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bulldong

1,705 posts

89 months

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Friday 20th July 2012 quote quote all
Chris71 said:
As per the title, what's the best road you've discovered in, say, the last few months?

For me I think it's the B660 between Kimbolton and Glatton. I know Evo is always harping on about it, but it wasn't until I ended up staying nearby that I had an excuse to try it out.

By any standards it's a pretty good road. There's a nice mix of corners from fast sweepers to 90-degree zigzags and some reasonable straights where you can get past dawdlers. But the best bit is the fact it's lightly trafficked and well-sighted, so you can tackle it with more commitment than would be wise on a lot of B-roads.
All the roads around kimbolton are excellent for hooning. Great combo as you say, of corners and openness.

Dave J

635 posts

152 months

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Sunday 22nd July 2012 quote quote all
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dobly

84 posts

45 months

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Chris71

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20,742 posts

128 months

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Wednesday 8th August 2012 quote quote all
I'm not sure if this counts, but I 'discovered' what would be one of the best moorland roads in Britain - certainly England - the other day. The only downside is it's on the New Forest, which means a blanket 40mph limit, wandering ponies and hoards of even slower moving tourists.

Unfortunately my OH was navigating and I'm not entirely sure where it was, I think it was Burley Road in between Brockenhurst and Burley (on to the A31):

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=50.811467,-1.6307...

snowmuncher

781 posts

49 months

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Wednesday 8th August 2012 quote quote all
Chris71 said:
Burley Road
I lived in Sway for 10yrs, know that road very well wink

Know it as "10 bends"



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Riley Blue

7,148 posts

112 months

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Saturday 11th August 2012 quote quote all
I found a super road a few days back with lovely swooping bends, good sight lines, not much traffic - perfect apart from one thing, a 50mph speed limit. It's the A616 from Ollerton to Newark.

nagsheadwarrior

2,277 posts

65 months

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Sunday 12th August 2012 quote quote all
kiteless said:
I'll make no apologies for tabling the best road I've found lately being a motorway.

I had a mid-tender meeting last Friday in Grimsby, and travelling from Telford the trip looked long-ish but easy. So: A5, M6 Toll, back on A5 near Tamworth, M42, A42, M1. So far, so disappoint.

Then, I leave the M1 and join the M18 which then becomes the M180. Not since discovering the M74 and M55 many years ago have I used quieter M-Ways with such long straights. As most of the M-Ways I use are more often than not absolutely heaving, the M18 and M180 were a stress-free joy. Compare and contrast with the M6 South this afternoon. A site visit from Wolves to Aston, which normally takes half an hour to get to, took nearly 2 due to an accident and subsequent total borkage of the M6.

Aah the M55, a pointless little Motorway but whenever I go on it which is pretty often it feels like the M1 must have in the 60's........then in 10 miles you hit the M6 and it all goes tits up again!

Twistygit

474 posts

39 months

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Monday 13th August 2012 quote quote all
One of the best bit of roads i've found lately is from Hexham down through Blanchland which brings you out at the top of Crawlyside bank it's great then if you head to Conset that pretty good as well

kiteless

7,045 posts

90 months

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Monday 13th August 2012 quote quote all
A few years ago, EVO did a feature test of the Lotus Europa and John Simister's HQ for the trip was in Blanchland. I must admit the roads in that neck of Northumberland did look pretty good.

The feature was an excellent read as well.


Chris71

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20,742 posts

128 months

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Tuesday 14th August 2012 quote quote all
This isn't a new discovery as such, but for the first time in ages I drove the B1004 from Ware to Bishops Stortford. It's a superb road with a couple of wonderfully tight hairpins under the trees early on and a classic stretch of winding British B-road to finish.

If you're in that area, the B180 from Stanstead Abbotts is worth a look too. And perhaps surprisingly so is Hollycross Road that runs from Stanstead Abbotts to a junction near the start of the B1004. As far as I can see on Google it's an unclassified road, but it's actually wider and better surfaced than a lot of B-roads.

Kateg28

869 posts

49 months

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Tuesday 14th August 2012 quote quote all
I used to live off the B1004 and used to drive to Stansted Abbotts along Hollycross Road to the station. It is a good road and I learnt it very well over the 13 years I lived there.

And I used to live by the B660 in Keysoe when I was a child.

However at the weekend I did the Stelvio Pass for the first time, in an NSX. We did the Stelvio, the Reschenpass, Hantennjoch and the Fussen. The Stelvio was utterly magic.

vgrey

17 posts

35 months

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Tuesday 21st August 2012 quote quote all
Well, not so much newly found, but I love random back roading in my very un PH 206. Good ones nearish my home include the B664 Uppingham to Market Harborough, B676/A151 Melton to Bourne, of course the B660 (even tho my run today was spoilt by a convoy of tractors), the B645 from Rushden to the 660 isn't bad either. Probably many more I can't remember, love random back roads.

MrMcMikey

28 posts

29 months

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Saturday 25th August 2012 quote quote all
The a1071 in Suffolk. This isnt a new discovery for me but its such a nice countryside drive. Lots of twisty bits and some long corners as well. I only drive it late evening else you just get stuck behind a trail of Cauliflower heads in their Nissan Micras doing 20.

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&...

Red Devil

6,144 posts

94 months

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Saturday 25th August 2012 quote quote all
Twistygit said:
One of the best bit of roads i've found lately is from Hexham down through Blanchland which brings you out at the top of Crawlyside bank it's great then if you head to Conset that pretty good as well
Came back from one of our Scotland trips through Kielder. Then B roads all the way from Bellingham-Wark-Humshaugh-Fourstones-Hexham-Blanchland-Stanhope-Eggleston-Barnard Castle. Came round the corner past the church in Blanchland and found myself driving through a film set! Was pressed for time so didn't stop to enquire what they were producing.


Craikeybaby

3,516 posts

111 months

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Tuesday 28th August 2012 quote quote all
vgrey said:
Well, not so much newly found, but I love random back roading in my very un PH 206. Good ones nearish my home include the B664 Uppingham to Market Harborough, B676/A151 Melton to Bourne, of course the B660 (even tho my run today was spoilt by a convoy of tractors), the B645 from Rushden to the 660 isn't bad either. Probably many more I can't remember, love random back roads.
Certainly some of my favourites, used to live near Kettering, so spent a lot of time on those roads.

I've discovered that there are some great roads on the Western Isles, hardly any traffic and stunning scenery. A lot of the roads also seem to have been resurfaced properly, rather than just having the tar and stones treatment the roads get down here.

Chris71

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20,742 posts

128 months

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Tuesday 28th August 2012 quote quote all
My sat nav took me down a surprisingly entertaining single carriageway A-road to Silverstone the other day.

Looking at the map I think it might have been the A422. It wasn't spectacular, but it was a far more interesting approach to the circuit than the usual dual carriageway.

Red Devil

6,144 posts

94 months

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Tuesday 28th August 2012 quote quote all
The A422 runs from Stony Stratford (near Milton Keynes) to Stratford-upon-Avon via Buckingham, Brackley and Banbury. The route from it to Silverstone would be via the unclassified road through Stowe and Dadford.

Chris71

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20,742 posts

128 months

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Tuesday 28th August 2012 quote quote all
I'm lost in that case. I mostly just remember some nice twisty sections, several of which were reduced to a 40 limit with speed cameras on. Meanies.

Red Devil

6,144 posts

94 months

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Wednesday 29th August 2012 quote quote all
Might still be that road. Hard to say without knowing which direction you were coming from. smile

SmilerFTM

305 posts

36 months

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Thursday 30th August 2012 quote quote all
Just been on a great trip around County Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland and took in the B6277 from Middleton in Teesdale to Alston, it's a superb stretch of road. I then went up the A689 and looped back around and down to do the Hartside Pass from just north of Penrith back to Alston, the pass is absolutely stunning. Great day out, I then headed up to Hexham before heading back home through Blanchland and more great B roads.
Although it was a bit wet in places I didn't mind as the roads had very little traffic as a result.
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