One of my more regular weekend activities is to head out into the countryside and look for good driving roads. In the year or so that I’ve been doing this, I have found some great roads here in County Durham, as well as in Northumberland, North Yorkshire, and Cumbria. Not wanting to keep the joy to myself, this site seemed like a good place to share some of the results of my searches.

Look for this, then, to be a more regular series from this point forwards. My plan is simple: give a bit of a description of the road and link to it on a map, briefly discuss what qualifies it a good driving road, and share some photos.

For example, there is a lovely road that you can pick up on the south side of the A66 just down from Barnard Castle, called Stang Lane. At just under 8 miles, it is not long, but with so much to explore in the Yorkshire Dales, it could easily form one leg of a longer drive. The road first climbs as you enter the Dales, and then weaves its way through some picturesque hills, as you see in the photo below,¹ before terminating at the Long Causeway. From there, you can head up to Tan Hill.

Whilst the road surface is not brilliant, it’s smooth enough to carry some speed, and a good number of bends of varying angles, especially in the first half of the road, make it a fairly involving drive. Additionally, as it is the Yorkshire Dales, you won’t be disappointed with the scenery either.

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As they say, there is lots more where that comes from, so stay tuned.

¹Observant readers will note that this road also features in the header image of this blog.

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