I mentioned last week that we have recently joined the National Trust as members which has meant I have been researching new places to visit with and without Lola. When we had arranged to visit Montacute House in Somerset, I had forgotten the route we take provides some amazing views across the countryside. It’s also one of the scariest routes that I have ever driven along. After seeing sheer drops either side of the road, we enter Zig Zag Hill, a mile long hill with twists and hairpin turns that make me nervous in the Summer months, let alone the Winter when the road conditions are worse.
Zig Zag hill isn’t a road I have to commute down every day, but it is a route that takes us West out of Dorset and to many places we seem to be travelling at the moment. We also used Zig Zag hill when we went to Doniford Bay Haven park in the Summer, but I think that’s because we asked the Sat Nav to take us the country route. Still it was a lovely view as the roads were clear.
I always think it’s one thing with me driving these roads with my twenty plus years experience in driving, but I do worry about breaking down out in the middle of nowhere. Having road side assistance is always something that makes me feel a little better and being able to offset the cost of recovery when I have cheap car insurance lightens the load on the bank account as well.
When my eldest daughter eventually passes her test, I am dreading her taking routes like these in her first few months of driving. I know it’s natural for a Mother to worry about their children, but I also know how young adults like to impress each other when out and about together. I may encourage her to set her Sat Nav to use main roads to avoid the narrow country roads for a while after passing.
Miss A on the other hand loves going down Zig Zag hill as the car almost drives back on itself quite a few times. She especially loves coming back up the hill which is probably my favourite way to travel it as I think some of the turns are a little easier on the upward slant. I just don’t look out of the window at certain points along the hill of fear of seeing stones and the edge of the road tumbling down the other side.
Do you have a scary stretch of road you travel on?
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