Seven of northern England’s best driving roads
From Shropshire right across to Cumbria, the north of England offers some incredible drives. Awe-inspiring scenery, combined with some challenging roads to navigate yourself around, means that wherever you live or are planning on visiting, there is likely to be a great road nearby to enjoy. Check out our top picks for some quality time behind the wheel.
Shrewsbury – Cross Houses to Much Wenlock – A458
If rolling green hills are what floats your boat, then you’ll find plenty of them in Shropshire. The route from Cross Houses to Much Wenlock, on the A458, encompasses the winding decent down Harley Bank and the climb up the spectacular Harley Hill. It’s definitely worth doing this route in both directions for maximum enjoyment.
Merseyside – Liverpool to Southport – A565
Known as ‘the golf coast’, the route north out of Liverpool towards Southport offers superb coastal views, along with some of the best golf courses in the UK, including Royal Birkdale and Hillside. You’ll drive past artist Antony Gormley’s Another Place installation, with the public artwork of 100 cast-iron life-size figures on Crosby beach being quite a spectacle. With the Irish Sea on your left as you drive towards Southport, you can enjoy great views as you travel from the city to the sand dunes.
Cheshire – Homes Chapel to Alderley Edge
If you’re based anywhere near the Peak District then you’re already spoiled for picturesque country roads and great views; but, taking the A535 between Holmes Chapel and Alderley Edge offers a great balance of straights and bends that give you a driving challenge too. Ideal if you’re in the Cheshire or Manchester area. You can enjoy taking in the Twemlow Viaduct and passing the famous Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, with its giant telescope, before you end up in Alderley Edge; a charming place to take a relaxing pit stop.
Peak District – Snake Pass – A57
Snake Pass might only be 20 miles long, but this stretch of road isn’t for the faint of heart. With a combination of hairpin turns, steep climbs and surprising sudden descents, this isn’t a road to try for the first time if the weather conditions are anything less than perfect! Watch out for sheep loitering on the road, but otherwise enjoy the beautiful views as you travel between Manchester and Sheffield, right through the centre of the Peak District.
Yorkshire – Buttertubs Pass – Cliff Gate Road
As part of a former Tour de France King of the Mountains stage (2014) and a popular car testing location for TV’s Top Gear, the Buttertubs Pass offers some truly spectacular views as you drive from Hawes towards Thwaite, or vice versa, in Yorkshire. It’s less than six miles long, but this stretch of road is twisty and has some very steep climbs, through some simply incredible scenery. With sections that have a sheer drop on one side and some incredibly challenging turns, this is a road that combines the best of everything.
Lake District – Kendal to Keswick – A591
This route includes around 30 miles of winding roads taking you between Kendal and Keswick, two of the Lake District’s most popular towns. You see both rolling farmland and the sensational lakes themselves up close, with both straight runs and tight turns providing a varied drive that offers some of the best sights in the whole region on just this one trip.
Hull – The Humber Bridge – A15
Opened in 1981, The Humber Bridge is a huge 2,220 metre-long (1.4 miles) suspension bridge that spans the Humber, taking drivers, cyclists and pedestrians from East Yorkshire on one side to Barton upon Humber, and Hull, on the other. Whilst there is a toll to use the bridge, it’s worth every penny to take in the views from the bridge on your way to enjoying all that Hull (UK City of Culture 2017) and the surrounding area has to offer.
These are just some of the many stunning routes that you can enjoy across the UK, which are made even better when you’re in a car that is a pleasure to drive. If you’re thinking of buying a new or approved used luxury car, find your nearest Hatfields retailer.