A driving route in Cornwall has been named one of the top ten in the UK. 

Taking the top spot, however, was North Coast 500 in northern Scotland. 

Research of 2,000 motorists rated the route, starting from Inverness, as the most spectacular to take on four wheels - beating other locations such as Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, and Snake Pass in Derbyshire, to the title.

Making the list for Cornwall was the B3306 between St Ives and St Just according to respondents.

This came in at number six, in the top ten. 

The research was commissioned by National Geographic to launch season 11 of Car S.O.S, which launched on Thursday (March 9).

Tim Shaw, presenter of the show, said: “The research has highlighted some of the most spectacular locations to drive in the UK, celebrating some of the roads we should all enjoy at some point in our lives.

“Getting behind the wheel and creating memories with those closest to you in breath-taking locations such as these can never be a bad thing.”

Other highly-rated routes to drive included Kendal to Keswick in the Lake District and Snowdonia’s Llanberis Pass, as well as the A169 and A170 in Yorkshire, known as the ‘best of the moors’.

The full list can be found below. 

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The survey also revealed that experiences most enjoyed behind the wheel include picturesque scenery based in the countryside, smooth surfaces and as few traffic lights as possible.

Lakes and streams, mountains and cliffs as well as the ocean were said to be the most breathtaking.

The research found 82% like their own car, stating its reliability, longevity and memories while driving it were the things they love most.

And one in eight even have a human name for their vehicle, according to the findings via OnePoll [www.onepoll.com].

Some 84% had taken a road trip in their life - and while 47% reckon they’re an organised traveller, planning things down to the tiniest detail, 18% prefer a spontaneous approach.

Fuzz Townshend, presenter of Car S.O.S, said: “The study has also shown how much affection there is for not only the love of driving, but the vehicles themselves.

“It’s pleasing to see how many people do like the car they drive, but also the bond they clearly build with their motors.

“So many memories happen when behind the wheel and the latest series will explore more of these moments.”


1. The North Coast 500 route starting from Inverness in Northern Scotland

2. Cheddar Gorge through the Mendip Hills B3135

3. Snake Pass in Peak District National Park

4. Kendal to Keswick in the Lake District, A591

5. Snowdonia’s Llanberis Pass, in Wales - A4086

6. St Ives to St Just in Cornwall, B3306

7. Best of the Moors (A169 and A170) in Yorkshire

8. The Cotswolds – Cheltenham to Stratford

9. Cat and Fiddle route (A53 then A54 followed by the A537) in the Peak District

10. The Black Mountain Pass A4069 in the Brecon Beacons, Wales