Welcome to Top Gear’s Lap of England
Another epic Top Gear magazine feature from the archives: our quest to find the finest 250 miles of English road...
Posted: 21 Mar 2014
THE LAKE DISTRICT
Penrith to Keswick in the Lake District via the A66, then the B5289 to Seatoller along the margin of Derwentwater. It's getting dark, and the Lake District is best driven in the daytime when you can appreciate the views across the glassy lakes. Also because the lanes and roads around here are tight and unforgiving, invariably wet and under lots of trees, meaning they get slippery with leaves. We head towards the village of Seatoller. Caution here, too because there's a small humpback bridge just before the village that looks so very innocuous but... isn't. We arrive at the Honister Pass at dusk. Not the best time to appreciate the jagged slash through the top of Buttermere, so we take a long-exposure picture and run the Pass at night. Which is more than a bit scary, because it dips and twists, is essentially a single-track road, and has no margins other than rocky streams, bits of infinitely dark lake and rocks. Loop up towards Cockermouth, and then back on the A66 and finally head south, flaring briefly into the Pennines before admitting defeat by fatigue and heading into the Peak District.