Britain's Best Roads

Owners of Britain’s world famous Caterham 7 sportscar have named the UK’s seven best – and worst - driving roads.

With half-a-million traffic jams every year, a seventy per cent increase in traffic since 1983 and an £8.3bn backlog of repairs, Britain’s roads are regularly billed as a driving nightmare.

But, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Caterham 7, the Surrey based firm has revealed the real gems hidden away amongst the 230,000 miles of asphalt linking Britain’s villages, towns and cities.

Predictably, the open expanses and sweeping hillside paths that go to make up the 55,000 miles of roads in Scotland and Wales dominate the Seven Best Driving Roads, with the top four spots, according to Caterham owners. In fact, the Welsh countryside was responsible for 30 per cent of the Top 30 nominations, with the South Western most tip of England delivering 24 per cent.

Thanks to its stunning scenery, challenging twists and turns and almost traffic free motoring, the most votes went to the A87 between Invergarry and the Isle of Skye in North West Scotland. In second spot is the A4086 Pass of Llanberis in Snowdonia National Park in North Wales with another Scottish entrant, the A827 around Loch Tay, taking third.

Published 21 September 2003 Melanie Carter
 

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