Monday, August 19, 2013

Great British Drives

Those seeking the ultimate driving experience know a good road is essential. A drab, city road isn’t thrilling; you’re surrounded by pollution, dirty congested streets and traffic. It doesn’t entice or allow you to drive for pleasure. Get away from the city and find a thrilling road to experience. If you have no idea where to start, here are a few suggestions;

The Evo Triangle

Located in Wales, this route gets its name from EVO magazine, which uses it to test drive new cars . The triangle possesses every challenge needed to justify praise and criticism; it’s a 20 mile long playground for those looking to epitomise the thrill of the driving experience. The triangle is made up of three distinctive roads. The A5 is a long, relaxing straight through the serene countryside. It allows you to enjoy your cars power and take in the environment before you turn onto the A543. Stark, rugged moorland surrounds you and you’re tested by a plethora of challenging bends and exhilarating straights. The B4501 is the last leg and presents sweeping bends through a beautiful dense pine forest and views of the Llyn Brenig Lake, followed by some surprising sharp turns that will leave you re-joining the A5 and flooring it back to the A543.

The Cat and Fiddle

Buxton. Easy enough, until you turn onto the A54 and undertake a challenging series of rising, sharp bends, before driving onto flat, fairly straight moorland to a panoramic altitude of 1,690 feet. You then descend to Macclesfield via a continuous series of sharp, often blind, bends. It’s a short drive but don’t let that put you off. The A537 is classed as one of the most dangerous roads in the UK due to its constant, challenging bends. Technical skill is needed; the Cat and Fiddle needs to be shown respect. It is a petite, but unique, adrenaline boosting beast of beauty you will be proud to saviour and conquer. Don’t miss out.

The B3135

You approach the B3135 via the idyllic, tourist village of Cheddar before entering the stunning Cheddar gorge. The gorge was created by the rivers of melted glaciers carving into the earth and limestone rock, creating an icon of nature you can drive through. Over this 14 mile experience you drive besides dramatic, 450ft high cliffs. Claustrophobic, the road squirms un-expectantly, like a snake you’re chasing. Corners are so sharp the large, ancient rock faces feel like obstacles moving towards you. It’s an exhilarating ride, like you’re caught in the rivers that formed it. A warning; don’t take your eyes off the road, no matter how beautiful the gorge is, or you might find yourself struggling to keep your head above the water. The gorge then gives way to the countryside; sweeping bends and long straights allow you to press the accelerator and burn up your adrenaline.

Don’t miss out. Go enjoy a great British drive.

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