Top 3 Drives in the UK

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Jul 28, 2014 by British Seniors

You do not need to go abroad to experience out of this world drives because here in the UK are some of the finest and most thrilling drives you could wish for!  Be warned these drives are not for the fainthearted, so make sure you give your car a good checking over before you start on your incredible journey. 

Black Mountain Road, Powys (A4069)

This route has become very popular since it was featured on Top Gear back in 2011.  Needless to say this drive is well worth a visit, and as Jeremy Clarkson said himself, it has some of the best corners in the UK to experience.

The road twists, dips and climbs through the Brecon Beacons National Park. There is fantastic scenery stretching miles of beautiful countryside.  Be sure to take advantage of the several layby’s on your way to stop and take in the surroundings.  This road does come with a few warnings.  Firstly, watch out for sheep that will cross the road aimlessly in front of your car!  Second, there are mobile speed cameras along the route that get hidden in objects such as horse boxes or small trucks.  Due to the route being very popular you will find that it will get crowded on weekends with driving clubs.  But for good reason as this is an amazing road, well worth a visit for any driving enthusiast. 

 

Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle), Ross and Cromarty

This has to be one of the most dramatic drives in the UK with peaks of around 2000ft.  Its steep ascent with hairpin bends and narrow single track sections is not for the faint hearted.  At points the road is literally cut out of the rock so it gives it a real hair rising experience, like you are driving through the Alps!  There are many layby’s along the way in case you should encounter another driver coming from the opposite direction.  However, this rarely happens so you most likely experience this drive with just your car, the road and the stunning countryside for company. Cloud often descends upon the mountains only adding to the dramatic highland scenery which surrounds you.  At its summit, there is parking on your left which offers fantastic views stretching out to Wester Ross, Skye, the Outer Hebrides and the Islands of Rum.  This scenery is a must for any photography enthusiast.

 

North Northumberland Heritage Coast

Northumberland is a wonderful county to drive in as it has the lowest population per square mile in the UK, meaning there is very little traffic to contend with!  Start off at Alnwick heading South West on the B6341 towards Rothbury.  The road will climb to a summit which offers views across the Northumberland coastline where you can see Blyth, Tyneside, and the Farne Islands. As you continue along the road, the terrain gives way to your right which allows unobstructed views of the Cheviot and sister hills. A truly spectacular sight, not to be missed!