BLACK MOUNTAIN PASS
Possibly Wales’ best road…
MIGHTY big talk.
But y’know what? The Black Mountain Pass route has earnt the right to brag. The A4069 links Llandovery with Gwaun-Cae Gurwen. Yep, you won’t be able to pronounce anything here. People love it because it criss-crosses over the Black Mountain into the Brecon Beacons.
We've teamed up with Airbnb to bring you 2 nights in nearby Llanfrynach for £199 (price based on 2 people sharing).
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Note: hazards include hairpin bends and rogue sheep...
You’ll pick the route up at the junction of the A474 then make your way through Brynamman, over the Black Mountain, before crossing Llangadog and climbing to Llandovery. It’s a baby road trip. Coming in at 14.8 miles (you could do it in a couple of hours) butttt it climbs to 495m. Still need more convincing? The scenery is so beaut the Top Gear guys filmed here. Clarkson did it in a Mercedes AMG SLK…
Feel embarrassed about your Prius.
What you'll do
You’re best bet is to go North to South. Going this way gives you the best views of Tywi Valley and the best chance of surviving Tro Gwcw. Tro Gwcw is a notorious hairpin bend that’ll put hairs on your chest. It means Cuckoo Turn and locals say you have to shout this as you twist along…. We call bullshit.
You’ll mostly be taking in the scenery but there’s a few castles to make pit stops at too. Carreg Cennen Castles is in the Brecon Beacons and sits in front of a massive limestone cliff face. Dinefwr Castle is also on a ridge but is much more crumbly than Carreg. Lastly keep your peepers peeled for Llyn y Fan Fach. A dreamy lake that looks like a shard of glass plonked on top of a mountain.
Where you'll stay
This traditional Welsh Farmhouse and B&B is slap bang in the middle of Brecon Beacons National Park ready for you to tumble into after a calf-melting day of hiking. Take in the lush countryside views over breakfast in the conservatory before a walk along the colourful canal to the nearby village of Llanfrynach for a pint at award-winning local pub Three Horseshoes Inn.
Need To Know• 2 nights at a traditional Welsh farmhouse
• 1 twin room with ensuite and private entrance (price for 2 people)
• Use of conservatory and garden (shared areas)
• Breakfast included