Hav­ing a Wales of a time

Rid­ing in your backyard is what most of us do, most of the time. My yard is Wales…

BIKE (UK) - - BIKE LIFE - Mark Williams Found­ing edi­tor

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

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