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
After Cheddar, it's time to head west on the A39 across the top of Devon and Exmoor. There are views across the Bristol Channel to Wales, and the Porlock to Parracombe stretch is as complete a piece of driving as you can find in England. And it's long. And - at least on a weekday in midwinter - largely deserted. It's also technical and surprising and very hard work. If you really want to get a feel for a car, one run through here will tell you everything you need to know. Further down, and take the B3306 from St Ives to St Just (there are a lot of saintly names down here), and you feel the restrictive Cornish roads squeezing tight, but still with views that suck the cynicism right out of you. I'm learning the RS4. And I'm learning that when things get very tricky, this car is your friend. Justin has been asleep for the past 50 miles. Quite how, I will never know.