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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:29 am    Post subject: Great Driving Roads  Reply with quote

Picking up on Roadster Stu's driving roads thread, post your favourites here.

B6278 Stanhope to Egglestone

http://g.co/maps/qa45j

One of Autocar's greats.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A940/A939 Forres to Grantown-on-Spey. Bit big to show on the map, but starts off a twisty forest run, opening out into a rollercoaster moorland with lots of straights and wide open twisties.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The A272 between the M3 and A3

The A339 between Basingstoke and Alton

Both hugely enjoyable but very fast roads so have to be very aware of police and bikers getting in the way.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any road off the Autoroute in France.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

not sure if this will work

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=b...mode&cd=3&ved=0CBAQ_AUoAg

It doesn't.

This route - Stunters may know it, or bits of it.




Edit - That's doesn't work well either - Basically Croughton near Brackley to Gloucester via back roads.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Second votes for A272 and A339 as above, but rare to get a free run.

I'm always struck by the quality and quietness of Devon's roads, the B3227 has some really long, fantastic sections, and the A336 south of Torrington also. Have had some fun on the A3078 in Cornwall too. All in "her" cars but the roads were good enough not to matter, and quiet.

The A4212 west of Bala is great, but lethally quick if the fuzz are about. The Welsh don't seem to worry about being able to see if someone is coming the other way before overtaking either, take clean underwear. The B4391 north of the A4212 is cracking too - I recognise it from Evo videos.

I've driven the Route Napoleon twice but although the countryside is stunning, my absolute favorite scenery, I found less driving nirvana than people would have you believe - and a lot of low speed limits and traffic and speed traps, too.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buttertubs - dont know the road number.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Buttertubs - dont know the road number.


The Buttertubs is fun and challenging. The roads getting there are good fun as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan (from the other forum) and I did GBB's route when going to the Porsche playground at Silverstone in April.  It was a warm, dry early morning run and we had the roads almost to ourselves.  Needless to say we took full advantage of the opportunity.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The A686 from Penrith to Alston - had a great drive over there in streaming rain the other weekend. And the B6318, which follows the line of Hadrian's Wall - it's straight but is a proper roller-coaster.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A483 between Builth Wells and Llandrindod Wells, the northern end of the A4067 between Sennybridge and Ystradgynlais and the A470 north out of Blaenau Ffestiniog are all roads that would make me give the other answer in the velocity v agility thread.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've made this a sticky as it is a good subject to keep at the top of the list and will be easy to find for reference.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are we talking UK only?

I'd like to go back to Melbourne and try the Great Ocean Road one day.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the Buttertubs was fantastic when we met there a few years back. We got a lovely hot sunny day for it with bugger all traffic.

I'll 3rd the A272 between the A3 and the M3, if only you didn't always get stuck behind a micra doing 40!

Down this way I'll also throw in the A285 from Petworth to Goodwood - easily the best route you can take to get there if you're coming from the M25 via the A3 with the A283 from the A3 to Petworth being quite a decent run too.

I recently did the route around Loch Ness in the E350 I had as a hire car when I was in Inverness. It was a great road, especially the Western stretch heading back up to Inverness. Chocker in Summer I imagine but on the September evening I did it, there was barely any traffic, lots of twisty bits and plenty of stunning scenery.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is mine although it's been years since I did the whole route:

EDIT - can't get the map to link...

Starting at Charltons, near Boosbeck on the A171 travel dow to Whitby, naturally taking a small detour into Whitby for Fish and Chips - out of Whitby and over to Ruswarp; turn left down the A169 to Pickering, with a detour via Thornton-le-Dale.  Across to Pickering and then back to Lockwood Beck via the open moors, Goathland, Lealeholm and Castleton.

The A171 is a nice, open road that if you can avoid HGV's and dawdlers is great to drive - likewise the A169 has a real mix of open roads, great hills near Fylingdales and tight bends.  The roads over the Moors themselves are fantastic, great scenery with a lovely combination of fast and slow, plus a few places to stop and take it all in.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frank Bullitt wrote:
This is mine although it's been years since I did the whole route:

EDIT - can't get the map to link...

Starting at Charltons, near Boosbeck on the A171 travel dow to Whitby, naturally taking a small detour into Whitby for Fish and Chips - out of Whitby and over to Ruswarp; turn left down the A169 to Pickering, with a detour via Thornton-le-Dale.  Across to Pickering and then back to Lockwood Beck via the open moors, Goathland, Lealeholm and Castleton.

The A171 is a nice, open road that if you can avoid HGV's and dawdlers is great to drive - likewise the A169 has a real mix of open roads, great hills near Fylingdales and tight bends.  The roads over the Moors themselves are fantastic, great scenery with a lovely combination of fast and slow, plus a few places to stop and take it all in.


That sounds pretty good. Alan and I are planning a day out together so that might just be the ticket.
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I'll have to research the road name, but if you find yourself on Dartmoor with nothing to do - quite unlikely if you've ventured down here - the road between the Two Bridges hotel and Ashburton, via Poundsgate and crossing the River Dart is a fantastic road with downhill switchbacks. It feels good in the Astra and I'd imagine pretty darn special in a decent car.

I rather like it in the wet as it doesn't overly affect speed and the Falken 452s don't feel averse to the quick direction changes required either.
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The road on Dartmoor from Exeter to Moretonhamstead (sp) - B3212(?) used to be a favourite of mine in the 1990s.  I went back in 2000 or 2001 in the TT and it had lots of 40mph speed limited sections on it.  Boo.
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TimR probably knows of this one, but I found the A823 from Gleneagles through to the M90 at Kinross this afternoon.

Cracking wee road, lots of sweeping curves and challenging bends, only had to slow down once when a bicyclist decided to stop on a blind bend! (In mitigation, she did have a lovely arse!!!)

Must seek out the back roads more often I think.
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Not a great driving road per se, but a few of the roundabouts near me have been resurfaced.  And resurfaced exceptionally well, I have to say.

It never ceases to amaze me how a consistent and flat surface allows you to work the tyres hard yet flow so smoothly.  If there were no-one around, I'd be doing a few circuits of each one every time.
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The A83 From Tarbet (top of Loch Lomond), over the Rest and be Thankful, through Inveraray to Lochgilphead, then to Oban on the A816. Carry on on the A85 to the Green Welly stop near Tyndrum and on to the A82 to Crianlarich,  turn right back still on the A82 to Tarbet where you started from.

Must get the Scottish contingent to do this as a roadtrip - loads of Photo ops on the way! Even goes right past my house where a stop for a cup of tea would be taken!
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TimR probably knows of this one, but I found the A823 from Gleneagles through to the M90 at Kinross this afternoon.

Cracking wee road, lots of sweeping curves and challenging bends, only had to slow down once when a bicyclist decided to stop on a blind bend! (In mitigation, she did have a lovely arse!!!)

Must seek out the back roads more often I think.


That's the road past Glendevon Reservoir isn't it?

Try the A923 from Dunkeld to Blairgowrie. It's cracking, Gromit  
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TimR probably knows of this one, but I found the A823 from Gleneagles through to the M90 at Kinross this afternoon.

Cracking wee road, lots of sweeping curves and challenging bends, only had to slow down once when a bicyclist decided to stop on a blind bend! (In mitigation, she did have a lovely arse!!!)

Must seek out the back roads more often I think.


That's the road past Glendevon Reservoir isn't it?

Try the A923 from Dunkeld to Blairgowrie. It's cracking, Gromit  


Have done that road lots of times, most notably in the CR-V at about midnight, in minus temps. Great fun!!  
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I used to take the A923 Dunkeld/Blairgowrie road as part of the 'scenic' route from Glasgow to Aberdeen (which includes the A93 through Braemar and Glenshee).
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I used to take the A923 Dunkeld/Blairgowrie road as part of the 'scenic' route from Glasgow to Aberdeen (which includes the A93 through Braemar and Glenshee).


It's definitely scenic. It also takes you past the Loch o' the Lowes, which has Britains' oldest breeding pair of Ospreys. Quite something to see when the chicks are ready to fledge!
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I did it a few times in the Coupe.
One memorable time they'd closed the road off near the Blairgowrie end and I had to retrace my steps. Oh what a pisser

I've noticed that a few of my favourite stretches of road have fallen victim to the advancing problem of lack of maintenance and where once I'd look forward to thrashing a decent car down them I now only consider them worthy of a trip in an agricultural 4x4 with proper off-road tyres to protect the rims, suspension, etc.

It's very disheartening.
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B664 Uppingham to Market Harborough. Brilliant and some wonderful views, villages and scenery.
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I took a trip this morning.  I set off from Darlington on the A68 and picked up the A689 at Fir Tree.  The road is pretty fast with long open bends through Wolsingham, Frosterley and Stanhope.

I then took the B6278 from Stanhope to Barnard Castle which was really well sighted and twisty over the North Pennines.




Edit:  Just seen Michael's first post.  It was a cracking drive.
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A little local fave is the B3092 between the A303 and the A361. Nicely surfaced and twisty enough to keep you interested. Can be a pain if you get caught behind someone, but the last mile is dead straight and you can blast past anyone who's held you up previously in a drag race up the hill.
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I did the B6278 again today but went the other way.  The snow drifts were spectacular!

I have some video which I will sort out soon.









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B664 Uppingham to Market Harborough. Brilliant and some wonderful views, villages and scenery.


I think I did this today, if not somewhere near.





Shame I was in the van!



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Cheers. I think we need to do this one as a northern meet.  It is a lot nicer to drive than the Buttertubs and Stanhope is a lovely little town.
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Nice pictures and I agree its a nice route. We should arrange another northern meet.
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Michael wrote:
Nice pictures and I agree its a nice route. We should arrange another northern meet.


We are arranging a Northern meet!!

Properly North, that is!!  
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50mph seems much quicker that low down.

Shame about the bug.
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Michael wrote:
Shame about the bug.


Apart from that, the quality is brilliant .
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The quality is very impressive, I will be getting something along those lines.
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That was 720. It keeps the file size reasonable and the computer copes much better with the processing.  There isn't a huge leap to 1080 so I will stick with this.

I could do with an external mic and a skeleton case. I love the position there - quite dramatic.
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Mate, you should've called!!! 😜
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It was a last minute decision but I will next time.
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both in Wales.

The first is the A494 from the A5 just outside Corwen through Bala to Dolgellau. Fast smooth sweeping road affording stunning views, a sea of perfectly formed tarmac, relatively wide and lots of excellent visibility

the second, and the one I look forward to is not far from Bala

it's the B4391 from Pencraig to Bala (or vice versa). Stunning views for miles, tight third gear corners but fast sweeping bends too. One or two cattle grids but the tarmac is so smooth. Stone walls to one side on some of stage, high cliffs to the other side. Then there are the 2 180 degree bends approaching Bala, set the car up in the right gear and brake before (if coming into Bala both bends are slightly downhill) the bends then power out, it it's quiet I always like to try and kick the back end out. Difficult and virtually impossible in a heavy FWD car but I give it a go.
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If in doubt, chuck it about! Is any of that part of the Evo Triangle?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If in doubt, chuck it about! Is any of that part of the Evo Triangle?


Evo triangle is a bit north of there and is the B4501 to the east, the A543 to the west and the A5 to the south. A great set of roads with the B4501 full of sweeping bends around Llyn Brenig and the A543 being hillier with some tight bends and rocky landscapes. Worth checking out if you get the chance.
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If in doubt, chuck it about! Is any of that part of the Evo Triangle?


Evo triangle is a bit north of there and is the B4501 to the east, the A543 to the west and the A5 to the south. A great set of roads with the B4501 full of sweeping bends around Llyn Brenig and the A543 being hillier with some tight bends and rocky landscapes. Worth checking out if you get the chance.


I know the B4501 past Llyn Brenig very well, it is indeed an amazing drivers road, though having driven it plenty of times, enthusiastically shall we say, you can get yourself into trouble. There are fast bends with a downhill and then an uphill incline, you have to adjust the throttle carefully to maximise grip, the road is flanked by trees so distance visibility is not always spot on, you can't always make use of the other half of the road in places like you can on other roads close.

Just had to look the A543 up on the map. Can't believe that having holidayed so close for many years I've missed this, then again, looking at where it starts (from the A5) I haven't had the need to use it.

Agree, about the A5 tho, apart from the last 2 miles into Betws Y Coed where the road narrows and tightens with heavy stone walls to each side with any mistake meaning you are going to do some serious damage to your car (with the potential of a vast drop into the Conwy below, lol) it's a wonderful drive.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The weather forecast is perfect for a drive tomorrow. The B6278 beckons.
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

B6357 in the Scottish Borders around Kielder.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a good run out today - about a hundred miles and half a tank of fuel!    

After filling with petrol in Consett, headed through Castleside to Waskeley and joined the B6278 to Stanhope.

Picked up the A689 all the way to Alston and headed down the A686 Hartside pass, turned around in Melmerby and went back up.  Sadly, on the way back up I was caught in a load of traffic but the way down was fun.  

Continued on the A686 to the B6305 to Hexham and back down the B6306 home.

Had what I believe is a coil issue in the traffic coming up Hartside - the heat soak caused a misfire which went away as soon I got moving properly again.  I've swapped the shitty Intermotor coil for the Bosch one I had spare. so hopefully that will sort it.








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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just discovered one of the most jaw dropping amazing roads whilst up in Wales last week....the A494 from the A5 at Corwen to Ruthin.

Some of the most beautifully tarmaced, sweeping roads with stunning views.


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