Black Mountain road

Black Mountain Road, a breathtaking road trip in Wales

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 features a combination of bends and there's lots of dips, twists and climbs.

The road is paved and crosses the Black Mountains from Llandovery to Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen. This 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. This challenging road across Black Mountain in the Brecon Beacons is 14.8mi (23.81km) long and tops out at 495m (1,624ft) above the sea level. 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. It has unrivalled views beyond its hairpin turns and you’ll want to drive it again and again. Watch out for roaming sheep. It is widely regarded as the best driving road in Wales. It exploded in popularity after it was featured in an episode of Top Gear in 2011. Now it has become a firm favourite with car magazine test drivers. This is now a very busy road that’s when it often gets crowded.

The road includes five of the most memorable miles you can drive in any country. This route has become very popular since it was featured on Top Gear back in 2011, and is also known as the Top Gear road’, after Jeremy Clarkson was filmed driving it. For a mountain road it is in remarkably good order and the best stretches are combinations of bends and straights with clear visibility for miles ahead. If you are lucky, neither tractor nor errant sheep will interrupt your pleasure. There is fantastic scenery stretching miles of beautiful countryside. Be sure to take advantage of the several layby’s on your way to stop and take in the surroundings. Remember to watch out for sheep that will cross the road aimlessly in front of your car! There are mobile speed cameras along the route that get hidden in objects such as horse boxes or small trucks. Due to the route being very popular you will find that it will get crowded on weekends. Best avoided at weekends. But for good reason as this is an amazing road, well worth a visit for any driving enthusiast.

 

 

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