By Mike Torpey on 2022-06-28 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Alfa's route to
DRIVERS don't need to travel the globe to find the best driving roads - some of the finest are here in the UK.
That's according to the latest research from Alfa Romeo, which has identified the 10 best driving roads in the world and, working with Getty Images, unearthed their UK equivalents.
With the summer holidays just around the corner, the Italian car maker consulted with members of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club to understand which roads drivers most want to experience.
The Stelvio Pass in Italy, famed for its dramatic scenery and hairpin bends was voted the road most motorists would like to drive, followed by the Amalfi Coast Road in Italy and the Great Ocean Road in Australia.
Working with Getty Images to identify the key characteristics of each road in the top 10, Alfa was able to pinpoint the closest substitutes in the UK.
The research took into account surrounding scenery, the length of road and each route's distinguishing features to prove that the motorists can enjoy epic drives without leaving the UK.
Alfa Romeo used its performance SUV the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to try out the top three roads in the UK and put them to the test.
The Applecross Pass in Strathcarron, Scotland, is rated as the UK's closest equivalent to the Stelvio Pass - the narrow and twisty road features tight hairpin bends and climbs more than 600m.
Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall is one of the UK's most scenic coastal environments and a twin for the Amalfi Coast - the second-ranked location on the world list.
Part of Cornwall's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, arriving at the bay and exploring its seaside towns on a summer's day will evoke the idyllic Italian location.
And despite being thousands of miles apart, the tranquil Military Road that runs along the south west side of the Isle of Wight bares a strong resemblance to Australia's Great Ocean Road.
The remainder of the UK top 10 comprise the Black Mountain Pass (A4069) through the western part of the Brecon Beacons in Wales, the Trotternish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye, the Snake and Mam Tor in the Peak District, the A82 through Rannoch Moor in Scotland, the A849 and B8073 on the Isle of Mull and the North Coast 500, also in Scotland.
Alfa Romeo UK chief Damien Daly said: "International travel is possible again after years of disruption but, judging by our findings, UK motorists don't need to travel to the other side of the world to experience an iconic drive.
"Our findings show the UK is home to epic landscapes and engaging roads that are tailormade for road trips in models like our Stelvio Quadrifoglio performance SUV or Giulia sports saloon."
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