Driving the scenic Carmarthenshire's Black Mountain Pass

Black Mountain Pass (Bwlch Mynydd Du) is a mountain pass at an elevation of 495m (1,624ft) above the sea level located in the county of Carmarthenshire in Wales.

Carmarthenshire's Black Mountain Pass

How long is Carmarthenshire's Black Mountain Pass?

Tucked away on the southwestern part of the country, along the Black Mountains, the jaw-droppingly stunning road to the summit, is called Black Mountain Road, also known as A4069, is totally paved. It’s 23.81km (14.8 miles) long, running south-north from Glanamman (a mining village in the valley of the River Amman) to Llangadog. The drive is steep in parts, hitting a 10% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.

Is Carmarthenshire's Black Mountain Pass worth it?

Located in the western part of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the road has been nicknamed as ‘the Top Gear road’, after Jeremy Clarkson was filmed driving it. This challenging route has some of the best corners, and just looking at the map below, you can see that this is one hell of a road to drive. Expect a mix of fast and tight sections, and to-die-for views when you hit the hairpins. Beware of bumps if you’re driving a low-slung car.