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The World’s Best Driving Roads

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If you love driving and are not fortunate enough to live on the doorstep of the world’s best roads to drive on, what follows may inspire some driving destinations full of spectacular scenery, challenging twists and turns, and outstanding challenges.

The Big Sur, California
America has produced some of the most fabulous cars in automotive history, and it also boasts some of the best and most legendary driving experiences. Also known by its formal name of Highway 1 this road runs by the central Californian coast through Big Sur itself. This famous stretch from Carmel to San Simeon has the Pacific Ocean to its west and the Santa Lucia mountains to its east. The narrow road is only two lanes with winding turns and views of the spectacular coastline which is often shrouded in mist.

Norway’s Atlantic Road
This spectacular road is more of a bridge, spanning the 5.2 miles between the towns of Kristiansund and Molde. Part of Country Road 64, this remarkable roadway is built upon several islands, using no fewer than eight bridges and a number of viaducts and causeways.

Tianmen Mountain Road of China
For sheer drama of landscape and engineering, this road takes some beating. In the Tianmen Mountain National Park this 11 km road boasts no fewer than 99 bends. Built into the sides of the mountain, with spire-like peaks, the road ribbons against the green mountainside, giving views like no other.

Florida Keys Seven Mile Bridge
Actually it’s 6.765 miles, but that doesn’t make this two lane bridge in Monroe County, Florida any less impressive and unique. Around the centre the bridge rises to 65 feet to allow shipping to pass underneath, but the rest of it is much closer to the water, making it an exhilarating drive.

Australia’s Great Ocean Road
It stretches for 151 miles along the south-eastern Australian coast between Torquay and Warrnambool. The road was built between 1919 and 1932 by soldiers returned from the Great War and is the world’s largest war memorial, being dedicated to casualties of World War I. The road winds through varied terrain beside the coast giving a wide range of views.

Sani Pass, South Africa
Driving this road requires above average experience and skill, making it a true challenge. The 9km long Pass forms part of the road joining Underberg and Mokhotlong in Lesotho. Vehicles deemed unsuitable for the journey will be turned away by South African immigration at the bottom of the Pass. Lesotho border agents at the other end will usually, however, allow most to attempt to descend. Drivers can therefore make a choice between the type of vehicle they wish to use and from which end of the Pass to make an attempt.


The 5 Best UK Driving Roads

Glasgow to Fort William – A82
This 140 mile route along the A82 begins in the heart of Glasgow, travelling northwest through some of the city’s famous suburbs including, Kelvinside, Anniesland, and Clydebank before heading North along one of the most dangerously narrow roads in Scotland, peppered with hair-pin bends around the shores of Loch Lomond to Tarbet. Travelling on to Fort William you pass Rannoch Moor and go through Glen Coe. From Fort William the road skirts the west coast of Loch Ness, with stunning views of Ben Nevis in the background.

Black Mountain Pass – A4069
Stray sheep and difficult bends are some of the pleasures of traversing this 23 mile stretch rising to a height of 493m (1,617ft)over the Black Mountain, in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. This is a challenging road which since being featured on BBC’s Top Gear, attracts drivers, but watch out for Mobile Speed Cameras (hidden in things like horse boxes, and workmen trucks). The road connects Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen with Llandovery via Brynamman and Llangadog.

The Cat and Fiddle – A537
This 12.5 miles rollercoaster of a road runs through the Peak District National Park from Buxton to Macclesfield. Considered one of the most dangerous roads in the UK, it presents a challenge to motorists and motor cyclist alike with its steep climb, stray sheep and many tight bends. The biscuit tin views are well worth the effort though. The route gets its name from the Cat and Fiddle pub at the summit.

The Evo Triangle – A543, A5 and B4501
So named because EVO Magazine road test cars they review along it. Sweeping bends and beautiful, big sky scenery takes the driver on a 20 mile circular route over Welsh moorland. The drive incorporates a stunning view of the Llyn Brenig Lake as you drive onto Pentrefoelas before heading back to the village of Cerrigydrudion

The Buttertubs Pass
This route from Thwaite to Hawes takes the driver through 5.5 miles of the Yorkshire Dales along a C road referred to as “England’s only truly spectacular road” by Jeremy Clarkson; a Yorkshire man himself. The scenery is spectacular, beginning with a steep climb for the first couple of miles out of Thwaites to the peak which provides views of the dramatic limestone scenery and the potholes formed by the rock face where, it is said, farmers used to stored their butter; hence the name. From the peak the road descends rapidly through High Shaw and Simonstone into Hawes where you might just be able to pick up some real Wensleydale cheese.