Snake Pass, Peak District
Best For: Lovers of the outdoors
Factoring in the time it takes to get to Derbyshire and back, this is a drive to make over a weekend. Passing through the Peak District, the pass is a steep drive with an elevation of 510m – not for the faint of heart. If you’re up for the thrill, head to the town of Glossop and follow the road towards the Pennine Way walking route. You’ll wind through a vast woodland area, before passing the river Ashop and the famous Ladybower reservoir. Here, the area has some of the most stunning views on this list, so take your time to drive through the pass and make the most of them.
Black Mountain Pass, Wales
Best For: Experienced drivers
The Black Mountain pass in Wales is one of the most famous drives in the UK and for good reason. Featuring a combination of bends, dips, twists and climbs, only experienced drivers should opt for this route as it can be challenging in places. It can be completed in a day, but it’s worth stopping off at some of the nearby towns to make the most of the area. Starting in Brecon, take the A40 to Llandovery to reach the start of the pass. From there, it’s a 20-mile scenic drive through an alpine landscape with breathtaking views of the Black Mountains. The route is best driven during the week when the roads are quieter – just make sure to look out for stray sheep on the road.
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