Driving: the best roads in the UK

Read our guide to the best roads in the UK. 

Love driving on the open road? Driving your car or bike doesn’t have to be about doing trips to and from school, the shops or work. Many people love driving for the sake of it – be it to feel the speed of the vehicle or to observe some beautiful countryside whilst in an open top car. Whatever your reason, here are some of the UK’s most “driveable” roads, and why they are so popular with motorists:

The Evo Triangle

This route has become very popular and starts on the A543 heading north. The great thing about this road is the tight bends and fantastic scenery. If you turn right onto the B4501 you will see views of the Llyn Brenig Lake, before hitting the A5 and ending up back to where you started. This route is often used by EVO Magazine (hence the name) who regularly test drive new cars on this road.

The Snake Pass

The Snake Pass was listed as one of the best driving roads by Auto Trader magazine in 2009. It is called the Snake Pass, but it is also known as the A57 road between Manchester and Sheffield. This road is great if you love views and scenery, as you can see over to Manchester on a clear day. This road is also popular with bikers who meet in a local café along the route, as it is a twisty and windy road which is great for controlled driving– but be careful, as it can get slippery in bad weather.

Ambleside to Boot

This road starts at Ambleside next to the Apple Pie Café, and after taking the A593 heading west, you’ll pass through is Clappersgate and Skelwith Bridge, where you will see dramatic scenery along the way.

Black Mountain Pass

This route is on the A road, the A4069, which connects Llandovery with Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen in Wales. This road consists of hairpin bends and a great view of the mountains. In fact, there are loads of great driving roads in Wales. Check out this article for 13 of the best.

The Hogs Back

The Hogs Back is a road leading to Guildford, Surrey, which has been classed as an area of outstanding natural beauty. On a stormy day, you can pull over on the Hogs Back and watch the clouds and lightening hit the town below. Although a restricted speed limit of around 50-60mph, this road really gives you a beautiful view over Guildford and surrounding areas. You won’t want to go any faster- or you’ll miss it!

You’ll find lots more scenic routes on the Guardian website, with some great pictures of the areas.