’ll need to flip around and journey the street more than just the as soon as.
A838 Durness to Tongue – North Coast of Scotland
Size: 29.Three miles
In fact, I might have written about the whole of the North Coast 500 here, but there’s one part that stood out to me more than the others. That’s not to say that the remainder of Scotland’s 500-mile coastal route isn’t value driving, it’s simply that this 29.Three-mile long part is just so damn good. The north coast of Scotland is more ruggedly handsome than Tom Hardy and the A838 from Durness to Tongue will little question depart an enduring impression on you.
As you journey alongside the lonely coastal roads, at occasions, it will probably really feel such as you’re the one dwelling soul round for a whole lot of miles. Desolate moorland stretches away inland, and on the odd event that you simply catch up with a automotive, they’re often very happy to tug over and let you cross. In contrast to the western Highlands, you gained’t be driving in the mountains, however they lurk formidably on the horizon whereas the bitter North Sea swells towards the cliffs and excellent beaches.
It’s an extended journey to rise up to the north coast of Scotland, however as soon as there you’ll be glad you made the trouble, and I’d price this street a real 10/10.
Santon Bridge to Wasdale Head – The Lake District
Length: 7.2 miles
Whoever coined the time period ‘it’s grim up north’ clearly forgot concerning the Lake District. On its day, the UK’s second largest nationwide park is unquestionably some of the lovely locations on our island, and all through historical past the charming surroundings has impressed some of our nation’s biggest poets and writers. In fact, with such a popularity, it’s also the UK’s most visited nationwide park, attracting greater than 16 million guests per yr, but choose your time correctly by visiting out of the popular seasons, and the place is quite a bit less busy.
This 7.2 mile street from Santon Bridge to Wasdale Head takes you along the hedonistic shores of Wastwater, the deepest lake in England. As you journey north-east you grow to be surrounded by imposing cliffs and a number of the highest mountains in the country, including Scafell Pike, which is the tallest of all of them. The sheer visual delight of this journey is sufficient to have you turning round and driving it again, which is fortunate as the one method out of it’s again the best way you got here.
Whereas in the area it will be legal not to take a look at certainly one of England’s most famous mountain passes, Hardknott Cross, which is just some miles away.
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