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Favourite stretch of road

Discussion in 'Motors Archive' started by Type_R, 9 May 2003.

  1. Type_R


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,099

    Location: EGBB

    What is your favourite stretch of British road to drive on?

    I'll start with the A34 between the M3 and the M40 which I drive on loads. Doesn't have any speed cameras and has a good selection of bends and ups and downs. Quality landscapes all around as well.
  2. Lopéz

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 27,532

    Location: Leicestershire

    A4069 Brynamman -> Llandovery.

    Winding mountain roads, uphill and downhill stretches, no police, no cameras, little traffic, generally good surface.

    Don't **** it up or you'll be looking for a new car....
  3. Gilly

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 95,526

    Location: I'm back baby!

    Snake pass and/or any other pennine route.

    Don't get it wrong or you'll be looking for a grave.
  4. Joe T


    Joined: 1 Apr 2003

    Posts: 11,560

    Location: Northampton

    A303 London to Exeter (except for the later bits where there is speed cameras :( )
  5. eidolon


    Joined: 31 Oct 2002

    Posts: 13,865

    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    For long straight (no camera) roads, I just noticed yesterday that the M5 from Gloucester to Bristol bit is fantastic.

    For twisty roads..........anywhere, as long as there are corners I can make em fun :)
  6. Rilot


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 20,317

    Location: Wargrave, UK

    B3230 Barnstaple -> Lynton Cross
    A3123 Lynton Cross -> Mullacott Cross
    B3343 Mullacott Cross -> Woolacombe

    A very challenging 15 miles taking in all types of technical cornering and road surfaces. To ride it fast you have to be very good indeed.
  7. EddScott


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,250

    Location: Pembrokeshire

    Theres a road in between Witney in Oxfordshire and Faringdon in Swindon (not sure what its called) that takes in Brize Norton, Bampton and Clanfield and I guess must be about 15 miles. Having had to do this stretch of road many times and at a fair pace to get to work on time, my trusty 205 1.6 could get me there in about 20 minutes or a bit less if returning home at 2am.

    Once you know a B road very well with its bumps and ruts and you learn the best lines with a great handling car, driving to work can be a pleasure.

    And now living in Pembrokeshire, West Wales the Presseli mountain road from Haverfordwest to Cardigan can keep you on your toes!
    Last edited: 9 May 2003
  8. Sharknose

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,772

    Good road that. Some good ones in that part of the world. (Originally from West Carmarthenshire, Pendine).
  9. Will Gill


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 55,309

    Location: Cornwall

    A30 , A303

    rocks my world, or trelonan flat near Portscatho, true rallying road at night time silly speeds are acheivable and if it all goes wrong a muddy field is all you will hit :D
  10. silverpaw


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,936

    Location: North

    Deepest Northumberland, to the to the north and west of Morpeth, there are some great roads. No police at all, very little traffic, good fun in meh Punto :D
  11. Dual_XP_Jedi


    Joined: 20 Mar 2003

    Posts: 2,053

    Location: Oxford (work), Brum (home)

    EdScott i live next to Carterton and know the road you mean well, just look for a graphic'd P1 ripping it up :)

    However, my award for best road goes to the one near Camb, its at the A1 and A14 junction just west of it, Car magazine use it as a test road - not sure - but believe its the B1060 or b4060 its a little west of that jn heading south on a beautiful open, windy road with exquisite tarmac that you can see into corners to really give it some :)
  12. Dolph

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    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

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    Location: Plymouth

    Any moorland roads across Dartmoor. Especially Tavistock - Okehampton (no limits, nice and bendy and hilly, no cameras).

    Drove them all yesterday while car hunting, had to slow down after about 20 mins cos my brakes started to fade.....

    Can't wait to try them in whatever new car I get :D

  13. Conanius


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 12,352

    you work in gloucester or somethin mate?

    for me theres a little bit of road just outside cheltenham that I love driving down.. but for longer straights id say either a417 from the airballon to zoons court or the m4 from newbury to cardiff
  14. Bill101


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,550

    Location: Liverpool

    For a straight road it has to be the B822 which goes out of Sterling and then becomes the A811.
    For the twisty stuff after the road up the side of Loch Lomond it has to be the A83 as it drops down at the head of the Loch (Fyne?),the whole road just opens up before you and you can see all the way down to Invararay
  15. volospian


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,457

    Location: between Blandford Street and Mars

    A46 from Notts to Leicester for me, I drive it a lot and it's great for just driving on, no corners to speak of, not uber high speed, but a steady ton is usually achievable.

    There's not much in the way of twisties that I use enough to enjoy:(
  16. Bat


    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 986

    Know it well mate!:D
  17. Lowe


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,155

    Location: Newcastle Under Lyme

  18. ZuG


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 683

    Location: Cardiff/St Helens

    snakes pass i think.
  19. PeterNem


    Joined: 15 Feb 2003

    Posts: 8,320

    Location: NJ/NY, USA

    I drive that road a fair ammount (At uni in Loughborough, so only the first 10 or so miles after bingham roundabout I guess!)

    Do you agree that the crawler lane on the hill as your heading southbound before the road becomes a dual carriagway is bloody dangerous?! It's so short, but as it ends just over the crest of the hill if you don't know the road there is no way of telling.

    I;ve seen lorries try to overtake lorries there and have to slam on the brakes when they realise they can't make it!

    The dual carriageway is concrete as well and so makes an annoying noise... reminds me of american roads!

    Anyway... A fun road to drive with just enough straights to overtake on for me the the B1188 road from ruskington to Lincoln. Unfortunately there arent many good roads in this part... they are all in a bad state and need repairing!
  20. Brando


    Joined: 28 Oct 2002

    Posts: 378

    Location: Cornwall, UK

    My rents live in LLandovery and I learnt to drive on that road :), in my classy C-reg gold(semi-gold) polo gl :)