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 PEAK DISTRICT
We wake in Bakewell, somewhere on the Chatsworth Estate and slightly confused. The temperature here is minus four, while further north had been in the plus-teens. So we gingerly pick at a few of the stunning Peaks roads, absorbing views shock-frozen and dusted with the diamonds of winter. It's busier here, though, and there are fewer chances to enjoy the drive, so we cruise and soak up the countryside. England, as familiar as we think it is, is constantly surprising. And gorgeous. We hack out and down, running across to the Welsh border and Shrewsbury. But there's a sense that all the really spectacular roads are away in Wales, and the area is entirely clasped in the grip of the thickest fog I've ever seen, so we find several leafy lines of brilliance and then crack on.