A winding country road in a picturesque corner of Somerset has been named as the best to drive on in the UK.
Data scientists pinpointed the B3135 from Cheddar to Ashwick, which meanders through the rolling Mendip Hills, as the most pleasant to cruise along.
Second is Forres to Alford, in Scotland, a stunning 70-mile drive through the Cairngorms National Park, with the A701, from Moffat towards Edinburgh, Scotland, in third.
The winding stretch of the B3135 between Cheddar and Ashwick, which has been named as the best driving road in the UK
The B3135 meanders through the rolling Mendip Hills through Somerset and it’s no wonder it has been revealed as the most pleasant to cruise along
The B3135 goes right through the middle of Cheddar Gorge, on the most picturesque views in Somerset
A map of the UK showing where the top ten best driving roads in the country are located
Experts used key criteria to judge roads including scenery, how close they are to points of interest, and which ones offer optimal driving conditions, before announcing their top 75.
They also looked at how many ‘engaging’ corners would be encountered, levels of traffic and sites with low incident reports to compile the detailed list.
The research was created by Volkswagen in collaboration with traffic and navigation app Waze, to support Volkswagen’s ‘GTI Superdrives’ programme within the app.
Taking fourth spot is the A4069, also known as the Black Mountain Road, which takes in the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons in Wales.
Taking fourth spot on the list is the A4069, also known as the Black Mountain Road, which takes in the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons in Wales
Rounding off the top five is the A82 near Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands, which boasts stunning mountain scenery
The Hardknott Pass, a winding single track road in the Lake District which is thought to be the steepest road in England, is number nine on the list
Rounding off the top five is the A82 near Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands.
Also making the list are the A380, B3021 and B3026 in Old Windsor (sixth), the B4089 Alcester to Wilmcote (seventh) and the stretch between Draycote Water to Warwick (eighth).
The Hardknott Pass, a winding single track road in the Lake District, which is thought to be the steepest road in England, is number nine on the list.
Also making the top ten is the A675 stretch between Bolton and Blackburn in Lancashire.
Ranking second on the list is the stunning 70-mile drive through the Cairngorms National Park between Forres and Alford
The third best driving road in the UK is the A701 from Moffat towards Edinburgh in Dumfries and Galloway in the Scottish Borders
The GTI Superdrives function within Waze lets drivers know when they’re coming close to one of the roads on the list via a GTI badge popping up when the app is active.
If they are within 12 miles of a GTI Superdrive road, motorists are able to tap on the badge to receive directions to it.
Alison Jones, director of Volkswagen UK, said: ‘Our GTI badge quite simply stands for driving joy.
‘Working with Waze, we wanted to offer more drivers the chance to get off the often congested ‘beaten track’ and instead experience the simple pleasure of driving once more.
Sneaking into the top ten in 10th place is the A675 between Bolton and Blackburn in Lancashire, pictured
‘The aim, very clearly, is about enjoying time behind the wheel – not speeding or driving in a way that increases risk – and we believe that the intelligence of the Waze app helps drivers do just that.’
While Finlay Clark, UK country manager of Waze, added: ‘Waze has always helped people save time on journeys, now we’re helping people discover great driving roads that are all about joy, not speed.
‘We know that Waze users love to discover great routes, and obviously love the open road, so we can’t wait to see who can be the first to experience all of the GTI Superdrives.’
THE BEST DRIVING ROADS IN BRITAIN
1. B3135 – Cheddar to Ashwick, Somerset
2. A940-A939-A944-A97 – Forres to Alford, Scotland
3. A701 – Moffat towards Edinburgh in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders
4. A4069 – Black Mountain Road, Brecon Beacons, Powys, Wales
5. A82 – Glencoe, Scottish Highlands
6. A308, B3021, B3026 – Old Windsor – Dorney, Buckinghamshire
7. B4089 – Alcester to Wilmcote, Warwickshire
8. A426-A423-A425-B445-A4225 – Draycote Water to Warwick, Warwickshire
9. Hardknott Pass – Lake District, Cumbria
10. A675 – Bolton to Blackburn, Lancashire