Although the British Isles have never been shy for magnificent motorcycle roads, you can arguably find a bunch of the best ones in Wales. Even if you’re coming from the European mainland, Cymru - as Welshmen tend to call it - is only a few riding hours away: 460 kilometers from Dover, or 220 kilometers from Hull. With its coastline of 2.700 kilometers, a total - largely mountainous - area of almost 21.000 square kilometers, country and coast that are peppered with a special mix of historic sites, and changeable, maritime climate - this unique part of the United Kingdom always has a bit of adventure layed out for you. We’ve chained up 13 Motorcycle Diaries Roads for you - totalling 169 kilometers - from Snowdonia up north, heading down through the Shropshire Hills, to end up in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Snowdonia. It sounds a bit as the title of a Disney Cartoon - but it is a version for travel bug infested adults, in this case. The upper part of Wales is - rightfully so - renowned for its utterly dramatic, panoramic and contrasting scenery. Not in the least by its tallest ‘resident’ the Snowdon, a mountain of 1.085 meters which towers over the gobsmackingly beautiful area of north Wales.
The hindmost part of this region’s name is the perfect clue to what to expect in the Shropshire Hills - as you might or might not know, AONB stands for ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. So please stretch your riding scheme a bit to explore the dazzling landscape of this part of the weekend trip. Among the hills, rivers, woods and farmland there is an amazingly diverse geology, a rich heritage including hillforts, castles and remains of early industry, a wonderful mix of wildlife, and stunning views around every corner. Truly amazing stuff. The A488 we’ve selected carves right through the heart of the Hills for just 40 kilometers, but it ‘ll be plenty to win your heart over. Enjoy!
Undulating green landscapes? Powerful waterfalls? Fairylike towns? They’re all there. Separated from Snowdonia by the Cambrian Mountains, the Brecon Beacons uplands span almost as far from west to east as Snowdonia National Park does from north to south - but they look nothing alike. While the rocky remains of sleeping volcanoes dominate the majority of Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons National Park seems to consist of grassy moorlands, heather-clad cliffs and Old Red Sandstone peaks, mellowed by weather and time. Our roads carve downwards through the eastern part of the Park, to rise up again via the western part - about 70 kilometers worth of sightseeing-done-well. We suppose you’re in love with the region by now, but to make sure you never forget it, we’d suggest you staying out for a night in the Park: if the skies are clear, you’ll be overwhelmed by a dome of stars and meteor showers… Stunning.