It is surely one of the funniest roads in England. Indeed the Zig Zag hill road really looks like a mountain road and allows to have the sensation of driving close to an alpine road.
Where is the Zig Zag hill?
The road is part of the B3081 road and is located near Shaftesbury, a town in Dorset, England.
The road is quite atypical for England, because of the hairpins. People come here mainly to test their driving skills and experience the rare satisfaction of doing turns.
You can situate the Zig Zag hill road on the map below:
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Facts about the alpine road:
Zig Zag Hill in Shaftesbury is often considered one of Britain’s “curviest roads”. It is quite rare in England. The road indeed contains several turns (three) in hairpins at 180 degrees.
The steepest section is at the start where the climb goes up above 10%, but after that, the climb is still less than 10%.
The segment with the bends is only 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) long but it’s worth it! The max gradient is 12% with an average of 5%.
If you are looking for another cool road in the area you can drive the Magic Roundabout in Swindon.
How to get to the Zig Zag hill?
In order to drive the Zig Zag hill road you have to drive the road B3081.
The closest town is Shaftesbury. From where drive south the A350 until Salisbury road, then take the B3081 until you reach Cann Common village.
You can visualize how to get there on this map:
A preview of this alpine road:
If you are planning to drive the this road, you can watch this Youtube video:
Is this alpine road Open?
The road is open all year round, although the area is quite windy and the road can be slippery after rain. During Fall the road is very beautiful but also slippery because of the leaves on the road.
Also, we advise you to avoid the high season or the weekend if you want to enjoy your ride and not be in a traffic jam! If you can’t come here in the low season come early!
If you are looking for an alpine road in England, the Zig Zag road is definitely a must-do! Although, you should respect the speed limit and be very careful to avoid accidents.
Pictures sources: By Colin Madge, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13588668
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