TEN BEST ROADS TO DRIVE IN 2017

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Scot­land A701 from Mof­fat to Lead­burn The South­ern Up­lands are full of great roads but this is one of the best, with miles of twist­ing as­cent to the Devil’s Beef­tub. Eng­land A68 from West Wood­burn to Cor­bridge Most of the traf­fic uses the A696 to New­cas­tle, so try this ma­jes­tic up-and-down stretch with Ro­man ori­gins. Got an old Saab? You can free­wheel down here for miles. Wales A470 from Conwy to Ffes­tin­iog For a ma­jor trunk road, this one of­fers fab­u­lous Snow­do­nian scenery and a de­cent chance of a fast, quiet run – as long as you avoid Bank Hol­i­day week­ends. Wales A4086 from Capel Curig to Caernar­fon You can join up this, the Llanberis Pass, with the A470 quite eas­ily. It could dou­ble for the wildest bits of Scot­land or even the Alps in some places. Ireland Sheep’s Head Penin­sula This twist­ing and mostly sin­gle­track road in the wild west of Cork is not one for speed freaks but for 25 miles of con­tin­u­ously stun­ning sea views it takes some beat­ing, es­pe­cially on a sunny day. Scot­land Cairn O’mount, Old Mil­i­tary Road Peo­ple usu­ally mean the A93 when they use this name, but an­other old mil­i­tary road, the B974 be­tween Edzell and Feugh­side in Aberdeen­shire, is qui­eter, wilder and even faster. Eng­land But­ter­tubs Pass Many of Eng­land’s Pen­nine passes are lovely but clogged with traf­fic. But­ter­tubs, or the Cliff Gate Road be­tween Hawes and Th­waite, might be the pret­ti­est of the lot, and is one of the qui­etest. Italy Grande Strada Delle Dolomiti This east-west route from Bolzano to Cortina d’am­pezzo is a main road, but end­lessly crammed with stun­ning moun­tain scenery. Take your time and en­joy. Ger­many Eifel For­est The Black For­est is bet­ter known but if you’re driv­ing from Spa to the Nür­bur­gring, loop north through heav­ily wooded roller­coaster roads like the L166, L106 and L128. France Route de Gen­telly, Alpes Mar­itimes With so many amaz­ing moun­tain roads to choose from in this re­gion, why go for this one? Sim­ple – it’s not so well-known but just as spec­tac­u­lar. For­get the end­less pro­ces­sions of cars dawdling up the most fa­mous passes and en­joy this in­stead.

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