Servicing Stop’s 10 Best Summer Drives in England

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Everyone has heard of Route 66 but where are the best places to drive in England? Servicing Stop has identified England’s best roads because summer is fast approaching, and there is nothing better than taking the car out for a drive on a hot summer day...

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Servicing Stop’s 10 Best Summer Drives in England

Many tend to forget that a by-product of having a busy life and living in a busy city is the accidental disregard for some of the most beautiful natural scenery and driving routes the world has to offer.

After discussing the many beautiful roads all over the U.K. Servicing Stop have decided to come up with the top ten English roads for summer driving (because Scotland and Wales just had too many). The reason for why this feat has been undertaken is because many tend to forget that a by-product of having a busy life and living in a busy city is the accidental disregard for some of the most beautiful natural scenery and driving routes the world has to offer. So surely, with any free time over the summer, listen to Servicing Stop and take a drive down England’s best summer drives.

1. B4632 - Cheltenham / Gloucestershire - Between Cheltenham and Stratford and 29.3 miles long, this B road allows a stunning drive through picturesque little towns which belong to the infamous Cotswolds.

2. A3055 - Isle of Wight – Starting in Totland and finishing in Ryde, this 31.1 mile long A road covers hills, sea views, small towns and open green fields. But, for those who do not live on the island, then be prepared for a ferry there and back.

3. A39 - Bath / Somerset – Starting in Bath the A39 really doesn’t offer too much until you pass Minehead. This 36 mile long A road holds mile after mile of beautiful moorlands and small ol’ English towns, in the summer it would be a perfect drive.

4. B3135 - Cheddar / Somerset – This 14 mile long road from Cheddar to Oakhill is home to, as you guessed it, Cheddar Gorge. The gorge holds not only historical importance, but is also extremely beautiful. It can be assured that no one can experience anything like this in the whole of England. Driving this route will challenge even the best drivers with sharp twists and turns as well as cliff edges. So, be cautious on the accelerator as much as possible.

5. Rhinefield Ornamental Drive - New Forest/ Hampshire – A small but stunning drive in the New Forest. Located 2 miles from Lyndhurst, the drive is perfect for a day trip with the family, if they like a good old picturesque drive. With plenty of car parking spaces and a whole forest to drive through and explore, this would make a perfect summer outing. The whole forest has multiple roads of attraction but, Rhinefield Ornamental Drive is highly recommended.

6. B6270 - Downholme / North Yorkshire – Roughly the distance of a marathon, this 26.6 mile long B road from Downholme to Nateby takes every driver on a tour through the Yorkshire Dales. This route could satisfy any driver, even in the winter. Take good use of the weather and enjoy this particular drive this summer.

7. B3276 - Padstow / Newquay – With narrow and bendy roads the B3276 is a 13.6 mile long coastal road. The scenery here is stunning; with some of the best views of Cornwall’s sea front and beaches. This, mixed with the dips and climbs of the terrain make it the perfect summer drive. It must be noted however that there can at points, be heavy traffic during the holiday periods so make sure that you pick the perfect time to go, whenever that may be.

8. A272 - Heathfield / Winchester – 85 miles long this road, so not for those who want just a short drive. But it is worth it for any driver who has undertaken this small feat. With barely a single dual carriage way the entire journey, experience a drive through mainly rural areas, small villages and tiny towns. This route is extremely reminiscent of the roads which used to cover England 50 years ago. So get a classic car in order to travel back in time for a real English summer experience.

9. B4425 Burford / Stratton – The B4425 from Burford to Stratton covers 14.1 miles of glorious open roads, small English country sides and also a beautiful little river. Servicing Stop cannot recommend this drive enough as it encapsulates what a British drive is through a tour of sleepy little England.

10. A537 ‘Cat and the Fiddle’ multiple areas – The Cat and the Fiddle is, for many drivers clubs, one of the best roads to drive on in the whole country. Located between Buxton, Derbyshire, and Macclesfield, Cheshire, the route is named after the Cat and Fiddle Inn at its summit. This drive isn’t even based on a particular road as it consumes many different A and B roads for a most excellent drive. As beautiful as this drive is, which it really is, be careful for motorcyclists. This road is rather notorious for motorcycle related accidents due to its twists and turns. But, don’t let this put you off the magnificent driving experience that is on offer here.

So after collecting and discussing all of these roads, Servicing Stop want nothing other than to wait for your feedback on how it went, or to hear from you if we have missed a major road.

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