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    Posted: 15-September-2005 at 08:39
Thursday 15th September

AWARD CELEBRATES GREAT BRITISH ROADS

Drivers' roads selected by top panel of racing drivers and journos

The A708 from Moffat to Selkirk is the best driver's road in Britain, according to a panel of racing drivers and motoring journalists. They chose their top 10 roads after spending a month on the road in a Mini Cooper (presumably not all at the same time), looking at drives through regions across the UK, as part of the Great British Roads awards scheme.

The A708 was described as "an excellent alternative to the grid-locked motorway, the 10 mile route following the beautiful St Mary’s Loch is a particular highlight and worth the detour alone."

Awards have also been given for the 15-mile heavenly drive on the A481 from Builth Wells to Radnor, and a challenging 37-mile ride along the A686 from Alston to Haydon Bridge.

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The Great British Roads judging panel included Calum Lockie, Britain’s top GT driver, and BTCC champions Jason Plato and Tim Harvey. It was sponsored by Dunlop, whose communications manager James Bailey headed up the inspection team. He said: “As more and more of the UK becomes dual carriageway, A-roads are straightened and city centres become grid-locked, it is easy to think that the joy of driving is disappearing. 

“However, whilst the masses head for the most direct route, we know there are many drivers who relish the opportunity to switch off the satellite navigation, dig out a map and really appreciate the open road.

“Our panel of experts have done their work but we know that there may be roads that have not made the list. If you feel that we have overlooked a road, that deserves to be known as a Great British Road, we want to hear from you.”

If you know of a road that you believe has the credentials to be awarded a Great British Road, you can enter it into the list

http://www.pistonheads.com/news/default.asp?storyId=11931

Is this the road we took home from Moffat this year?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-September-2005 at 08:53
It is a simply fantastic road,But it was the 701 we took

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-September-2005 at 16:39
This is the road Tim and I took on the way home when we met you guy's/girl's at Moffat, fantastic road got the route from my brother (Biker). Tim took some photo's on the way and at St.Mary's Loch.
I was also told tonight (from another biker) who took a wrong turn that there is a "Tibetan Monastry" in the area???
Must admit I did think he was taking the pi.. but he was adamant, can anyone shed any light on this???
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-September-2005 at 16:56

apparently so....

"The Cistercian Abbey of Melrose and Traquair"

http://www.melrose.bordernet.co.uk/articles/1998festival/tou r_abbey.shtml


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-September-2005 at 16:58

The A 701 road from Moffat to Edinburgh passes the deep valley of the Devil's Beeftub, the Source of the Tweed, and the 'John Buchan Country' commemorated in 'The Thirty-Nine Steps' and 'Greenmantle'. East on the A708 are the Grey Mare's Tail and St. Mary's Loch, two famous beauty spots. The road leads on to the historic town of Selkirk and the great Cistercian Abbey of Melrose and Traquair, the oldest inhabited house in Scotland.

http://www.dalbeattie.com/hartfellhouse/moffat.htm


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-September-2005 at 17:43
You learn something new every day, Thank's Stephen See you at Kielder?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-September-2005 at 17:52

I won't be able to make that one, sorry 


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Owe you a next time I see you
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-September-2005 at 18:01

now i wont say no to that lol

you could put it in the post, but the jiffy bag would get soggy


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-September-2005 at 03:07

I wonder if this survey even bothered to go north of the Scottish borders?

There are some superb roads in West Aberdeenshire / Morayshire which are well known to bikers and car drivers.  These should have been in the top ten at least.

However, if the criteria was to pick roads which were an alternative to dual carriageways... there are very few dual carriageways north of Perth besides the A90 !

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17-September-2005 at 03:51
Some truely fantastic roads up north, the road from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh is pure pleasure for me.

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