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Take a Triumph<br />

through a ford...<br />

or vice versa<br />

Cat & Fiddle loop<br />

28 miles, 1-1.5 hrs<br />

The eponymous pub at the top of the Cat &<br />

Fiddle pass has re-opened for refreshments<br />

following a refurb and the road that runs<br />

past it is fabulous if you avoid the traffic and<br />

speed cameras. From Macclesfield, take the<br />

A537 towards Buxton, then come back down<br />

the A54 (equally stunning) to Algreave. Finally,<br />

chill out along the woodland lanes through<br />

Wildboarclough back to the A537.<br />

WALES<br />

Evo Triangle<br />

110-mile round trip from Oswestry, half a day<br />

Reach this road-testers’ favourite via the<br />

enjoyable B4391, west of Welshpool or Oswestry.<br />

Keep going past the top of Bala, turn right at<br />

Fron-goch and then left onto the A5. The triangle<br />

starts at Cerrigydrudion; stay on the A5 to<br />

Pentrefoelas, right onto the A543 all the way up<br />

to Sportsman’s Arms, right again onto the B4<strong>50</strong>1<br />

and back to the A5.<br />

Brecon Beacons & Black Mountain Pass<br />

120 miles, four hours for all routes in a loop<br />

from Abergavenny<br />

There are lots of tempting routes across South<br />

Wales’s Brecon Beacons. We’d pick the B4560<br />

between Llngynidr and Garnlydan, the A470<br />

between Brecon and Merthyr and the A4067<br />

from Abercraf to Sennybridge. But they’re all<br />

understudies to the mighty A4069 Mountain<br />

Road, Brynamman to Llangadog.<br />

North Wales Expressway to Anglesey<br />

Chester to Holyhead; 85 miles, two hours<br />

(or much longer with stops)<br />

Can a dual carriageway be a great drive? If it<br />

has dazzling views of sandy bays and ancient<br />

castles, and it tunnels through mountainsides,<br />

yes. What’s more, it links Chester with Snowdonia<br />

and Anglesey. Once over the bridge, turn right<br />

for Beaumaris or follow the Expressway to<br />

Holyhead… and a ferry to Dublin?<br />

Portmeirion tour, 2/7/23 to 6/7/23<br />

Various day trips, four nights<br />

Staying in the magical Italianate village of<br />

Portmeirion, this event sets off to different sights<br />

Enjoying your<br />

car with likeminded<br />

people<br />

each day, with every trip involving some of the<br />

superb driving roads west Wales has to offer.<br />

£1475pp. See countrylanetours.co.uk<br />

Welsh Coast and Valleys <strong>50</strong>0,<br />

June & September ’23<br />

<strong>50</strong>0 miles, seven days<br />

A long and beautiful route running from<br />

Llandrindod Wells in the heart of Wales right<br />

round the Gower, Pembrokeshire. Snowdonia<br />

and Anglesey to Llandudno. Running twice in<br />

2023 with Scenic Car Tours at £799 per person.<br />

See sceniccartours.com<br />



Isle of Man TT course<br />

37.73 miles, at least 16 minutes 42 seconds<br />

Why should the bikers have all the fun? Away<br />

from TT week, the Isle of Man returns to normal<br />

and the Tourist Trophy race course reverts to<br />

being open public roads once more. Stretches<br />

outside the larger towns of Douglas, Kirkmichael<br />

and Ramsey are smooth, fast, scenic and<br />

enjoyable – none more so than the mountain<br />

section of the A18 over Snaefell.<br />

Causeway Coastal Route, Belfast-Derry<br />

130 miles not including inland loops, two days<br />

Like Scotland’s North Coast <strong>50</strong>0, this trip from<br />

Belfast to Londonderry has its own website and<br />

is much promoted. It features a succession of<br />

impressive sea views with the option to turn<br />

inland for various scenic loops, or stop at many<br />

Maybe catch<br />

some on-track<br />

action on the way<br />

attractions including the remarkable Giant’s<br />

Causeway. See causewaycoastalroute.com<br />

Mourne Coast Route<br />

102 miles, one day<br />

Head the other way out of Belfast for North<br />

Down, the Ards Peninsula, County Down’s coast<br />

and the mighty Mourne Mountains, via the little<br />

ferry across the mouth of Strangford Lough.<br />

Newry is your end-point<br />

.<br />

Waterford, Killarney and the<br />

Ring of Kerry Tour, 5/6 to 11/6<br />

<strong>50</strong>0 miles, four nights<br />

Includes return ferry travel from either Fishguard<br />

or Holyhead, four nights in hotels and a proper<br />

roadbook to cover five days of touring the best<br />

scenery southern Ireland has to offer. £899pp.<br />

See sceniccartours.com<br />

Tour of Ireland, 3/6/23 to 11/6/23<br />

<strong>50</strong>0-plus miles, eight nights<br />

Upscale tour around the coast of Ireland picking<br />

out the best roads, scenery and hotels. Price and<br />

itinerary was still to be confirmed as we went to<br />

press, but check classicgt.co.uk<br />


South Cotswolds<br />

30 miles, two hours (not including pub lunch)<br />

Ideal for older, slower cars – if they can climb<br />

hills. From Nailsworth, tackle the hairpins of<br />

‘The W’ onto Minchinhampton Common, then<br />

through Stroud and out for a loop through<br />

Painswick, Cranham, Sheepscombe and Slad.<br />


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