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A39 is an extremely beautiful and rewarding journey to make in south west England. The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! It runs running from Bath to Falmouth via rural Somerset and the Atlantic coast.

The road is asphalted, and some sections are pretty narrow and steep. It’s one of the south-west's most important roads. In Cornwall and North Devon, the road is known as the Atlantic Highway. Ever changing scenery, a road layout that'll keep you guessing and hills so steep it'll make your bum clench. Even the odd farm vehicle and heavier traffic in the summer doesn't de-tract from its charm. With bends to negotiate, hills to climb and Exmoor to soar over, time will bomb past and you won't have a care in the world, whenever you decide to drive it.

 

It’s one of the most beautiful drives in England. The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. The road offers a smattering of hairpins, chicanes and fast straights. You will get views of the moorland as well as the coast. 

 

One of the most challenging parts of the route is called Porlock Hill. At 25%, is reputably the steepest A road in England. It’s located west of the village of Porlock in Somerset, England, situated in a deep hollow below Exmoor, 5 miles (8 km) west of Minehead. It climbs approximately 1,300 ft (400 m) in less than 2 miles (3.2 km) up onto Exmoor. This part of the road is very steep hill with gradients of up to 1 in 4 and hairpin bends. The climb is simply terrible. It’s a real leg breaker. The finishing 2kms are at 8% with pitches above 20%.

The alternative to this leg breaker is to take a toll road. According to the signs, it is a mile further, but the gradient is a much more leisurely 1 in 14. Caravans advised to use toll road and small vehicles and cyclists can take as an alternative route.

 




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