Ched­dar Gorge route named as UK’s top road

Western Daily Press - - News -

THE wind­ing coun­try road that runs through Ched­dar Gorge in Somerset has been named the best route to drive on in the UK.

Data sci­en­tists pin­pointed the B3135 from Ched­dar to Ash­wick, which me­an­ders through the rolling Mendip Hills, as the most pleas­ant to cruise along.

Sec­ond was For­res to Al­ford, in Scot­land, a stun­ning 70-mile drive through the Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park with the A701, from Mof­fat to­wards Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land, in third.

Ex­perts used key cri­te­ria to judge roads in­clud­ing scenery, how close they are to points of in­ter­est, and which ones of­fer op­ti­mal driv­ing con­di­tions, be­fore an­nounc­ing their top 75.

They also looked at how many ‘en­gag­ing’ cor­ners would be en­coun­tered, lev­els of traf­fic and sites with low in­ci­dent re­ports to com­pile the de­tailed list.

The re­search was cre­ated by Volk­swa­gen in col­lab­o­ra­tion with traf­fic and nav­i­ga­tion app Waze, to sup­port Volk­swa­gen’s ‘GTI Su­per­drives’ pro­gramme within the app.

Tak­ing fourth spot was the A4069, also known as the Black Moun­tain Road, which takes in the stun­ning scenery of the Bre­con Bea­cons in Wales.

Mak­ing up the top five was the A82 near Glen­coe in the Scot­tish Highlands.

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