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A Driving Enthusiast’s Guide to Wales

Open Road

Wales is a country full of amazing landscape that is just waiting to be explored, and how better to do it than behind the wheel?

With so many exciting roads to choose from it can be difficult to get started. To give you a good starting point, here are Wales’s best roads.

Bridge to Beacons

Severn Bridge

This is a route that is made up of the B4560, A470, A4059, A4067 and A4069, providing you with fast, open roads that are often relatively empty. You’re treated to excellent scenery, high mountain passes and spectacular roads that will ensure you end the day with a smile on your face.

Pendine Sands

It may not technically be a road, but miss out on Pendine sands at your peril. This 7 mile stretch of beach has played host to a wide range of car and motorbike races for over a century and is the location of many world speed records.

Llanberis Pass

Follow the A4086 from Capel Curig to Caernarfon and you’ll find yourself on one of the best stretches of road in the whole of the UK. This route allows you to take in some of the best scenery in Wales without having to leave the cosy, dry cockpit of your car. You’re faced with tight hairpin bends, steep climbs and drops all cocooned in relatively untouched natural landscape.

Abergwesyn Pass

A.K.A. the “Devil’s staircase”. This drive from Tregaron to Llyn Brianne has some of the most technical driving that you’re likely to experience in the UK. Expect lots of hairpin bends, fast straights, plenty of crests and the occasional bridge.

Conwy to Merthyr Tydfil

Looking for a longer drive that takes you through some of the best views that Wales has to offer? Chase the A470 down from Conwy to Merthyr Tydfil and you’ll be rewarded with the beauty of Coed-y-Brenin Forest, a long climb and the sheer magnificence of the Cambrian Mountains.

Evo Triangle

Arguably the best road trip in the UK – possibly even Europe, the Evo Triangle has legendary status. By linking together the A5, A543 and the B4501 you essentially create a 20 mile rollercoaster for cars. Each leg of this journey is unique, providing you with everything from miles of dead straight road to twists and turns through forests.

Aberystwyth to Llangurig

This stretch of road is often referred to as The King of Wales but on your map it’ll simply be marked as the A44, which doesn’t really do it justice. This is probably one of the most beautiful roads in Wales, winding through stunning Welsh countryside that will literally take your breath away at the top of every crest.

Builth Wells to Brecon

You’re not a true driving enthusiast until you’ve gone miles out of your way to enjoy the gift that is the B4520. If you’ve ever been annoyed about paying road tax then this 16 mile stretch of road massively makes up for it. The road itself is varied and unpredictable, ensuring that you’re kept on your toes throughout. Of course the impressive scenery will try to distract you, but blind crests and the potential threat of cattle on the road should keep you focused.

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