Great British Driving Roads – Ambleside To Boot

Thank you to Stuart of for allowing us to summarise his great series on Great British Driving Roads.  Here we look at the 15 mile drive from Ambleside to Boot in the Lake District..  Please let our readers have your views once you have driven this road.  Is it a 10 out of 10?  Driving nirvana or not?

Ambleside To Boot In The Lake District On The A593

The route starts at Ambleside in the Lake District at the North of Lake Windermere…next to the Apple Pie Cafe to be precise.

Taking the A593 and heading west the first settlement you’ll pass through is Clappersgate. You won’t however be going like the clappers as much of the road is a single lane track – nothing more than a bridal path in parts.

Great British Driving Roads - Ambleside To Boot In The Lake District

Continuing west you’ll pass through Skelwith Bridge.  Soon after, you’ll pass within a few miles North of Coniston Water. This is where Donald Campbell broke the Water Speed Record several times before the tragic accident in 1967.

Great British Driving Roads - A593

The remaining miles of the journey are isolated, with only Cockley Beck between you and the end of the road at Boot.  Just looking at the photos you’ll see how dramatic the scenery is including mountains and forests along the way.

Ambleside To Boot, Lake District, A593, Stunning Scenery

Just remember to drive carefully as the road is extremely narrow in places. Some sections have a gradient of up to 30 degrees while other have twists and turns which prevent you seeing more than a few feet ahead.

If you drive this Great British Driving Road let us know what you think?  Enjoy.


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