Having a Wales of a time
Riding in your backyard is what most of us do, most of the time. My yard is Wales…
MY BACKYARD IS WALES SO I’M blessed with scenic routes and little traffic. I’ve been out enjoying some of them on my newly acquired BMW K75S. Here are some favourites…
A483/A482/A475 Landrindod Wells to Newcastle Emlyn
Picking up the A483 in Llandrindod Wells (or further north), this fast, spartan trunk road zips through Builth Wells, pretty little Llanwrytd Wells, but four miles beyond Llandovery you turn right up the A482 to Lampeter, then left on the A475 to Newcastle Emlyn. Scenery varies from mountains to forests to verdant hill farms.
A486/A487 Llandysul to Aberystwyth
From Newcastle continue on the A484 to Cardigan then go left down to Pembrokeshire and South Wales or right up to Aberystwyth on the A487, but after visiting Llandysul (just before Newcastle) I prefer to blat up the A486 and onto the A487 which by then picturesquely skirts Cardigan Bay.
A488/B4355/A483 Llandrindod Wells to Welshpool
The A44 is heavily policed, instead take the A488 at Penybont towards Knighton – watching out for sheep – and as you enter Knighton veer left on the B4355 towards Newtown. It’s a beautiful valley road eventually reaching high drama up Gilfaesty Hill before descending to the faster A483 into Newtown and onto Welshpool. From there I’d recommend the A490 to Churchstoke, taking a left on the A498 then a right for some fast fun on the A488 to Bishops Castle (a funky little town with six pubs and two breweries), Clun and back to Knighton.
Wales: not a bad place to call home