When you're at the wheel of a supercar, naturally, you want to get a proper feel for it on the road. Red lights and speed cameras seem out to ruin the fun in the city or on the motorway – what you need is a good country road. The UK's best roads for the perfect supercar experience are those with long stretches, good curves and various ups and downs to test the car's agility, handling and speed. Choosing a scenic route will ensure that driving your dream car will be an unforgettable experience.
Since we believe in keeping things simple and making life easy, we've selected our personal favourite scenic routes that are also ideal driving roads for supercars. Hit these scenic roads across the country and test your supercar skills while also pushing your pleasure pedal to the max.
SUPERCAR HIRE'S PICK OF THE BEST DRIVING ROADS FOR SUPERCARS
1. THE PEAKS SIGHTSEEING
Peak District Circuit (Hope, Edale & Castleton) – 11.6 miles
The Peaks are just 60 miles on the M1 from Donington Park, a popular place to start your supercar driving experiences or track days with Supercar Hire. From Hope, a circuit takes you via Edale and Castleton, with Mam Tor mountain, Blue John Cavern and Speedwell Cavern along the way.
The dramatic drive offers breathtaking scenery. Castleton is a gorgeous Peak District village with several natural and historical features, including four large caverns. See Peveril Castle perched above Castleton village and an iron-age hill fort atop the 'shivering mountain' of Mam Tor. See the spectacular stalactites at Blue John Cavern and take an underground boat ride at Speedwell Cavern. Take refreshments at the Blue John Cavern while admiring the fantastic views. The Great Ridge overlooks the valleys of Hope and Edale.
TIP: Go in August to see the valleys covered in purple heather.
2. THE WEEKEND WANDERER
Midlands Circuit –173 miles
If you are ready for a longer tour that includes an overnight stay, the Midlands Circuit includes a less direct route from Donington to Castleton and back, with a few interesting stops on the way. If all you want to do is drive, you can do this trip in a single day.
The trip includes a variety of places of interest and activities. Powerboating, whitewater rafting and hiking might add to the zest of your trip. Underground exploration might add to the curiosities and a night in a stately home will definitely add luxury. So have lunch at Melton Mowbray, play afternoon golf and relax for the night at Stapleford Park. Seek adventure and water sports at Holme Pierrepont (via Eastwell) and drive freely through the Peak District (via Matlock and Bakewell), taking a hike, too, if you like. Add a visit to the mine at Peak Cavern and the ancient ghost town at its entrance. Then head back to Donington Park race track on the motorway (via Buxton and Ashbourne). Enjoy the impressive Grand Prix Exhibition to finish off in good taste and leave you wanting more.
TIP: Add in the Peak District Circuit and make a diversion to see the stunning natural features of Alport Castles.
3. THE DRIVING TEST
The Midlands Tick – 53 miles
Now here's a good mix of long straights and tight corners for testing your driving skills. The Midlands Tick driving route is an entertaining scenic driving route that journeys around the outskirts of Nottingham and Leicester.
This journey is all about the driving experience; sightseeing is not why we are here today. Start at Bingham through to Langar and on to Harby, Eastwell, Landyke Lane and Scalford. Continue to Melton Mowbray and head south on the B6047 Dalby Road. Follow the road through Great Dalby, Thorpe Satchville, Twyford and Tilton on the Hill. Join the B664 towards Uppingham, passing through Sutton Bassett, Stockerston and Medbourne.
TIP: Make sure to stick to the speed limit as you'll often find speed cameras in the area. Stop at Melton Mowbray for some delicious pork and Stilton.
4. THE TOURING ROUTE
Wenlock Edge Circuit – 69 miles
On the Welsh Border, in the Shropshire countryside near the Severn Valley, there are so many lovely drives that it's difficult to pick one that stands out. Expect farming country and open views with limestone outcrops towering over small fields and a river that winds through forests and around hills.
This is really what a scenic drive should look like. You can start from the market town of Shrewsbury and take to classic English farm country on the A458 towards Much Wenlock. Take in the jaw-dropping views of the limestone escarpment of Wenlock Edge and the hill range that runs for 15 miles towards Craven Arms. Past Wenlock Edge, go rock climbing, walk or ride the Shropshire Way or simply drive. Then head back to Shrewsbury on the A49 through Craven Arms.
TIP: Catch the fantastic views of Wenlock Edge from the south of Harley, near Much Wenlock.
5. THE ROMANTIC GETAWAY
The Cotswolds – 92 miles
Quaint villages scattered higgledy-piggledy in secluded valleys, lush woods with winding streams, and colourful lavender farms give the Cotswolds a poetic charm enough to make anyone fall in love. What's more, this route includes twists and bends, fast straights with far-reaching views and forgotten back roads where there's only you. Since the Cotswolds are so beautiful that they should be seen, we crisscross a little to make the most of it.
From the gorgeous High Street of Chipping Campden, take the A44, a vertical road with hairpin bends. Head east to Moreton-in-Marsh for the Wellington Aviation Museum and drop into the Cotswold Cricket Museum at Stow-on-the-Wold, if that's your thing. Head west again towards the National Trust Snowshill Manor to see a private collection of extraordinary objects from around the world and relax in its tea garden. Spend the night at the Slaughters Manor House with its bleating lambs, gurgling waterfalls and Michelin-starred restaurant.
The next day, stop your car at Bourton-on-the-Water for the Cotswold Motoring Museum to admire much-loved British motors. Then take the road to Bibury, the Cotswolds's prettiest village, to enjoy views of 16 counties and the Black Mountains from the Broadway Tower; the A429 is also a good road to take. At Minchinhampton, enjoy the views of Minchinhampton Common and Rodborough Common. Finish off with the famous Sudeley Castle.
TIP: All the roads in the Cotswolds are great for driving so feel free to be spontaneous when it comes to choosing your route.
6. TAKE THE HIGH ROAD
Kirkstone Pass (Lake District)
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Can't make a list of the UK's best driving roads without mentioning the Lake District. Quite literally a heavenly drive for any supercar lover, the Kirkstone Pass is the highest road pass in the Lake District at 1,500 feet. It connects the two lakeshore locations of Windemere and Ullswater.
Stay at the Victorian resort at Windermere and go canoeing or fishing at Ullswater. Take the A591 up from Windermere to the pass on the A592. Explore the stark and beautiful Lakeland Fells high above the treeline by driving any other random roads that take your fancy. There is not much to visit here but the scenery is enough to fill you up. Expect the occasional solitary tree, stone fences and grazing meadows. Socialise at The Kirkstone Pass Inn, a B&B and pub that serves food.
TIP: Go early in the morning in autumn to see ethereal pockets of morning mist rising from the glens.
7. GO DEEP INTO THE EARTH
Cheddar Gorge – 3.6 miles
In contrast, how about driving through England's deepest gorge? Cheddar Gorge, near Mendip Hills in Somerset, is a natural wonder carved by the torrential floods of a melting ice age. England’s largest gorge is one million years old and a spectacular natural sight with its weathered crags and pinnacles and the Cheddar Yeo River. Just over three miles long, it burrows 500 feet into the rock and features 27 limestone cliffs and an extensive cave system. Wind your way through the gorge at high speed to the roaring echo of your supercar engine and enjoy the thrill.
This is most definitely one of the UK's best driving roads for supercars. Start at the attractive village of Cheddar and just take the B3135. Take some time to stop on the way to enjoy the views with a cliff top walk, try rock climbing and go on a caving adventure at two public show caves.
TIP: Drive your car through the gorge over and over again, we promise it never gets boring!
All of these routes deserve the perfect car! With a sizeable fleet, convenient prices and great service, Supercar Hire continues to be one the UK’s leading rental specialists. We also organise a selection of driving experiences, from mystery road trips in multiple vehicles to circuit track days complete with expert tuition.
Do you like our top picks for the UK's best driving roads? Are there other favourites of yours that you feel should be mentioned? Let us know!