Best/most scenic driving roads in Britain?

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  1. SecretSquirrel

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    I'll be getting my hands on a sporty soft top soon and would like to make the most of it (and the weather). What are, in your opinions, the best driving roads in Britain? I'm imagine there's a selection in Wales and Scotland. What about the Lake District? The Evo Triangle seems to be a favourite for many, but I'm more concerned with views than demanding technical driving :D. This looks like a good start.
     
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    I posted this on another forum 3 months ago:

     
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    It's got to be the north west of Scotland

    Go from Perth north on the A9, turn left at Dalwhinnie to Fort William via Loch Laggan (Glenbogle) turn right at Spean Bridge to Invergarry and left to Loch Cluanie, Loch Duich and north to Applecross and Torridon. Or from Fort William to Moidart and the white sands of Morar (Local Hero) Then either back home or (better) north to Scourie and Durness

    You'll see scenery unsurpassed

    If you are into walking go from Kinlochbervie to Badcall, park the car and walk (4 miles) to Sandwood bay

    Kylesku Inn in the north west has sea food to die for. Near the memorial to the Commandos who trained in the loch with the X-craft (mini subs) during the second world war
     
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    Agreed, in spades! And don't forget Skye

    Oh, and if you're doing the Lakes you must not miss the Hardknott Pass

    Others:

    Yorkshire Dales: B6479/6255 Settle to Hawes via the Ribblehead Viaduct, then the road north over Buttertubs to Thwaite (stop & see Hardraw Scour if you have the time)

    North York Moors: Kirkbymoorside - Hutton-le-Hole – Rosedale Abbey – Grosmont, then back along the A169 to Pickering. Whitby & North York Moors Railway are very photogenic.

    Dorset: From Swanage take the B3069 for spectacular views of Corfe Castle, then the B3361 for an equally spectacular view over Poole Harbour.

    As an alternative, try the big sky country of the Lincolnshire fens around Boston, eg the B1192 south from Coningsby.



    Some roads are not especially great in themselves, but offer single heartstopping vistas:
    • The view from the Heights Hotel on the A354, Portland, Dorset (they also do reasonable if basic meals); then on to Portland Bill
    • The sudden view of Stonehenge as you crest the rise on the A303 at Amesbury;
    • Ditto Corfe Castle heading south on the A351 from Wareham (see above);
    • Angel of the North from the A1
    • Just about any great cathedral as you approach its city: York, Lincoln, Salisbury, Ely
     
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    Aye North West Scotland was stunning when I was there last year especially around Glencoe/Rannock Moor (pic).

    North Wales is excellent too a bit nearer (for me anyway) to home.

    Evo Triangle has decent views too but if it's just scenery then Scotland all the way.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Stunning picture, that's what I'm after :thumbsup:.
     
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    Glengarry, from A87, Invergarry to Kyle of Lochalsh
     

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    Found this on my google travels so thought I'd share...

    TomTom - Top Gear's Greatest Routes

    Speaking of Tomtoms, has anyone got some routes for them, or Google Maps to help me visualise the places and routes being mentioned here so far?
     
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    Yes, if you click on the link in my post, it should show you it on Google maps.
     
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    It's the M25 in rush hour.
    One of the few roads where you will have plenty of time to take in the scenery instead of it rushing by... :rolleyes:
     
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    Western Scotland Bealach na ba heading to Applecross (The Pass of the Cattle - YouTube video available !) - stunning, also the drive around the coast from Applecross to Shieldaig. For the more adventurous go to Lewis and Harris, especially the road between Shiltenish and Tarbert (head over to Miavaig too !) :thumbsup:
     
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    Applecross is on my 'must drive' list. Agree with all the recommendations for Scotland and Wales. My own beloved Yorkshire Dales is stunning, and I am to be found there weekly enjoying its views and thrilling roads :D As said above, Ribblehead is brilliant, and although more challenging and thus slower, Buttertubs too. I prefer the flowing lines of Ribblehead personally. There are many other awesome drivers roads up there, it's best just to get lost and switch the Tom-Tom on to find your way home when it starts getting dark :D

    The Lake District is stunning too, with any of the "pass's" being enjoyable. Kirkstone, Whinlatter, Honister, and especially Hardknott and Wrynose....

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    South Yorkshire and the Derbyshire Peak District has some brilliant routes too, with Snake Pass (spoilt now by a 50mph limit and heavy enforcement) and the Cat'n'Fiddle, along with Edale and Mam Torr.

    Cornwall has some brilliant roads too. I just came back from two weeks hooning around down there. The first 5 miles south of Bude on the A39 Atlantic Highway has some awesome sequences of corners.
     
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    I can't believe they have spoilt that view with some enormous blue sculpture. :eek:
    Is it their local version of the Angel of the North or something?


    :)
     
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    Snakes pass :smashin:
     
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    Might have spoilt the view, but it made the pic, and meant the journey up there was brilliant :thumbsup:
     
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    Makes for a great panoramic photo frame if you ask me :thumbsup:

    I'm not sure I can agree about Ribblehead, but that's probably because I stupidly did it on a bicycle :)
     
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    The road between Tavistock and Mortonhampsted cuts right across Dartmoor and has some pretty spectacular views. I drove along it on Friday with the roof down in my MX-5. Superb. :)
     
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    Does anyone know the road that Clarkson drove the AM Vantage V12 down on top gear the other night?
     
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    A543

    Liam
     
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    Somebody mentioned the Hardknott and Wrynose Pass in Cumbria earlier. More of a drive as you won't get time to look at the scenery unless you park. Very steep gradients hairpin bends, it's good fun for a front wheel drive car though. :smashin:
     
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    The A55 from Chester to Holyhead.

    On a clear day it's spectacular and a completely different experience when you are driving back towards Chester.

    Cheers,
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