What are the UK's Best Roads


The UK is blessed with hundreds of incredible roads that offer unrivalled driving experiences from coastal cruises and exhilarating jaunts through mesmeric moorland, to twisting mountain passes and narrow rural romps. The UK simply has it all!

To launch Vanarama's foray into car leasing, we wanted to showcase our favourite roads and routes throughout the UK to inspire car lovers to pick up their keys and experience the roads for themselves.

We have compiled maps, images and videos to help highlight the brilliance and grandeur of these roads, as well as and our very own Vanarama Top Trump style cards to help differentiate the best from the best.

The judging criteria for each road has been separated into 6 unique sections: Time, Distance, Driving Skill, Scenery, Traffic and Fun Factor. Check out the key below for further information about each one!

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The Evo Triangle

North Wales - A5 west, A543 North-East to B4501 South


The Evo Triangle

Every petrol head worth their salt has heard of the EVO triangle. This collection of unique roads results in an exhilarating romp across North Wales where you'll encounter memorable quick straights, sharp corners and long cambered turns.

Nothing is quite as satisfying as negotiating the unforgiving dry stone walls of the tight rural roads, hurtling along under overhanging canopies, and travelling so far into the countryside as to see the villages begin to fade from view and the road open up into vast moorland.

The EVO Triangle is much loved by journalists and car enthusiasts alike and provides a stern test of your car's chassis and your ability behind the wheel. This is definitely not one to be missed!

Black Mountain Pass

South Wales - A4069


Black Mountain Pass

The Black Mountain Pass winds, weaves, twists and dips its way across the Brecon Beacons National Park. The views and landscape are simply breathtaking, but don't gawk out of the window too long as you'll need to keep your eyes fixed on this demanding road.

Expect tight turns, stray sheep and sheer drops as you cut through immaculate countryside. Try visiting during the week as it can be a bit busy throughout the weekend due to the roads ringing endorsement from a certain Top Gear presenter.


Snake Pass

Peak District - A57


Snake Pass - Peak District

Surrounded by rich green foliage, Snake Pass's serpentine winding roads feature tight hairpin turns, steep climbs and abrupt descents that aren't for the faint hearted. The camber on the road can also be quite intense in places, and drivers should be warned that the sharp bends have been known to catch people out during bad weather conditions.

However technically demanding, the road does feature beautiful views and a relatively traffic-free, dynamic driving experience. Drivers do need to be cautious of hidden speed traps, copious amounts of sheep, and hikers that frequent the areas associated with the road.


Cat and Fiddle

Peak District - A537 & A54


Cat and Fiddle - Peak District

The Cat and Fiddle, named after the pub that lies at its summit (an impressive 515m above sea level), threads its way through the peat-topped rolling vistas of the Derbyshire Peak District.

Notorious for its numerous tight corners, the Cat and Fiddle's demanding nature has led to it being named as one of the most dangerous roads in the UK. A must visit for any driving enthusiast but care and concentration are key to enjoying this one.


Buttertubs Pass

Yorkshire Dales


Buttertubs Pass - Yorkshire Dales

Both absorbing and terrifying in equal measure, the Buttertubs Pass in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales is a true marvel and one of the UK's all-time greatest roads.

You'll be funnelled through tight B-Roads by old cobblestone walls before the road begins winding through the open expanses of the Yorkshire Dales with only a small rope fence shielding you from a daunting drop down a steep cliff face.

Try and avoid the road during the winter, as ice and snow often make the road impassable. Instead visit during a sunny summer's day and stop off en route to take a picture of the marvellous vistas. Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, says:

The landscapes and countryside throughout Yorkshire truly are some of the best around, and fortunately, the county's roads make the most of those views!

Driving in Yorkshire isn't just about getting to your destination, though. The twisty, undulating roads that weave through the Dales and Moors aren't always the quickest way of getting round! But it's about the journey too, and any journey on Yorkshire's roads is one that won't be forgotten in a hurry.

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire

Hartside Pass

Lake District & Cumbria - A686


Hartside Pass

The start of this magnificent ascent begins in the picturesque village of Melmerby and from there it only gets more impressive. The road zigs and zags as you climb higher and higher up the ever steepening gradient before you reach the 1904 ft. Hartside summit. Once you reach the top you'll find panoramic views of Helvellyn, Great Gable, Skiddaw, and Criffel, from the Hartside Top cafe.

An amazing road, that offers an exhilarating driving experience alongside a tremendous sense of accomplishment once you reach the top. Continue on through to Alston, Britain's second highest market town, and the surrounding moorland to complete this incredible experience.


Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle)

Scotland


Bealach na Ba

Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle) offers awe-inspiring views of the Scottish highlands and is reminiscent of an Alpine Pass. Part of the newly formed North Coast 500, this magical road slaloms across the Applecross Peninsula, and is replete with tight hairpin bends and the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK (2053ft).

Unlike most Alpine passes this road is inherently Scottish, so expect poor weather conditions. The single track road also provides a challenging test for drivers as the uneven tarmac and passing cars can prove hazardous.

Bealach na Bà is certainly a road car lovers should visit during the summer, however it is recommended that you stay clear during the colder months as weather conditions will render the drive insurmountable.


Antrim Coast Road

Northern Ireland – A2


Antrim Coast Road

The Causeway Coastal Route features peerless views of the spectacular Northern Ireland coastline and a variety of interesting and dynamic roads that make it an extremely pleasurable driving experience.

The Antrim Coast Road that joins Ballycastle to Larne via Torr Head is the highlight of the route, showcasing the natural beauty of the Northern Ireland coastline, and, perhaps most importantly, driving roads that range from tight pastoral jaunts through the countryside to the long, arcing drives that hug the coastline. Simply magnificent!


Newquay to Padstow

Cornwall - B3276


Newquay to Padstwo

This scenic route showcases the majesty of the north Cornish coast. As you drive past the crystalline waters of the surfer laden beaches you'll enjoy views of Watergate Bay and Mawgan Porth. The driving experience is fantastic too, with hairpin bends and narrow unerring coastal roads headed towards Padstow. Julia Hughes, from Visit Cornwall said:

The north Cornish coast has an amazing selection of breathtaking views and taking them in from behind the wheel is an exhilarating experience. From Newquay to Padstow you will pass countless surf washed golden beaches, rugged cliff fronts and beautiful iconic landmarks such as the Bedruthan Steps rock formations and Trevose lighthouse.

Julia Hughes, Visit Cornwall