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Black Mountain road

Black Mountain road (A4069) is a famous road that twists, dips and climbs in the western part of the Brecon Beacons National Park, in Wales, along the Black Mountains. It has unrivalled views beyond its hairpin turns and you’ll want to drive it again and again. Watch out for roaming sheep!

Highest roads of Wales

Famed for its strikingly rugged landscape, Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Dominated by the Cambrians, central and north, and by the Brecon Beacons of the south, Wales is a mountainous country on the western side of Great Britain.It is bordered by England to its east, the Irish Sea to its north and west, and the Bristol Channel to its south. It has a varied geography with strong contrasts.

Ffordd Pen Llech

Located in the settlement of Harlech in north Wales, the Ffordd Pen Llech is said to be the steepest road in the UK with a 36.63% maximum gradient.

Llyn Stwlan

Stwlan Dam, at an elevation of 1,650 feet above the sea level, located in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales is the Power station at Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Bwlch Pen Barras

Bwlch Pen Barras is a mountain pass at an elevation of 360m (1,181ft) above the sea level, located in the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in north-east Wales. It includes climbing 25% at various points.

Abergwesyn Road

Abergwesyn Road is a narrow strip of worn tarmac crossing the Cambrian Mountains, in Wales. It’s an old drover's track stretching for about 20 miles between the small hamlet of Abergwesyn and the town of Tregar. The Devil’s Staircase is so called with good reason – a short but hellishly steep ascent in Powys, south Wales.

Trecastle-Tirabad road

Trecastle-Tirabad is an asphalted military road located in Powys, Wales, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, one of three national parks in the country.


Located within the Brecon Beacons National Park, in the county of Powys, in south Wales, the B4560 (Llangynidr Road) is said to be one of the most scenic drives in Europe.

Bwlch Llanberis

The Llanberis Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 360 metres (1,180 ft) located between the mountain ranges of the Glyderau and the Snowdon massif in Snowdonia, a region in north Wales. The pass, called Bwlch Llanberis in Welsh, is traversed by the A4086 road.

Shell Island Causeway

Located in Gwynedd, in north-west Wales, Shell Island is a peninsula and the largest campsite in the UK. Twice a day, the tidal causeway to the island disappears with the tides, leaving the area out to sea. Road liable to tidal flooding. Do not proceed when the road is in flood.


Bwlch y Groes (Pass of the Cross) is a mountain pass at an elevation of 545 metres (1,788 ft) above the sea level, located in the county of Gwynedd, in Wales. The length and the gradient of the climb make the highest pass in Wales stand out as one of Britain’s toughest.

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