Best Drives in the UK – Part 2, Wales

Back in August 2016, we wrote about some of our favourite drives in England, promising to return with more routes further afield.

As all classic car owners know, getting out and enjoying the car in the loveliest of settings is what it’s all about, from winding country roads to coastal adventures with the smell of sea salt in the air.

So here for your reading, and future driving, pleasure, are Heritage’s favourite drives in Wales.

A470 coast to coast

Whether you choose to head north or south on this popular route, the 186 miles between Cardiff and Conwy includes the Brecon Beacons and a park-and-walk to Pen Y Fan, the highest point in southern Britain.

With stunning coastal views to set you off and see you home, this main artery has a range of great little market towns to enjoy along the way too.

Brecon beacons

The Snowdon Lap

This wonderful drive around the wide base of Snowdon is best taken anti-clockwise, providing fabulous views and climbs up the foothills.

From Caernarfon take the A4085, which quickly rises up and hits a peak shortly after Rhyd-Ddu. The summit café is there on your left, but a left at Beddgelert along the A498 takes you to Pen y Gwryd and up through the famous Llanberis Pass. The highest point soon arrives with Pen-y-Pass before you descend to Llanberis and on to your starting point of Caernarfon with its fantastic castle.

Snowdon

The Black Mountain Pass

The A4069 through the Brecon Beacons is known by more than just the Black Mountain Pass. Other names include ‘the Top Gear road’, ‘one of Britain’s absolute best roads’ and ‘the road with Cuckoo Turn’.

The Black Mountain Pass is popular with bikers and test drivers from car magazines, and became even more well known when Jeremy Clarkson was filmed driving it for BBC’s Top Gear, hence the name above.

The pass winds and swoops, with great views of the Tywi Valley, best enjoyed south to north. It also includes Tro Gwcw, or Cuckoo Turn, a very popular hairpin.

There are castles, peaks and valleys, and nearby Llandeilo to enjoy as well, so slow it down and take it all in.

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Coming soon…Scotland.