It’s a quirk of human nature, but in a world made small by distance cheaply bought, we end up blind to our own back garden, familiarity breeding local contempt. It’s not surprising. With roads that span continents easily accessed and even the most humble of cars capable of grinding out thousands of miles without exploding, the frame for a roadtrip has expanded, making the foreign not just convenient, but preferable.
But that needn’t be the case. There are roads in the UK that can provide world-class driving, epic without the need for a passport. To prove it, TopGear set out on a lap of England to seek out the most interesting 250 miles of English roads.
We did not race or travel at dangerous speed but took the road less travelled, just to see what was at the other end. The only slight issue being that we only have three days before we have to get back into the office, and a very long way to go.
Obviously, given the fact that we’re doing this in winter, conditions would almost certainly be uncertain. We would need something sensible and capacious, with excellent range. TopGear’s 450bhp, quattro four-wheel-drive Audi RS4 Avant is very nearly one of those things. So we thumbed the key one morning at 4.30am in Stamford, Lincolnshire and headed out to see what England has to offer.
Pictures: Justin Leighton
This feature first appeared in Top Gear magazine