British drivers name their favourite UK routes – and it’s Loch Lomond to Glencoe that’s No1, followed by Kendal to Keswick and Cheddar Gorge
- Just missing out on a podium place was Hardknott Pass in the Lake District, which came fourth
- The breathtaking Black Mountain Road in the Brecon Beacons National Park also made the ranking
- The A537 road between Buxton and Macclesfield also made the list, as did driving through the New Forest
British car owners are spoiled for choice for scenic summer staycation drives, but there is one route that’s more beautiful than them all, according to a poll – the A82 from Loch Lomond to Glencoe.
In a survey conducted to discover the most awe-inspiring routes to experience by car in the UK, it garnered 24 per cent of the vote, ahead of the A591 from Kendal to Keswick in the Lake District (23 per cent) and Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, which came third (21 per cent).
Just missing out on a podium place was Hardknott Pass in the Lake District (fourth, 20 per cent), with Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coastal Route, known for its dramatic scenery and featuring in Game of Thrones, and Snake Pass in the Pennines coming joint fifth (17 per cent).
British car owners are spoiled for choice for scenic summer staycation drives, but there is one route that’s more beautiful than them all, according to a poll – the A82 from Loch Lomond to Glencoe (pictured). This incredible image was taken by Instagrammer ‘munroart’
The A591 from Kendal to Keswick in the Lake District was declared Britain’s second-most beautiful route. Instagrammer k.mountford8 took this eye-catching image of it
Other UK-based routes that made the list, drawn up from a study by the Motor Fuel Group (MFG), include the Black Mountain Road in the Brecon Beacons National Park (sixth, 16 per cent), the roads running through the New Forest (joint seventh, 15 per cent) and Llanberis Pass in Wales (joint seventh, 15 per cent).
The study also revealed that almost half the nation (47 per cent) say it’s high time they explore more of what Britain has to offer – with four in 10 Brits (42 per cent) saying they are planning to take a UK road trip this summer.
BRITONS’ FAVOURITE SCENIC UK ROADS
1. Loch Lomond to Glencoe – 24%
2. Kendal to Keswick, Lake District – 23%
3. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset – 21%
4. Hardknott Pass, Lake District – 20%
5= The Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland – 17%
5= Snake Pass in the Pennines -17%
6. Black Mountain Road, Brecon Beacons National Park – 16%
7= A New Forest journey – 15%
7= Loch Lomond to Lochgilphead – 15%
7= Llanberis Pass, Wales – 15%
8= The Atlantic Highway (Barnstaple to Newquay) – 14%
8= The Road to the Isles (Fort William to Mallaig) – 14%
9. Buttertubs Pass, Yorkshire Dales – 12%
10= The Cat and Fiddle (Buxton to Macclesfield), the Peak District – 10%
10= Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire – 10%
Source: Motor Fuel Group survey
Cheddar Gorge came third in the scenic road poll. The image of it on the left was taken by nathan_jermy. Black Mountain Road in the Brecon Beacons National Park came sixth. The image of it on the right was taken by jreesoutdoors
Hardknott Pass in the Lake District came fourth in the poll. It’s pictured here in the foreground, with Wrynose Pass snaking off up the valley beyond
A third of the motorists polled said they often worry about the environmental effect of their car emissions.
In fact, four in 10 (40 per cent) motorists said they are considering switching to an electric car (EV) to protect the natural world, with one in five (20 per cent) saying they will do so within the next two years and six per cent even claiming they will do so by the end of this year.
Sixty-one per cent said they would make the switch to an EV to reduce their carbon footprint, 36 per cent would like an EV because they are cheaper to run, and 30 per cent said they want to be forward-thinking in their vehicle choice.
Other top reasons given for considering an EV purchase include the fact that they are quieter on the roads (26 per cent), cheaper to maintain (25 per cent) and 14 per cent of Brits are doing it because they want their children to be proud of them for trying to make an environmental difference.
The A537 road between Buxton and Macclesfield came joint tenth in the poll. This picture of it was taken by Instagrammer ben.graham88
However, 43 per cent of Britons polled said they would be worried about running out of battery power on a drive, with 39 per cent raising concerns that there aren’t enough charging points.
According to the data, drivers aged 17 to 29 are the most likely age group to buy an electric vehicle (47 per cent), compared to just 28 per cent of motorists 60 and over. The poll revealed that men are far more open to considering an EV purchase than women.
William Bannister, CEO at MFG, said: ‘This poll shows that, as the country unlocks from a difficult year of restrictions, we are going to see a resurgence in the popularity of road trips and we are investing £400million ahead of the curve in super-fast 150kW charging points across our UK network, building driver’s confidence in electricity as a cleaner fuel source.’
Llanberis Pass in Wales (joint seventh) is captured here in a stunning image by Instagrammer ‘e.linhikes’