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Located on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills, B3135 (also known as Cliff Road) is one of the best driving in the world and certainly an enjoyable road to drive. Take on surprising corners, before escaping the gorge to enjoy sweeping curves and long straights as you approach Ashwick.

The road is located in Somerset, along the Cheddar Gorge, the largest gorge in the United Kingdom. The road, also known as Cliff Road, is 14 miles (23km long) and includes 22 bends. It links Cheddar, a large village and civil parish in the Sedgemoor district of the English county of Somerset and Ashwick, a village in the Mendip district of Somerset. The road includes cliff faces rising either side of the road and twists and turns due to the gorge dictating the route. The road remains tight as it shakes itself free from the claustrophobic clutches of the gorge, but you can relax a little as you enter the mid section of this journey.

 

B3135 - Cliff Road is one of Somerset’s most spectacular roads. It runs from the village of Cheddar, through the deep-sided Cheddar Gorge, to Green Ore and Oakhill.  The gorge attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, so can be a busy route, especially with tourists and cyclists. Carved out by glacial meltwater during the last Ice Age, the limestone cliffs of Cheddar Gorge form England's deepest natural canyon, in places towering 138m above the twisting B3135.

 

The road has been featured in Tour of Britain. It’s pretty steep and has a maximum gradient of 16%. The road can be closed anytime after heavy rains and severe flooding. According to Mike Brewer (Wheeler Dealers’ Discovery Channel) it’s one of the best roads in England. The B3135 is a tasty road in more ways than one. There are sheer drops virtually along the entire route and enough hairpins to make a whirling dervish dizzy. A quick glance at the map at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. The route can be split into three main sections. The first section is the most demanding but offers stunning scenery, with cliff faces rising either side of the road and twists and turns a-plenty due to the gorge dictating the route. Take care cornering, as placement of your car is vital: think agility not power. After four miles or so you’ll exit the gorge and begin the second section. Trees take the place of rocks, and the tight turns relax into sweeping bends. The final section focuses on long straights and gentle changes in gradient, giving drivers the chance to take in more of the view.

 




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