Snowdonia - The Llanberis Pass
A firm favourite with the UD team whenever we're over in Wales, we have been known to head straight for this quick jaunt immediately after crossing the Severn Bridge (and not just for the quaint village pubs serving proper ale!). The drive crosses the northern section of the Snowdonia National Park, from Capel Curig to the coastal town of Caernarfon over the famous Llanberis Pass. Situated at an altitude of 359 metres, the Pass road was built in the early 1800's and has a 'magical' quality - the sense you are following in the footsteps of countless weary travellers from days gone by. Except you're behind the wheel of an automobile and driving for pleasure. And this drive delivers.
Without doubt this is the most dramatic (scenic) road in Wales, though as a drivers road, it loses a few points as it does get very narrow in parts, and tourist and local buses also use the route, meaning you need to keep your wits about you..
Setting off from Capel Curig through trees and with views of the lakes of Llynnau Mymbyr and in the distance imposing mountains. The road runs alongside the water for a mile or so before reaching a wonderful section with curves and elevation changes. Turn right and stay on the A4086 heading up onto the Llanberis Pass.
After a steady climb, the road soon produces twists, turns and views of the breathtaking Snowdon. This still feels like wild country despite its popularity with tourists. Driving alongside streams and pasture land, make sure you keep an eye out for other motorists and the wildlife! On reaching Clanrug the adrenaline subsides but many happy memories will keep you going until you reach the fantastic hospitality in Caernarfon town.