Britain’s most scenic drives: The Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

On a quest to find the country's most glorious roads, Annunciata Elwes explores Somerset's Cheddar Gorge.

The jaw-dropping Cliff Road — less romantically, the B3135 — presents about as much drama as one can take when travelling on four wheels.

Horse shoe, Cheddar Gorge, Somerset UK bend photographed from above with a drone.

Starting at Cheddar, this road — unquestionably one of Britain’s most scenic drives — weaves through England’s deepest natural canyon like a tangled shoelace, in a tight sandwich between limestone cliffs as tall as 453ft.

Cheddar Gorge, Mendip Hills, Somerset, England, UK

After a few slow, careful miles, rocks start to be replaced by trees and, soon enough, the rolling Mendip Hills open up beneath the road as it sweeps more gently over contours in the landscape towards the village of Ashwick.

The windy road through Cheddar Gorge !

Should you stop to walk along the gorge’s rocky footpaths or the West Mendip way, watch out for resident feral goats, Soay sheep so nimble they can cling to clifftops and the famous Cheddar pinks and rock stonecrop flowering in summer.

Soay sheep in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, UK