The very best driving roads in Wales
From Snowdonia to Pembrokeshire, we hunt down Wales's very finest driving roads in a BAC Mono
Posted: 21 Mar 2014
Twinned with Mordor
Linking Morfa Nefyn-Llanaelhaearn-Penygroes brings us to the B4418 and Snowdonia. We wanted to get to Snowdon itself for sunset, but it's not going to happen. The sun flares one last time and then pops out of sight, leaving only orange shadow lines that rise rapidly up the sheep-spotted mountainsides.
The road past Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert and beyond is lined by stone walls as solid and threatening as the scenery; shadows and shapes leap out from the uneven stones, clawing at the Mono. It's a combative, intense experience, so we pause in the shadow of Snowdon to eat leftover bread and cheese. In 30 minutes, we see precisely two cars. Cameras are put away, and driving needs to occur. Our hotel tonight is near Denbigh, and that's still 40 miles away.
It's 10.30pm when we get there, and all I want to do is turn round and blast back along the A543, A5 and A4086 again. And maybe again. After all, the Shell garage in Betws-y-Coed is open 24 hours.