A SOMERSET road has made a list of the top 10 most picturesque routes in the UK.

The B3135 through Cheddar Gorge makes the list, compiled by motoring experts at car lease firm leasecar.co.uk. 

Tim Alcock, of LeaseCar.uk said: “If your commute involves a lot of driving, and especially if you drive for a living, it’s quite easy to become bored and uninspired when taking the same routes day in, day out.

“There are some fantastic roads and journeys to take and enjoy the most spectacular views and scenery which we think are “must-drives” for everyone who is able.

“Great Britain boasts some of the most beautiful places on earth and these journeys will allow you to see just a smidgen of what The British Isles have to offer.”

Here are 10 of the most picturesque roads and journeys in Britain as ranked by the company:

  1. Humber Bridge – North Lincolnshire/Yorkshire, England

The 2,220 metre-long single-span suspension bridge was the longest of its kind when it was first opened in 1981. It spans the Humber, the estuary formed by the River Trent and River Ouse, connecting East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

  1. Abergavenny to Penderyn – Wales

Stop off at Blaenavon iron works and admire the views of Pen y Fan (pictured) on this pleasant drive along the south edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

  1. Hutton-le-Hole – North Yorkshire

Enjoy a leisurely drive through this picture-perfect village, complete with a tiny stream, lush greens and the award-winning Ryedale Folk Museum.

  1. Abergwesyn Pass – Wales

Expect hairpin bends, bridges, crests and spectacular views as you ascend the aptly named “Devil’s Staircase” – this one’s not for the road shy.

  1. Hardknott Pass – The Lake District, England

Approach the entry to this famously challenging and lofty road and you’ll be greeted with a plethora of stark warning signs that say it all – “Extreme caution”; “Narrow route”; “Severe bends”; “Gradient 1 in 3” – perfect if you fancy a challenge.

  1. Buttertubs Pass – The Yorkshire Dales, England

This 5.5-mile route is short but sweet with its spectacular scenery, so it’s no surprise that it’s been featured on Top Gear on a number of occasions.

  1. Causeway Coastal Road – Northern Ireland

Starting in Londonderry and ending in Belfast, this driving route is one of the most famous in Northern Ireland, featuring 130 miles of some of the most stunning coastal scenery.

  1. Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle) – Ross and Cromarty, Scotland

Endure a 1-in-3 ascent with white-knuckle hairpins and narrow single-track sections and be rewarded with the Applecross Peninsula on the other side.

  1. Cat and Fiddle Route – The Peak District, England

Although the Cat and Fiddle Inn is no longer open, it still lends its name to this 12-mile route which is one of the most famous in The Peak District, taking you from Buxton in Derbyshire to Macclesfield in Cheshire.

  1. Cheddar Gorge – Somerset, England

This journey starts in Cheddar and ends in Ashwick, taking you through the famous Cheddar Gorge – the deepest gorge in the UK – and around 14 miles of dramatic scenery.

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VIEWS: The road through Cheddar Gorge, by Michael Curtis