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If you fancy a demanding route with a bit of a 'racing driver' feeling, then you need to try the Black Mountain Pass. This winding route provides drivers with the necessary adrenaline kick. In particular, the "cuckoo curve" hairpin bend makes the driver's heart beat faster.
The Black Mountain Pass is located in the western part of the Brecon Beacons National Park and was best known for being featured on the BBC's 'Top Gear'. Choosing your direction of travel is a priority - if you're driving for pleasure, you should drive the Black Mountain Pass from North to South and if you want to enjoy the spectacular views, drive in the opposite direction.
If you want to experience the original Welsh countryside, away from the hustle and bustle and at your own pace, then this is the place for you. The route is not very busy and a bit out of the way, but that's just part of the charm. Either from Llanwrtyd Wells or Tregaron you start your tour past original bogs, crystal clear lakes, dense forests and green meadows. This route isn't for those afraid of heights as you pass cliffs that offer breathtaking views along with a dose of thrill. In the middle of the pass, another highlight awaits you: the Devil's Staircase - a series of steep hairpin turns where the road reaches a gradient of up to 25%.
Take a day trip around the mountain Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales with the spectacular views of the mighty peaks of Snowdonia National Park as highlights of the route. The starting point is the coastal city of Caernarfon and the route can be driven clockwise or counterclockwise (the best views are in the counter-clockwise direction).
The A4085 offers beautiful views of the western flank of the Snowdon on its way through the National Park and in Beddgelert turn left and you can once again admire the mountain Snowdon, before you turn on the A4086 on the Llanberis pass on the way back to Caernarfon.
The A470 is the main artery of Wales and runs more than 300 km from Conwy in the North down to Cardiff in the South. If that's too far, focus on the southern part of the A470 starting in Cardiff. If you fancy a break, make a stopover in the east of the route Caerphilly and visit Caerphilly Castle - one of the finest castles in Wales. Afterwards, continue through the Brecon Beacon National Park, the highlight of the route! In the town of Llanidloes you will reach the exact centre of Wales, where this section of the A470 ends.
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