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Wales - A Brief Road Trip

Dan P

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I have just returned from a very swift tour of Wales from Sunday morning through to Wednesday night.

I was very lucky with the weather and had a lovely time searching for interesting roads and exploring some castles. Day 1 I drove to my friend's house near Crickhowell (via the A40), went for a long walk and, after conquering an iron age fort, had a few beers. Day 2 I ended up in Aberystwyth via the west end of the Brecon Beacons and then back over the Black Mountains. Day 3 I headed inland before going North West towards the coast at Barmouth. I then made my way to Llandudno via Snowdonia. On Day 4 I drove down the east side of Wales before rejoining the A40 at Monmouth and heading back to London - stopping in Cheltenham for a spot of dinner.

793.5 miles

38.4 average mpg

38 average mph

Rather than bore you with the intimate details I shall simply say that I particularly enjoyed the following roads:

B4520/B4519 - from Brecon to Garth - the road runs through Sennybridge Training Area, a military firing range with a reassuring sign: "Do not touch any military debris it may explode and kill you".



Abergwesyn Pass - from Beulah to Tregaron.


A4120 - from Ponterwyd to Aberystwyth.

B4518 and road to Machynlleth "via narrow mountain road" - from Llanidloes to Machynlleth via Dylife.




A4086 Pass of Llanberis - from Capel Curig to Llanberis.

Gospel Pass - from Hay-on-Wye to Llanfihangel Crucorney via Llanthony.





If you like exploring medieval castles, the following are all worth a visit - Carreg Cennen, Harlech, Conwy, Montgomery, White Castle.

Eve is in need of a bit of a clean now.



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I used to live in Beulah and used to cycle around that area a lot!

That must have been hard work - my ears weren't all that happy with the constant changes in altitude as I was making my way around, I don't think my legs would have coped any better!

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Lived in Beulah from when I was 5 years old till 16, used to go mountain biking a lot and went to primary school in Garth. Did you drive up a really steep switchback road in between Abergwesyn and Tregaron? I used to cycle up that haha

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Lived in Beulah from when I was 5 years old till 16, used to go mountain biking a lot and went to primary school in Garth. Did you drive up a really steep switchback road in between Abergwesyn and Tregaron? I used to cycle up that haha

Yes that's the Abergwesyn Pass - some of the gradients there are crazy! It was great fun.

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I did this route a couple of years ago

B4391 Bala to Ffestiniog

B4407 to Pentrefoelas

A543 B4501 evo triangle

B5105 to Ruthin

Only problem I have is it takes 1 1/2 to get there

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I managed to get away for another week in Wales, this time with Bastian, my Fiesta ST.

I found some more great roads and revisited some stretches from my previous trip.

1175.7 Miles (including to/from London)
37.4 mpg (taking it very easy on the motorways to and from London helped compensate a lot here!)
37.8 average mph
31hrs driving over five days


A4059 in the middle of the Brecon Beacons
A4069 Llandovery to Brynamman over Black Mountain (west of Brecon Beacons)
A4120 / B4574 / Minor road via Cwmystwyth Aberystwyth to Rhayader (disused mine at Cwmystwyth was an interesting stop with a beautiful backdrop)
B4518 / road to Machynlleth "via narrow mountain road" Llanidloes to Machynlleth via Dylife
A4086 (Llanberis Pass) Snowdonia
Evo Triangle (A5 / A543 / B4501) east of Betws-y-Coed
B4521 Abergavenny to Ross-on-Wye (this will be my chosen route in/out of Wales from now on).

The weather wasn't quite so good this time and I spent quite a lot of the time in the first couple of days driving inside a cloud! My first stop was at Raglan Castle (not great) and then I did a bit of driving around the Brecon Beacons before heading to Swansea for the night. I then went down the Gower peninsula, but given the terrible weather, the allegedly wonderful beach at Rhossili lacked appeal! I then headed to Tenby (I'd imagine it's lovely in the summer), Pembroke Castle and then onto St David's before heading up the coast to spend the night in Aberystwyth. I then headed inland with a fantastic drive to Rhayader before making my way back to the coast and went for a lovely long walk on the huge beach at Morfa Dyffryn. I then headed into Snowdonia National Park and stopped in Llanberis and visited the National Slate Museum (mildly diverting). I continued north after that and spent the night in Llandudno. I started the next day with a trip up and around Great Orme which had great views over Anglesey and Snowdonia. I then went over to Anglesey and visited Beaumaris Castle (very good) before heading to Holy Island and visiting the RSPB centre near South Stack lighthouse. I then came back to the mainland and visited Caernarfon Castle (also very good). I then went south down the other side of Snowdon and then turned east and headed for the Evo Triangle which was so much fun I did a lap in each direction! I then headed back to Llanberis for the night. For my last day I took a bit of a random route south dictated mostly by what looked interesting on the map. I spent 20 nervous minutes going down the tiniest road I've ever driven on (near Llangadfan) desperately hoping I wouldn't meet anything coming the other way as it would probably mean that I'd have to reverse a few miles as there were no passing places at all! I continued south to Brecon then joined the A40 heading east before hitting the B4521 at Abergavenny and heading back into England.


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Raglan Castle

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16 09 27 - 4 Swansea.JPG

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Pembroke Castle

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St David's

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Loving the view

16 09 28 - 15 B4329 nr Fishguard.JPG


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Morfa Dyffryn

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16 09 29 - 16 Llandudno.JPG

16 09 29 - 18 Llandudno.JPG

Beaumaris Castle

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South Stack lighthouse

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Caernarfon Castle

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16 09 30 - 12 Caernarfon.JPG

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B4391 near the Evo Triangle

16 10 01 - 1 B4391 nr Llan Ffestiniog.JPG

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I know South Stack very well as the Mrs is from Holyhead - good little spot for sun setting photography etc! Hope you had a great time up this end!

Nice pictures!

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Abergwesyn Pass is a great road, driven it a few times when on green laning trips!

Let me know when your next in Wales, would love to meet up with a fellow ford club member and go for a spin!

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